Manager, Stewardship and Events (LDF)

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an experienced, dynamic and passionate Manager, Stewardship and Events to help drive the Development Department.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization.  Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first African-American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality.  From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, public policy advocacy and public education programs in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.


LDF seeks a Manager, Stewardship and Events to support the Development Department. This is an exceptional opportunity for an entrepreneurial professional with events and fundraising experience, to develop an integrated, donor-centered stewardship program to strengthen funder relationships and deepen financial support of LDF. Reporting to the Director of Special Events and Strategic Partnership, the Manager, Stewardship and Events will be responsible for the following essential duties:

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of fundraising events, including signature NEJAD event and other cultivation events across the country;
  • Craft a stewardship plan for annual and campaign donors that includes communications of impact, and a calendar of experiences and touchpoints;
  • Perform operational, day-to-day tasks in support of the overarching stewardship program;
  • Prepare timely customized acknowledgement letters, pledge reminders, receipts and other correspondence;
  • Provide excellent and timely customer service to donors who request information including recent and past donations and other donor records;
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor contact and biographical information;
  • Assist in development of donor cultivation and stewardship events as needed;
  • Produce strategic lists and reports for direct mail campaigns, event solicitations, board communications, and overall funder analyses;
  • Develop profile and look-books for all special events donors and prospects;
  • Prepare expense reports and process invoices for events;
  • Process special acknowledgment letters and recognition program for special events donors;
  • Research event venues;
  • Assist all other team members as needed; and
  • Ensure confidentiality of all LDF and donor information.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following: 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • 3-4 years relevant experience in an events and development office;
  • Excellent communications skills, oral and written;
  • Excellent research and organizational skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a high degree of discretion;
  • Experience working with donors and high-profile volunteer leadership;
  • Accuracy and attention to detail in written work and oral communications;
  • Highly organized with strong project management skills and excellent judgment in prioritizing and managing deadlines;
  • Demonstrated experience using fundraising databases and general search engines, e.g., The Foundation Center, Raiser’s Edge, Lexis, Google and other online databases;
  • Ability to multi-task and function effectively and efficiently in fast-paced environment
  • Excellent follow-up and follow-through;
  • Ability to work individually or with a team as dictated by projects;
  • Proficiency with computers and Windows-based software applications including Microsoft Office, Word processing and Excel spreadsheet creation; and,
  • Demonstrated interest in civil rights and social justice issues.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to [email protected] or by mail to:

Monica Garcia, Director of Human Resources/Administration
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006

*No Phone Calls Please*

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.

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