Who we are:
The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit
criminal justice organization that strives to build just government
institutions and safe communities free from the scourge of racism,
white supremacy, profit, and inequity that is pervasive in this
country’s legal systems. We are an “inside” lane organization that
drives change at scale with ambitious public sector leaders who
share our commitment to building anti-racist, reparative systems
that deliver justice. We leverage our access to government to
transform these systems and work collaboratively with stakeholders
across many movements—including advocacy, grassroots, and
grasstop organizations. Our role is to pilot solutions that
are transformative and achievable, harness the power of evidence to
drive effective policy and practice, and use advocacy and
communications to change narratives and norms.
Vera has a staff of 300 people and offices in New York City,
Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. We are an equal
opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the
workplace. We expect our staff to embody respect, independence,
collaboration, commitment, anti-racism, and equity—both in our
outward-facing work and the internal culture of our workplace. We
value a range of experiences in people’s educational backgrounds
and encourage people who have been directly impacted by the
criminal justice system to apply.
Who you are:
The Director of Institutional Giving will work with the Vice
President of Development to create and execute the strategy to
expand support from Corporations and Private Foundations, leading a
New York-based team of grant writers to reach annual fundraising
goals and build a robust pipeline for future growth. In addition to
team leadership, the Director will collaborate with colleagues in
adjacent departments to support and expand corporate and foundation
fundraising and will partner with Executive staff and Vera program
leads and principals on relationship management and strategy
development. They will also manage a focused portfolio of existing
high-level funders and prospects and will lead the partnership with
Marketing colleagues on corporate relationships.
What you'll do:
- Partner with Vice President of Development on the creation and
implementation of annual and multi-year corporate and foundation
- Create and lead the expansion of philanthropy from (non-family)
foundations and corporations.
- Help create and follow processes to maintain best fundraising
and operational practices, utilizing clearly defined goals,
objectives, and transparent methods.
- Manage and mentor a team of two grant writers, ensuring clear
expectations around messaging, funder cultivation and stewardship,
legal compliance, written communication standards, project budget
development, financial reporting, and fundraising priorities are
understood and adhered to.
- Provide oversight for grant writers in meeting annual revenue
goals, addressing organizational priorities, and funder
- Ensure that all funder deadlines for proposals and reports are
- Collaborate with colleagues to formulate strategies that will
maximize funding opportunities, to identify and cultivate
- Provide Vera’s program and leadership team members with
effective strategies for approaching funders and prospects.
- Collaborate with Marketing colleagues on corporate partnerships
to ensure aligned strategies, clear and frequent communication, and
smooth and seamless co-management of relationships.
- Contribute to an organizational environment where teamwork,
collaboration, passion for the mission, and dedication are expected
- Develop and implement cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship strategies for a targeted portfolio of funders and
- Build and manage relationships with prospective corporate
funders involving Vera Institute volunteer leaders and staff.
Facilitate and coordinate communication with these prospects and
the prospects’ Vera relationships.
- Manage grants and keep accurate grant and donor records in
Vera’s fundraising database.
Other duties as assigned.
What qualifications are we looking for?
- College degree plus 10-12 years of significant professional
experience in Institutional fundraising and grant writing.
- In lieu of degree requirement, applicable work or life
experience may be considered.
- Candidates must have ability to close 6 and 7 figure gifts and
experience securing gifts from prospects.
- Minimum of 3 years of team management experience.
- Advanced degree preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities you'll
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Strong passion for and demonstrated commitment to Vera’s
- Extensive knowledge of Institutional fundraising and
demonstrated ability to provide strategic direction and daily
management for fundraising initiatives, resulting in significantly
- Demonstrated track record of successful solicitations,
including the ability to proactively identify, build, and manage a
portfolio of Institutional funders.
- Demonstrated ability to manage complex corporate funder
relationships that span funding, marketing and communications.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills (both written
and oral) and the ability to listen and target communication to
specific interests of varied audiences.
- Experience managing and motivating diverse teams.
- The ideal candidate will be an exceptional and passionate
- Gravitas paired with the professional integrity and ambition to
effectively represent and promote Vera Institute externally at the
- A motivated, unflappable team player with exceptional
communication skills along with interpersonal savvy.
- Commitment to the highest standards of professionalism,
integrity, excellence, and diversity.
Technical knowledge we need you prepared to
- Comfort in online fundraising toolsets and databases.
Additional eligibility requirements:
- Ability to travel 5-10% of the time.
Please note this role will report to our Brooklyn,
NY office. Vera employees adhere to a hybrid
schedule and are in-office on an alternating schedule that
generally amounts to 10 days per month.
Compensation and Benefits:
The compensation range for this position is $170,000 - $185,000.
Actual salaries will vary depending on factors including but not
limited to experience and performance. The salary range listed is
just one component of Vera Institute’s total compensation package
for employees. As an employer of choice in our field, supporting
Vera staff—both personally and professionally—is a priority. To do
this, we invest in the well-being of our staff through other
rewards including merit pay, generous paid time off, a
comprehensive health insurance plan, student loan repayment
benefits, professional development training opportunities and up to
$2,000 annual for education costs and fees relevant to Vera work,
employer-funded retirement plan, and flexible time. To learn
more about Vera’s benefits offerings, click here.
Applications may also be faxed to:
ATTN: People Resources / Director of Institutional Giving,
Vera Institute of Justice
34 35th St, Suite 4-2A, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Fax: (212) 941-9407
Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of
No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews
will be contacted.
As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy
and safe work environment, Vera Institute of Justice is requiring
all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their
COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot
receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical
contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an
accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.
Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for
employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color,
creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status,
sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or
conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or
Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice,
in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected
world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard
to educational background and justice system contact, and
depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.
For more information about Vera, please