Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS) is the only nonprofit architecture and real estate development firm in the country that innovates in and around the built environment to address the root causes of mass incarceration. With a focus on restorative justice and restorative economics, we partner with and serve low-income communities of color across the country. Our work counters the societal inequities evident in the dominant architectural models of justice — courthouses, jails, prisons, etc. — by designing and developing new prototypes such as peacemaking centers, mobile classrooms, and re-entry housing for formerly-incarcerated men and women. To achieve the mission and continue our ethos, the team is comprised of architects, designers, real estate developers, operations/events production staff, and community organizers; and projects often involve community members and systems-impacted individuals as experts, consultants, and contractors. Our work is founded on restoration and we incorporate it into our company culture and operations. We engage with our communities and partners with trauma-informed processes and patience. We value — and practice — self-awareness and personal growth in order for all staff members to be able to bridge the communities in which we work, from philanthropy to elected officials to those incarcerated and their communities of care.
Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Advancement serves as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting DJDS. In partnership with the ED, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help maintain current philanthropic relationships and forge new ones to continue to build DJDS’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.
The Director of Advancement will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to sustain a $4M annual budget through the solicitation of six and seven figure grants from regional and national foundations, major gifts from individual donors, and grants from local, state and federal government agencies.
It is expected that the amount raised by DJDS will continue to increase in future years as the Director of Advancement systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity.
Please send a resume and cover letter using the instructions listed below.
Subject Line: Advancement Director
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Please, no phone calls or recruiters. All applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.