Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package.



Application Deadline:



520 8th Avenue
New York
New York
United States


The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators.

The Center’s development department is responsible for the Center’s fundraising efforts. The department’s primary function is to manage the Center’s fundraising-related activities, including researching new funders and funding opportunities, writing proposals and reports, managing grant requirements, coordinating fundraising events, and training staff members on fundraising trends and skills. The department also conceives, designs, and promotes new project ideas in conjunction with other Center staff.

The Center is seeking a Development Associate. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Development, the development associate works closely with Center staff to carry out all fundraising-related activities, including drafting and editing proposals and progress reports; researching potential funding opportunities; tracking grant-related reporting requirements; and building and maintaining relationships with project staff and potential funders. The Development Associate will also provide general administrative support to the department, including maintaining the department’s database and files, and tracking and processing incoming funds. This position is an excellent opportunity for an entry-level individual interested in non-profit management and/or criminal justice reform issues.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·        Draft, edit, and submit proposals and reports to funders;

·        Work with staff throughout the Center to determine funding needs and priorities;

·        Research government and private funding opportunities;

·        Assist in the preparation of budgets and related narratives for funding proposals;

·        Work closely with staff throughout the Center to ensure that projects are achieving contract deliverables and meeting reporting requirements;

·        Build and maintain relationships with Center staff and funders;

·        Provide administrative support for the department;

·        Maintain and update the Center’s Salesforce fundraising and grants database;

·        Assist with the processing of donations and grants, and the execution of revenue contracts;

·        Assist with other projects as needed, including but not limited to fundraising events, individual donor appeals, and lobbying efforts.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and one to two years of work experience in a related area. Excellent written skills are a must. Candidate must be a skilled communicator able to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships both internally and externally. The ideal candidate will have excellent editing skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel; outstanding organizational skills; the ability to juggle several projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines; and strong interpersonal skills. Proficiency with Salesforce, as well as online fundraising systems and methods is a plus.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to apply: 

Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to:

    Subject line: Development Associate Search

    Attn.: Elaine Shea

Center for Court Innovation

520 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10018

Fax (212) 397-0985


Note:  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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The Center for Court Innovation is a project of the Fund for the City of New York. 

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.