Development Associate

  • NY, NY
  • Full Time
  • Entry Level

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve the systems of democracy and justice in the United States. 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. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

Position overview:

We seek an energetic, motivated, and well-organized individual to serve in a vital position to advance the Brennan Center’s mission. The Development Associate will join a high-performing, fast-moving Development department of 14 charged with raising $35+ million annually from a diverse base of donors. 

The Development Associate will provide essential support across the Development team to ensure efficient and productive functioning. In this highly collaborative role, the Associate will conduct donor and prospect research; draft and edit donor correspondence and other written materials; assist with event logistics; and perform other supportive, coordinating duties that contribute to the success of the department.

The Associate will partner closely with a second Development Associate to share responsibilities, and will report directly to the Associate Director, Major Donor Relations (but duties are expansive to support the full team). The Associate also will provide special assistance to the VP for Development and work regularly with the Center’s President and other leaders and staff across the Center. 

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate working meetings with the Center’s President, including managing correspondence and proofreading final products 
  • Conduct donor and prospect research, including implementing a systematic research program for the department
  • Use Salesforce to manage logistics for large outreach campaigns, create and update contact lists, and ensure integrity of donor and prospect information
  • Advance the planning and production of donor events and program briefings, including an annual gala benefit 
  • Collaborate with Democracy, Voting, and Justice program staff to bolster and inform the Development department’s written materials and donor outreach 
  • Assist with grant writing and drafting of donor outreach and communications     
  • Other departmental support, including the following: 
    • Prepare mailings to donors and prospects, including in-house stewardship materials and direct mail campaigns
    • Manage the VP of Development’s calendar and the departmental team calendar
    • Process gifts and respond to general donor inquiries

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • At least 1-2 years of work experience, preferably at a mission-driven organization – fundraising experience is a plus
  • Highly organized with outstanding attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with office systems and databases, including but not limited to:
    • CRM proficiency (Salesforce preferred)
    • Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel
  • Ability to multi-task and thrive in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment
  • Maturity to work effectively with staff and leadership at all levels
  • Sound judgment and discretion to maintain privacy and confidentiality
  • Generous team player who responds productively to direction and feedback 
  • Proactive and self-starting – able to work independently and problem solve 
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the Brennan Center’s mission


The Brennan Center is committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.  We continuously work with our staff to find new ways to increase diversity and to build and cultivate an inclusive and equitable work environment, where everyone can be their true-self and feel a strong sense of belonging.  As such, we seek to hire employees who have a commitment to and/or experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion.  In addition, we expect employees to participate/contribute with DEI initiatives or activities with recruitment, retention, and workplace culture.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage interested applicants to apply early, as the position will be filled once a qualified candidate is found.

Application Instructions

To apply, visit  Please upload the following application materials: resume, cover letter, writing sample (up to 2 pages), and contact information for three references. If applicable, include Internet hyperlinks to authored writing samples. Also, identify where you saw this ad.  

Please, no phone calls or faxes; it is strongly preferred that you apply on our website.  If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Development Associate” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

NoteThe Brennan Center is committed to public health and to the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors.  As such, we have adopted a policy requiring all employees working in the New York and Washington, DC offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to meet the legal guidelines for an exemption.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated;
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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