Director of Development and Communications, Northern California Innocence Project

Director of Development and Communications, Northern California Innocence Project

The Northern California Innocence Project is seeking a highly qualified, creative and resourceful Director of Development and Communications to join its team. The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) is a legal aid project which is part of Santa Clara University Law School.  NCIP’s mission is to create a fair, effective and compassionate criminal justice system and to protect the rights of the innocent.  Throughout its 16 year history, NCIP has exonerated 18 individuals who, collectively, have spent more than 230 years in prison, wrongfully incarcerated, and helped dozens more. With a relatively new executive director, strong reserves to sustain a transition to more active major donor solicitation and outreach, and an expanding scope of work, NCIP is poised for increased impact and positive development in the years ahead.  NCIP has offices at Santa Clara University and operates a $1.4 million annual budget, raised through a combination of individual donations, government and foundation grants, corporate contributions and law firm support.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Dev/Comm Director is a full-time exempt position.  This position will work closely with NCIP’s Executive Director and Associate Director to increase NCIP’s visibility to external constituents in order to increase its capacity to raise money, expand its funding base, reach new constituencies, identify and engage additional partners in the community.  This position will also help strengthen and expand NCIP’s communications and visibility in the community with a goal to develop further leadership and awareness of NCIP’s work.  The Dev/Comm Director is part of NCIP’s leadership team. Responsibilities include design and implementation of effective major gifts program, stewardship of major donors, planning annual development events (including annual...
Business and Office Manager, Witness to Innocence

Business and Office Manager, Witness to Innocence

Witness to Innocence (WTI) is the only national organization in the United States composed of and led by exonerated death row survivors and their family members. The mission of WTI is to abolish the death penalty by empowering exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones to become effective leaders in the abolition movement. WTI actively challenges political leaders and the public to grapple with the reality of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. WTI also seeks ways to support death row survivors and their loved ones as they confront the challenges of life after exoneration. The Business and Office Manager will serve as the administrative staff person for the organization. S/he will be responsible for maintaining the organization’s records, including financial records, overseeing the organization’s databases, conducting business communication with the organization’s contractors and vendors, and managing the organization’s day-to-day operations. This is a full time position. Read...
Deputy Director of Development, Innocence Project

Deputy Director of Development, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and reform the criminal justice system. The Deputy Director of Development is a new position being created to help manage a growing and dynamic department. Reporting to the Director of Development and External Affairs, the Deputy Director will supervise the Managers for Individual Giving and Special Events and have significant responsibility for expanding support for the annual campaign including a significant role in managing the annual benefit. In addition the Deputy Director will provide the Director of Development with support in overall decision making related to the strategic direction of the department. Read...
Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project

Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. The Strategic Litigation Department’s goal is to reduce courts reliance on faulty and unreliable evidence. Focusing on the leading causes of wrongful convictions, the team litigates in the areas of forensic science, eyewitness identification, and unreliable confessions. The Staff Attorney, Strategic Litigation reports to the Director of Strategic Litigation and works closely with the Innocence Project’s Co-Directors, and other members of the department, including a paralegal.  Staff attorneys also collaborate with staff in the Legal, Policy and Science/ Research Departments. The staff attorney hired to fill this position will work primarily on the Innocence Project’s eyewitness identification law reform initiatives. This is a full time position and requires some travel. Read...

Contract Attorney, Wrongful Conviction Division, Iowa State Public Defender

The State Public Defender’s Office is seeking to contract with up to two attorneys to be part of the Wrongful Conviction Division as an independent contractor.  The opportunity is based in Des Moines and work can be done remotely.  The contract would begin June 1, 2017 and end December 31, 2017, with the possibility of renewal terms dependent on additional grant funding.  The Wrongful Conviction Division (WCD) is partnered with the Midwest Innocence Project to review cases in which a particular type of forensic analysis was conducted. Based on new information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, lab analysts may have been trained to over-state the significance of their findings. A thorough review of all of the cases affected is needed. In consultation with the WCD Director, contract attorneys will review documents, determine the location and existence of evidence, and draft motions for post-conviction testing.  Candidates should have substantial experience in criminal law, superior appellate and postconviction litigation skills, and the ability to work independently, as well as in close coordination with WCD staff. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with DNA and forensic evidence. Applicant must have a strong commitment to representing indigent clients and excellent legal research, writing, and presentation skills. Candidates must be admitted to practice in Iowa. Experience with an innocence organization/clinic preferred. Rate of pay is $5,000 per month with a minimum requirement of 84 hours of work invoiced per month.  If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter (e-mailed PDF as one document is strongly preferred) by May 1, 2017, to: April Barkley Brown Office of the State Public Defender Lucas State Office...
Communications Manager, Engagement and Special Projects, Innocence Project

Communications Manager, Engagement and Special Projects, Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system. The Communications Manager, Engagement and Special Projects, works closely with the Communications Director to develop and implement the organization’s outreach events and engagement strategies with artists, exonerees, and external partners in order to increase public awareness about issues that the wrongly convicted face in the criminal justice system and build public support for the Innocence Project. This position will report to the Communications Director, work closely with the other members of the communications team and development staff. The duties of this position require approximately 40 hours of work per week to be performed in-office. Read...