Senior Manager of Development Operations

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time


The mission of Equal Justice Works is to create a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. Equal Justice Works is a recognized leader in the public interest law movement. Please go to to learn more about Equal Justice Works.

Equal Justice Works provides a continuum of opportunity that begins with incoming law school students and extends into later careers in the profession. From advocating for law school programs that instill public service values among students, to creating summer and postgraduate public interest jobs, to addressing the staggering educational debt that blocks lawyers from going into public service, Equal Justice Works inspires and provides opportunities for the legal community to change lives, make careers, and deliver on the promise of justice for all.

Equal Justice Works has had phenomenal success in growing its budget from $11 million to $18 million in the last six years.  Roughly one-third of the revenues come from private law firms and companies that sponsor fellowships; a third comes from government funding, and the remaining third comes from a variety of sources including an annual dinner, which started in a small restaurant 30 years ago, and is now one of the nation’s most successful dinners, raising $3 million a year.  Part of our strategic plan is to add to that success by having an annual fund for individuals to support our work.  We see enormous possibilities especially as individuals are engaging in justice philanthropy.

Position Overview

The Senior Manager of Development Operations is a member of the Institutional Advancement Unit, formed to help Equal Justice Works grow from a small to medium-sized nonprofit with an expanded revenue base.  The Senior Manager is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the unit, including project management, general oversight and day-to-day operation of fundraising policies and procedures, recordkeeping, and special events.

The Senior Manager reports to the Chief Development Officer (CDO). The Senior Manager will help develop the administrative strategy and execution of fundraising activities that will garner the necessary resources to sustain and scale Equal Justice Works programs. The ideal candidate is someone who can learn quickly, has great attention to detail, is a self-starter with inherent motivation, and works collaboratively. The Senior Manager will also work closely across units to ensure the organization database is structured and maintained in a manner that is user-friendly and effective for the expanding development operations of Equal Justice Works. 

Duties include:

  • Work with CDO and the team in developing, executing and monitoring fundraising plans, strategies, budgets, timelines, logistics, and projects.
  • Manage the Researcher/Analyst, Coordinator(s), Assistant(s), intern(s) and temporary staff as needed and coordinate the orientation and ongoing training of unit staff.
  • Manage donor database within Microsoft CRM. Implement strict record-keeping and data management procedures across units.
  • Track donor activity through the pipeline process and maintain contact history, including for the Annual Fund, Cy Pres, strategic initiatives and legacy society, and assist in setting development goals. Maintain awareness of the Annual Dinner pipeline and provide support when needed.
  • Collaborate and liaise with Marketing/Communications team. Assist in the coordination of online fundraising efforts, including online engagement opportunities and e-appeals in collaboration with the CDO and Marketing/Communications team.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate recording and acknowledgment of all gifts and grants to the organization.
  • Support the Board Nominations and Governance Committee and Development Committee, including preparing reports as required.
  • Maintain and manage the Annual Dinner work plan and lead status update meetings with Marketing/Communications and Events staff, as well as consultants.
  • Serve as a senior member of the Institutional Advancement team and assist at a high level as needed.
  • Deploy unit resources as necessary and step in when needed to supplement unit staffing.
  • Other duties as assigned

Direct Reports

  • Research & Development Operations Specialists, Coordinator(s), Assistant(s), intern(s) and temporary staff as needed.

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required. Additional education or training in fundraising and/or non-profit management preferred.
  • Five years of non-profit operations experience required. Experience with foundations and/or corporations preferred.
  • Experience with donor databases required. Experience with Microsoft CRM preferred.
  • Strong oral communications and solid writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent organizational and analysis skills.
  • Ability to use technology effectively.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated track record of taking initiative, effective problem solving, and good judgment, managing up,” i.e. knowing which challenges and opportunities to escalate to the Director.
  • Must be a team player and willing to perform other duties as assigned for the success of Equal Justice Works.

Salary and Benefits:

Comprehensive and generous benefits package commensurate with education and experience, including loan repayment assistance, full healthcare coverage, dental and 401k.

To Apply:

Applicants should send resume and three references, cover letter describing in detail their experience, qualifications and why they would be a good fit. Please note: Phone calls and direct emails will not be accepted.   Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Equal Justice Works is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental handicap, matriculation, or political affiliation.