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Development Associate

Status: Full-time

Location: Brooklyn, NY (Hybrid)/Remote

Reports to: Executive Director


The National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI) aims to eliminate racial and gender disparities in the U.S. criminal-legal system that are responsible for its disproportionate impact on Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people. We engage in rigorous research and capacity building in order to transform the current system and promote policy change that centers and uplifts the voices and experiences of system-impacted Black women and girls. Through our work, we seek to dismantle the punitive paradigm driving the U.S. criminal-legal system and build in its place pathways to healing and opportunity. At NBWJI, we envision a society where healing -- not punishment -- is upheld as justice.

What you’ll do

NBWJI is hiring a development associate to assist the implementation and execution of our fundraising strategy, helping to increase the organization’s capacity to lead mission-aligned work. The development associate will support the executive director with identifying and cultivating individual and corporate donors, foundation relationships, and leading fundraising campaigns. Additionally, they will manage the NBWJI’s grants and donor databases, as well as lead grant writing and reporting.

The ideal candidate is goal-oriented, collaborative, and has strong project planning skills. They are excellent writers with the ability to write cogently and persuasively about the importance of investing in system-impacted Black women and girls and the need for more research and advocacy. This person also is comfortable creating internal monitoring reports and using data to inform strategic decisions.


  • Identify new mission-aligned grant opportunities and apply as appropriate

  • Create monthly fundraising reports monitoring outputs and key performance indicators

  • Identify, cultivate, and steward funder relationships, including foundation and corporate partnerships, high networth individuals, and small donors

  • Assist with planning and organizing fundraising campaigns and events.

  • Manage donor records, including NBWJI’s grants and donor databases

  • Lead grant writing

  • Manage and coordinate grant reporting

  • Prepare development-related communications, including thank you letters, emails, and social media content.

  • Serve as the primary contact for development-related inquiries.

  • Lead fundraising campaigns (minimum 2 annually)

  • Coordinate the design and production of NBWJI’s annual report

  • Other job related tasks and responsibilities as needed

  • Familiar with concept of intersectionality

  • A strong commitment to addressing the criminalization of Black women and girls

  • Experience working in social justice, gender justice, racial justice, and/or criminal justice organizations, a plus


  • 2-3 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and development, with a proven track-record of success.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Reliable, organized, and detail oriented.

  • Excellent written and verbal communicator

  • Ability to work independently and enjoys collaborative work environments, including remote teams

  • Experienced grant writer

  • Experience with coordinating and managing special events

  • Experience using donor management software

  • A strong commitment to advancing the well-being of Black women and girls

  • Competency using excel and google sheets

  • Experience using project management software, such as Asana

  • Experience working in nonprofits, organizations focused on criminal justice reform and/or women and girls preferred

Salary and benefits: The salary range is $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience. Employees also receive a benefits package including health coverage, short and long-term disability, and paid time off. This position is full-time (FSLA: Exempt).

Equal Opportunity Employment: The National Black Women’s Justice Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, criminal history, or disability.

To Apply: Submit a statement of interest, your resumé, and a relevant work sample you are proud of to this link.

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