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Development Manager - Michigan Center for Youth Justice - Ann Arbor, MI

Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of young people through donor engagement and fundraising? Please read on!

About the Organization

MCYJ is a private not-for-profit organization that works to advance equitable youth justice policies and practices that protect young people and help them achieve their full potential.

Our Vision is a fair and effective justice system for Michigan's children, youth, and young adults. Since our establishment in 1956 as the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD), our organization has been a trailblazer in addressing the causes of crime. MCCD was founded by concerned citizen leaders from throughout our state as a vehicle to assure that the laws and policies aimed at controlling crime were fair, effective, and affordable. MCCD changed its name to the Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ) in January of 2020. This historic name change was a result of a strategic refocus that took place in 2019. We found that while many new and existing organizations were working to reform Michigan’s adult criminal justice, there were no organizations devoted exclusively to advancing policy reforms for Michigan’s youth justice system. As a result, we changed our vision, mission, and name to better reflect a laser-focus on advocacy to improve outcomes for justice-involved children, youth and young adults.

Our values include the following

Community and Connection: Youth deserve to remain connected to their families and communities, even if they become justice system-involved. They should be recognized for their strengths and value, not just for their mistakes.

Commitment: We can be counted on to persist in our work for fair, equitable justice reform for Michigan's children, youth, and young adults. We will never stop re-imagining compassionate solutions.

Equity: All justice-involved youth are treated in a fair and just manner that considers the systematic practices and biases related to identity, background, and personal experience.

Inclusion: We believe that diverse perspectives create better solutions. Families who are impacted by the youth justice system should be at the center of our work.

Restoration: The youth justice system should be restorative and rehabilitative. Kids who get in trouble are still kids.

About the Opportunity

The Michigan Center for Youth Justice (MCYJ) is seeking to hire a part-time contractual Development Manager to join our dynamic team of staff and contractors. The Development Manager will work closely with the deputy and development directors to develop, coordinate and implement donor engagement and fundraising plans, with a particular emphasis on individual giving. We are looking for an experienced development professional with a passion for donor engagement and creative event planning, as well as an interest in working toward transforming Michigan’s youth justice system.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Donor retention: Support communication, deepen relationships, and engagement to increase retention and giving annually.
  • Donor recruitment: Drive and execute identification, research, and cultivation work to attract new donors. Engage in prospect research to increase individual giving.
  • Process management: Harness the capabilities of the existing CRM system to both manage the entire donation process, capture data and donor details, and produce reports that inform development efforts; oversee the gift tracking and acknowledgment process.
  • Administrative: Provide strategic support to various projects, events, and fundraising efforts, including virtual and in-person fundraising events.
  • Communications: Assist in developing, drafting, and editing emails for fundraising campaigns & events; manage a monthly donor-facing newsletter.
  • Grant support: Assist with grant management, including tracking, writing, and reporting as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

About You

  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience executing fundraising plans and writing grant reports and proposals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation, including cultural agility skills necessary to work effectively with diverse people, teams, and communities.
  • Strong project and time management skills and the ability to prioritize and manage several projects concurrently.
  • Strong orientation towards data and efficient systems, with the ability to communicate their value to others.
  • Ability to take initiative when needed, manage up and sideways effectively, and grow with a growing organization.
  • Willingness to quickly learn and analyze new information.
  • Ability to take initiative and think creatively.
  • Computer literate and proficient with virtual meeting applications, email, Google suite, and/or Microsoft Office programs.
  • Experience working with social media for fundraising purposes is a plus.
  • Desired: Working knowledge of, or interest in, the MI juvenile justice system.

Work Conditions

  • The schedule will require flexibility to accommodate the availability of stakeholders, special events, fundraisers, etc., including evenings and weekends.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, cellphone, laptop, and reliable internet and dependable personal transportation.
  • This position will report directly to MCYJ’s deputy director and work closely with the executive and development directors.


  • This is a contractual position, paid hourly, at an average of 20 hours/week, with potential for renewal and eventually consideration of employment.
  • Pay is $30 to 40 per hour, depending on experience.

MCYJ is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of race, religion, color, national, social, or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, a record of arrest or conviction, gender identity or expression, height, weight, physical disability, military and veteran status, family or parental status.

How To Apply

Please submit your resume via our online job portal here:
Job Details
  • Company: Michigan Center for Youth Justice
  • Post Date:August 11, 2022
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  • Position Type: Part-Time
  • Experience: Mid Level
  • Location: 3810 Packard Suite 200A
    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • Please submit your resume via our online job portal:
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