Development Associate

New York, NY, USA
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Job Description

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, end mass incarceration, strengthen checks and balances, and preserve constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion. 

Position Overview

We seek an energetic, motivated, and organized individual to serve in a vital position to advance the Brennan Center’s mission. The Development Associate will join a high-performing, fast-moving, expanding Development department with raising $38+ million annually from a diverse base of donors.  

The Development Associate will provide essential support across the Development team to ensure efficient and productive functioning. In this highly collaborative role, the Associate will conduct donor and prospect research; edit donor correspondence and other written materials; assist with event logistics; and perform other supportive, coordinating duties that contribute to the success of the entire department.

The Associate will partner closely with the team’s current Development Associates to cover responsibilities, and will report directly to the Deputy Director, Major Donor Relations. Duties encompass some support for the full team, with a focus on individual giving. The Associate also will work regularly with the Center’s leadership and staff from across the organization.  

Note: Brennan Center employees adhere to a hybrid schedule that is subject to change, with employees currently required to work in the office a minimum of three days per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. While most employees follow this in-person schedule, there may be some positions that require additional in-office days. This position is based in New York City. It may require occasional travel as well. 

Primary responsibilities will include: 

  • Conduct donor and prospect research, including helping to implement a systematic individual donor research program for the department 
  • Co-manage Development department’s schedule of regular internal meetings, including by closely coordinating with staff across the organization  
  • Use Salesforce to manage logistics for large outreach campaigns, create and update contact lists, and ensure integrity of donor and prospect information 
  • Advance the preparation and production of donor events and program briefings 
  • Collaborate with program staff to bolster and inform the Development department’s written materials and donor outreach  
  • Assist with editing of donor outreach and communications    
  • Other departmental support, which may include the following:  
  • Prepare mailings to donors and prospects 
  • Co-coordinate intern schedules and tasks 
  • Draft correspondence  
  • Track incoming gift coding and acknowledgement system for subset of team  
  • Manage Development leadership calendars and the departmental team calendar 

Key Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree  
  • At least 1-2 years of work experience, preferably at a mission-driven organization; fundraising experience is a plus 
  • Highly organized with outstanding attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Proficiency with office systems and databases, including but not limited to: 
  • CRM proficiency (Salesforce preferred) 
  • Microsoft Office 
  • Ability to multi-task, track “next steps,” and thrive in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment 
  • Maturity to work effectively with staff and leadership at all levels 
  • Sound judgment and discretion to maintain privacy and confidentiality 
  • Generous team player who responds productively to direction and feedback and seeks opportunities for growth and learning  
  • Proactive and self-starting – able to work independently, problem solve, and issue spot 
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the Brennan Center’s mission, and commitment to our organizational core values 

The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace. We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true self and feel a strong sense of belonging. As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture. 

Applications: Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis, and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified. We hope to expeditiously move through the recruitment process; therefore, we strongly encourage interested applicants to apply early. To apply, please visit <<this link>> and upload the following application materials: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for three references. Applications without all the previously listed materials will not be considered. 

If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Development Associate” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. 

Compensation and Benefits: 

The salary range assigned for this position is $59,000-$62,000. We determine our salary ranges based on market competitiveness and internal equity for each job. The salary offered a selected candidate will be contingent upon the candidate’s qualifications and internal equity considerations. Additionally, we offer a very robust and competitive array of benefits such as a generous time off program, 401k plan, comprehensive health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), and wellness and office perks. 

In addition, this position is part of a bargaining unit represented by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW local 2320. 

Note: The Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors. As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including having a booster, or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.