Job Opportunities

Director of Development

The Children’s Law Center of Connecticut (CLC) is seeking an experienced Director of Development to implement and manage a comprehensive development program covering grants, sponsorship, annual giving, long-term development campaigns and philanthropy for an organization dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for children and families in transition or crisis.

This position is senior level, reporting to the Executive Director, and is directly responsible for the planning and execution of all fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will work in alignment with the goals and objectives of the organization and in partnership with the Executive Director and various Board of Director committees, to maximize the CLC’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.

Organizational Overview Since its inception, the CLC has provided access to legal services and support to children and families by advancing collaborative, non-adversarial options for resolving conflicts outside the court system. Through our programs and services, we strive to create a safe and stable environment for children whose parents are in chronic conflict. Website:

Classification: The position is salaried exempt with competitive compensation and benefits.


Essential Responsibilities:

Fund Development

  • Responsible for implementing the newly completed Fund Development plan, in partnership with relevant Board committees and the executive director.
  • Collaborate with the Development Committee and Executive Director to execute annual fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Engage members of the Board in fundraising initiatives.
  • Cultivate and steward current and prospective donors to maximize sustained financial support and build a major giving pipeline of donor prospects.
  • Oversee effective functioning of development database.
  • Partner with external consultants that support fundraising activities, especially the gala consultant.
  • Staff lead in the strategic design and execution of new fundraising initiatives, including launching a planned giving program.


Grants/State Funding

  • Ensure continuing State funding support.
  • Oversee and supervise grant portfolio.
  • Steward relationships with current grantors.
  • Collaborate with financial consultant on required reports for funders.



  • Provide input and content to foster fundraising and philanthropy to multiple platforms, including organizational publications and social media.
  • Develop and implement strategy to expand CLC’s constant contacts database.
  • Provide advice on communications strategies to engage existing and prospective donors



  • In concert with the Executive Director and Development Committee, design and implement strategy to maximize Board engagement in fundraising.


Skills and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising strategies and principles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Solid organizational, time management, project management and record-keeping skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills and comfort working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish rapport and build relationships with donors and institutional funders.


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in development / fundraising for non-profits
  • Proven track record of meeting fundraising goals and securing major gifts for non-profits


Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $85,000 – $100,000 and salary offers will be commensurate with experience. The benefits package includes paid time off, health insurance, and 403B match.


Commitment to Equity

The Children’s Law Center is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants.  CLC is committed to providing opportunities for all employees and applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under local, state, or federal laws.


To Apply

Format and deadline: Please email your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Justine Rakich-Kelly at All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential. Applications are due by 5 pm EDT on March 8th.


Required Components of your Submitted Application:

To be considered, you must email ALL of the documents below by the March 8th deadline. 

  1. A Cover Letter (one-page maximum) that includes:
    • How your background and skills align with the position requirements.
    • Your reason for interest in the role and what distinguishes you as a candidate.
  2. Your resume or CV
  3. A relevant work-related writing sample