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Development Director

Organizational Overview  

The Sentencing Project promotes effective and humane responses to crime that minimize incarceration and criminalization of youth and adults by promoting racial/ethnic, economic, and gender justice. The Sentencing Project engages in cutting-edge research on sentencing and related issues and anchors advocacy campaigns that challenge extreme sentencing and racial disparities in the criminal legal system. Information about The Sentencing Project is available at

We seek a highly skilled, experienced and strategic fundraising professional with a deep commitment to social justice to help expand, strengthen and sustain the organization at a time of significant organizational growth and change.


A. Developing Strategies and Implementing Workplans

  1. In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop and successfully execute a fundraising strategy designed to reach established revenue goals.
  2. Develop, manage, track and regularly report on annual and multi-year fundraising plans, targets and calendars.
  3. Identify and analyze trends in foundation funding in the area of criminal justice, voting rights, youth justice and, more broadly, racial justice, and use the results to formulate time-framed plans for securing new foundation grants.
  4. Create a vision and plan for growing individual giving, including deepening engagement of monthly and annual supporters through thoughtful relationship building, stewardship, and digital engagement.
  5. Work closely with the Executive Director to establish new and deepening existing foundation and donor relationships.

B. Building and Leading the Development Team

  1. Select, supervise and mentor Development Team members while working to develop, coach and empower staff to grow professionally and work collaboratively.
  2. Retain and manage external fundraising consultants as needed.
  3. Draft grant proposals and reports, letters of inquiry, donor updates and stewardship materials.
  4. Take ownership of developing individualized and time-framed donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies.
  5. Develop and manage individual donor fundraising campaigns, including crowdfunding, direct mail, digital fundraising, prospecting and other tactics to expand TSP’s base of individual donors and other revenue sources
  6. Develop a strategy and calendar for donor events for both large and small donors.

C. Enhancing Administrative Functions

  1. Work with Finance team to provide revenue projections and reports; support monthly and annual reconciliation process; and support the annual audit.
  2. Oversee the development of a comprehensive approach to managing project grants.
  3. Work with Executive Director, Deputy Director and senior program staff to ensure grant compliance.
  4. Evaluate ways to optimize CRM to benefit fundraising efforts.

D. Collaborating with TSP Colleagues

  1. Work with the TSP Communications Team to craft an overarching external messaging strategy that encompasses program and fundraising needs.
  2. Work with the Communications Team to distribute this messaging through strategic channels, including an enhanced focus on digital strategies for fundraising, donor activation, and communications.
  3. Work with the ED and Senior Program staff to develop partnerships with state and local colleagues for joint fundraising from foundations and other funders.

E. Enhancing & Expanding Board Relations

  1. Work closely with the Executive Director to create a culture of philanthropy within the Board of Directors.
  2. Actively engage the Board in support of annual fundraising goals and activities, and leverage their relationships with institutional and individual donors.
  3. Prepare Board meeting presentations and documents in support of development activities.


  • Minimum of 8 years of experience securing financial support for mission-driven nonprofits from a variety of sources, including foundations, individual donors, major donors, or corporations.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure substantial grants and individual gifts.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience supervising fundraising staff.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience managing a portfolio of foundation funders and prospects.
  • Familiarity with fundraising and/or CRM databases; experience with SALSA a plus.
  • Deep knowledge of the funding landscape at national, regional and state levels.
  • Ability to see the “big picture,” think strategically, and translate strategy into goals and actions.
  • Exceptional writer, storyteller, and communicator skilled in analyzing, breaking down, and communicating complex ideas in ways that inspire others to action.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills with diverse stakeholders, including funders, organizational leaders, and team members at all levels of the organization.
  • Fluency with MS Office suite.


The position offers a competitive salary based on accomplishments and experience. The Sentencing Project offers employee benefits that include generous paid time off, health insurance, and employer contribution to a retirement plan. The position is full-time and will be able to work remotely.


Candidates who are qualified by experience, skill, and personal motivation are invited to apply. Please send a cover letter, a current resume, a brief writing sample, and the names and phone numbers of three references to the Hiring Manager at The Sentencing Project values diversity and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, LGBT persons, people with disabilities, and those directly impacted by the justice system are encouraged to apply for all positions.


We are not accepting applications at this time.