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Development Manager for Board Relations and Individual Giving

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
New York, United States
$60,000.00 - $80,000.00
Closing date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations
Environment, Health, Legal Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Manager will play a critical role in fundraising to support NYLPI’s program operation, deepen board relationships, and further the organization’s growth goals. The Development Manager will be charged with serving as the liaison to the board, improving individual giving systems, supporting and performing direct fundraising by engaging, cultivating, and soliciting individual donors, and assisting in the overall efforts of the development department.

The Development Manager will spend much of their time on activities related to identifying, researching, qualifying, engaging, cultivating, renewing, and securing gifts to increase individual support for NYLPI. Working in close collaboration with a small, results-oriented team, the Development Manager will have the opportunity to leverage proven programs to attract the support of the board, individuals and family foundations, as well as working to secure broad-based and attorney volunteer giving.


Serving as a key member of the NYLPI team, the Development Manager will provide support in all areas of fundraising, including the following:

Board Liaison

  • Serve as the primary staff liaison to NYLPI’s Board of Directors to ensure stewardship and engagement, including logistical and additional as-needed support.
  • Develop cultivation plan for board members, including managing cultivation events and appointments, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Development.
  • Prepare weekly email communication of e-news to Board as directed by Executive Director and Director of Development.
  • Schedule, coordinate logistics for, and attend Board and Committee meetings.
  • Track bylaws, guidelines, resolutions, and other governing documents for NYLPI.

Cultivation and Solicitation of New Donors

  • Plan and execute at least two annual small-scale fundraising/cultivation/donor appreciation events, including NYLPI’s annual Felix A. Fishman Awards event held each year in the fall. The Development Manger will manage all aspects of the event and logistics, including invitation and RSVP lists, and vendor relationships.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development, develop cultivation and stewardship plans that create a high-quality donor experience. Plans will include regular correspondence, thoughtful donor engagement and invitations, professional proposals, mailings, and acknowledgements.
  • Develop a pipeline for individual giving new prospects and returning donors.
  • Manage a portfolio of individual donors, employing strategic moves management to secure annual commitments.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Development, the Development Manager will employ cultivation tools – including personal visits, materials, and other creative means – to introduce and engage new individuals with NYLPI’s mission.
  • Assist the Development Department in planning and execution of major fundraising events.

Appeals and Campaigns

  • Create compelling fundraising letters, pages, and campaign messaging.
  • Project-manage at least two annual individual giving campaigns, including direct mail and online campaigns.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development on new joint fundraising campaigns.
  • Partner with the Pro Bono Advisory Council to conduct a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.
  • Create a donor recognition and stewardship plan.

Prospect Research and Database Management 

  • Serve as the Development Department’s in-house fundraising database expert.
  • Perform strategic prospect research and develop meeting briefs for new/existing donors.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records on donor contact.
  • Using NYLPI’s donor database, Raiser’s Edge NXT, create reports to analyze trends related to individual giving.
  • Identify system improvements to support NYLPI’s individual giving efforts.

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $60,000-80,000, depending on experience. NYLPI offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment, and a holiday-swapping policy to allow for the observation of holidays of your choice.

Please send applications to with the subject line: “Attention: Development Manager, Board Relations and Individual Giving.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and must include the following:

  • Detailed cover letter explaining your interest, and experience, and answering the following required question: How has your background or experience, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please mention where you saw this posting in your cover letter.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample

We strongly encourage candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.


For 45 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers opposing marginalization based on race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, the media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities and communities of color.

To learn more about NYLPI, visit

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