Jobs at AALDEF


Job DescriptionThe Development Director is responsible for managing all fundraising activities in the organization and reports to the Executive Director. Specific responsibilities include:

-Work with the executive director to design and implement an annual fundraising plan, in coordination with the board of directors

-Manage foundation relationships and grant submissions; maintain a calendar of grant proposal and report deadlines; prepare letters of intent and proposals with requisite documents; maintain ongoing correspondence with funders. 

-Create and implement mail and online solicitations and plan year-end giving strategy; analyze current donor base and identify new individual prospects.

-Develop and implement a cultivation program targeting law firms, corporations and businesses.

-Identify and implement strategies for new major gift prospects; provide background materials for board member solicitations.

-Supervise development assistant to maintain donor database, process gifts, acknowledge donors, and generate regular reports.

-Excellent writing and communications skills. Social media skills helpful.
-Minimum three years experience in fundraising and projects management.
-Strong organizational skills, attention to details, and ability to work independently.
-Creative, strategic, and entrepreneurial.
-Familiar with Asian American communities and legal/civil rights issues.
-Commitment to racial and economic justice.

Commensurate with experience; excellent health and vacation benefits package.

Starting date:  Summer 2016

Please send cover letter (including any salary requirements), resume, names of three references and two unedited writing samples to:

Jennifer Weng
99 Hudson Street-12/F
New York, NY 10013-2815
(for email, put "Development Officer" in subject line)

AALDEF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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-Write media releases, print and online newsletters, emails to media professionals, letters to the editor, op-eds, and other documents as needed. 

-Write fact sheets, backgrounders, and position papers on AALDEF campaigns.

-Work closely with the executive director and attorneys in crafting messages for press spokespeople. Recommend and develop new story angles and pitches for the media.

-Manage AALDEF's website and online communications, including social media posts, action alerts, and other vehicles to engage constituencies and key audiences.

-Develop and update media lists; monitor media coverage of AALDEF and Asian American issues.


-2+ years of print/online journalism or communications experience in a nonprofit organization.

-Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, with attention to details and a commitment to quality control.

-Demonstrated ability to operate in high-pressure situations with quick turnaround for written products.

-Strong understanding of civil rights issues and the Asian American community.

-Experience in managing websites. Knowledge of Movable Type, WordPress, and Photoshop preferred.

-Ability to translate legal concepts into accessible language for press materials. 

-Ability to develop story angles in a creative manner, seize media opportunities, identify media trends, and successfully pitch and place stories. 

-Self-starter, with ability to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines.


Commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package, including health and dental benefits and TransitCheks for public transportation.

About the organization:

AALDEF does precedent-setting litigation, advocacy, and community education in the areas of economic justice for workers, immigrants' rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity, voting rights, and post-9/11 civil liberties issues.  Website: Facebook: Twitter: @aaldef

To Apply:

Candidates should submit a letter of interest (including a desired salary range, if any), resume, three unedited writing samples, and three references. The position will be filled as soon as possible. No phone calls. Please send to:

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12F
New York, NY 10013-2815
Attn: J. Weng (please put "Communications job" in the subject line)


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