Director of Development
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley - White Plains, NY

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Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) is looking for a Development Director to lead and expand its Private Fundraising efforts.

Organizational Description

LSHV is the largest provider of free civil legal assistance to low-income families and individuals in the Hudson Valley counties of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Ulster and Sullivan counties. LSHV is committed to fighting for justice to protect essential rights through litigation, community legal education, and collaborative work with legal and non-legal partners. See

LSHV has an annual budget of $11 million and six offices throughout the Hudson Valley. Most of our revenue is from government sources although we do have a base of support from private donors, foundations and law firms.

Position & Responsibilities

The Director of Development is responsible for all aspects of fundraising including foundation, law firm, individual, and corporate giving. The Director of Development is a senior manager and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.

The Development Director will be expected to think strategically and creatively in growing our fundraising program, and will be expected to maintain and strengthen relationships with current funders while cultivating new relationships with philanthropic and corporate foundations, law firms, major gift donors and others. S/he will also work closely with members of the Board of Directors. Among other things the Development Director is responsible for creating an annual development plan and strategy, implementing the plan, managing other staff members in the development department, working on a program wide basis to ensure an integrated fund development strategy for LSHV, and producing our annual report as well as other reports and promotional materials.


LSHV seeks a development professional with a proven track record and at least the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of BA/BS degree;
  • Five years of development experience, preferably in the legal or human services field;
  • Demonstrated success in raising funds and developing relationships, especially with

foundations, law firms, corporations and individual donors;

  • Knowledge of the Hudson Valley’s philanthropic community;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral presentation skills; and
  • Excellent organizational, communication and leadership skills.

LSHV pays a competitive public interest salary commensurate with experience and provides excellent fringe benefits. Interested applicants should e-mail cover letter and resume

Type on Subject line: Director of Development Position

LSHV is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Bar Association and other organizations: LSHV welcomes your recommendations for qualified candidates, and requests that you encourage such candidates to apply.

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