The Bronx Defenders

Development Associate

4 weeks ago
Job ID
Community Outreach


The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks a talented Development Associate.


An integral member of a growing and ambitious fundraising program, the Development Associate provides fundraising and administrative support and will play a key role in cultivating and soliciting individual donors and event sponsors. The ideal candidate is a hard-working, detail-oriented and enthusiastic development professional with a sense of urgency and a passionate commitment to social and racial justice. This is an entry-level, full-time position that will work under the supervision of the Director of Development.


The Development Associate will:

  • Work with the Director of Development to manage the annual campaign by creating and executing online fundraising appeals, email blasts, and other donor communications
  • Maintain the department’s database and ensure information is up-to-date, accurate, and accessible
  • Process donations and generate timely acknowledgment letters
  • Assist in planning and coordinating cultivation and fundraising events including an annual gala
  • Carry out other related duties as requested


  • Bachelor’s degree or 1-2 years of work experience required
  • Previous professional experience in a fast-paced fundraising or nonprofit setting preferred
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects under tight deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Demonstrable organizational skills with superior attention to detail and follow-through
  • Must possess exceptional interpersonal skills including the ability to work with internal and external stakeholders while maintaining tact and diplomacy
  • Critical thinker with outstanding writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Documents
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of The Bronx Defenders


To apply, please click APPLY TO THIS JOB ONLINE and submit the following materials in one document: a cover letter describing your interest and unique qualifications for this position, a resume, and a writing sample that illustrates your ability to write persuasively.


The application deadline is Wednesday, December 20th, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply early.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and accompanied by excellent benefits.


Please contact Samantha Cohen, Director of Development, via email at with any questions about the position.


The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.



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