Assistant Director of Data Solutions & Architecture


The Innocence Project works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the organization is now an independent nonprofit. Our work is guided by science and grounded in antiracism. Since our inception, the Innocence Project has used DNA and other scientific advancements to prove wrongful conviction. To date, we have helped to free or exonerate more than 200 people who, collectively, spent more than 3,600 years behind bars. Our efforts have led to the passage of more than 200 transformative state laws and federal reforms. Today, the Innocence Project continues to fight for freedom, drive structural change, and advance the innocence movement. To learn more, please visit


The Assistant Director of Data Solutions and Architecture is responsible for establishing, managing, and developing the development department database systems. A member of the Development Operations and Digital teams, the Assistant Director of Data Solutions and Architecture will work primarily in the Salesforce platform and should have a strong knowledge of data management/CRM systems in general. They are accountable for ensuring high quality data capture, gift and financial transaction processing, record-keeping on donor giving and relationship history, financial reporting and reconciliation, and database systems administration. They develop scalable strategies to support fundraising efforts for gift officers and portfolio managers in the Salesforce ecosystem. They create reports for the Development Department, the Finance Department, the digital team, and senior leadership team.

This full-time position reports to the Director of Development Data Systems and Operations.

All Innocence Project employees must embrace, respect and value the rich diversity of perspectives and experience of a diverse and heterogeneous staff. We recognize and appreciate that our work is better for having varied participants and thought partners.

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

While the Innocence Project has supported remote work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently committed to a hybrid workplace with mandatory two days per week in-office (Those two days in office will be lots of team-building and departmental and cross-departmental activities that are necessary). All staff are currently provided a private workspace with a closed-door for the time being.


The ideal candidate will have seven or more years of progressively responsible experience with database management. This role will oversee and lead several buckets of work, so the ideal candidate will detail-oriented with a strategic eye on the larger vision. The ideal candidate will be a team player who skillfully works across departments with fundraisers, communications, and program colleagues. The ideal candidate will be a thought partner and leader, with a passion for collaboration and continuous learning.


Donor Data Management, Online and Offline Gift Coding, Financial Reconciliation

  • Leads the management and integrity of a growing database of over 1.5 million accounts including
    300,000 active donors and 160,000+ transactions per fiscal year.
  • Maintain Salesforce users, data security, and their permissions. Keep in compliance with storage
  •  Designs and builds data entry systems including check, stock, EFT, crypto, and batch gift entry.
  • Enter batch gift data in a timely and accurate manner and communicate with finance on regular
  • Ensure that all gift processing and record-keeping is conducted in compliance with best practices
    and IRS regulations.
  • Provide regular financial reporting, reconciliation and analysis.
  • Create and maintain Salesforce infrastructure to code all donations entering the database.
  • Monitors and addresses potential fraud from digital donation platforms. Creates strategies and builds infrastructure with Fundraise and Stripe to reduce fraud.

Data Architecture Strategy, Data Driven Fundraising Architecture

  • With the Director of Development Data Systems and Operations, devises strategy for data-driven
    fundraising. Creates, builds, and owns Salesforce and technical solutions allowing donor stewards
    to manage and segment large portfolios.
  • Works closely with the digital communications team to ensure that technical solutions are in place
    for scalable gift processing and accurate coding.
  • Designs and builds dynamic infrastructure based on the needs of gift officers and giving areas. This
    includes responding to changes in longtime fundraising infrastructure and updating it for current

Department Support, Digital Support, Data Integrity

  • With guidance from the Director, support clear data standards, protocols and process documentation for all Salesforce and Data Processes.
  • Create complex reports and segmentation for online and offline stewardship.
  • Develop consistent and accurate reports and dashboards for the Development Department, Digital Team, and Senior Leadership.
  • Import/export data to and from Salesforce from other systems.
  • Proactively work on continuous data quality improvements, including regular de-duping, field audits, to ensure accuracy of donor records.
  • Be well versed in third party applications used in the Salesforce ecosystem as backup for the Director of Development Data Systems and Operations.
  • Develop and implement Salesforce Engagement Plans to support fundraising for major donors.
  • Manage prospect research data including Donorsearch and data from outside consultants.
  • Integrate prospect research data into Salesforce and stewardship reports.

Automation, Product Support

  • Write and maintain new Salesforce automation using workflows, NPSP customizable rollups, and Flow.
  • Develop and execute solutions for new and existing marketing and fundraising products added to the Salesforce ecosystem.
  • With the Director of Development Data Systems and Operations and the digital communications team, creates strategy and spearheads new initiatives to improve gift coding and segmentation in order to enhance digital and offline fundraising efforts.
  • Proactively work to optimize our Salesforce instance, staying abreast of latest developments with Salesforce.
  • With the Director of Development Data Systems and Operations, create and develop quarterly product roadmaps to ensure the most accurate and usable Salesforce instance possible and mitigate the need for Salesforce consultants.
  • Support the Director of Development Data Systems and Operations with implementation for new technology products including but not limited to fundraising platforms, email programs, and integrations.

Innocence Project Store Management, Donor Services Backup

  • Oversees financial reporting and technical backend of the store.
  • Oversees inventory ordering.
  • With finance, prepares and files state taxes for Texas and New York.
  • Manages requests from donors and patrons of the store including refunds, returns, shipping issues.
  • Creates strategy around store campaigns including but not limited to promotions, inventory, and additional donation sources from the store.
  • Serve as back-up for the Development Operations team.


  • Bachelors’ degree preferred, or equivalent work experience
  • 7 years of database experience, including building queries and reports, importing and exporting data.
  • Salesforce Administrator Certification required
  • Experience and knowledge of Salesforce Classic
  • Experience with data mass import software, preferably DemandTools
  • Proficient in data manipulation, strong Excel skills and experience working with data sets.
  • Preference for experience with any of the following: Pardot, Funraise, Strive, Formstack, Shopify, Quorum, Tableau, DonorSearch, Zapier, Flow, Stripe
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.


  • Ability to learn software and SaaS with ease.
  • Superior skills in organization, planning and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to convey technical information clearly to non-technical staff.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to work with groups of diverse individuals in respectful, equitable, and inclusive ways.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the Innocence Project and for social justice, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest.
  • Shares values of equity, excellence, collaboration, humanity, integrity, respect, and accountability.


The salary for this position is highly competitive, and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match.  The office is currently operating on a hybrid schedule (partly remote, partly in office). While on this hybrid schedule, the Innocence Project provides company-paid transportation benefits.


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. Individuals with personal connections to the criminal legal system are strongly encouraged 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. 


Please upload a cover letter expressing your interest in the role and the organization’s work, and a resume titled with your name (last name. first name. cover letter/resume). Only applications with cover letters will be considered complete applications. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone or direct email.


**Applications for this position will be considered on a rolling basis until the post is filled.** 

LOCATION:  New York City 

SALARY RANGE: $95,625 – $112,500

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