Development / Communications Associate



Development / Communications Associate

Reports to: Director of Development and Communications

Located in Albany, New York; must live in NYS

Full-time, Min 35hr/ week, with occasional work requirements outside of normal work hours

Salary: $42,000 – $67,500, DOE, plus generous benefits



The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking a Development / Communications Associate. Legal Aid’s mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society that is inclusive and equitable for all. We transform lives, build community, and empower people by using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequities. Our service area spans sixteen counties, in upstate New York, encompassing six regional offices. This position can be based out of our Albany office. For more information about our work, our staff, and our clients, visit



  • BA in communications, marketing, or development or equivalent professional experience;
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills including attention to detail and ability to multi-task; excellent writing skills essential.
  • Experience working with at least one Donor Management system, such as NEON.
  • Familiarity with Excel, Outlook and Word.


Preferred Qualifications

  • BA in communications, marketing, or development and at least 3 year’s relevant professional experience;
  • Proficient in Adobe (inDesign)
  • Expert proficiency with Excel, Outlook and Word.



  • Manage the Development Database, including generating standard and nonstandard reports and ensuring the quality and accuracy of information entered into the system.
  • Assist with planning and coordination of fundraising and outreach events and activities.
  • Assist with donor stewardship and cultivation development strategies and activities including regular acknowledgments.
  • Manage small donor portfolio and conduct donor research.
  • Assemble grants attachments and data.
  • Assist with mail and on-line appeals and other donor communications; and
  • Research relevant foundations, law firms, corporations and individuals for giving potential as well as to follow philanthropic trends.


Donor Communications:

  • Write personalized donor acknowledgement letters and follow up on pledges.
  • Assist with implementation of Communications plan re: Constant Contact, social media, Email and Letter merges; research and remain current on relevant emerging social media tools and crowd funding opportunities.
  • Assist in drafting press releases.
  • Work with Webmaster to make sure the website is current and web functionality projects are implemented.
  • Manage print jobs and publication timelines.
  • Daily responsibility for content and graphic creation on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
  • Understanding of donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship concepts and procedures.


Work Environment

This position operates in a professional law office environment and occasionally may require the carrying of items of up to 20 pounds. This role requires the use of standard office equipment and software and remote videoconferencing platforms. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Application Deadline: October 15 or Until Filled


Please note that the salary is based on experience, plus generous benefits, including paid time off, holidays, medical/dental/vision insurance, retirement contributions, tuition reimbursement, and qualifying moving expenses. LASNNY offers flexible hybrid-remote and alternative work schedule options.  


At LASNNY we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. We strongly encourage applications from women, BIPOC, LGBTQ persons, protected veterans, applicants and recipients of public assistance, older adults and people with disabilities.

If you are unable to submit your application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at LASNNY and we will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities to the extent required by applicable law.

Applications will not be reviewed without a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample. You must combine your documents into a single document in order to upload them to our website.


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