The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and 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 that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.
IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international 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 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. 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.
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 a Director of Donor Relations to work with a creative, dynamic, and growing legal and human rights organization. IRAP’s Board of Directors, Executive Director, and development team have spent 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 Director of Donor Relations with the energy and experience to develop and implement strategies to cultivate and steward relationships with individual donors and prospects. The Director of Donor Relations will be an integral part of the IRAP team, reporting to IRAP’s Director of Development.
- Work with the Director of Development to develop, implement, and manage strategies for prospect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
- Collaborate with the Director of Development and development team on strategic planning for the individual giving portfolio.
- Work with the Director of Development to produce small and large scale donor events, including parlor meetings and major benefits.
- Produce fundraising appeals and campaigns.
- Engage in frontline fundraising, including conducting in-person meetings and calls with prospective donors, making direct solicitations, and executing all necessary follow-up activities.
- Prepare the Executive Director, relevant program staff, and board members in advance of meetings with individual donors and prospects, including by providing background information, meeting goals, key points and recommendations.
- Conduct research and prepare profiles on individual prospects and exercise independent judgment and initiative in identifying and cultivating additional individual prospects.
- Work with the Development Coordinator to update and maintain donor records in the Blackbaud database, and to pull segmented lists and fundraising reports, as needed.
- Develop tailored, strategic communications to prospective donors with specific programmatic interests, including proposals and reports to individual donors.
- 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.
This position is based in New York City.
- At least seven years of direct experience with frontline fundraising. This includes developing and implementing strategies for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual prospects, producing fundraising campaigns, and planning events.
- A broad and strategic mindset, with creative aptitude and effective use of independent judgment is a necessity.
- Superb writing, communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
- Ability to work comfortably with major donor prospects, attorneys, and partner organizations with a variety of goals and perspectives.
- Strong organizational skills, ability to multitask, manage a high-volume workload, and have excellent time management skills are required.
- Flexibility 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 required.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Suite preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree is required.
- Interest in refugee/humanitarian issues is required.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will start immediately, on a rolling basis.
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 and non-profit sector.
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.