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Development Assistant


Job posted by: Defy Ventures

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Job description

You love focusing on the details, bringing structure to chaos, and passionately working to create a friendly work environment. You naturally bring joy to those around you, are ambitious and hungry, and feel most satisfied when your work has deep, meaningful impact. At Defy, your challenge will be to use that passion, attention to detail, and energy to help our team grow Defy's life transforming work throughout NYC and beyond.

We look for the following when evaluating new teammates:

  • Culture fit: we have a crazy fun/ambitious/spirited culture that is passionate about redeeming lives and restoring communities. We strive to display heart, empathy, and resolve in our daily interactions with one another.
  • Execution machine: you thrive under pressure, consistently meeting expectations and commitments on tight deadlines, all while managing a variety of tasks and relationships in an efficient and meticulous manner.

You will develop broad-ranging relationships: powerful C-level executives, scrappy entrepreneurs, savvy investment professionals, social changemakers, and corporate partners.

You will develop broad-ranging skills: sales, fundraising, marketing, program coordination, public relations, communications, strategy, networking, customer service, and hustle.

You will have the support of teammates who look out for you and want you to succeed. You will make a difference.

Although Defy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we take pride in our application of corporate best practices and operate as a lean, results-oriented startup. This high-impact opportunity is perfectly suited for a young professional looking to transition out of the corporate world.


  • Register donors and volunteers for program events and provide friendly customer service as they engage with Defy
  • Find creative ways to enhance Defy's culture of love and fun by recognizing and appreciating staff and constituents
  • Manage travel and speaking engagement logistics for CEO and Directors
  • Participate in Defy's hiring/other HR processes; coordinate with employment candidates
  • Draft letters and memos in response to inquiries by volunteers, donors, or other partners
  • Conserve executives' time by reading, researching, and routing correspondence
  • Prepare materials for speaking engagements and events
  • Input and update donor information into database tracking system
  • Provide customer service to Entrepreneurs-in-Training, volunteers, donors, and executives


  • Impeccable written communication skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong verbal communications skills with the ability to interact successfully with a diverse constituency while maintaining a professional demeanor
  • Superb time management and organizational skills while working under pressure
  • Familiarity with databases and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications
  • Exceptionally high level of honesty and integrity
  • Friendly, flexible, confident and assertive
  • Internal fire that drives achievement; competitiveness, goal-orientation and love of a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Highly industrious and resourceful, consistently executing tasks with a sense of urgency
  • Ability to receive constructive criticism and make changes accordingly

About Defy Ventures

The mission of Defy Ventures is to transform the lives of business leaders and people with criminal histories through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey.

Defy harnesses the natural talent of formerly incarcerated men and women, and channels it towards creating legal, profitable businesses. Defy's programs include intensive character and leadership development, competition-based entrepreneurship training, executive mentoring, financial investment, and business incubation. In our signature business event, entrepreneurs-in- training (EITs) engage with corporate leaders from around the world in Shark Tank-style business plan competitions that award seed financing to winning ventures.

To date, Defy has:

Founded in 2010, Defy Ventures provides a scalable solution to the outrageously expensive problems of incarceration and recidivism in the United States. With more than $3 million in private funding from executives and foundations, Defy is well on its way to achieving its vision of equipping formerly incarcerated men and women to defy the odds.

How to apply

To apply, please email your resume to and write "Development Assistant" in the subject line. Optionally, you may include a customized cover letter that discusses what motivates you to work for Defy (if you do include a cover letter, please send it with your resume in a single PDF).

For more information on Defy Ventures, please visit our website at


154 Grand Street, New York, NY, 10013, US