Assistant Director of Individual Giving


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


Reporting to the Director of Individual and Major Giving, the Assistant Director of Individual Giving is responsible for creating and maintaining meaningful and productive relationships with mid-level and major donors (donors giving $1,000+). As an integral member of a 3-person division that has managed significant growth in recent years, the incumbent will be tasked with developing strategies and processes focused on the retention of existing donors, advancing the major donor pipeline, and stewarding loyal constituents. This role is also responsible for a portfolio of around 125 major donors and prospects.

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. All staff are currently provided a private workspace with a closed-door for the time being.


The ideal candidate is a mid-career frontline fundraiser who has worked closely with major or mid-level donors, is familiar with development best practices, and has a passion for forging meaningful and lasting relationships on behalf of their organization. This person prefers to work collaboratively and empathetically with teammates, colleagues and external partners; pursues excellence; represents their organization in a highly competent and professional manner; and cares deeply for the work of the Innocence Project.


  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 125 individuals who have capacity of making gifts of $5,000 or more annually
  • Contribute to the development of engagement and cultivation strategies that foster a sense of community and ensure continued growth and a robust pipeline
  • Monitor performance around retention, outreach to prospects and solicitations in partnership with the Director of Individual and Major Giving
  • Collaborate with the Development team, including the Chief Development Officer, to oversee the individual giving prospect pipeline and moves management process
  • Interact with donors, prospects, colleagues, vendors and other stakeholders with professionalism and empathy through written correspondence, phone calls, and in-person
  • Prepare written materials including reports and proposals for individual supporters
  • Ensure that all acknowledgements, proposals, inquiries and other communications are processed in a timely manner
  • Facilitate meetings for Innocence Project leadership with donors and prospects including preparing briefing memos, staffing and leading debriefing conversations
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director of Special Events, devise impactful, mission-driven events that advance donor engagement and connection
  • Keep up to date on current trends in philanthropy and adjust strategies and work plans accordingly
  • Other projects and responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelors and minimum 7 years of professional experience, including at least 3 years working with mid-level or major gifts
  • Knowledge of Google Suite, MS Office Suite and internet research; comfortable working with computers with minimal IT support
  • Experience managing a portfolio and knowledge of moves management practices preferred
  • Willingness to do occasional travel
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.


  • Strong interpersonal, diplomacy, and communication (verbal & written) skills; ability to respectfully, effectively and sensitively interact with a wide variety of people of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds
  • A high level of personal and professional confidence and presence
  • Flexible, self-reflective and collaborative work style, and comfortable in an atmosphere of transition and growth
  • Ability to understand and communicate complex program work to donors in an accessible and compelling way
  • Proficiency with prospect research tools for identification and qualification
  • Ability to work independently, be self-directed, assess priorities, and take initiative
  • Strong skills in organization, planning and attention to detail
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the Innocence Project and advancing social justice
  • Commitment to best-in-class fundraising and relationship management
  • 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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