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Manager, Contracts and Compliance

NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 18, 2021

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Position Type
Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Other Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Legal Services, Other Fields, Research
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
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The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

Development and Communications Contracts and Compliance Role:

The LDF Development Department is headquartered in NYC and oversees all fundraising efforts to support LDF’s ongoing programs and operations. The Communications team is also headquartered in NYC, and oversees media relations, traditional and digital content and marketing and brand strategy.

Reporting to both the Chief Development Officer and the Chief Communication and Marketing Officer, and working with the General Counsel, the Manager, Contracts and Compliance will support the contract management and review needs of LDF’s Development and Communications Departments. The ideal candidate will have a fundraising background with an understanding of the business and compliance needs of a Development department and be comfortable communicating externally with donors and organizations contracting with LDF. The Manager, Contracts and Compliance should also be willing to take on special projects as directed.

Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.


Responsibilities include:

Development responsibilities:

  • Review, revise, and negotiate contracts and agreements for the Development Department, including gift agreements for corporate, foundation, and high-net worth donors; sponsorship agreements; contracts with vendors and consultants; agreements relating to special partnerships (e.g., co-ventures, licensing); contracts and agreements pertaining to special events; and planned giving documents in consultation with the General Counsel’s office. This review will include collaboration with Gift Officers and consideration of compliance, development, and internal operational standards;
  • Collaborate with members of the Development and Finance teams to manage reporting and registration deadlines, payment schedules, gift restrictions, deliverables, and other LDF responsibilities;
  • Liaise with LDF’s Finance Department, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel to ensure pricing, specifications, deliverables, timelines and all other special and standard clauses on gift agreements and vendor contracts are appropriate and in compliance with LDF policies;
  • Manage process for statewide registrations, charitable gift annuities, state co-venture and cause related agreements;
  • Maintain existing written gift acceptance policies and procedures and update on an ongoing basis;
  • Update colleagues on grant and contract topics and provide formal and informal training as needed; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Chief Development Officer.

Communication responsibilities:

  • Review, revise, and negotiate contracts and agreements for the Communications Department, including with vendors, in-kind partners, and media companies in consultation with General Counsel’s office. This review will include consideration of compliance, intellectual property, communications, and internal operational issues;
  • Monitor agreements to track when they are expiring and/or require renewal or adjustments; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Chief Communication and Marketing Officer.


Qualifications include:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree required;
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience; such as development or contract review experience;
  • Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of gift agreements, donor relations, and contract administration;
  • Understanding of current laws and regulations pertaining to fundraising, non-profit compliance, and knowledge of industry trends and best practices;
  • Experience working directly with donors and external contacts, and an understanding of the unique grantor/grantee relationship;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently and as a team player with a range of constituents and colleagues;
  • Ability to coordinate production of projects accurately and on deadline; and
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills (Word, Excel).

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons

To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.


Natalie Kim

Human Resources Manager
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006


The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

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