The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida (ACLU-FL) seeks a determined and results-oriented Director of Philanthropy to create and execute a strategic, effective fundraising agenda in Florida. The Director of Philanthropy is a member of the senior leadership team and plays a key role along with the Directors of Legal, Finance, and Communications, three Regional Directors, and the Executive and Deputy Directors in shaping the work of the ACLU in Florida.
The ACLU-FL, the state’s premier public advocacy organization, is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that employs litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education and communications to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues, individual rights and freedoms, including freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and immigrant rights.
The ACLU-FL is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. The national ACLU implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU-FL. Operating out of four offices in Jacksonville, Miami (main), Pensacola, and Tampa, the Florida affiliate has grown to a $3.5M operating budget and 30 staff positions, placing it among the larger affiliates in the nation.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Philanthropy (DoP) will spearhead the organization’s critical fundraising efforts that must ensure the ACLU-FL maintains a robust, sustainable fundraising engine to support existing operations and fuel continued growth. In close partnership with the Executive Director and senior staff, the DoP is responsible for planning, supervising and executing the affiliate’s major gifts program and developing complementary fundraising strategies, such as grant-based fundraising, and donor cultivation strategies across the state of Florida.
The DoP will be a key driver in translating program priorities into funding opportunities for the affiliate, and will work to strengthen the organization’s relationships with supporters and partners. S/he will provide leadership to and collaborate with a direct staff of three including the Manager of Development Services, Annual Fund Officer, and Major Gifts Officer, in addition to a part-time contract grant writer. S/he will provide fundraising counsel and direction to Regional Directors in each state office, and partner with program staff and the National ACLU, to reach annual and long-range fundraising goals.
Ideal candidates will be resourceful and persistent. They must possess the proven ability to engage and work with donors and ACLU members, as well as members of the social justice community. They will demonstrate initiative and a comfort level researching donors and creating solicitation strategies, and possess strong grant proposal and report writing skills. Candidates for the position should have a passion for protecting civil liberties and the communication skills to effectively convey to the public and a variety of important constituencies the mission and activities of the ACLU.
This position requires a minimum of three to five years demonstrated experience in a nonprofit organization, with at least two years of fundraising with an emphasis on personally soliciting individual major gifts, preferably in the five- to six-figure or above range. Occasional travel and evening or weekend work is required to successfully meet the job responsibilities of this role. A Bachelor’s degree is required.
Applications including your resume and cover letter describing your interest, qualifications and salary history can be submitted at
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
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