Michigan Advocacy Program - Director of Development and Communications

Date Posted: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

POSITION: Michigan Advocacy Program is looking for a Director of Development & Communications to join our Executive Team. The Director of Development & Communications will be an integral member of MAP’s central administration with a focus on the maintenance, revisions, and implementation of MAP’s fundraising strategy to support the sustainability and advancement of MAP’s programs. Until our offices fully re-open, the Director of Development & Communications will be working remotely. Once our offices fully open, the Director of Development & Communications will ideally work out of our Ypsilanti office.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP) works to advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions. MAP has provided civil legal aid for those unable to afford an attorney for more than 50 years. Today, MAP’s Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) has five legal aid offices in south and central Michigan serving 13 counties with an emphasis on homelessness prevention, domestic violence and elder abuse prevention, and assistance in accessing health care, food, and needs-based income programs. In addition to LSSCM, MAP manages six statewide programs serving immigrant communities (Michigan Immigrant Rights Center), vulnerable older adults (Michigan Elder Justice Initiative), victims of domestic violence and elder abuse (Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program), migrant and seasonal farmworkers (Farmworker Legal Services), providing research and training support to all legal aid advocates (Michigan Poverty Law Program), and providing access to legal information to self-represented litigants (Michigan Legal Help Program). MAP has a budget of approximately $14 million and a staff of about 150 people in offices in Battle Creek, Detroit, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Monroe, and Ypsilanti. Visit lsscm.org and miadvocacy.org for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Development and Communication’s responsibilities will include . . .

  • Lead the fundraising and communications efforts required to sustain and grow Michigan Advocacy Program;
  • Develop and oversee our annual resource development plans and implement 5-year resource development strategic plan;
  • Oversee solicitation and stewardship of major governmental and foundation grants and non attorney donors, including securing, preparing for, and proactively following up on foundation, governmental and other funder cultivation meetings, proposals, applications, renewals, and reports;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Michigan State Bar and the Michigan State Bar Foundation’s Access to Justice Campaign staff, other program partners, and committee members, and actively collaborate and engage in the fundraising and communication strategies;
  • Maintain MAP’s communications, including annual reports, brochures, other materials;
  • Work to develop and execute a communications strategy that builds MAP’s brand and supports fundraising efforts, largely through social media, website, and partnerships, and engage with the communications staff within individual MAP/MSAS offices and programs;
  • Work with the Grants and Compliance Manager to ensure timely and accurate grant administration throughout MAP;
  • Collaborate with the Executive Team and Central Administration members with specific supervision of the Grants and Compliance Manager;
  • Perform such other duties as assigned by the Executive

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Communications or related field preferred

  • 8+ years’ fundraising experience preferred
  • Foundation relationship and grant writing experience
  • Track record of successfully planning and executing development strategies that secure support from individual donors, corporations and foundations
  • Demonstrated experience with a social media strategy
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills

BENEFITS: Salary is starting at $75,000 depending on experience and includes excellent benefits.

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to jobs@lsscm.org with “Development Director” in the subject line. Applications received by 2/5/21 will receive priority.

The Michigan Advocacy Program is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.