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KAP Development Fellowship

The KAP Development Fellow will work under the supervision of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Director of Development (DoD) Clay Braswell, with a special focus on fundraising for NACDL’s companion 501(c)(3) foundation, the NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice (NFCJ).

The NFCJ and NACDL envision a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal legal system.  The core mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system, redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level. For more information about NACDL’s work, visit

The NFCJ relies on many activities to reach its financial goals including direct and email appeals, private foundation funding, government grants, corporate support, and small and large fundraising events.  This is a unique opportunity for an early to mid-career professional.  Given the size of the development department, the fellow will be involved in practically every aspect of the development process. In addition, the DoD Mr. Braswell brings over 20 years of professional fundraising experience and has a unique understanding of the field having earned a Master’s in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. NACDL’s KAP Fellow will work directly with Mr. Braswell, as well as in close collaboration with the Executive Director, and the Marketing and Communications departments.

As the preeminent association serving the criminal defense bar, NACDL has over 8,700 members and has affiliate organizations in almost every state across the country. NACDL and the NFCJ, although linked, have separate governance structures. NACDL has a Board of Directors and the NFCJ has a separate Board of Trustees.  The KAP Development Fellow will engage with both bodies, various committees, and the membership, throughout the fellowship.


The KAP Fellow will:

  • Help plan and execute a yearly fundraising plan.
  • Work with the DoD in evaluating current and potential donors and develop a draft move’s management plan.
  • Participate in organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities, as needed, to ensure adherence to the development goals.
  • Assist with research for proposal development and reporting.
  • Participate in planning and supporting of fundraising events, including related duties such as working with various vendors, recording and tracking event registrations, producing and sending acknowledgements and thank you letters.
  • Participate in meetings of the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees, and various related committees.
  • Assist in content development for website, social media and appeals.
  • Update website using content management system, Kentico.
  • Participate in all KAP related activities as described in the Fellowship announcement.
  • Travel to conferences and events when a development event is planned in conjunction with the seminar, training, or board meeting. 
  • Other related activities as needed.

Benefits and Application Process

We value the collaborative work environment in our Washington, DC office, however, due to the COVID-19 virus, employees are working remotely. This position will be expected to work from the office once it is safe to do so (or once we return to regular operations). NACDL employees enjoy a generous package of employee benefits, including subsidized health, dental and vision insurance, company-paid life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a pre-tax commuting subsidy, a 401(k) plan with generous company contributions, paid time off and paid holidays.

To apply for this fellowship, please submit applications by May 31st, 2021.  Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

This Fellowship is being funded in part by the Charles Koch Institute and hiring is contingent upon acceptance into the Koch Associate Program.  Please apply through the Koch application portal and if possible, send an email to Clay Braswell alerting of your application.

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