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Director of Development & Operations

 

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence.

The MIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Director of Development & Operations position beginning immediately in its Kansas City, Missouri office. This position reports directly to MIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for effectuating the following job responsibilities relevant to MIP’s external/outreach and administrative work.

The Director will have day-to-day responsibility for management and administration for the Project including budgeting and financial reporting, taxes, procurement, human resources, payroll, property and risk management, office technology, and such other matters as may be assigned by the Executive Director for the administration of the Project.

In the development role, the Director will have day-to-day responsibility for marketing and development including donor solicitation and donor relations, donor database management, grant applications and grant management, and special events. In addition, the Director will maintain and update the Project website, oversee social media, and coordinate communications with prospective and existing donors with oversight from the Executive Director. 

OPERATIONS & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

  • Responsible for all clerical, administrative and IT functions – from low-skilled to highly complex
  • Responsible for all of organization’s financial operations and financial management
  • Manage bank accounts, bill payments, payroll, benefits and bookkeeping (Quickbooks)
  • Maintain compliance with licensing, insurance, charitable solicitations, tax and other governmental requirements for non-profit and law office management
  • Prepare estimated and actual budgets, and then conduct quarterly audits and reviews of approved budget
  • Monitor all financial inflows and oversee accurate documentation, processing, acknowledgment and reporting of the same
  • Manage contracts and all interactions with landlord and contractors
  • Oversee effective operation of all IT and office equipment

DEVELOPMENT & FUNDRAISING 

  • Identify and solicit major gifts and planned gifts in our 5-state area;
  • Coordinate multiple special events in our different regions, including MIP’s signature annual gala, Faces of Innocence (some travel may be required);
  • Support and encourage members of MIP’s Board of Directors and the Executive Director in their individual fundraising efforts, including event planning and identifying potential donors for small and major gifts;
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors through all forms of contact, including in-person visits, and regular contact by e-mail and telephone;
  • Manage MIP’s donor database, including timely tracking of donor contributions and communications;
  • Develop all marketing materials;
  • Manage MIP’s web content—www.themip.org—and recruit and supervise media interns;
  • Produce reports on MIP’s general and fundraising activities, including MIP’s Annual Report, Monthly Newsletter, and donor reports.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and commitment to social justice required;
  • At least two years of experience in non-profit management preferred;
  • Proficiency with the following systems strongly preferred: Quickbooks, DonorSnap, Constant Contact, Office Suite, Dropbox, and WordPress.

The selected candidate must be detail oriented and have superior organizational, oral communication, and writing skills. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, adept at the nuances of donor relations, and understand the unique issues involved with fundraising in support of criminal justice issues. Salary is $60,000+, depending on experience. Medical and dental insurance provided.

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (e.g., a thank you letter, appeal, letter of intent, grant application, etc.), and a list of references to tbushnell@themip.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The Midwest Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and smart people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Most importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Managing Attorney – Nebraska

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence.

The MIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Managing Attorney position beginning immediately in its Omaha, Nebraska office. This position reports directly to MIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for effectuating the following job responsibilities relevant to MIP’s legal and administrative work in Nebraska.

The Managing Attorney will have day-to-day responsibility for investigating and litigating cases in Nebraska, as well as management and administration for the Omaha office, including community and donor engagement and such other matters as may be assigned by the Executive Director for the administration of the Project.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The following are the primary duties and responsibilities of the Managing Attorney.

CASEWORK:

  • Maintain own caseload of a reasonable size to investigate and litigate cases with claims of innocence;
  • Oversee and supervise litigation and casework conducted by MIP volunteer and partner lawyers and law students in Nebraska cases;
  • As staffing grows, manage members of the MIP Nebraska team, supervising their casework to ensure that it is of the highest standard and that they meet the targets and objectives that have been set for them;
  • Work with the Executive Director and Regional Board to lead and/or contribute to MIP’s policy work, especially in relation to matters affecting casework and/or organizational interests;
  • Ensure that all time keeping and other reporting is undertaken in a timely and appropriate way.

DEVELOPMENT & FUNDRAISING:

  • Support and encourage members of MIP’s Board of Directors and the Executive Director in their individual fundraising efforts, including event planning and identifying potential donors for small and major gifts;
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors through all forms of contact, including in-person visits, and regular contact by e-mail and telephone;
  • With or as requested by the Executive Director, lead and/or contribute to fundraising applications and initiatives and/or make fundraising applications as necessary to develop and support both the casework team and core functions of MIP’s work in Nebraska;
  • Jointly with the Executive Director and Director of Operations & Development, prepare or arrange for the preparation of an annual budget for Board approval.

 

Qualifications:

  • A J.D. from an accredited law school and commitment to social justice required;
  • At least five years of experience in post-conviction investigation and litigation required;
  • Supervisory or management experience preferred;
  • Must hold a license to practice law in Nebraska, or become licensed in Nebraska within 6 months of hire.

 

The selected candidate must be detail oriented and have superior organizational, oral communication, writing and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter, passionate about criminal justice issues, and dedicated to training and educating individuals on issues regarding wrongful convictions. Salary is $70,000+ depending on experience. Medical and dental insurance provided.

 

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to tbushnell@themip.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The Midwest Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and smart people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Most importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

MIP could not function without our team of dedicated volunteers.

 

Want to volunteer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis? Or for a few hours here and there as your schedule allows? We have a spot for you!

Want to volunteer at a special event like Faces of Innocence? We have a spot for you, too.

Regular volunteer hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Non-legal background: scanning, data entry, filing, and other administrative tasks
  • Legal background: legal research, digesting, and miscellaneous case-related tasks
  • Anyone: volunteering at events, including guest check-in, greeting, bartending, or donation collection

If you are interested in offering your time to volunteer, please download the Volunteer Application, fill it out and Save As with your name, and email it to office@themip.org.

Law student internships

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), a non-profit legal services organization based in Kansas City, MO, offers full-time law student summer internships. These internships are unpaid, but applicants with independent funding through their law schools or other scholarship programs are encouraged to apply.

Legal interns will be assigned cases to manage and move forward under supervision of MIP’s legal staff. While interns will assist in all aspects of litigation, including fact development, legal research, drafting motions for DNA testing and other post-conviction relief, case management, and client interaction, a large part of any legal internship will involve investigation work on individual cases.

Ideal applicants will be highly motivated, energetic self-starters, who have the ability to work independently, along with a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Applications will be accepted from 1Ls and 2Ls. Applications for 6 internship positions for the summer of 2018 will be accepted by email on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2018 through April 1, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org.

Paralegal student internships

MIP accepts 1-2 paralegal student interns for fall and spring semesters. Paralegals manage casefiles, review case materials and compile information in memos and charts, conduct internet research, and prepare hearing and litigation materials. Paralegal interns may also accompany attorneys on client visits and witness interviews.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.

Communication internships

MIP also accepts undergraduate and graduate students for communications internships. Interns assist in drafting media and newsletter content and updating and maintaining social media and website pages. Interns may accompany staff to meet clients for content development.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.