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Major Gifts Manager

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, end mass incarceration, strengthen checks and balances, and preserve Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. 

We seek a Major Gifts Manager to join an ambitious, high performing, and collaborative Development Department. Our in-house team of nine professionals is charged with raising upward of $18 million annually from a solid, diverse base of supporters, including: national foundations and institutional supporters; major donors and family foundations; direct mail and online donors; and an annual gala event, the Brennan Legacy Awards Dinner. To commemorate the Center’s 20th anniversary, we launched a special campaign for two new initiatives, the Brennan Legacy Fund and the Inez Milholland Endowment for Democracy, as well as a Planned Giving program. 


The Major Gifts Manager will report to and work closely with the Deputy Director of Development to help manage all aspects of major donor and family foundation cultivation and stewardship. This rapidly growing portfolio currently accounts for more than half the organization’s annual revenue, and includes individual donors who give $5,000 or more. 

Responsibilities include the following: 

  • Manage relations with a subset of major donors; plan and conduct cultivation and stewardship to ensure strategic engagement and outreach. 
  • Support the Deputy Director of Development as needed on management of the full portfolio of major donors and prospects. 
  • Compellingly communicate the Center’s work to donor audiences – verbally and through writing, including with proposals, grant reports and tailored informational materials. 
  • Conduct prospecting research and outreach. 
  • Prepare staff for donor meetings and events. 
  • Help set annual fundraising projections, manage related databases, and oversee gift processing. 
  • Field correspondence traffic and requests related to major donor giving. 
  • With Finance staff, create budget presentations and financial reports for donors. 
  • Manage annual calendar of grant proposals and reports. 


  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience, preferably in nonprofit development or communications 
  • Impeccable writing skills, including the ability to translate information that is complex and detailed to make it clear and compelling to an audience of varying expertise 
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced atmosphere, write under tight timelines, and pivot gracefully to emergency needs while meeting a steady stream of deadlines 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to take direction and respond productively and quickly to feedback, and maturity to work with staff and leadership at all levels (including by managing up, across and down as needed). 
  • Sound professional and social judgment in building relationships with internal and external colleagues 
  • Strong organizational skills, resourcefulness, initiative and self-direction, attention to detail and accuracy 
  • Advanced proficiency in database and list management, and Microsoft Office suite of computer programs (Word, Access, Excel, etc.) 
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the Brennan Center 
  • Ability to maintain confidential donor information with the highest integrity 

Applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, please visit and upload the following application materials: cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Major Gifts Manager” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

As an equal opportunity affirmative action employer, the Brennan Center is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, and applicants who have been previously incarcerated.

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