Lawyers Alliance for New York,
Director of Development

New York, NY


Each year, Lawyers Alliance for New York improves the quality of life in low-income New York City communities by providing nonprofits with vital legal services. The organizations program priorities help nonprofits to create vibrant, livable communities in five impact areas: housing and shelter, economic opportunity, quality education, urban health, and community arts. Lawyers Alliance projects strengthen nonprofits programs, operations, and finances. The organization brings the legal and practical expertise necessary for community-based and other nonprofits to make physical, social, and economic improvements in city neighborhoods where millions of children, families, the elderly, homeless, immigrants, and other low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers live and work.

Since its founding nearly 50 years ago, Lawyers Alliance has grown into New York Citys leading pro bono provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises. With a talented staff of 22, a $3.2 million annual budget, and an expansive volunteer program, Lawyers Alliance provides high quality legal counsel and education while saving nonprofits countless dollars each year.

In 2016/2017, Lawyers Alliance provided direct legal assistance to 668 nonprofit clients on 1,211 projects and offered more than 1,000 informational consultations through its Resource Call Hotline. It also grew its staff-supported pro bono program to more than 1,800 volunteer attorneys in an effort to better leverage the legal communitys professional skills and time to benefit more nonprofits. Recent program highlights include:

" Expanding special initiatives that assist healthcare providers in navigating the intricacies of New York State Medicaid reform and that provide guidance to nonprofits seeking to manage the risks of increased advocacy during a period of post-election uncertainty.
- Enabling more than 200 community redevelopment organizations, such as affordable housing groups, Business Improvement Districts, and workforce development organizations, to address contract, real estate, tax and other legal issues related to their efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and support individuals and local businesses.

- Successfully advocating for state nonprofit law amendments that improve nonprofit governance and make legal compliance more manageable for community-based and other resource-constrained nonprofits.

- Leading a national network of pro bono programs that are expanding the availability and quality of legal services for nonprofits in fifteen regions across the country


In the coming year, Lawyers Alliance aims to deepen its impact on low-income communities by representing more than 700 impactful clients on 1,300 legal matters with the assistance of its large network of volunteers drawn from major law firms and corporations. In addition, it seeks to expand its role as an advocate for New York nonprofits and enhance its work as a business law pro bono leader at the national level.

To support this growth, Lawyers Alliance seeks a Director of Development to strengthen, build and advance its established and successful fundraising program.

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The Director of Development will report to the Deputy Executive Director/Director of Institutional Advancement and serve as a partner on all fundraising strategy. S/he will be responsible for the management, growth and diversification of a multi-faceted development program focused on steady and incremental change in the principal areas of foundation, law firm, event, corporate and individual support. In addition to being adept at creating a methodical and strategic fundraising strategy, s/he must also be a hands-on, nimble project manager and leader capable of working collaboratively across the organization with multiple external audiences.

This is a special opportunity to partner with highly intelligent and passionate senior leadership and staff seeking to make a real and lasting impact on low-income communities.



- Collaborate with the Boards Development Committee and executive staff to prepare and implement a comprehensive strategic annual fundraising plan to achieve annual budgeted goals for contributed revenues from foundations, law firms, individuals, banks and other corporations, and special events.

- Support and advise Lawyers Alliances Board development efforts, working with leadership to develop meaningful opportunities for engagement with existing Board members, recruit new Board members, and remain connected with prior ones.

- Lead the expansion of private foundation funding by securing contributions from new funders and increased grants from repeat funders. Manage Lawyers Alliance's foundation funder relationships. Research and prepare clear and persuasive reports and appeals (letters of inquiry, grant proposals, donor appeals, and fundraising reports).

- Develop and execute the annual Business Law & Leadership Gala including planning, honoree and sponsor recruitment, donor outreach, event logistics and program, and marketing of the event.

- Plan and direct a successful annual law firm appeal, chaired by a law firm managing partner, to raise more than $900,000 in contributions from national and New York firms. Also prepare and carry out strategic outreach to banks and corporations and pursue relevant government funding opportunities.

- Supervise the Development Coordinators work for the individual and law firm appeals, Gala, acknowledgements, and donor relations. Support the coordinators professional growth and skill development.

- Act as a partner to senior leadership in the planning and execution of Lawyers Alliances 50th anniversary celebration. Help develop and carry out strategy to maximize the fundraising potential associated with this milestone.

- Assist in the preparation of the annual operating budget, periodic financial reports, and cash flow reports.

- Additional planning, fund development, program, marketing, and related activities, as needed.


- At least seven years of fundraising experience with progressive responsibility; Bachelors degree.

- Substantial experience with private foundation fundraising and corporate outreach, as well as special events and individual giving.

- Strong analytic and project management skills; attention to detail; demonstrated experience organizing and executing complex or multiple time-sensitive projects, including meeting financial goals and project deadlines.

- Excellent people management skills.

- Strong and clear written and verbal communication skills; outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and ability to collaborate with a wide range of colleagues.

- Creative and methodical approach to fundraising, patience and an eye for both near term and long-range goals.

- Familiarity with the legal sector and/or fundraising for a nonprofit providing technical assistance to other organizations is a plus.

- Experience with a donor management database system.


Sara Garlick Lundberg, Search Consultant

Please submit a resume and cover letter
Fax: 212-983-1687

This search began in August 2017 and is currently active. This position description is based upon material provided by the Lawyers Alliance for New York, an equal opportunity employer.