Development and Communications Associate
Reports to: Director of Philanthropy & Director of Communications
Full-Time Exempt Salary: Up to $55,000 commensurate with experience
Location: Currently this is a remote position that is based in NYC. Preference for NYC-based candidates.
Priority will be given to applicants who apply by August 20, 2021
The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) seeks a dynamic systems-builder and project manager with experience in the social justice sector to support fundraising and storytelling activities to advance our mission of racial and economic justice. This position will report to the Director of Philanthropy and the Director of Communications.
NCLEJ is in an exciting moment of growth and change. Candidates for this position will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to strategies that diversify and expand the audience and supporters for innovative work happening at the intersections of litigation, public policy, and grassroots organizing. You will help translate the critical impact of activist attorneys and craft dynamic funding and media pitches while honing your nonprofit management, fundraising, and communication skills.
This position will support ground-breaking legal and policy strategies that move the needle on police reform, workers’ rights, access to public benefits, and disability justice.
The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) four priority areas include: expanding access to critical benefits like food stamps, Medicaid, and childcare; protecting low-wage workers’ rights and safety; advancing the rights of people with disabilities, and ending unlawful debt collection. Our tactics include winning strategic class action cases, representing marginalized individuals and communities, and changing federal and state legislation and private institutions’ practices. In addition, we partner with other litigation and advocacy organizations, grassroots and community organizations, and individuals.
About the Role
The Development and Communications Associate position provides an excellent opportunity for an emerging fundraising and communications professional with strong writing and project management skills to work and learn in a dynamic, fast-paced organization.
The Development and Communications Associate serves a critical role coordinating across the organization, working closely with program, fundraising, and communications staff to develop innovative initiatives that increase NCLEJ’s funding, profile, and diversity of supporters.
This position supports multiple fundraising and communications functions, including social media, web posts, online petitions and actions.
Responsibilities: The Development and Communications Associate will provide support in all areas of fundraising and communications, including:
- Prepare foundation and corporate grant proposals, reports, and donor solicitation letters
- Research, cultivate, and manage individual and major donors
- Assist with all special events
- Coordinate production and mailing of spring and year-end appeals
- Send appropriate documentation to process credits to donors
- Assist with the development of collateral materials (presentations, talking points, fact sheets) for fundraising and marketing purposes
- Process donations and prepare acknowledgment letters and other correspondence
- Maintain fundraising database (Donor Perfect), including timely gift processing, report generation, and tracking.
- Support funder and media outreach efforts when needed
- Assemble media and donor kits for events and meetings
- Post to, manage, and monitor social media accounts
- Manage upkeep of Editorial Calendar and website.
- Maintain mailing list (Mailchimp)
- Track key communications metrics, including website and social media analytics.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Philanthropy and the Director of Communications
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Three (3) years relevant work experience
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral
- High level of comfort dealing with various groups of people (i.e., donors, board members, senior leadership, attorneys, business executives, volunteers)
- Highly skilled in MS Office applications, including MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; CRM/Donor Perfect experience a plus
- Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
- Ability to organize and prioritize work and manage deadlines
- Ability to work independently
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Ability to respect confidentiality
- Excellent project management skills from charting timelines to execution
- Interest in or ability to learn digital media skills
- Experience with and deep commitment to racial and social justice
- Comfortable working with a remote team
NCLEJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and people from other historically disenfranchised communities to apply.
NCLEJ does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital or parental status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, a record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NCLEJ makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified individuals, including individuals with disabilities, with full opportunities in all positions.
Benefits: NCLEJ has a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance; 15-24 vacation days and 10-15 sick days per year (based on length of service); 13 paid holidays per year; an FSA plan for medical, childcare, and transit expenses; an Employee Assistance Program; and contributions to individuals’ 403(b) plans.
Vaccination Requirement: To help ensure that NCLEJ continues to operate in the safest manner possible, NCLEJ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
How to apply: Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume that references your work experience and fit for the position. Please send a short professional writing sample (no more than 5 pages), such as a grant proposal or report, web-based publication, pitch letter, press release or other materials demonstrating fundraising/communication skills or subject matter expertise.
Send materials to email@example.com. Please put: Development and Communications Associate in the subject line. Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to every email. We will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview. NCLEJ is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying, please contact Michelle Peeples at 212-633- 6967 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding requesting accommodation for the interview process.