Development Assistant

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest | New York, New York



For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions.  Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color.

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Job Summary

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a dynamic Development Assistant to join its team.

About the Role

The Development Assistant is part of a collaborative four-person team that works closely with the Executive Director and other key staff. The Development Assistant will provide administrative support to the Development Department and the Executive Office.

Reporting directly to the Director of Development and the Executive Director, the position provides an excellent opportunity to gain development and nonprofit experience for an established and dynamic organizations, with an opportunity for promotion and professional development.


The Assistant will provide support in all areas of fundraising, including grants management, government funding, special events, solicitation and cultivation mailings, maintaining the database, research, communications, and general administrative tasks, as well as support to the Executive Director in the area of Board relations.



  • Strong writing, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting and take direction.
  • Can work independently - managing tasks, projects, and deadlines.
  • Commitment to social justice and civil rights. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Experience and proficiency in database management.


NYLPI offers a competitive salary and comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, and fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment. 

How to Apply

Please send applications to [email protected] with the words: “Attention:  Development Assistant Position.”  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and must include:

(1)    Detailed cover letter explaining your interest, and experience, and answering the following required question: How have your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.  Please mention where you saw this posting in your cover letter.

(2)    Resume

(3)    Writing sample

(4)    Three references (including daytime telephone numbers)

We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply.  We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest


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