Careers at NEIP


Development Strategist and Director

The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) provides pro bono representation to people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime. NEIP receives over 200 applications a year and, after investigation, takes on those cases that have a viable claim of innocence. NEIP also works with criminal justice professionals, policy makers, and elected officials throughout New England to correct the causes of wrongful convictions. NEIP’s small staff and many volunteers are committed to seeing that no one in New England will be in prison for a crime they did not commit.

NEIP has been primarily funded for many years by attorney’s fees donated from attorneys who have won suits compensating exonorees for their imprisonment; this funding stream is not sufficiently predictable or reliable to support the operational needs of the organization. NEIP has also received funds from foundations, government and individual donations but needs to build a development function that will expand these other revenue streams to adequately support NEIP’s work

We seek a leader who will work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of NEIP to craft a vision for raising $350,000 - $450,000 annually, as the foundation for an eventual development program of $1 million annually. The Development Director will manage multiple fundraising and related functions, from grants management to annual individual giving.

It’s a great opportunity for someone who wants to be part of a cutting edge movement organization in a dynamic, flexible work environment with colleagues who are deeply committed to the mission and to one another.  The key objectives for this position are to Develop a fundraising strategy and overall plan for diversifying funding for  NEIP.  Specifically,

  1. Expand the  individual giving program

  2. Create a major gifts program

  3. Increase the current level of foundation funding

  4. Develop an overall plan for diversifying our funding (e.g., major donors, membership, corporate philanthropy)

  5. Serve as a thought partner to the Executive Director on issues of Board development and organizational growth and sustainability.

We would consider crafting this job as a part-time position for a highly experienced development professional.

Essential job functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Have primary responsibility for all fundraising activities, including grant-writing, individual donor development, major gifts, and corporate giving;

  • Identify, qualify, and prioritize potential donors, building on our current list andcontact base;

  • Facilitate the development of relationships with major donors through personal meetings, regular communications, special events, or arrange for meetings with NEIP staff and Board;

  • Manage the annual appeal process;

  • Supervise development-related interns and volunteers;

  • Research funding sources and trends and analyze with foresight, to help position NEIP to build its fundraising capacity.

Systems and Infrastructure

  • Maintain donor and grant records and ensure the accuracy and efficacy of the donor database

  • Maintain an annual fundraising calendar of activities

  • Lead and manage the production of special letters, gift acknowledgments, and other communications with individual and corporate donors;

  • Help maintain our financial tracking system and report on revenues and expenses


  • Provide support for the overall promotional functions (print, web, and social media) as well as public engagement, to construct and market an appropriate image, and maintain high  interest and participation amongst potential donors


  • Assist the Executive Director in developing the board;

  • Assist with formulation and implementation of policies and plans to meet the organization’s short- and long-term objectives;


1. At least 3-5 years of related working experience with non-profit fundraising and development;  8+ years is preferred;

2. A proven track record of success in fundraising;

3. A passion for the mission and for working in a diverse team committed to justice;

4. Ability to work independently on multiple projects, prioritize and problem solve;

5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills;

6. Exceptionally well organized with an eye for detail;

7. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to


New England Innocence Project (NEIP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. NEIP encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation or identification, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other non-work-related factors.