Donor Relations Assistant

Arlington, VA
Full Time
Entry Level

The Institute for Justice (IJ) is a public interest law firm on the front lines fighting to end widespread abuse of government power and secure all Americans’ rights to pursue their dreams. The financial support of nearly 10,000 individual donors makes our work possible. IJ’s development team ensures these supporters see the real-world impact of their contributions and finds new and additional sources of support for our work. 

We are seeking a detail-oriented individual to fill the role of Donor Relations Assistant on our development team. The Donor Relations Assistant is essential in stewarding, renewing, and increasing support from individuals supporting IJ with $1,000-$24,999 gifts annually. Together, these donors comprise IJ’s Partners Club and Guardians Circle. The Donor Relations Assistant ensures that these donors receive accurate and timely information about their support and what it makes possible at IJ.  

This position is based in Arlington, VA, with work-from-home available one to two days per week. Please expect to be in the office four days a week most of the time.  



  • Process and acknowledge donations from individuals giving $1,000-$24,999 

  • Maintain clean data and records on giving and engagement by donors in IJ’s Partners Club and Guardians Circle 

  • Welcome new giving club members 

  • Draft responses to donor inquiries 

  • Assist with cultivation mailings, giving club events, and other activities 

  • Manage IJ’s quarterly in-house appeal 

  • Manage IJ’s bi-monthly in-house Liberty & Law mailing 



  • Strong attention to detail 

  • Commitment to producing error-free work 

  • An obsessive desire to win’ you are frustrated with complacency 

  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize, problem-solve, and meet deadlines 

  • Command of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams) 

  • Proficiency with data entry and database management 

  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion 

  • Commitment to promoting individual liberty and challenging government abuse 



Salary is commensurate with experience. The Institute for Justice offers: 

  • A hybrid work schedule. Ability to work remote one day a week, two as needed.  

  • Flexible work hours with core business hours from 10 am to 4 pm 

  • Full health, dental, and vision insurance (IJ covers 100% of individual premium) 

  • Free Short-Term disability, Long-Term Disability, and Life insurance plans 

  • 401(k) with employer match, 

  • Generous PTO, including a paid personal day and 12 paid holidays 

  • A business casual dress code 

  • And the opportunity to work with high-performing individuals in a collaborative, collegial, positive work environment 


To Apply                                                                                                                                                               

Please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing how your experience will ensure success in this position. 

As we welcome a dedicated individual to join our team as an entry-level fundraiser, we want you to know that your presence in the office during the holiday season is crucial for processing generous donations that allow us to represent our clients at no cost to them. While you'll enjoy time off for holidays, please note that remote work won't be available from Thanksgiving through Martin Luther King Day. Your commitment during this vital period is integral to our mission's success, and we look forward to having you on board. 


No phone calls, please. 


IJ is an equal opportunity employer.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At IJ we value a diverse workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


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