Since 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has been the vanguard in the battle for civil rights and racial justice in the United States. LDF was founded by legendary civil rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall (who went on to serve as the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice) and became a wholly separate organization from the NAACP in 1957. LDF brought together an intrepid team of attorneys with a bold vision for a truly just and equal democracy. They shaped the foundations of the civil rights all Americans enjoy today.
More than 80 years later, LDF lawyers continue to battle against voting laws that suppress African American votes, racially discriminatory barriers to employment and housing, ongoing segregation in our nation’s schools, and a criminal justice system that too harshly punishes people of color in federal and state courts. LDF policy advocates bring their expertise to Capitol Hill, while LDF organizers are on the ground in communities across the country supporting local efforts to transform policing and education.
LDF is renowned for its impact litigation that drives critical advances in civil rights – most notably its landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board Education, which overturned the “separate but equal” doctrine of segregation and led to the integration of the nation’s public schools.
LDF’s work focuses on the four interconnected areas of political participation, criminal justice reform, education equity, and economic justice. Over the years, LDF victories have secured equal access to the ballot and to public accommodations for African Americans, eradicated arbitrary barriers to employment opportunity, and eroded racial bias within the criminal justice system. Outside the courtroom, LDF advocates have ensured that major civil rights laws including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Fair Housing Act were passed, reauthorized, and implemented.
LDF recently completed its 80th Anniversary Campaign, raising $80 million to support its strategic priorities. Since 2013, LDF has steadily grown in resources and staff size, and expanded the range of its donor engagement. Supported by three major foundations in 2013, the organization now receives substantial support from scores of foundations. Major individual donor support has also expanded exponentially. During the past 8 years LDF has also grown its board and staff. As of 2021, the staff has tripled in size, and LDF plans to open a third office – a southern regional office – in Atlanta later this year.
In 2020, the response by donors to the need for urgent racial justice work resulted in unprecedented support for LDF. As a result, LDF is financially positioned and empowered to make even bolder moves to meet the challenges of the moment. LDF is now engaging in organizational development and strategic planning that will culminate in a rebranding process.
Amid this compelling backdrop, LDF seeks a mission-driven leader for the critical role of Chief Development Officer (CDO). The CDO directs and leads LDF’s efforts to advance philanthropy and donor understanding of and engagement with the programs and priorities of the organization, working closely with the President and Director-Counsel, senior staff, and the Board of Directors. The CDO is responsible for conceptualizing, organizing, and implementing a comprehensive and strategic fundraising program that will sustain and fully leverage the influx of support LDF has received. Reporting to the President and Director-Counsel and serving as a key member of the senior management team, the CDO oversees a current team of approximately 24 individuals across the areas of Individual Giving, Institutional Giving, and Development Services. The CDO will be empowered to optimize the organizational design/functional alignment of the Development department in consultation with the President and Director-Counsel, on the understanding that additional staff capacity will be necessary to achieve long-term goals.
Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.
The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, competencies, and personal characteristics:
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.
Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has retained the Diversified Search Group to assist in this confidential search process. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (current resumes and cover letters) should be directed electronically to:
Gerard F. Cattie, Jr.
Practice Leader – Fundraising & Advancement
Diversified Search Group
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Since 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has been the vanguard in the battle for civil rights and racial justice in the United States. LDF was founded by legendary civil rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall (who went on to…