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Job Opportunity:

Database Manager
The Sentencing Project
Washington, D.C.

Organizational Overview 

The Sentencing Project, established in 1986, works for a fair and effective criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.  The Sentencing Project engages in research on sentencing and related issues, advocates for criminal justice policy and practice reform, and conducts broad-scale public education through media, online and other communications.  Information about The Sentencing Project is available at sentencingproject.org.

Job Description and Responsibilities 

Primary issue areas addressed by The Sentencing Project include sentencing reform, drug policy, racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and felony disenfranchisement. The Database Manager will be responsible for maintaining and updating the organization’s Sage/Abila database of donors, allies and media contacts. The Database Manger will also provide general support for integrating database operations into fundraising, advocacy, and communications outreach, as well as support to the Operations Director for overall office operations.  


  • Desirable skills and experience include the following:
  • Demonstrated experience updating and maintaining a contact database or contact management system for fundraising, membership or constituent management 
  • Importing and exporting data records
  • Managing and maintaining integrations with other applications, including advocacy, email, online fundraising tools
  • Experience with email and direct mail databases
  • Knowledge of Sage/Abila database a plus 
  • Experience with a CRM system is highly desirable
  • Constructing queries and generating mailing lists for newsletters, donation appeals, email blasts and events
  • Reconciling gift transactions and ensuring correct fund entries in database and QuickBooks accounting system
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and extensive experience with mail merge functions 


Commensurate with experience and duties. Current benefits package includes three weeks’ vacation; health, dental, life and disability insurance; contribution to 403(b) retirement plan and Metro transportation subsidy.

Application Procedure 

Candidates who are qualified by experience, skill, and personal motivation are invited to apply. The Sentencing Project is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to cultural diversity and recruits without regard to gender, race, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, or prior convictions. 


Submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to:

Hiring Coordinator

Open until filled.

July 2015