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Assistant Director of Institutional Giving

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal and policy advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization providing free and comprehensive legal services to people in need of a safe place to live and a safe way to get there.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City, Washington, D.C.), Jordan (Amman), Lebanon (Beirut), and Germany (Berlin). Our legal teams work closely with a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 80 full-time staff members. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

About the Department

IRAP’s Development Department cultivates a growing network of individual, corporate, and institutional donors to secure funding and support for IRAP’s programs. IRAP’s Development Department is currently comprised of four team members, with two members in the New York office and two team members who work remotely.


IRAP is seeking an Assistant Director of Institutional Giving to work with a creative, dynamic, and growing legal and human rights organization. IRAP’s Board, Executive Director, and development team have spent much time over the past few years building a network of engaged donors and supporters. The organization’s prospect pool is growing and IRAP is engaged in outreach and cultivation efforts with corporate, individual, and foundation funders. At this time, the organization seeks a full-time Assistant Director of Institutional Giving with the energy and experience to assist the development team in cultivating and stewarding institutional relationships, principally by preparing and submitting institutional proposals and reports. The Assistant Director of Institutional Giving will be an integral part of the IRAP team, reporting to IRAP’s Director of Institutional Giving.



  • Work with the Director of Institutional Giving to draft LOIs, grant proposals, and reports, including proposal budgets and financial reports.
  • Maintain annual grants calendar to track deadlines for proposals, reports, and other relationship outreach.
  • Conduct research and prepare profiles on institutional prospects and exercise independent judgment and initiative in identifying and cultivating additional institutional prospects.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Institutional Giving and development team on strategic planning for institutional portfolio.
  • Work with the Director of Institutional Giving to prepare the Executive Director and relevant program staff in advance of meetings with institutional donors and prospects, including by providing background information, meeting goals, key points and recommendations.
  • Communicate across all IRAP departments and offices to understand potential funding needs, then identify and pursue funding opportunities to meet those needs.
  • Communicate with the various program departments on a regular basis to remain updated on program developments and to pitch or update funders on the organization’s work, accordingly.
  • Work with the Development Assistant to update and maintain institutional donor records in the Blackbaud database.


  • Develop tailored, strategic communications to prospective funders and donors with specific programmatic interests.
  • Work with the Development Manager and Communications team to contribute to IRAP communications efforts, including quarterly newsletters, the Report to Supporters, materials for fundraising work, and ongoing development of messaging and branding.


  • No current direct reports, but potential to supervise administrative staff subject to department needs.


  • Open to a candidate who wishes to work from home and is legally eligible to work in the United States, with ability to travel, as needed, for meetings.


  • At least seven years of direct experience with grant writing and institutional fundraising.
  • Superb writing, communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work comfortably with major donor prospects, attorneys, and partner organizations with diverse cultural and social orientations.
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multitask, manage a high-volume workload, and have excellent time management skills.
  • Must have a broad and strategic mindset, with creative aptitude and effective use of independent judgment.
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and to develop solutions quickly and effectively.
  • Prior nonprofit/NGO employment is required.
  • Experience working with a CRM database management is a plus.
  • Microsoft Suite.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Interest in refugee/humanitarian issues required.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples of grant proposals or reports, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will begin on Monday, April 12.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with life experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.


The annual salary for the position will be $75,000 – $100,000 commensurate with experience. This position is subject to a collective bargaining agreement.

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.