New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a dynamic Communication and Development Assistant to join its team.

About the Role

The Communication and Development Assistant is part of a collaborative five-person team that works closely with the Executive Director, Director of Development, and other key program staff to develop digital communications including: social media, web, and fundraising communications.


The Assistant will provide support in all areas of fundraising and communications, including:

  • Serve as a liaison to develop and coordinate digital communications in partnership with program staff, ensuring messaging aligns with program strategies and goals;
  • Contribute to overall communications design strategy in line with NYLPI’s style guide, ensuring consistent style branding of content in print, social media, and on the website;
  • Create communication content and materials including: website posts, digital actions, electronic fundraising appeals, event flyers, and other collateral;
  • Maintain archive of NYLPI press coverage and keep NYLPI’s website up to date;
  • Manage a communication calendar to ensure NYLPI program and development staff prioritize key content across teams and platforms;
  • Support development team on fundraising and cultivation events;
  • Photograph key NYLPI program and development events;
  • Track key communications metrics, including website and social media analytics;
  • Help development team to draft grant proposals and reports.

Reporting directly to the Director of Development, the position provides an excellent opportunity to gain communications and development experience for an established and dynamic organization, with an opportunity for promotion and professional development.



  • Organized self-starter, able to prioritize tasks, projects, and deadlines and deliver under pressure.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to craft messages for diverse audiences, including elected officials, law firm partners and associates, individual donors, partners at community-based organizations, and individual community members.
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with social media platforms.
  • Ability to work well with team members across lines of difference and take direction.
  • Commitment to social justice and civil rights.


  • One to three years of communications/development experience or the equivalent.
  • Experience with graphic design software such as InDesign, Adobe Suite

The salary for this position starts at $49,000 depending on experience.  NYLPI offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment, and holiday swapping policy to allow for the observation of holidays of your choice.

Please send applications to with the words: “Attention: Communication and Development Assistant Position.”  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and must include:

  • Detailed cover letter explaining your interest, and experience, and answering the following required question: How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please mention where you saw this posting in your cover letter.
  • Resume
  • Writing sample

We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply.  We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity, equity, and inclusion bring to the work and culture of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.


For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions.  Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation, individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color.

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