The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, and community education. AALDEF is supported by foundation and corporate grants, For more information about AALDEF and its activities, visit our website at http://www.aaldef.org.
The Development Director is responsible for organizing and implementing all fundraising activities to ensure the sustainability and future expansion of the organization. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and Assistant Director.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Work with the executive director to design and implement an annual fundraising plan, in coordination with the board of directors
• Manage foundation relationships and grant submissions; maintain a calendar of grant proposal and report deadlines; prepare letters of intent and proposals with requisite documents; maintain ongoing correspondence with funders.
• Create and implement mail and online solicitations and plan year-end giving strategy; analyze current donor base and identify new individual prospects.
• Create and implement a cultivation program targeting law firms, corporations and businesses.
• Identify and implement strategies for new major gift prospects; provide background materials for board member solicitations; and write regular reports for the executive director and board of directors
• Supervise development assistant to maintain donor database, process gifts, acknowledge donors, and generate regular reports.
• Performs other tasks as assigned.
• Excellent writing and communications skills.
• Minimum five years’ experience in fundraising and projects management.
• Prior CRM database management experience preferred.
• Strong organizational skills, attention to details, and ability to work independently.
• Proven track record of working in a collaborative environment with demonstrated success in raising funds from individual donors, foundations, corporations, and law firms.
• Creative, strategic, and entrepreneurial.
• Familiar with Asian American communities and legal/civil rights issues.
Commensurate with experience; excellent health and vacation benefits package.
As soon as possible.
Please send a cover letter (including any salary requirements), resume, names of three references, and two unedited writing samples to:
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street-12/F
New York, NY 10013-2815
(for email, insert “Development Director” in subject line)
AALDEF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
STAFF ATTORNEY, DEMOCRACY PROGRAM
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
AALDEF’s Democracy Program uses litigation, advocacy, and community education to promote fairness in the electoral process and invigorate the civic participation and political empowerment of Asian Americans, especially new citizens and persons not yet fluent in English. By expanding access to the electoral process for Asian Americans, AALDEF improves the quality of democracy for all.
AALDEF has litigated cases under the Voting Rights Act, monitored elections in 14 states to document barriers to voting, advocated for election reforms that expand language access to the vote, and organized community education forums across the country. Key priorities will be to challenge voter suppression measures, ensure that all eligible Asian Americans are able to exercise their right to vote, and increase community engagement in the redistricting process at multiple legislative district levels.
The Staff Attorney will work with other program attorneys and organizers on the following activities:
1. Document, prevent, and resolve Asian American voter problems in the 2021 and 2022 elections;
2. Meet with community groups and train community advocates about the redistricting process, communities of interest, relevant timelines, and recent local developments in jurisdictions with large Asian American populations;
3. Provide technical assistance for community advocates preparing testimony for public hearings on redistricting plans and assist them in developing comprehensive statewide or local maps for submission to legislative bodies or commissions;
4. Collaborate with other civil rights groups to develop joint strategies and unity maps to protect minority voting rights;
5. Challenge redistricting plans and other practices that violate the Voting Rights Act and unlawfully prevent Asian Americans from electing candidates of choice.
• Two to five years of litigation experience or other public interest law activities;
• Demonstrated commitment to racial justice;
• Familiarity with Asian American communities and issues;
• Admitted to the New York or other state bar;
Ability to speak an Asian language helpful, but not required.
Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to:
Democracy Program - Staff Attorney Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10013-2815
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please put “Staff Attorney, Democracy Program” in the subject line)
The position will be filled as soon as possible.