Development Assistant

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $30,000
Maximum: $35,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



36-14 35th Street
Long Island City
United States


Legal Outreach, Inc.

Development Assistant Job Description

Legal Outreach History and Mission:

Legal Outreach is a college preparatory organization whose mission is to change the educational trajectory of urban youth from under-resourced communities and facilitate the pursuit of higher education by using legal and educational programs as tools for fostering vision, developing skills, and enhancing confidence.

Legal Outreach’s formation dates back to 1982, the year Legal Outreach co-Founder and Executive Director, James O’Neal, graduated from Harvard Law School and came to New York as Harvard’s first Public Interest Law Fellowship recipient. Determined to serve at-risk teens, he taught law to students in Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant and the South Bronx. The organization now serves poor and minority students from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. In 1993, Legal Outreach graduated its first class from the four-year College Bound Program. Since then, 684 students have completed the college bound program, with 99% attending college, and 94% graduating from college. More than half of the program’s graduates have matriculated to top-ranked colleges and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, Cornell, NYU, Georgetown, Duke, Smith, Bryn Mawr, Wellesley, Wesleyan, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and many more.

Since its establishment, Legal Outreach has relied heavily on the strength of commitments from New York Institutions to supplement the various curricula and bring the law to life for young people. Legal Outreach’s partners include 7 law schools, 35 law firms, 2 governmental agencies, 3 public interest organizations, 9 judges, 4 real estate firms, 4 corporations and 182 attorney and law student volunteers.

Legal Outreach has been recognized as one of the top college access organizations in New York, and across the country. We have been awarded the American Bar Association Alexander Award for Excellence in the Diversity Pipeline, and have been recognized as one of the top performing college access programs in New York City by Root Cause Social Impact Research.

Legal Outreach is building a development team to support the expansion of our very successful programs. The development team will be lead by the Executive Director, and will include the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Development Coordinator, and the Development Assistant.

Development Assistant:

The Development Assistant will be part of Legal Outreach’s efforts to raise the revenue necessary for program expansion. The Development Assistant will report to the Development Coordinator, who will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement (DIA). The DIA will report to the Executive Director. 

The Development Assistant will work with the Development Coordinator to implement social media strategy on a daily basis, and to track and research donor and grant information.  The Development Assistant will also track contact information for public relations, and draft thank you cards and letters, and in general support donor communications. The Development Assistant will print and prepare materials for development meetings, and in general provide support for the Executive Director and development team.


1)   Implement Social Media strategy

2)   Research donor and grant prospects

3)   Input data on public relations contacts, and on donors, partners and supporters

4)   Write thank you letters and cards

5)   Print, organize and prepare development materials

6)   Support the Development Coordinator with details of newsletters, special campaigns and annual Gala


1)   Proficient at excel and Google Sheets (experience with Salesforce a plus)

2)   Prompt communicator (efficiency more important than flash)

3)   Detail-oriented (introverted tendencies a plus)

4)   Able to demonstrate examples of successfully organizing a complex matrix of details in a professional or academic context

5)   Able to adapt quickly to evolving tactics in the implementation of organizational strategy


1)   $30,000-$35,000

2)   Health Insurance

3)   Vacation

Interested applicants can email cover letter and resume to

Due to the volume of applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Legal Outreach is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.


Health Insurance


Pension after five years

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email cover letter and resume.