Sex Worker Project Director of Development

Job Short Description:

Full time Director of Development  for the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center

Job Summary & Qualifications:

• Proven ability to raise at least $500,000 in one fiscal year

• Strong familiarity with human rights, anti-oppression, and harm reduction frameworks, as well as relevant social justice issues across a range of movements

• Strong verbal communication skills, social media savvy, writing and editing skills

• Exceptional self-starter who knows how to operate effectively and calmly within complicated, nuanced and/or controversial issues

• A person who thrives working remotely and independently, while simultaneously being a key member of a dynamic interdisciplinary team

• An energetic, empowered, progressive but open-minded, positive individual with deep and strong self-care mechanisms who is not easily swayed or consumed by drama, gossip, rumor, hyperbole, gatekeeping, toxicity, trauma replication, rescue/missionary complexes, or victim mentalities within our communities, organizations and/or movements.

• English language proficiency, along with proficient professional language skills in one or more: Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Portuguese, First Nations/indigenous language(s), indigenous African language(s) and/or French.

• Previous experience working in any sector of the sex trades, and comfort with speaking about direct lived experiences in the sex trades, strongly preferred

• Experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge strongly preferred


· Engage in foundation prospecting to identify potential foundation funders for SWP to apply to, including women’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights, migrant rights, worker rights/labor, sex worker rights, decriminalization, racial justice, gender justice, sexual freedom, and economic justice funders.

· Educate the philanthropic sector on sex worker rights, decriminalization and human trafficking

· Cultivate relationships with individual donors and foundation program officers at all levels of giving

· Identify and build relationships with potential celebrity and other major donors

· Initiate and manage grassroots individual giving campaigns

· Write and submit grant reports to foundation funders as needed

· Write individual fundraising appeals, in collaboration with Managing Director, staff, and Director of Communications as relevant

· Manage SWP individual donor database and process individual gifts to SWP on a weekly basis

· Organize, plan and execute SWP fundraising events, virtual and/or in person, with the support of interns, SWP Advisory Board members and other SWP staff

· Identify socially conscious, triple bottom line, corporations and business to support SWP with in kind donations or other resources

· Conduct philanthropy and grassroots fundraising trainings for SWP clients, Advisory Board members and community members as needed

Other Duties:

· Attend SWP team meetings, staff meetings, management meetings, and Advisory Board meetings regularly, as available, needed and/or assigned by Managing Director

· Recruit and supervise Development interns, consultants, or temporary staff as needed and relevant, in consultation with Managing Director and other staff as relevant

· Other duties as necessary in consultation with SWP Managing Director


$95,000 annual gross salary plus very generous UJC benefits including 401(k), exceptional medical and dental insurance, pet insurance, 20 paid vacation days, 5 paid personal days, 12 paid sick days, 11 paid holidays, and additional paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume or CV, cover letter, and an example of your past work (e.g. an op-ed, press release, TV or radio interview) to RJ Thompson (he/him/his), SWP Managing Director at

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of anticipated applications, we cannot respond to any unless selected for further consideration.

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status. People of color, LGBTIQ individuals, people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, migrants, and individuals who have personal experiences with poverty are encouraged to apply. People with experiences working in the sex trades, African/Black people, and/or transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Project Description:

Created in December 2001, the Sex Workers Project is the first program in New York City and in the country to focus on the provision of legal services, legal training, documentation, and policy advocacy for sex workers.

The EARN IT ACT is a bill that has been introduced to Congress that further harms consensual adult sex workers by threatening online privacy and making online platforms less accessible to already marginalized communities.

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