Deputy Director of Development

Development · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an experienced development professional to join the organization as a Deputy Director of Development.


About Legal Aid


Since 1932, Legal Aid has provided civil legal assistance to clients in individual cases and engaged in systemic reform. Currently, we provide individual representation in consumer law, domestic violence/family law, housing, public benefits, and appellate matters. We also work on immigration matters and help individuals with the collateral consequences of their involvement with the criminal legal system. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic impact and appellate litigation.


Legal Aid believes that meaningful pursuit of our anti-poverty mission requires an unwavering commitment to racial justice and equity. We aspire both to reflect the rich racial diversity of the communities we serve and to value, respect, and empower our staff and clients to be effective agents of change. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website,, and our blog,


About the Development Team


Legal Aid’s Development Team is responsible for raising over $10 million per year. About 40% of funding comes from government grants, primarily allocated by the DC Bar Foundation. Most of the remaining funds come from the DC legal community, including from law firms and individual attorneys. Our private funding is raised through our annual dinner, the Servant of Justice Awards Dinner; our annual peer-to-peer law firm campaign, the Making Justice Real Campaign; and through a year-end giving drive. We have several other development initiatives, including major gifts, planned giving, and digital marketing, that also contribute as well.


Relationships are the foundation of Legal Aid’s development strategy – whether for government, institutional, or individual giving. At its core, our role is to share the impact and importance of Legal Aid’s work with supporters and potential supporters, to understand their philanthropic priorities, and to demonstrate exceptional gratitude for their support. We believe this approach can sustain the long-term health of the organization and ensure that it can continue to achieve its mission far into the future.




The Deputy Director of Development, in tandem with the Director of Development, will help drive Legal Aid’s development strategy, leading, or supporting, a selection of initiatives based on their interests and experience.




  • Manage the Servant of Justice Awards Dinner, held annually in April, which raises over $1.7 million from law firm and corporate sponsors, and honors individuals who have made meaningful contributions to access to justice.


  • Continue to grow the Making Justice Real Campaign, Legal Aid’s annual law firm peer-to-peer fundraiser, which raises over $3.1 million annually, primarily from individual attorneys at DC’s largest law firms.


  • Develop Major Gifts and Planned Giving programs, two areas that hold enormous potential for Legal Aid but which have not been a primary focus thus far.


  • Manage donor communications, including social media, annual report, a periodic newsletter designed primarily to support donor cultivation, and digital marketing communities, including partnering with a digital advertising company on search engine and social media ads with a focus on donor acquisition.


Grants Management:


  • Manage Legal Aid’s government and private grants program totaling over $4 million per year, working with Legal Aid’s Grants & Special Projects Manager and legal program staff.


Board Management and Support:


  • Manage Legal Aid’s 51-member Board of Trustees, whose primary focus is supporting our fundraising initiatives. Particular challenges include engaging Board members in a world of hybrid and virtual meetings, and ensuring that they feel connected both to the organization and to each other.


The Deputy Director of Development would lead some of these initiatives and support the work of the Director of Development, Grants & Special Projects Manager, and Development Associate on others. There would also be opportunities to work with exceptional candidates to shape the position further, based on their interests and experience.




  • At least five years of relevant experience in development and fundraising, public interest law, or both. Candidates without development experience should detail in their cover letter how their public interest law or other experience would be applicable to this position.
  • Outstanding writing and oral communication skills.


Salary and Benefits:


Salary commensurate with experience, with a range of $90,000 to $110,000. Generous benefits package includes fully paid health insurance (for the employee), annual discretionary retirement match, 12 paid holidays, three personal days and generous annual and sick leave allotments starting at 15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave per year.


To Apply:


Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons from diverse backgrounds of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should submit a letter of interest and resume. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled. Please submit cover letter and resume here. No emails or phone calls, please.

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