Director of Development
ACLU - United States

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Director of Development
Position Description

The ACLU Foundation of Tennessee is seeking a dynamic, experienced Director of Development to lead and significantly expand its fund development program.

The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of all facets of our fund development program.

The ACLU of Tennessee, headquartered in Nashville, a vibrant city with a rich cultural tradition and powerful history of social justice, is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national public interest organization and a leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU uses legal, legislative, and communication tools to advance and protect the civil liberties of all Americans on a wide range of issues including free speech, religious liberty, racial justice, LGBT equality , reproductive freedom, government surveillance and voting rights.

With an annual combined budget of approximately $700.000, the ACLU of Tennessee and its related Foundation operate jointly as private, non-profit organizations devoted to protecting civil liberties and civil rights of Tennesseans. Over the next four years, through an expansion grant, the ACLU of Tennessee will significantly grow and expand its programmatic and institutional capacity. This leadership position provides an unprecedented opportunity to be part of a vigorous and exciting strategic initiative.

Job Responsibilities

The Development Director will develop an annual fundraising plan as part of an overall strategic plan promoting programmatic and institutional growth. Emphasizing individual giving, the development plan will specify fundraising goals, timelines and opportunities for special appeals, major gifts, annual campaigns, corporate or foundation proposals, and planned giving. The Development Director will:

Major Gifts Program: Design and implement strategies to steward current donors and design and implement strategies to increase the number of donors who regularly make a major gift ($1,000); provide support to the Executive Director in the cultivation and solicitation of donors; coordinate with our National Office in the production of appeals and coordinate cultivation strategies and outreach events to prospective donors throughout the year.

Annual Campaign: Devise and implement strategies that recruit new donors to the annual campaign and inspire current donors to the next level of giving.

Planned Giving : Work with the national ACLU Office of Planned Giving to develop and implement strategies for marketing planned-giving products to ACLU donors and members.

Events: Oversee the coordination of fundraising and cultivation events, including our annual Bill of Rights Celebration.

Foundation Grants Program: Coordinate the foundation grants program, including strategic prospect research, scheduling, writing, grant preparation and reporting.

Gift Recording and Acknowledgement: Assure the proper recording, tracking and reporting of gifts from major donors; maintain accurate and current data files, including giving histories, profiles and interactions; coordinate with the ACLU National Office regarding changes and updates; become proficient in national ACLU sharing formulas; produce reports for annual audits and verify reconciliation of funds between the ACLU of Tennessee and the National Office.

Materials: Maintain primary responsibility for developing the messages, materials and explanations of our work used in all of the development campaigns.

General Staff Leadership responsibilities: Attend ACLU functions, such as the annual membership meeting, occasional Board meetings and other ACLU events, and assist the Executive Director in maintaining a strong team spirit within the office.

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience with at least five years experience in fundraising, focusing on individual major gifts, particularly in advocacy or community-based organizations. CFRE accreditation desirable.
  • Experience in working with advocacy and/or community-based organizations.
  • Broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with donors, volunteers and senior staff.
  • Creativity, results-orientation, initiative, willingness to learn and ability to manage an aggressive schedule, working beyond 9-5 as needed.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to motivate others and work well with colleagues; experience in successfully directing volunteers in a positive, team-oriented approach.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience developing successful written donor communications and marketing materials.
  • Superb organization skills; detail orientation with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Computer proficiency, including list/database management.
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU.


Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include medical and dental insurance, pension plan, life and disability insurance and vacation.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a two-page business writing sample by email to . Please put “Development Director” in the subject line.

You will receive an email confirming that your application was received. We will contact you as soon as possible regarding the status of your application. Please do not contact the ACLU-TN office regarding the status of your application as unfortunately we cannot return these calls and emails.

Applications accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job announcement.

The ACLU of Tennessee comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Tennessee (ACLUF-TN). Both the ACLU-TN and the ACLUF-TN have the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals to apply.

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