Organizational Background

Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a 501(c)(3) national association of 120 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For over forty years, AFJ has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of the courts, fight for a more equitable society on behalf environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, immigrant, health, and LGBTQ groups, and fight the racism embedded in our justice system. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives. Today our work is more important than ever, and we are heartened to see millions across the country take to the streets calling for vibrant social and political transformations in our democracy.

AFJ has two core programs:

  • The Justice Program focuses on ensuring that the federal judiciary advances core constitutional values, preserves human rights and unfettered access to the courts, and adheres to the even-handed administration of justice for all;

  • The Bolder Advocacy Program works with nonprofits and foundations to help them navigate the rules surrounding 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and PAC rules so they can be more courageous in their advocacy.

Alliance for Justice Action Campaign (AFJAC), an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, promotes the importance of the courts with a goal of advancing core constitutional values, preserving human rights, securing unfettered access to the judicial system, and guaranteeing the even-handed administration of justice.  AFJAC also serves as the nation’s leading resource on the legal framework for 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy efforts. While driven by the same core values of an independent and fair judiciary, and nonprofit advocacy, AFJ and AFJAC are independent organizations and have separate boards.

About the Position

Alliance for Justice and Alliance for Justice Action Campaign seek a Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VP) to lead and grow the development department during a critical time in our nation’s history.

This is an extraordinary time to join AFJ as the Board of Directors has recently announced that Rakim H.D. Brooks will be the next President, succeeding Nan Aron, who founded and successfully led the organization for the past 42 years.  Rakim joins AFJ from the ACLU where he served as Campaign Manager for the Systemic Equality Campaign.  He is a nationally recognized innovative strategist and legal advocate, is an alum of the Obama Administration and the Biden Harris transition team and brings a long and distinguished record of advocating for justice. 

As a key member of the senior management team, the VP will work closely with the new President, program Directors, and an energized and engaged Board(s) to design and lead the fundraising strategies and identify, cultivate, close, and steward new donors for the organization while enhancing the internal systems and processes to support growth.  The VP will work collaboratively to raise funding to meet the needs of AFJ/AFJAC in their exciting next chapter and phase of growth and increase these organizations’ capacity to grow and diversify their funding base. The ideal candidate is an experienced development leader with a strong record of demonstrated success in raising high dollar foundation and individual donor support. The right candidate is an energetic, strategic, and entrepreneurial development professional who is passionate about AFJ/AFJAC’s missions.  

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Establish solid, yet ambitious, fundraising goals for AFJ and AFJAC and oversee implementation of strategies to achieve those goals;
  • Design annual development plans and fundraising projections and track and evaluate progress;
  • Diversify AFJ/AFJAC’s individual donor program to attract and engage new audiences;
  • Establish performance measures to monitor and evaluate AFJ/AFJAC’s development program and make adjustments as needed to adapt to the changing face of philanthropy;
  • Oversee fundraising efforts in Washington, New York, California, Texas, and elsewhere;
  • Systematize and expand a small direct mail and online fundraising program;
  • Grow planned giving program;
  • Refine and oversee AFJ’s donor stewardship program; and
  • Engage management, Board members, and program staff in donor cultivation and fund solicitation.


  • Oversee the development of compelling proposals, reports, and funder communications;
  • Expand the base of prospective donors through collaboration with program and communications staff, senior management, and board members;
  • Collaborate with communications team to develop consistent messaging;
  • Conceptualize and team with program VPs and senior management to develop foundation proposals for new initiatives; and
  • Oversee the development of promotional materials for communications with donors.


  • Lead the development team, which includes: Director, Individual Giving, Director, Foundation Relations, a Development Associate, and an intern;
  • Ensure the creation and implementation of the overall development calendar;
  • Oversee management of prospect research, databases, records, files, gift processing and acknowledgements;
  • Manage fundraising consultants;
  • Provide regular development reports to senior management and board; and
  • Participate in senior management team meetings.


  • 12-15 years of non-profit fundraising experience and a proven track record of development leadership including individual and foundation donor cultivation and acquisition;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of progressive donor community (individuals and foundations) and social justice and/or advocacy issues;
  • Proven success in securing high dollar foundation and individual donor support;
  • Demonstrated skill in managing and mentoring development staff and improving systems;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills (a writing test will be given);
  • Well-developed interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Proven entrepreneurial abilities, creativity, initiative, and energy to expand funding base;
  • Proven problem solver and strategic thinker;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment;
  • Willingness and ability to travel (post-COVID); and
  • Commitment to organization’s mission.


The salary range is $140,000-$150,000.  AFJ/AFJAC provides a comprehensive benefits package including medical, prescription, optional vision, dental, flexible spending account, and life and disability insurance, as well as commuter benefits and retirement programs.


TThis position reports to the President and has three direct reports – Director, Foundation Relations, Director, Individual Giving, and Development Associate.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.  Ability to travel by train and airplane and work long hours when needed. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Racial Equity

Our employees share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into our work, and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.

Job Location

Washington, D.C., although teleworking for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.

How to Apply

AFJ has retained the executive search firm LeaderFit to manage this search.  Interested candidates should upload a resume and a thoughtful cover letter here:

AFJ/AFJAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AFJ/AFJAC prohibits discrimination against its employees and applicants for employment based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, sero-status and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or income.