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The Bail Project

Development Associate

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Start date: May 2019

The Bail Project is a new nonprofit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will work with local partners to open dozens of sites in high-need jurisdictions and pay bail for tens of thousands of low-income people, reducing the human suffering caused by unaffordable cash bail and building on the work of grassroots groups and movements for decarceration and racial justice. Our organization is comprised of a central support team and a network of Bail Disruptors who work in local jurisdictions to identify community members in pretrial detention, pay their bail, and provide support throughout the legal process. Our model leverages the fact that bail money is returned when people make their court appearances, allowing us to maintain a revolving bail fund and maximize our impact.

In addition to posting bail, The Bail Project seeks to partner with local advocacy groups, collect stories and data from our sites and work with universities to measure the socio-economic impacts of unaffordable cash bail with the goal of informing legislative reform. Through these efforts, The Bail Project will be the largest non-governmental decarceration of Americans in history – reducing human suffering, restoring the presumption of innocence, and adding to the growing momentum to end mass incarceration.

The Development Associate will be responsible for supporting fundraising activities that advance The Bail Project’s mission. This position will report to and work closely with the Manager of Philanthropy on donor stewardship, database management, and prospect research.


Donor Engagement and Stewardship

  • Respond to donor inquiries and generate timely acknowledgements of gifts
  • Contribute to solicitation strategies for email and social media campaigns
  • Coordinate mailings and other communications with current and prospective donors


Management of Development Records

  • Organize, produce and maintain fundraising materials, communications, and data
  • Maintain the accuracy and integrity of Salesforce database by ensuring that all donations and pledges are properly recorded
  • Work with Finance team to ensure appropriate tracking and accounting of gifts


Prospect Research and Grant Tracking

  • Perform research on prospective foundations and individual donors
  • Prepare presentations and supporting materials for meetings with funders
  • Support the preparation, submission, and reporting of grant proposals


General Support for Development Team

  • Support planning and coordination of fundraising events
  • Assist in scheduling meetings with prospective funders and donors
  • Carry out other related duties as requested


You are driven, highly organized and have a deep commitment to The Bail Project’s mission. We’re looking for a creative and passionate individual who thrives under pressure and is comfortable working independently or in a team-based setting. A sense of humor and willingness to adapt to the change inherent to a rapidly scaling startup are essential.

To excel in this role, you should have:

  • A minimum of 1-2 years of experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization
  • Excellent organizational and critical-thinking skills with superior attention to detail, follow-through and the ability to manage multiple projects while meeting tight deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak comfortably and compellingly with a sharp eye for editing and proofreading
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work under pressure while maintaining tact and professionalism
  • Willingness to manage administrative responsibilities for Development team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Documents
  • Familiarity with foundations and grantmaking institutions
  • Familiarity with database management systems
  • Strong belief and commitment to social justice

Compensation: This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. The Bail Project offers competitive health benefits, dental and vision plans, flexible PTO, life insurance and enrollment into a 401k program.

To apply

Interested applicants submit the following materials in one document: a cover letter describing your interest and unique qualifications for this position, a resume, and a writing sample (up to 500 words) that illustrates your ability to write persuasively and compellingly tell stories. Please contact [email protected] with the subject line “Development Associate” with your application and any questions about the position.

The Bail Project is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of formerly incarcerated individuals, people of color, women, LGBTQIA people, and people with disabilities. We are committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.