36-14 35th Street
Long Island City
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 Associate.
The Development Coordinator will be a very important part of Legal Outreach’s efforts to raise the revenue necessary for program expansion. The Development Coordinator will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement, who will report to the Executive Director. The Development Coordinator will supervise the Development Associate.
The Development Coordinator will work with the Director of Institutional Advancement to write grant applications and grant reports, and will serve as the organizational backbone of the development team. The Development Coordinator will ensure a well-organized grant management system, and will work with the Development Associate to track all donor and donor prospect information. The Development Coordinator will also work with the Development Associate to implement daily the social media strategy. Specific responsibilities include:
1) Write grant applications and reports
2) Maintain a grant management system
3) Supervise data tracking and track data
4) Conduct donor and grant research and supervise such
5) Organize and facilitate the Legal Outreach alumni council
6) Supervise social media strategy
7) Manage details of annual Gala event
8) Manage details of special giving campaigns and newsletters
1) At least four years professional experience (graduate school a plus).
2) Very strong writing ability (grant writing experience a plus)
3) Proficient at excel and Google Sheets (experience with Salesforce a plus)
4) Prompt communicator (efficiency more important than flash)
5) Detail-oriented (introverted tendencies a plus)
6) Able to demonstrate examples of successfully organizing a complex matrix of details in a professional context
7) Able to adapt quickly to evolving tactics in the implementation of organizational strategy
Pension after five years
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish a plus.
Minimum Education Required