Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) is a national organization working to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that break cycles of trauma. We work at the intersection of criminal justice, public health, and racial justice to elevate healing and safety over retribution, advance racial equity, and meet the needs of survivors. Our primary programs work to end the death penalty, limit and transform policing, and change the national narrative on violence and accountability.
We seek a self-motivated, detail-oriented team player with top-notch writing skills to join our growing Development team. This position will work closely with the Director of Development to identify, cultivate, solicit, and report to primarily foundation supporters, and a small number of government and corporate donors. The manager of institutional giving (the manager) will also work closely with the Director of Finance & Administration and program staff to ensure accurate accounting of grant-funded expenses, reporting on program outcomes, and compliance with grant terms and restrictions.
EJUSA has 29 staff, with most located throughout the country, and a small national office in Brooklyn, NY. This is a remote position that will report to the Director of Development. We’re a terrific team that loves our work and really enjoys working together!
Strategy & Research
- Create and execute a multi-year strategy for expanding private foundation, corporate foundation, and government philanthropic support as a core component of EJUSA’s broader development planning
- Work collaboratively with program and development staff to create customized solicitation strategies for each funder, including matching EJUSA’s objectives with the interests of the prospect
- Research and analyze new public and private institutional funding opportunities
- Work with staff, Board of Directors, and other key partners and donors to make connections with prospective institutional donors
- Provide guidance and support to the Executive Director and Director of Development in their communications with institutional donors
Grant writing & Reporting
- Work closely with program staff to ensure thoughtful and effective transfer of information about program activities and accomplishments to populate reports and updates while centering community and maintaining the integrity of our work
- Draft, edit, and proofread compelling proposals, narratives, reports, updates, and other materials needed for meetings or requested by donor
- Develop informative and regular reports to funders to keep grantors engaged and maintain their continued support and involvement
- Work closely with finance staff to create budgets, budget narratives, and other financial reports, and ensure that finance staff understand what can be charged to each donor
Prospect & Grant Management
- Manage, cultivate, and steward an existing portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government partners
- Proactively approach potential institutional funders to establish new relationships, gauge alignment with EJUSA’s values, vision and programs, and strengthen EJUSA’s connections within the institutional funding community
- At direction of EJUSA’s Director of Development, represent EJUSA at meetings to cultivate prospective institutional funders
- Ensure the timely acknowledgment of gifts from institutional funders
- Create and maintain systems for the management of grant deadlines and submissions
- Track grants to assure compliance with grant terms and restrictions, reporting requirements, reporting deadlines, and updates
- Update the donor database and tracking systems with pertinent information, correspondence, and documents related to funders and prospects
- 3 – 5 years successful grant writing experience at small to mid-sized non-profit; experience with advocacy or issue-based grant fundraising a strong plus
- Superior writing skills, including the ability to write under deadline and creatively present complex bodies of work or analysis in ways that inspire different audiences while maintaining the integrity of our work and centering community
- Intellectual curiosity and commitment to continuous learning about EJUSA’s issue areas and strategies to strengthen donor relations
- Deep understanding of foundation, corporate, and government fundraising
- Familiarity with institutional criminal justice reform funders a plus
- Experience conducting research on new funder prospects
- Excellent oral and interpersonal communications skills
- Ability to work in a dynamic and changing work environment
- Strong project management skills with the ability to juggle various projects and deadlines
- Strong budgeting skills for preparation of grant proposals and reports
- Self-starter, organized, disciplined, and highly detail-oriented
- Comfort working in a Mac-based environment
- High proficiency with office and web-based applications, including Microsoft Office, familiarity with donor databases a plus, and the ability to learn new programs quickly
- A positive attitude, friendly personality, and the ability to get along with many types of people and be a team player
- Commitment to and interest in the mission and core values of Equal Justice USA, including a commitment to racial equity
Compensation: $70-$75k, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including employer-paid medical and dental care, retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and holidays, disability insurance, and professional development allowance.
Target start date: Immediately upon hire
To apply: Visit www.ejusa.org/jobs to apply online. Upload a cover letter and resume in PDF format only by clicking "I'm interested" on the top right of the job ad. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No calls please. Applications will be reviewed immediately on a rolling basis.
EJUSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage a diverse pool of candidates to apply, including those impacted by the issues we work on. We consider all applicants on the basis of their ability to perform the job, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, physical appearance, age, mental or physical disability, credit history, veteran status, uniform service member status, justice system involvement, victims of domestic violence, stalking, or other crimes, political affiliation, or any other legally protected class. EJUSA does not tolerate discrimination or harassment against any of the above listed classes.