MCJ Job Announcement – Grants/Development Officer

The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks a dynamic professional to serve our foundation and contract development efforts that support the full range of the Center’s advocacy and operations. This professional should be a creative and strategic thinker with extensive experience in managing and executing the strategic processes of grant acquisition and grant management, developing long-term partnerships with funders through identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship and soliciting funds from major donors, law firms, corporations, and foundations in Mississippi and nationally.

He or she will join a vibrant development team committed to steadily growing the enterprise and working collaborative to raise funds and increase the Center’s visibility inside and outside of Mississippi. The position will be located in the Center’s Jackson headquarters.

Founded in 2003, the Center is a statewide nonprofit organization that advances racial and economic justice through systemic change. Our staff includes lawyers, policy analysts, community organizers, communications experts, and administrators who work out of three offices in Jackson, Indianola and Biloxi. The Center’s advocacy includes direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, community organizing, coalition building, public education, and media advocacy. Through a broad range of national, regional and local partnerships, the Center expands opportunities for low-wealth Mississippians and communities of color to access education, health care, housing, income security, fair lending, and community economic development.

The Center has grown quickly in its fifteen-year history to a 28-person staff and a $3.8 million budget. We have gained a reputation as one of the most successful and innovative public interest law organizations in the country. The Center’s work has been featured in the national media, and we receive financial support from national and regional foundations, corporations, and law firms, as well as individual donors

The Center holds two major fundraising events each year: the Mississippi on the Potomac reception in Washington, D.C. and the Champions of Justice Dinner in Jackson. We hold smaller events in other cities. Revenue from contributions approaches $1 million, and the Center raises approximately $3 million from foundations. The Grants/Development Officer will be primarily responsible for grants management but also will participate in a team that manages fundraising events.

The Grants/Development Officer’s specific duties include:

  • Proposal/Report Writing

  • Write, edit and submit proposal narratives and reports to foundations and individual donors.

  • Manage and assemble all materials for proposal and report submissions including, but not limited to, cover letters, letters of intent, proposal forms, concept papers, program budgets (with support from operations and fiscal staff).

  • Keep abreast on foundation grant standards and proposal and report guidelines.

  • Track deadlines and maintain a current calendar of proposal and report deadlines.

  • Maintain a database of grant and reporting materials, including archiving all grant-related correspondence.

  • Coordinate the timely execution of grant submissions, including timely communication of financial reporting needs to MCJ operations and fiscal teams.

  • Communicate with grantors regarding submissions, questions about guidelines, acknowledgment of grants, etc.

Program Field Research

  • Stay current on issues addressed by MCJ’s campaigns on racial and economic justice, including, housing, fair credit, health care, education, and food security.

  • Interact with advocacy staff to keep abreast of MCJ’s program priorities & outcomes

  • Participates in periodic development/communications staff meetings.

  • Attends other MCJ staff meetings, staff retreats, and other meetings as needed or requested.

  • Participates in special assignments or projects as needed or requested.


The Center offers a generous package that includes competitive salaries, medical, life and dental insurance, and a retirement savings program.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter, including three references, by e-mail to:

Please, no telephone inquiries.


The Mississippi Center for Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a work place that is diverse in gender, race, economic status, age, geographic origin, sexual orientation, and other differences that enrich our organizational culture.