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Development Director, Justice in Motion

Flexible, Remote
Justice in Motion                                                                      
Development Director
Location: Flexible/Remote
About Justice in Motion
Justice in Motion protects migrant rights by ensuring justice across borders.

In the face of overwhelming legal and practical barriers, many migrants who have suffered exploitation or abuse at the hands of employers or government officials give up their rights after leaving the United States. Other migrants who flee abuse, violence, and persecution are unable to remain in safety due to lack of evidence to support their claims.

These migrants need “portable justice” - the right and ability to access justice across borders. Justice in Motion is dedicated to ensuring portable justice through legal, educational, and policy initiatives in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Essential to this transnational model is our Defender Network, a unique partnership of on-the-ground human rights organizations in Mexico and Central America. ​Justice in Motion makes sure that wherever migrants go, their rights will follow.
The Opportunity
Justice in Motion seeks a passionate and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the organization’s first Development Director (Director). The Director is an authentic storyteller, a relationship-builder and systems thinker with a start-up mentality--someone who loves working with a small team, and who cares deeply about immigration and human rights.
Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a key member of Justice in Motion’s leadership team, the Director will oversee the development and communications strategies, systems, and staff.  The Director will steward, and work to grow over the long-term, a $2M+ portfolio of foundation and individual supporters.  The new leader will work with staff across the organization to identify, cultivate, close, and steward donors and help build the systems internally to support the departments.
Ideal Candidate
The Director will have the following professional skills and personal qualities:

  • A fundraiser who has found a kinship in sales language and approaches. This is someone eager to build meaningful connections and hungry for the opportunity to make the ask - because they know that philanthropy is about having the chance to make an impact. They might have started in a corporate sales or business development setting, or found sales-based best practices have worked well in fundraising.
  • A natural builder. This person has gravitated toward roles that didn’t exist before. They have a start-up mentality, creating things with minimal resources and direction, doing their own administrative tasks, and love change and taking action.
  • Excels at upward management, understanding the universe in which an Executive Director operates and how to maximize their time to get results. This person is both direct and respectful, and naturally gains the trust of leadership. They know how to engage people’s strengths toward the goal and give clear action steps and coaching so they can contribute effectively.
  • A systems thinker. This is someone who enjoys improving upon existing processes so they will best serve the organization in the long haul. They know the value of using a database like Salesforce to keep track of key information and progress, and ultimately steward donors well.
  • Experience in a communications role. This is someone who is familiar with strategic communications, sharing stories, engaging audiences, and building and managing a consistent brand.  They also love to write and edit grants and reports as well as newsletters and campaigns.
The Development Director will be focused on strengthening and running the fundraising process and operations of a small team while also serving as an outward-facing representative to raise an annual budget of about $2M+. Additionally, this role oversees the organization’s communications efforts. This position reports to, and partners with, the Executive Director.
The specific responsibilities of this role fall into these primary areas.
  1. Driver of fundraising pipeline and results:
  • Identify and prioritize high-level prospects, in collaboration with the Executive Director, board and committee members, and other key supporters.
  • Own relationship management and strategy for prospects and donors, and assign roles and action steps.
  • Model effective prospect strategy and engagement, and coach and prepare the Executive Director for fundraising visits and asks.
  • Run regular sales team meetings to ensure accountability and progress to fundraising goals.
  • Strengthen a simple stewardship process, including events, to keep existing donors engaged.
  1. Team leader:
  • Manage the Communications Manager, contract grantwriter, and a to-be-hired Development Assistant.
  • Strengthen and focus a lean team over the next 3-5 years.
  • Prioritize and strengthen the processes, systems, and tools to support a seamless and simple fundraising operation.
  • Work closely with colleagues to identify and understand projects in need of funding, opportunities for collaboration, and connections between communications and development.
  1. Owner of a fundraising portfolio:
  • Conduct prospect research, analysis, and strategy.
  • Plan and strategize around prospect predisposition and visits, including engaging the Executive Director and supporters as needed.
  • Visit with prospects and make asks, sometimes leading, and sometimes supporting.
  • Manage prospect follow-up activities, coordinating with the team to close gifts.
  1. Communications oversight:
    • Work with the Communications Manager to devise and implement organization wide vision and strategy for public relations, communication, and marketing.
    • Further integrate communications throughout the organization in strategic ways.
    • Support the Communications Manager as needed with day-to-day operations.
Location & Travel
This is a remote position and can be based anywhere in the U.S. with work hours aligned with the Eastern Time Zone. When safe to do so, this position will require primarily local and regional travel.
Compensation & Benefits
This is a full time, exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience.
To Apply
Please upload your resume and a cover letter addressing your relevant experience for this position.
Justice in Motion values diversity in our workforce and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.
Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.
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