Manager, Network Development and Training


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 Innocence Network is an affiliation of over 70 independent nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and public defender’s offices that is dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people and reforming the criminal justice system to avoid future injustice. The Innocence Network member organizations vary in the size, budget, and number of cases they can investigate, and most primarily represent clients in the state in which they work.

The Network Support Unit (NSU), a department within the Innocence Project, works to strengthen the Innocence Network and its member organizations to achieve breakthrough results in addressing and preventing wrongful conviction. The Manager, Network Development and Training will report to the Assistant Director of Organizational Development within the NSU. The Manager will provide training, coaching, and facilitation in all aspects of organizational development and support the resourcing of Network organizations by advising on fundraising strategy and communications, developing templates and resources, and maintaining data on and expertise in innocence focused federal grants. They will develop strategies to contribute to the advancement of the NSU’s organizational development goals, help Network member organizations navigate change, and achieve organizational growth.

This is a full-time, exempt position housed in the Innocence Project’s offices in New York. The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed both remotely and in-office, with frequent travel up to 20% of the time.

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 for this role has a background in development and fundraising and a passion for other areas of nonprofit management and organizational development work. They enjoy working with leaders at all levels to collaborate with them on the development of fundraising strategies, have experience creating and delivering trainings, and are comfortable speaking in front of and with large groups. In addition, they should display an understanding and enthusiasm for coalition work and the mission of the Innocence Project and Innocence Network.


  • Design and deliver trainings on organizational development concepts, including fundraising and communications, to Network members.
  • Develop custom resources to help Network members engage in effective, ethical fundraising.
  • Act as the point person for Network members on federal grants, including fielding questions, tracking data, and advising on proposals.
  • Organize and facilitate “moves management” meetings to set direction for proactive outreach and relationship development within the Network.
  • Provide facilitation and project management services for fundraising and communications planning, strategic visioning, annual and strategic planning, and team building.
  • Provide 1:1 coaching to positional and emerging leaders in the Network around fundraising strategies and other organizational development concepts.
  • Identify and implement tools to support fundraising, communications, and related analytics, including donor tracking.
  • Create templates for grant proposals, case statements, and development resources to assist Network organizations.
  • Provide guidance on how to identify new funding sources, build donor stewardship, and develop solicitation strategies for individual Innocence Network member organizations.
  • Vet grant proposals drafted by Network organizations and provide feedback and guidance.
  • Work cooperatively with the Network Support Unit in assuming all assigned responsibilities, providing service, growth and attainment of Innocence Network objectives.


  • Bachelor degree required, or equivalent specialized experience/certifications
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management
  • Extensive understanding of organizational development concepts and nonprofit operations
  • Experience developing and executing fundraising strategies for nonprofits
  • Experience facilitating high level meetings and creating and delivering training programs
  • Experience working in coalitions with a network of organizations is preferable


  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and adhere to timelines with meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to handle a broad range of stakeholders with grace and diplomacy
  • Excellent public speaking skills and presentation abilities
  • Strong interpersonal, diplomatic and communication (verbal & written) skills
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for delivering high-quality work
  • Ability to work independently


The salary for this position is highly competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including fully-paid individual health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with 6% company-match, paid disability and family care leave, adoption and fertility expense reimbursements, and 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: $78,625 – $92,500, dependent on experience

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