Founded in 1960, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with 15,000 members and tens of thousands of supporters. It is the state's leading organization dedicated to advancing and defending civil liberties and civil rights. The work of the ACLU-NJ takes place in a vibrant office in downtown Newark where a staff of 14, as well as countless volunteers, work to help people whose fundamental rights have been violated.
The ACLU-NJ Development Department plans, implements and monitors fundraising strategies and tactics to produce the resources needed to carry out the ACLU's vital work. The Development Department has two dedicated staff members as well as administrative support. We also work closely with National Development staff (headquartered in New York City) to implement strategies for leadership-level NJ donors. The Development Officer is a key team member who helps generate funding for ACLU-NJ programs by soliciting major gifts from ACLU members who believe in and wish to invest in our work.
- research and identify prospects for solicitation;
- secure meetings for yourself, other staff and volunteer leaders with major gift prospects to solicit major and planned gifts of five-figures and greater;
- manage your own portfolio of donors;
- engage in year-round strategic stewardship of donors;
- help implement donor recognition strategies through careful documentation, good record keeping, courtesy, conveying a sense of gratitude and good customer service;
- work as needed with members of the development committee, and members of the board of trustees to carry out and monitor development assignments;
- work with trustees to support the Annual Giving Campaign;
- provide primary project management of the annual Supreme Court Briefing event and smaller cultivation / stewardship events held during the year;
The Development Officer is supervised by the Development Director, who is responsible for the overall development work of the ACLU-NJ.
- work collaboratively and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers to advance the goals of the organization;
- other tasks as assigned.
- At least two years prior experience in soliciting major and planned gifts, including asks at the $10,000+ level;
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including exhibiting professional and personal etiquette, diction, and excellent listening skills;
- Ability to interact confidently and successfully with leadership-level prospects and donors, including wealthy, sophisticated individuals and successful business leaders;
- Persistence, persuasiveness;
- Maturity, poise and an extroverted personality;
- Ability to understand and speak compellingly about the ACLU's work across the many issue areas of civil liberties and civil rights;
- Engaging letter/email prose;
- Research using tools such as the Internet, wealth screening systems, and other sources to generate relevant donor data, enabling the department to identify and rate prospects, and develop solicitation strategies;
- Data management skills, to include ability to manipulate data, pull queries and reports, and input data as needed;
- Competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook software.
- Ability to self-manage and multi-task;
- Careful eye for detail;
- Solid project management skills;
- Volunteer management skills/experience;
- Ability to visualize and plan for events and anticipate needs;