The Center for Alternative Sentencing & Employment Services (CASES) is a leading provider of jail and prison alternatives and mental health services for youth, young adults, and others impacted by the criminal legal system. CASES’ continuum of services include Pretrial bail alternatives, youth alternatives to incarceration, State-licensed intensive mobile treatment, in-community family and mentoring, and one of the nation’s only forensic-specialist Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, located in Central Harlem. Our programs operate at the frontlines of efforts to reform the criminal legal system, providing direct services proven to help participants achieve goals and address challenges while reducing future system involvement.
In recent years, CASES has achieved significant organizational growth, including through the expansion of programs directly supporting key system reforms:
- Raising the Age of adult criminal responsibility from 16 to 18
- Reducing the criminalization of mental illness
- Eliminating the use of bail and pretrial detention for 90% of arrest types
- Reducing the number of people detained at Rikers Island to support the City’s commitment to closing that facility by 2026
This expansion has relied primarily on public funding sources, including a range of local, state, and federal grants along with Medicaid. In the coming years, a key CASES strategic priority is to expand revenue from private foundation grants while also 1) identifying new government funding streams aligned with the increasing breadth and reach of our services and 2) evaluating and testing opportunities to increase engagement with corporate philanthropy programs. A new position, the Director of Institutional Giving, will be the second senior-most member of CASES’ five-person Development & Communications team, which is responsible for supporting a $45 million annual organization budget and leading the organization’s external-facing communications. The Director will report to and work closely with the Chief Officer of Development & Communications and in close collaboration with and supporting three high-performing Development & Communications Associates in a role requiring continuous interface with the Executive Team, Strategic Initiatives unit, program directors, and frontline staff.
- Supports revenue generation for CASES’ programs and services, primarily through timely submission of well-researched, well-written, and well-documented grant proposals, taking a lead role in larger, more complex grant opportunities
- Works with the Development & Communications Team to manage institutional donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategy for grants
- Works with the Chief Development & Communications Officer to prioritize funding opportunities
- Manages preparation of solicitation materials, including for online submissions of complex government grants
- Provides lead support for preparing and developing major government RFPs, including project management, outreach and planning with internal and external stakeholders, drafting narrative and/or delegating drafting, coordinating budgets with finance staff, and follow up with stakeholders to ensure that all deadlines through the process are met
- Liaises with program staff to develop solid understanding of CASES’ diverse array of programs and initiatives along with the organization’s 54-year history; coordinates with program staff to develop, track progress toward, and report on proposal goals
- Works with the CFO/Fiscal Team and program staff to formulate budgets for proposals and expense reports for grant reports
- Working closely with Development & Communications team members, identifies funding opportunities and new programs to match CASES’ priorities, including using prospect and field research
- Working with the Chief Development & Communications Officer, assists with making contacts and cultivating relationships related to fundraising, including as needed to obtain/update information, promote CASES, and secure funding; keeps meticulous records of these contacts including in CASES’ Salesforce Development database
- Works with the Chief Development & Communications Officer to prepare fundraising reports for CASES’ Board of Trustees and, as appropriate, to engage Trustees in supporting institutional fundraising, including through outreach to corporate giving programs
- Supported by Development & Communications Associates, conducts regular new funder prospecting, keeping up to date on emerging philanthropic trends in relevant fields, and staying current on the funding relationships of competitor organizations
- Maintains collaborative working relationships with other staff to ensure maximum support for Development activities throughout the organization
- Engages as a thought partner in external Communications projects, including to ensure integration of Development perspectives/priorities
- Other activities as assigned by the Chief Development & Communications Officers
- Bachelor’s degree
- Minimum 5-7 years of experience in foundation and/or government grants and stewardship (criminal legal, youth development, and/or public health fields a plus)
- Demonstrated commitment to public service and/or social justice
- Experience working on government RFPs strongly preferred
- Successful corporate fundraising experience a plus
- Excellent project management, communication, and teamwork skills
- Exceptional writing skills and strong proofreading skills
- Interest in and commitment to learning about CASES’ programs and the community needs they address
- Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
- Ability to develop strong working relationships with staff across all levels of CASES to support grant development and reporting
- Ability to glean actionable information from data and feedback
- Ability to review all proposal-related materials, including budgets
- Experience with donor CRM tools, such as Raisers Edge or Salesforce
Applications with a cover letter will receive priority review. If your work experience does not specifically align with the position listed, please include a description in your cover letter how your experience has prepared you for success in the role.
Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
CASES is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment with CASES is based solely on qualifications and competence for a particular position, without regard to race, color, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or marital, military, or citizenship status. We also actively recruit individuals with prior involvement in the criminal justice system. Your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.