Chief Development Officer

The Chief Development Officer is a member of the organization’s leadership team and leads Common Justice’s overall development and fundraising work. The Chief Development Officer will supervise the Major Gifts Officer, Manager of Institutional Giving, Donor Organizer, and Development Coordinator. The Chief Development Officer works closely with the Executive Director, COO, Communications team, Vice Presidents of Programs and Vice President Organizing and Policy, and the Board to build and implement a robust multi-tiered fundraising strategy to support the resource needs of Common Justice.  They ensure values alignment in resourcing the transformative work of the organization.  They report directly to the Executive Director. 

Common Justice develops and advances solutions to violence that transform the lives of those harmed and foster racial equity without relying on incarceration.  Locally, we operate the first alternative to incarceration and victim service program in the United States to focus on violent felonies in the adult courts. Nationally, we leverage the lessons from our direct service to transform the justice system through partnerships, advocacy, and elevating the experience and power of those most impacted.  Rigorous and hopeful, we build practical strategies to hold people accountable for harm, break cycles of violence, and secure safety, healing and justice for survivors and their communities. 

In our direct service work, Common Justice operates restorative justice- based alternative to prison and victim service program for serious and/or violent felony cases such as assault, burglary, and robbery.  The project brings 16-26-year-olds responsible for crimes together with those they have harmed and their support people in a facilitated restorative justice dialogue to determine appropriate agreements to make things as right as possible and take the place of a prison sentence.  The work includes intensive supervision and violence intervention work with people who have caused harm, wraparound support for the survivors and their loved ones, and engagement of system actors who play critical roles in the diversion of cases. We aim to meet the needs of people harmed by violence, prevent further harm, and improve the lives of people and communities impacted by violence.  While we serve the full range of people harmed by crime, a significant portion of the survivors Common Justice works with are men of color, many of them young adults. Common Justice believes that all survivors deserve more options that resonate with their sense of justice, safety, and respect, and that communities deserve programs that help halt cycles of violence, improve the public safety, and meet their needs. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

Planning and Strategy   

  • Serving on leadership team for the organization. 
  • Developing and executing annual and multi-year fundraising plans to project and raise Common Justice’s annual budget goals in collaboration with the Executive team, Board, Communications, and Operations and Finance teams. 
  • Leading fundraising efforts to achieve the organization’s revenue target of $10M for FY26 and meeting subsequent annual targets.  
  • Cultivating a culture of fundraising at the organization by providing educational materials for staff about development strategies in the Mobilizing Resources Working Group, designing engagement opportunities for non-development staff on grassroots fundraising campaigns, and collaborating with programs and finance to ensure cross-departmental information sharing.  
  • Supervising the Major Gifts Officer, Manager of Institutional Giving, Donor Organizer, and Development Coordinator; mentoring and growing the Development team. 
  • Collaborating with the Executive Director and COO to ensure accurate revenue projections and making adjustments to fundraising strategies as needed. 
  • Working with the Board of Directors to support the organization’s fundraising goals and with the Board of Sustainers (a non-governing body of supporters committed to helping achieve the organization’s revenue goals).  
  • Working with the Development Coordinator on donor data operations. 
  • Supporting regular development, review and realignment as necessary of fundraising policies and practices, including with regard to the organization’s gift acceptance philosophy, fundraising culture, and more. 


  • Providing oversight and management of grants management systems and processes in partnership with the Manager of Institutional Giving, ensuring timely submission of proposals and reports and coordinating foundation site visits as needed.  
  • Reviewing and finalizing grant proposals and reports from the Manager of Institutional Giving and in partnership with the Executive Director as needed. 
  • Supporting the Manager of Institutional Giving and Development Coordinator to research new sources of funding, and initiate new opportunities with viable prospects. 
  • Cultivating, managing, and maintaining relationships with current and prospective funders,  


  • Growing the corporate giving program at Common Justice by exploring potential partnerships with current corporate prospect types (ex: law firms, the NFL, arts institutions) and identifying new opportunities with socially responsible corporate partners.  


  • Providing oversight and management of government contract systems and processes in partnership with the Manager of Institutional Giving, Vice President of Programs, and COO. 
  • Providing input on quarterly vouchers in partnership with the Operations and Finance team and the outsourced accounting firm (FMABDO) as needed. 
  • Researching, in partnership with the Manager of Institutional Giving, new opportunities for government partnerships, identifying new city, state, and federal RFPs, and managing the application process for new funding opportunities.   


  • Creating and executing Common Justice’s overall strategy for growing our base of individual donors in collaboration with the Donor Organizer and Communications team.  
  • Providing strategic guidance to the Donor Organizer in growing grassroots fundraising program and cultivating donor community.  
  • Providing strategic guidance to the Major Gifts Officer in growing the major giving program; collaborating with the Executive Director and Board in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding current and prospective major donors.  
  • Stewarding a portfolio of donors, including serving as the lead on certain relationships, alongside the Executive Director and Major Gifts Officer.  
  • Planning and managing donor stewardship and fundraising events in partnership with Communications; supervising Development Coordinator and Major Gifts Officer in coordination and event logistics.   


  • 10+ years of experience in fundraising, especially in major donor cultivation and direct solicitation (including a proven track record of closing 6- and 7-figure gifts), as well as foundation and corporate giving. Experience with community-centric fundraising approaches is a plus. 
  • 7+ of experience in managing development teams. Experience managing with a trauma-informed disability justice lens is a plus. 
  • Strong commitment to social justice with a working knowledge about structural inequities and how they impact fundraising. 
  • Appetite to build and develop a newly expanded fundraising team and scope. 
  • Experience using donor management systems for tracking the team’s progress and making strategic decisions. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. The ideal candidate will be able to support the team in writing clear and compelling copy, represent Common Justice in a variety of settings, and articulate our nuanced framework about solutions to violence without relying on incarceration with donors. 
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and trust across diverse life experiences and backgrounds. 
  • Ability to inspire excellence while maintaining compassionate and realistic expectations. 
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail. 
  • Knowledge of New York City and national funding communities. Familiarity with the criminal justice sector a plus. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with the Executive Director, leadership team members, trustees, staff, and donors, and provide motivation at all levels of the organization. 
  • Strong understanding of and respect for boundaries. The ideal candidate will cultivate a balanced work environment within the team and with donors. 
  • Formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged to apply.  

To Apply: 

Salary is commensurate with experience within Common Justice's pay range of $156,000 - $162,000 for a VP level position. A competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life, long-term disability insurance, retirement 401(k), and substantial vacation. This is an on-site role so candidates who are NYC-based are strongly preferred. Apply here.