Senior Development Associate

Location: New York, NY

Department: Development

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

The Vera Institute of Justice seeks a Senior Development Associate to support the organization’s fundraising efforts.



Reporting to the Director of Development the Senior Development Associate will be responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing donor engagement through fundraising events at Vera, including: annual gala, major donor dinners and other donor cultivation events; liaises with event venue; coordinates planning and sponsorship solicitation with Vera senior management and Board Members; oversees design and production of all printed and video materials; and overall event logistics.
  • Managing the production of all fundraising events from start to finish, including honoree selection and stewardship; Event Committee meeting facilitation; donor and sponsor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; venue and theme selection, artistic elements, catering, seating plans, production of printed and other materials, volunteer coordination, and event logistics (facilities, transportation, contracts, seating charts, etc.).
  • Executing income generating strategies under the direction of the Development Director for fundraising events, including reaching existing and new donor bases, peer-to-peer solicitations, sponsorship and underwriting solicitation, and ancillary fundraising activities.
  • Collaborating with other Vera staff in the implementation of smaller events; for example, in Board members’ homes, at program sites, for groups of prospective donors; smaller cultivation events, etc.
  • Assisting with the monitoring of event budgets, processing of check requests, purchase orders, contract clearance, income reconciliation, and other administrative needs.
  • Supervising timely preparation, clearance, and production of printed event materials, i.e., pre-solicitation letters, invitations, programs, signage, etc.
  • Collaborating with the Communications Department to develop media plans for maximizing event impact; event material content in keeping with agency branding; event-related copy for website and social media; online fundraising pages for events.
  • As needed, the Senior Development Associate will assist in the creation and   submission of grant reports and work on proposals to government agencies, corporations, or individuals.
  • Other duties or special project as required.



Candidates have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 5+ years of successful event management experience organizing large fundraising events in the nonprofit sector; or a combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with proven track record of ability to multi-task, stay organized, problem-solve and manage time when facing multiple priorities with competing time and resource needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, and communication skills, both oral and written, and awareness of social media platforms. 
  • Must have strong knowledge and background in Microsoft Office Suite; development software; internet software; database software and contact management systems.
  • Experience in print and graphics production.
  • Excellent customer service skills and demonstrated ability to respond to customer requests in a timely and courteous manner.
  • Highly self-motivated, detail-oriented, able to juggle multiple projects, set priorities, trouble-shoot and meet deadlines.
  • Skilled in thinking strategically and creatively about ways of building relationships with new and existing donors.
  • A strong marketing skills and mission-oriented sense to present the organization in print and other mediums and through events in inspiring and engaging ways.
  • Courteous and able to interact with high level donors, Board members, and staff.
  • A creative team player with the ability to inspire, motivate and work collaboratively; flexibility and a positive attitude required. 



Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Online submission in PDF format is preferred. However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: Human Resources / Senior Development Associate Recruitment

Vera Institute of Justice

233 Broadway, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10279

Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.



For more information about Vera work, please visit


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