Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

We're Hiring: Development Associate Position Available

The Robina Institute has job opening available for a Development Associate with grant writing experience. 

The position is .75 FTE and is represented by the AFSCME Bargaining Clerical Unit 6.

The position description and job requirements are included below. Interested applicants should apply on the University of Minnesota's Job Center and click the appropriate link. Once in the UMN Job Center, search for the position by writing "Robina Institute" in the Search function or enter the Job ID: 320218. Applicants must supply a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. If you have questions about this position, email Monica Wittstock at

Development Associate

Job Code: 1897
Job ID: 320218



  • High school diploma/GED and five years of grant writing, development, fundraising or other related experience for higher education or non-profits. Coursework in a related field may substitute for some years of experience.
  • Experience working in a legal or criminal justice setting
  • Excellent computer skills (esp. Microsoft Word and Excel).

Preferred/Selection Criteria

  • Familiarity (or ability to quickly familiarize) with legal and criminal justice issues.
  • Familiarity with development and fundraising processes at the University of Minnesota.
  • Familiarity with the University of Minnesota’s Donor Management System (DMS).
  • Experience coordinating solicitations of individual donors as well as foundations, corporations, and other funding sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal direction to initiate and complete proposals.
  • Strong organizational skills, with superior attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills in both written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve when necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure, use independent judgment, and produce high-quality work products within tight time constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively balance team and individual responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to craft funding proposals and related budgets in a clear and compelling manner.

About the Job

This position is covered by the AFSCME Clerical Union. Union/Fair share deductions may be made.

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal justice seeks a Development Associate to assist in efforts to seek funding and support for its current and planned activities in criminal justice law and policy. This is a three-quarter time position. Priority will be given to applications received by October 6, 2017. Applications should provide a resume, cover, letter, and writing sample.


  • Assist in researching and identifying potential grant and funding opportunities, including those internal to the university, in the field of criminal justice to support existing and planned activities.
  • Develop a tracking system for ongoing grant and funding cycles.
  • Develop program narratives and project descriptions that can be used for grant applications and letters of inquiry to foundation and other funders.
  • Prepare grant applications, letters of inquiry, and other supporting documents in response to identified grant or funding solicitations.
  • Work with program staff to develop appropriate content for grant and funding applications.
  • Coordinate and prioritize application processes to keep multiple letters of inquiry and applications moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines, manage supplemental material required for proposals.
  • Work with Robina Institute staff, leadership, and faculty as well as various University departments to ensure that materials are completed with sufficient time to allow for internal University approvals.
  • Provide written and verbal communication to potential funding sources.
  • Provide follow-up communications and thank-you communications with funders and internal University departments.

Salary range: $16.80 - $28.25

About the Department

The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice is a research Institute within the University of Minnesota Law School. We perform interdisciplinary research, bringing legal and social science research together with policy analysis and practice to develop policy-focused solutions to issues within the field of criminal justice. Currently, four projects form the core of our work are as follows:

  1. The Sentencing Guidelines Resource Center is a one-of-a-kind website that serves as a central source of information and expertise about U.S. sentencing guidelines systems with the goal of promoting and improving sentencing guidelines.
  2. The Criminal History Enhancements Project delves more specifically into the widely varying criminal history formulas found in U.S. sentencing guidelines, and encourages each system to examine its use of criminal history to determine whether it is operating in a just, racially neutral, and cost-effective manner.
  3. The Parole Release and Revocation Project researches the components and framework of parole release and revocation decision making across the United States with the goal of improving the decision making process at each stage.
  4. The Probation Revocation Project conducts research of community supervision and revocation practices in the United States and partners with jurisdictions to assist in improving these practices.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. Priority will be given to applications received by October 6, 2017. Applications should provide a resume, cover, letter, and writing sample. Additional documents (writing sample) may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there. To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.