Development Director
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY)

Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled 

Background: The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) leads efforts to implement just alternatives to the extreme sentencing of America’s youth, with a focus on abolishing life-without-parole sentences for all youth. Our vision is to create a society that respects the dignity and human rights of all children through a justice system that operates with consideration of a child’s age, provides youth with opportunities to return to the community, and bars the imposition of life-without-parole sentences for people under age 18. The CFSY collaborates with advocates across the United States and in Washington, D.C. that use public education, advocacy, and litigation as strategies to pursue this goal. The CFSY’s small team works closely in a friendly, fast-paced, collaborative work environment.

Position Posting: Development Director

We seek an experienced professional who can lead the organization toward financial growth in support of enhanced program opportunities. This professional we seek will manage the internal fundraising coordination and planning necessary to support a $2 million annual budget, as well as serve as an outward-facing representative to the donor community. We seek a highly organized person with poise, maturity, and confidence who can relate to a wide range of donor audiences and demonstrate compassion and discretion for the individuals we serve. The ideal candidate must be skilled in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding new strategic relationships, such as individual and corporate donors, and in managing the internal workings of a growing development department. Successful candidates will be flexible, creative, humble, and have a sense of humor about work and the world in which we live. A background in fundraising, while ideal, is not required.

Duties will include:

  • Coordinate all aspects of fundraising for annual budget of $2 million;
  • Create and implement a full fundraising plan for the CFSY, focusing primarily on individual and corporate donors;
  • Work with executive director and the board of directors to expand fundraising capacity;
  • Develop and execute major gifts strategy, including serving as the primary relationship manager for most major donors in the portfolio;
  • Develop and execute an annual campaign through mail, online, and events;
  • Set growth strategy and execute the Healing & Hope annual fundraising reception;
  • Develop and lead new donor stewardship initiatives;
  • Develop and lead new donor prospecting and cultivation initiatives;
  • Work with executive director to develop annual budgets including projected growth;
  • Work with key staff in other departments to leverage fundraising opportunities;
  • Work with communications director to create necessary materials, messaging, updates for donor community
  • Oversee grant writing;
  • Partner with the executive director to cultivate and maintain foundation relationships;
  • Oversee fundraising data integrity, gift management process, acknowledgements, recognition, and fulfillment; and
  • Track progress and produce necessary reports for management and board.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Stellar interpersonal and written communications skills
  • Highly organized
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Commitment to criminal justice issues, particularly reform to harsh youth sentencing practices in the United States, and/or human rights in the United States

Core competencies:

  • Personable & passionate – Has a communications style that engages others and motivates action
  • Organized and detail-oriented – Maintains system for organizing work materials; able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously
  • Innovative and strategic – Knows how to identify and reach target goals in creative, efficient ways
  • Leads with vision – Able to think big picture and pay attention to detailed strategies
  • Self-motivated and committed to excellence – Able to take the initiative to develop and implement new ideas and work diligently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Commitment to working as a team – Friendly and courteous, willing to work closely with the Campaign and as part of the larger community working to end extreme sentences for children
  • Sense of humor


The Campaign offers a competitive salary for this position, as well as a generous benefits package, including employer-paid premiums for a platinum individual health insurance plan, life and disability insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

To apply:

Email in a single attachment: a letter of interest, resume, names of and contact information for at least three references, and a brief, original, unedited writing sample to PDF format preferred. Use “Development Director” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications will be received on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

People of color, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with personal experience in the juvenile or criminal justice systems are strongly encouraged to apply.

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