Director of Development & Fundraising job with Center for Justice and Human Dignity

Marion Steward

Center for Justice and Human Dignity

Director of Development & Fundraising

Full-time, nationwide remote position, up to 15% travel


Who we are:

In August 2021, the Center for Justice
and Human Dignity was founded by the Aleph Institute, a national
non-profit Jewish faith-based organization. As a result of its 40
years of experience working with individuals and their families who
are impacted by incarceration, Aleph founded The Center for Justice
and Human Dignity as an independent non-profit organization focused
on reducing prison incarceration in the United States while
improving conditions for those imprisoned and working inside.
Alongside diverse partners, the organization works with judges on
alternative sentencing, with correctional leaders and incarcerated
people on the conditions of confinement, and with policymakers on
early release strategies. 


Job Summary:

The Director, Development & Fundraising will be focused on
developing strategy to drive sustainable growth of the
organization’s operations and programs and build philanthropic
partnerships. In close partnership with the Executive Director and
internal departments (operations and programs), the Director will
nurture existing networks, develop new partnerships, and formulate
strategies for budget and donor development, with an emphasis on
major gifts. This position is responsible for the execution of
fundraising activities to meet fiscal year-end budgeted goals,
including goals for programmatic initiatives (which may require
grant funding). This position serves as a member of the senior
leadership team, and will have mentorship, recruiting, and
supervisory responsibilities as the development team


Who You Are:

Compelling candidates will be self-directed, have strong
analytical skills and strong project management skills.
Fundraising, grant writing, and major gifts experience with
demonstrated success in development planning and capacity building
are required.  We prefer applicants who are experienced in
criminal justice reform philanthropy.  People with lived
experience are encouraged to apply.




  • Develop and implement a strategy that will deliver $2,000,000+
    in new gifts and commitments on an annual basis.
  • Develop an overall strategy to track fundraising, including
    goal setting, engagement, marketing, and communications
  • Set the overarching direction, establish metrics, and lead the
    staff in donor cultivation and solicitation efforts, exercising
    diplomatic persistence and demonstrating the ability to close the
  • Partner with the Executive Director, Board Members, senior
    leaders, and advisors in the execution of donor engagement and
    solicitation strategies.
  • Work closely with Board Members to inspire greater
    participation and engagement in development efforts, leveraging
    recourses, talents, and networks that Board Members bring to the
  • Evaluate and refine processes to support continued improvement
    and fundraising success, using data to drive decisions and make
    timely course corrections when needed.
  • Interact with a range of foundation and individual donors that
    are capable of giving operational and programmatic donations.
  • Develop and maintain an in-depth knowledge of organization
  • Build and manage a donor management system.
  • Develop donor-facing correspondence and collateral materials,
    including letters, invitations, briefings, and individualized
    variations on proposals and the case for support.
  • Serve as the point of contact for all donations, gifts, and
    grants awarded.
  • Support program staff with drafting and managing programmatic
    grants, as needed.
  • Support culture of integration across all departments and the
    development of systems that enhance agency operations, with a
    particular focus on alignment between the Development and
    Operations teams.





  • Bachelor’s degree; 5+ years fundraising or related
  • Successful record achieving fundraising goals in a nonprofit
  • Experience as a frontline fundraiser with demonstrated success
    in personally cultivating, soliciting, and securing major and lead
    gifts; and developing and sustaining strong relationships with the
    Board of Directors, program leadership, colleagues and other
    partners and stakeholders.
  • An ability to secure financial support from diverse sources –
    including major donors and
  • Exceptional reasoning, problem solving, and analytical skills,
    including an ability to translate ideas and concepts into strategic
    areas of impact for donor engagement.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills; empathetic;
    good listener
  • Results oriented, proactive, proven organization skills
  • Strong leadership, management, and mentorship skills for team
  • Collaborative, with the ability to partner internally and
    externally with stakeholders.
  • Excellent attention to detail, responsiveness, and creative
    problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity to travel nationally or internationally, as


ADA Requirements/Working Conditions:

  • Work normally performed in a typical interior/office work
  • Limited physical effort required
  • Hearing, repetitive hand motions, sitting, talking, typing
  • Some travel as needed, 25-35%


Compensation: $120,000 – $150,000, commensurate
with experience and location of residence.


Benefits: The Center for Justice and Human
Dignity offers a competitive benefits package including a
comprehensive healthcare package, leave provisions including up to
5 weeks paid leave, 14 paid holidays, and summer Fridays, generous
retirement contributions, and access to wellness programs continued
education assistance, and a perks program.


To apply: Please upload a resume to be
considered for this position.


EEO Statement


The Center for Justice and Human Dignity is an equal opportunity
employer and encourages people with all backgrounds and lived
experiences to apply regardless of race, religion, gender
expression, sexual orientation, abilities, or veteran status.


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