Development Director

Posting Date: 11/20/2020
Organization: Detroit Justice Center
City Position is Located: Detroit
Position Description (include how to apply):

The Detroit Justice Center (DJC), an innovative community law practice, seeks a full-time Development Director. DJC is founded on the belief that we cannot build cities that work for everyone without remedying the impacts of mass incarceration and transforming our justice system. This position is a unique opportunity to support DJC in its mission to deliver community lawyering services, create economic opportunities, and promote just cities. We have established a set of values to guide our work, and we seek a Development Director who will deeply align with them.

Position Overview:
The Detroit Justice Center seeks a diligent and creative individual with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. We seek a skilled professional to lead and manage our Development team; create, implement, and evaluate a plan to help the organization foster long-term sustainability; and provide professional and high-quality stewardship to donors, clients, volunteers, staff, community partners, and the community at large. Reporting to the Associate Executive Director, the Development Director will manage DJC’s Senior Grant Writer and part-time Development Information Associate. DJC will onboard the Development Director for remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for development, management, and evaluation of all fundraising activities
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and companies that align with our values
  • Work collaboratively and consistently with senior leadership at DJC to help the organization be responsive to new opportunities, and manage a dynamic team to achieve goals
  • Manage the implementation of Little Green Light (DJC’s donor management software) and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Oversee organization of special events
  • Supervise the development team which includes the Senior Grant Writer and Development Information Associate


  • Post-secondary degree (required), master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration (a plus)
  • Ten-plus years experience in a senior level development role
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Little Green Light (DJC’s donor management software) or another donor management software
  • Knowledge/experience of justice issues and passion for DJC’s mission and values; and
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite and Google products; experience with case management software and web conferencing software (e.g. Google Meet, Zoom) a plus. 

The target salary for this role is $100,000 - $115,000. DJC offers an array of robust benefits in addition to its base salary including 100% employer-paid health benefits, 2% retirement match, 10 paid holidays, 20 PTO days, 2 centering days, 5 sick days, and a flexible schedule. This position will be remote until the organization returns to the office. DJC is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions & Timeline:
To apply for this role, please submit your application materials through our careers website here. Make sure to refresh your webpage to view the posting. Please be sure to attach a resume, cover letter, and at least 3 references, as well as any other application materials you'd like to include for consideration. Applications will be reviewed as received, and all are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but no later than January 4, 2021. Please refrain from contacting the office for an update on the status of your application.

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