Individual Giving Director

Innocence Project | New York, New York



The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist the wrongly convicted who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. The Innocence Project's groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. To learn more, please visit

Job Summary


The Individual Giving Director is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the individual giving program.  In partnership with the Director of Development and External Affairs, this person is responsible for stewardship of this base of support and creates engagement plans for major and mid-level donors, including facilitating those relationships with the Executive Director and Director of Development. 

The Individual Giving Director reports and works in partnership with the Director of Development, manages the Development Assistant and Manager of Individual Giving and works closely with the Development team.

The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office and 2-3 out-of-town travel events per year.



Leadership and Management of Individual Giving Program

  • Develop strategy and goals for the Individual Giving Program focused on major and mid-level donors
  • Strengthen and manage the Individual Giving stewardship program in collaboration with Director of Development
  • Supervise and manage Development Assistant and Manager of Mid-Level Individual Giving
  • Oversee departmental process for individual donor outreach through salesforce segmentation
  • In partnership with the database management team, builds systems to analyze giving data including review of past fiscal year and inform projections for future years and strategy to reach projected goals
  • Monitor performance toward achieving quarterly and annual financial goals with attention toward projections in retention and increased support
  • Create and implement tracking system in the database for solicitations and expected revenue
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Data Systems and Analytics on projects implicating individual donor data records


Stewardship of Major and Mid-Level Donors and Prospects

  • Meet with major and mid-level donors and prospects
  • Facilitate meetings for Innocence Project leadership with donors and prospects
  • Manage the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process for sustaining major and mid-level donors including regular email outreach to donors with updates of success and progress
  • Effectively respond to individual donors through written correspondence, telephone contact, personal contact and e-mail, assuring the donors that their needs are processed immediately upon request
  • Prepare written materials including reports and proposals for individual supporters 
  • In collaboration with the Manager of Special Events create events to advance donor engagement and manage or facilitates smaller supporter-lead events as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience, including at least 5 years working with mid-level or major gifts
  • Experience with Sage and Salesforce fundraising database a plus
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite and internet research; comfortable working with computers with minimal IT support



  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage people and complex projects
  • Able to solve practical problems and make sound decisions; identify and anticipate obstacles and challenges and proposes and implements solutions
  • Superior skills in organization, planning and attention to details and ability to coach and encourage these skills in others
  • Strong interpersonal, diplomacy, and communication (verbal & written) skills; ability to interact effectively and sensitively with a wide variety of people of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds.
  • Professional personal presentation, hospitality, patience, attention to civility and courtesy
  • A high level of personal and professional confidence and presence
  • Flexible and collaborative work style, resistance to stress, and ability to function effectively in a demanding environment
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks in high-pressured environment
  • Ability to work independently, be self-directed, assess priorities, and take initiative to excel without significant supervision


The salary for this position is competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match, and paid Transitcheks.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit Paycom. Upload your cover letter and resume as (last name. first name. cover letter/resume).  Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone.


The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission.  We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.

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