Job Listing: Development Officer

Job Title: Development Officer 

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice

The Vance Center is a non-profit program of the New York City Bar Association that brings together leading law firms and other partners worldwide to pioneer international justice initiatives and provide pro bono legal representation to social justice NGOs.  The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession.

With a staff of 10 lawyers and 2 other professionals, the Vance Center operates various programs (1) providing pro bono representation, in partnership with more than 170 law firms worldwide, to civil society and international organizations in the areas of the environment, human rights, and good governance, and (2) promoting diversity, pro bono practice, ethics, and public interest law education, particularly in the Latin American and sub-Saharan African legal professions. For more information:

The Vance Center has annual revenue of approximately $1.2 million, mostly from contributions by individuals, particularly members of the Vance Center Committee and the law firms where the Committee members work.  Additional funding comes from public and corporate foundations, as well as government programs.  The Bar Association provides administrative services.  The Committee also provides strategic and program guidance and facilitates member participation.


The Position 

The Development Officer will report to the Vance Center Executive Director and be responsible for developing the organization’s fundraising strategy and overseeing its implementation, with the support of the Fundraising Sub-Committee of the Vance Center Committee and in coordination with the Development and Communications Manager of the Bar Fund. This is a new position for the Vance Center. 

In particular, the Development Officer will lead the Vance Center’s efforts to expand the donor base and increase the sources of revenue from public, private, and family foundations, corporations, and appropriate government initiatives.  The Development Officer also will coordinate ongoing outreach to individual contributors and consider ways to extend this outreach to others.

In planning and implementing fundraising efforts, the Development Officer will collaborate closely with the Vance Center colleagues who direct and manage its programs, including the Human Rights and Access to Justice, Environment, and Good Governance programs, the Women in Profession program, the Pro Bono Promotion program, Keep Families Together, and the Lawyers Council for Civil and Economic Rights in the Americas. 

The Development Officer will collaborate with Vance Center colleagues and the Communications Sub-Committee of the Vance Center Committee to develop strategic communications messaging and materials to support fundraising strategies and to highlight the organization’s mission and impact.



  • Develop and implement a fundraising strategy with program-based concepts, goals, and plans
  • Engage, develop and cultivate relationships, and regularly follow through with public, private, and family foundations, as well as corporations and government agencies, to identify and pursue grant and other funding opportunities
  • Maintain donor and contributor management database Salesforce, ensuring professional data management
  • Develop concepts, proposals, and materials for strategic communications messaging, aligned with the fundraising strategy
  • Create and implement an events and outreach strategy that introduces the Vance Center’s work to new audiences, including speaking opportunities for Vance Center staff and Committee members at relevant conferences and other events
  • Plan, draft, review, and submit letters of inquiry, grant applications, including narrative proposals and proposed budgets, and grant reports
  • Over the first year, take the lead in securing at least $250,000 in grants and/or contributions from public, private, and family foundations, and government initiatives, including new sources, ideally with multi-year commitments of comparable amounts
  • Starting in the second year, take the lead in securing annually at least $500,000 in grants and/or contributions from public, private, and family foundations, and government initiatives, ideally with multi-year commitments of comparable amounts


  • Bachelor’s degree required, with master’s degree preferred
  • At least five years of experience in nonprofit development and fundraising, preferably at one or more social justice research and advocacy organizations, including:
  • Developing and implementing fundraising strategies and plans
  • Conceptualizing, writing, and presenting donor and grant proposals and reports
  • Organizing fundraising and awareness building events
  • Developing strategic communications messaging and materials to support fundraising efforts
  • Demonstrated ability or proven track record of securing four-, five-, six-figure gifts from both institutional and individual donors
  • Excellent English-language research, writing, and oral communication skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Strong external relationship building with emotional intelligence and persuasive communications
  • Team oriented, including ease of working with colleagues and partners from varied backgrounds and collaborating in virtual groups
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work quickly and effectively under pressure, to manage multiple tasks, and to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong digital technology and social media knowledge and skills
  • Familiarity with international policy issues, preferably including experience with law and/or human rights
  • Authorization to work in the United States (we are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States; however, we are not able to sponsor visas for this position)
  • Willingness to travel, both domestically and internationally

Competitive public interest salary commensurate with skills, experience, and size of our organization, with ongoing recognition of achievement.

We provide a competitive benefits package, including generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in summer), choice of medical plans, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance and employee discounts, among others.

Work will be remote until Vance Center employees return to the Association’s building.


Application instructions:

Applications are welcome until April 12, 2021, and will receive consideration as received, until a qualified candidate is hired. To apply, please email a resume, a cover letter with salary expectations, and a list of three references to In the subject line please write "Development Officer". No phone calls please.

The Vance Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We encourage diverse candidates 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 and sexual harassment), 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, we will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.