Deputy Director

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to freeing people convicted of crimes they did not commit in our five-state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR), supporting them upon release, and changing the system to prevent wrongful convictions in the first place. The MIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Deputy Director position beginning immediately in its Kansas City office. The Deputy Director is a senior leadership position, partnering with the Executive Director and other senior staff on strategy development and fund development while supporting a strong and growing team.


Duties & Responsibilities


Fund Development

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gift donors through all forms of contact. including in-person visits, and regular contact by e-mail and telephone.
  • Oversee grants calendar, ensuring that proposals are submitted and reporting takes place on a timely basis.
  • Solicit sponsors for the annual Faces of Innocence Gala and other events.
  • Supervise development staff.
  • Manage MIP’s web content——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.
  • Seek out additional sources of funding that help to further our mission.
  • Keep abreast of trends and new developments in the nonprofit sector.



  • Ensure smooth operations of the organization.
  • Supervise operations staff.
  • Assess facilities needs and negotiate lease terms.
  • Ensure that the organization is legally compliant, carries appropriate insurance, and manages risks appropriately.
  • Improve systems that support effective collaboration of a geographically dispersed staff.
  • Partner with Executive Director on budgeting, tracking, and reporting finances.
  • Implement progressive human resources policies and practices.
  • Partner with the Executive Director to build and nurture positive workplace culture.
  • Ensure that strategic professional development is happening for staff at all levels, including accessing outside training and planning for team-wide learning opportunities.
  • Plan and lead staff retreats, meetings, and other special events.

Desired Qualifications

If you possess some of the qualifications below and have a strong interest in learning about the other areas of the job, we encourage you to apply.


  • Passion for and knowledge about the nonprofit sector.
  • Leadership experience in nonprofits
  • Demonstrated ability to build donor relationships.
  • Experience supervising others
  • Strong understanding of nonprofit management, leadership, and policy issues.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex, collaborative projects simultaneously.
  • Financial management and budgeting skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity.
  • Strong networking and relationship management skills.
  • Comfort using technology and designing systems, including cloud-based apps and software.


Compensation & Benefits

Salary is $70,000-80,000, depending on experience. MIP offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including PTO and health insurance, and a positive, anti-racist, engaging, and flexible work environment. .


Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter and resume to 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.