New York, NY

Deputy Director of Development, Innocence Project

The Organization

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and reform the criminal justice system. Please see for more information.

Position Overview

The Deputy Director of Development is a new position being created to help manage a growing and dynamic department. Reporting to the Director of Development and External Affairs, the Deputy Director will supervise the Managers for Individual Giving and Special Events and have significant responsibility for expanding support for the annual campaign including a significant role in managing the annual benefit. In addition the Deputy Director will provide the Director of Development with support in overall decision making related to the strategic direction of the department.



  • Support the Director of Development in management, staffing, goal setting and achieving quarterly and annual financial goals
  • Oversee the Managers of Individual Giving and Special Events


  • Utilize and build on current initiatives to establish stronger relationships with donors
  • Identify new prospects for the annual campaign
  • With the Manager of Special Events, oversee the day to day management of the annual benefit
  • In collaboration with the Director of Development and Manager of Individual Giving, oversee a moves management program


  • Support the Director of Development in managing a process to consistently engage the board in donor outreach and prospect management
  • Create engagement programs for various donor groups
  • Visit donors and prospective major donors including outside of the New York Metropolitan area
  • In collaboration with Director of Development, expand events program to steward and cultivate major donor interests


  • Bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field
  • 7 to 10 years development experience, including 4 years experience in major gift and donor development
  • Experience managing special events
  • Demonstrated success cultivating major donors
  • Track record of measurable results in revenue growth


  • Passion for the mission of the Innocence Project
  • High level of personal and professional confidence and strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong writing and verbal communications skills
  • Leadership skills and ability to execute an ambitious agenda
  • Strong ability to collaborate and work successfully in a team
  • Superior skills in organization, planning and attention to details


The salary for this position is competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match, and paid Transitcheks. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.

How To Apply

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