LAC is a non-profit law and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with alcohol or drug problems, HIV/AIDS or criminal records.

Senior Development Associate (New York, NY):

Position: Senior Development Associate
Reports to: Director of Development
Start Date: Immediately


The Legal Action Center (LAC) is currently looking for an energetic, organized fundraising professional to join a growing Development Department.  Reporting to the Director of Development, the Senior Development Associate is responsible for supporting the growth of the organization’s programs through its individual giving campaigns, special events, and marketing initiatives.

The Senior Development Associate creates and manages all aspects of LAC’s annual campaigns, including direct mail packages and electronic appeals, and works closely with the Director of Development to produce LAC’s annual benefit. Additionally, they are responsible for maintaining the integrity of LAC’s donor database, including accurate and timely gift entry and acknowledgment, campaign analysis, and reporting.

This position requires a person with initiative and a positive attitude who is meticulous and enjoys details. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent organizational, writing and editing skills, project management experience including the generation and tracking of budgets and timelines, - be flexible and able to work on tight deadlines, and have a highly communicative, collaborative work style.


  • Manage 2-3 direct mail appeals annually including creating appeal concepts, drafting and producing package components, list segmentation and personalization, and analyzing campaign results.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Development and LAC’s Board of Directors to produce the annual benefit. Responsibilities include handling all logistics, coordinating venue, working with other staff and vendors, and budgeting.
  • Maintain accuracy of LAC’s donor database (Raiser’s Edge), including gift entry and acknowledgment, creating reports, prospect research, and keeping accurate records. Work with the Director of Development to market LAC’s products and develop new audiences.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned from time to time.


  • At least three years of successful fundraising or non-profit experience including database management, donor correspondence, and special events
  • Proven ability to generate clear and compelling appeal letters and other related materials
  • Experience with donor data bases, Raiser’s Edge a plus; ability to cull data and provide analyses and recommendations
  • Track record with coordinating event logistics, Raiser’s Edge Events Module experience a plus
  • Exceptional attention to detail while acutely aware of the "big picture"
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, analyze and think critically, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize effectively
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to manage a wide variety of internal and external relationships, including writing and careful editing of messages for a variety of audiences
  • Excellent computer skills; Microsoft Word and Excel experience essential; web or graphic design experience helpful (HTML, CSS, Photoshop and/or Illustrator)
  • Confidence measured with humility, including the ability to say, “I don’t know, but I’ll find out and get back to you”
  • A sense of humor, a good work ethic, and calmness under pressure are key


Please send a cover letter – including salary requirements – and resume, as Word or PDF attachments, to with the subject line, “Senior Development Associate, [INSERT YOUR LAST NAME].”

No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Institutional Giving Officer(New York, NY):

Position: Institutional Giving Officer
Reports to: Director of Development
Start Date: Immediately


Reporting directly to the Development Director, the position is responsible for researching, writing, submitting and reporting on grant and contract applications to public and private sources in support of various projects, programs, initiatives and general organizational operations. S/he will work collaboratively with program directors, staff, and consultants to develop proposals and prepare grant/contract reports along with the management of grant-related data and related electronic files.


  • In collaboration with executive and senior staff, determine fundraising needs and set priorities for securing foundation, corporate and government support.
  • Research, develop and write competitive grant proposals as well as letters of inquiry, grant progress reports, and other correspondence to prospective and renewing foundations, corporations and government agencies.
  • Work collaboratively with program directors, staff, and consultants to develop proposals, monitor deliverables and prepare grant and contract reports.
  • Gather, prepare and ensure delivery of all materials to accompany grant proposals.
  • Conduct research on existing and prospective funding sources.
  • Develop proposal budgets in coordination with the finance staff.
  • Oversee the maintenance of electronic files and data/systems related to grants according to established guidelines.
  • Manage a calendar to track/monitor renewing and new grants and contracts.
  • Provide support for site visits.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • A commitment to the organization's mission and values
  • 4+ years of prior grant writing/management experience
  • Excellent writing, communication, proofreading and editing skills
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and meet high expectations, as well as work as part of a team, communicate well and support others
  • Possess a collaborative management style based on open, transparent, continual communication, sharing, and inclusive decision-making
  • Highly organized, productive, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize
  • Manage a variety of tasks simultaneously and effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong computer skills, proficiency in MS Word, Excel and database applications such as Access


Please send a cover letter – including salary requirements – and resume, as Word or PDF attachments, to, with the subject line, “Institutional Giving Officer.”

No phone calls, please – only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Internships (New York):

Legal Internships

The Legal Action Center accepts applications from second- and third-year law students to work part-time during the fall and spring semesters, and full-time throughout the summer. The work involves legal research and writing, litigation assistance, client intake, policy analysis and other activities. Much of the work is done in the areas of disability and other civil rights law, employment discrimination, privacy law, and the administration of the criminal justice system. Excellent research and writing skills are required.

ABOUT THE LEGAL ACTION CENTER: The Center is a non-profit public interest law firm and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with alcohol or drug problems, HIV/AIDS or criminal records. Among other valuable services, we help individuals obtain employment, housing, and benefits despite past criminal convictions, alcohol/drug histories or HIV status. We do this through impact litigation and a comprehensive range of civil legal services, including assisting our clients to obtain and clean up their New York State rap sheets, seek and obtain certificates of good conduct or relief from disabilities that are often essential to finding jobs or acquiring professional licenses, prepare and file employment discrimination and breach of privacy complaints, and gather evidence of rehabilitation. We also advocate on the local, state and national levels for sound criminal justice, drug and HIV policies, and partner with organizations to encourage policy makers to adopt these policies. We also provide training and technical assistance to a wide variety of health and social service providers, policymakers, employers, workforce development agencies, and others.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: Working with staff at LAC's New York City office, the intern will assist attorneys with the broad array of work the Center performs, including legal research and writing for public policy advocacy and litigation (cutting edge impact litigation as well as legal services cases), drafting position papers and legislation, conducting client intakes, and writing letters and other advocacy documents on behalf of clients. At times, interns also conduct administrative hearings.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent communication, advocacy, analytic and writing skills required. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer.

TIME COMMITMENT: At least 10-15 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Full-time positions are also available. If an intern is available to work more hours each week or for more than 10 weeks, there may be more opportunities to increase the level of responsibility and range of work.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the Legal Action Center, Attention: Legal Intern Coordinator, 225 Varick St., 4th Fl, New York, NY 10014; fax: (212) 675-0286; email:, with subject line “Legal Internship.”

Internships (Washington, DC):

Legal Internships

If you are interested in Interning in our Washington, D.C. office, we periodically have positions available. Through our Washington office, LAC advocates with Congress and agencies within the administration to improve our federal laws and policies to end discrimination against people in recovery or still suffering from addiction; to expand funding and coverage for life-saving alcohol and drug treatment, prevention, and research; and to eliminate barriers that people with criminal records face when reentering the community from incarceration.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: LAC interns research, track, and analyze federal legislation and policy, attend Congressional hearings and briefings, and assist in other ongoing projects related to the federal advocacy work. Excellent research and writing skills are required. Past interns have included law school and other graduate students interested in policy advocacy; some LAC interns have elected to continue their internship beyond the summer semester. While this has traditionally been a paid internship, individuals could instead elect to receive credit for their work. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.

More information about LAC and our National HIRE Network, which focuses on expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records, can be found on our websites, and, or by contacting Sherie V. Boyd, Office Manager, at

To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Boyd at