The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative — to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education, and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system. LDF continues to make an impact in the area of public service and was recognized by Fast Company as one of its 2023 Brands That Matter under its public service category.

The Donor Relations Manager will report to the Executive Director, Individual Giving with a dotted line report the Executive Director, Institutional Giving, and serve as an editor, and principal writer for a wide range of communication projects that support LDF’s fundraising objectives.  This position ensures the language, style, formatting, and brand remain consistent.  Due to the nature of the work and in keeping with the culture of the team, this is a highly collaborative position that requires developing strong relationships with development colleagues and other LDF teams.  

Reports to: Executive Director, Individual Giving

FLSA Status: Exempt

As of March 7, 2022, LDF transitioned to a hybrid work environment. Any candidate selected for this position should be prepared to work in the office location assigned at least two days per week.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as editor and principal writer for the development team.
  • Draft proposals and reports to individuals and family foundations.  
  • Write compelling messages/language that support LDF’s funding priorities which will inspire donors.
  • Create monthly donor communications for individual and institutional donors
  • Manage and implement the donor acknowledgement process to ensure we are abiding by style guidelines, proof and edit when appropriate (acknowledgment templates, solicitation letters, briefings, condolence letters, congratulations letters, etc.)
  • Draft acknowledgment letters for signature of Chief Development Officer (CDO)
  • Act as liaison to the Communications and Marketing team to share, gather, and disseminate information
  • Ensure that all communications are in coordination with LDF communication and brand guidelines.
  • Develop talking points for review by President and Director-Counsel
  • Implement and manage the Development Department’s stewardship program and calendar, assisting with the development of a comprehensive donor recognition and stewardship program;
  • Manage and implement highly customized engagement plans for donors and stewardship plans for different donor segments to enhance continued and increased support;
  • Manage and implement the processes, procedures, and tools that enable and encourage best practices and consistency in donor acknowledgement and recognition;
  • Prepare personalized correspondence including letters, donor updates (emails), invitations, briefings, and other mailings.
  • Work cross-functionally with members of the Individual Giving and Institutional Giving teams to ensure the quality of donor interactions, including all potential touchpoints.
  • Ensure confidentiality of all LDF and donor information
  • Other duties as assigned.
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Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in English, journalism, creative writing, or arts
  • Two years of professional experience in business or technical writing, journalism, communications, media relations, or a related field.
  • Three years of professional experience in a related field and two years of project management experience, strongly preferred.
  • Expert use of standard concepts, practices, and procedures related to use of English grammar, punctuation, and syntax,
  • Ability to use best practices for letter writing and proposal development,
  • Strong and diligent research practices are required.
  • Ability to learn subject-specific terminology for use in developing written materials
  • Knowledge on when and how to use various channels of communication.
  • Ability to thrive in an intellectually challenging, fast-paced, collegial environment.
  • Must be politically savvy, integrity, use discretion and pragmatic consensus building skills
  • Use of good judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information required.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills and a highly professional image with the ability to interact with senior leadership, staff, and volunteers at all levels.
  • Knowledge about LDF and strong commitment to and passion for the mission.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, understand the need to re-evaluate priorities on a regular basis, and flourish in a fast-paced atmosphere.
  • A team mentality with a willingness to collaborate is necessary

** A writing sample will be required from all candidates interviewing for this role.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

The salary range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000. LDF offers a rich platform of benefits including medical (Empire), dental (Cigna), vision (NVA), flexible spending accounts (Flex Facts), transit/commuter plan, life insurance, AD&D, voluntary life & AD&D (UNUM), AFLAC, Employee Assistance Plan, and Health Advocate.  As well as the many healthcare benefits, LDF offers a 403b plan with employer match, and a robust vacation, sick, and personal time program to ensure employees have a health work-life balance.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.

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The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

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