Development Associate – City Bar Justice Center

Position Reports to: Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an enthusiastic and organized individual who is committed to equal access to justice to join our management team as a Development Associate. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting roughly 25,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. Each year roughly 1,000 pro bono attorneys donate their time and expertise to support direct client work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects, and nearly half of CBJC’s operating budget comes from foundation and other private sector fundraising. The Development Associate plays a critical role in helping both to secure and to publicize the impact of donated funds and services that support the organization’s mission and client services.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate plays a key supporting role managing the City Bar Justice Center’s fundraising efforts, with principal responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Maintain CBJC’s core development processes, including:
    • Ensure high-quality donor relations and data integrity through the efficient collection and recording of all incoming donations and timely issuing of thank you letters and tax receipts;
    • Maintain CBJC’s fundraising schedule and work plan for major events and campaigns, including the annual gala, annual appeal, Veterans Day program, and year-end appeal;
    • Creatively develop and efficiently manage mailing lists and solicitation communications, and timely produce reports to capture fundraising developments and progress;
    • Assist management in maintaining an efficient and timely grant application and reporting process, and in streamlining donor data by developing and/or implementing new organization and information systems and/or assisting with the migration to a donor database system.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to develop and maintain a robust and forward-thinking approach to development, including:
    • Generate compelling content for donor communications pertaining to CBJC’s mission and impact;
    • Conduct research to identify new individual, law firm, corporate, and foundation funding opportunities, and prepare fundraising proposals with a long-term relationship-management approach to be submitted to governmental entities, foundations, and public and private corporations;
    • Assist in cultivating donor relationships;
    • Identify and assist in implementing resources, tools, and strategies to improve development efforts, including by collaborating with internal and external partners to assist with development-related projects and assignmentsas needed.
  • Other City Bar Justice Center administrative and management tasks as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree (or substantially equivalent work experience) and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience, preferably in a fundraising and/or nonprofit management setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, high energy and passion for supporting a mission-driven nonprofit organization, and ability to maintain a courteous and professional demeanor with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively with a team.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, and superb organizational and time management skills.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to anticipate needs, efficiently multi-task, work well under pressure, and meet time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Office 365; data management and analytics skills preferred including experience organizing and maintaining databases (i.e., CRM platforms).
  • Demonstrated commitment to nonprofit/public interest work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing racial equity and social and economic justice.


Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work at our Midtown Manhattan office, which follows a hybrid schedule requiring roughly 10 days of in-office work per month, with the balance of time being work-from-home. (CBJC’s hybrid schedule is new and will remain subject to review and revision.) The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

The City Bar’s competitive benefits package includes generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in summer), choice of medical plans (some offered at almost no cost to employee), dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, and more. Annual salary is in the $50,000 range, based on experience, for a 35 hour work week.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

To apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.