New Mexico Legal Aid Seeks Director of Development

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) is seeking an experienced Director of Development who is eager to make a lasting difference for low-income people throughout New Mexico.

The Director of Development is a dynamic position responsible for designing and executing a strategic development plan to improve NMLA’s advocacy, fiscal stability and collaboration with client communities and legal aid partners throughout the state. The position reports directly to the NMLA Executive Director.

Apply by January 16, 2015

Reports To: Executive Director

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Hours: Full-time salaried position

Compensation: Based on experience. DOE/NMLA are EEO employers.

To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter (addressing what you would like to accomplish if chosen for this position), salary requirements, resume and contact information for three professional references by end of
the day on January 16, 2015 to:

Aly Sterling, CFRE
Aly Sterling Philanthropy

Only applications submitted via email will be accepted.


NMLA is the voice, defender and advocate for low-income people seeking justice in all forums, particularly in the communities where they live. NMLA is committed to helping people who live in poverty succeed in their struggles to obtain adequate food, shelter, safety and economic security, and to preserve their unique cultural heritages.

About NMLA:

NMLA is the largest legal services program in New Mexico and has a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality services in urban and rural communities throughout the state. NMLA has a diverse and experienced staff and board.

NMLA’s revenue for 2014 is approximately $6.2 million, including funding from the Legal Services Corporation, New Mexico Civil Legal Services Commission, United Way, and a variety of government agency grants and contracts, private foundation grants and individual donors.

NMLA has offices in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Gallup, Roswell, Taos, Silver City, Clovis, Las Vegas (NM) and Santa Ana. The Director of Development position will be based in Albuquerque.

Position Requirements:

  • 3 -5 years demonstrated success in nonprofit fundraising or similar work experience preferred.
  • Passionate commitment to advancing the legal rights of low income people.
  • Demonstrated experience working with organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including staff, board, the public, elected and appointed officials, and client communities.
  • Experience working within both urban and rural communities.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire staff, volunteers, funders and donors.
  • Experience with web-based fundraising strategies, including proficiency with internet technologies and management of donor databases.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to effectively handle multiple projects with competing deadlines.
  • Personal attributes such as the ability to engender confidence and trust, honesty, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, good listening skills, decisiveness and the belief in equality.
  • Willingness to make a long term commitment to NMLA.

High Priority Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Design and execute a comprehensive statewide development plan for NMLA with a strong focus on developing resources in rural communities as well as urban areas. The plan also will address raising funds to sustain special advocacy initiatives such as NMLA’s Native American Program, Migrant Farmworkers Program, Volunteer Attorney Program, Foreclosure Defense Project, Veterans Justice Project, and Land and Water Rights Project.
  2. Research potential new funding opportunities and cultivate relationships with foundations, corporations, attorneys and law firms, and non-attorney individual donors.
  3. Assist the Executive Director with identification of major gift and planned giving prospects.
  4. Draft fundraising letters and other fundraising outreach materials, including web-based resources and messages posted on social networking sites.
  5. Oversee components of NMLA’s public relations, marketing and communications activities that impact development efforts, including social media, print and broadcast media, newsletters and annual reports.
  6. In collaboration with other program staff, write grant proposals and reports to foundations and corporate funders.
  7. Collaborate with annual giving activities conducted by NMLA in coordination with fundraising partners such as the Equal Access to Justice Campaign and the State Bar of New Mexico.
  8. Plan and oversee fundraising events.
  9. Engage the NMLA Board of Directors to increase involvement in individual donor activities and overall development efforts.

The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the incumbent.


New Mexico Legal Aid
301 Gold Avenue Southwest
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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