American Civil Liberties Union - New York, NY

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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Development Department, New York

For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Development Department of the National office in New York City is seeking a full-time Leadership Gifts Associate .


The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty. Combining litigation with public education, media outreach, advocacy, and lobbying, the ACLU works at the local, state, and federal levels to effect change in the courts and legislatures, as well as in the court of public opinion. The ACLU tackles a vast array of issues, including national security and human rights, free speech, reproductive freedom, women's rights, separation of church and state, racial justice, equality for LGBT people, voting rights, immigrants' rights, criminal justice reform, and ending the death penalty. The ACLU has participated in more cases at the U.S. Supreme Court than any other nongovernmental organization. Effective and efficient, the ACLU is in the 1 percent of charities receiving at least 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

The national office of the ACLU has approximately 300 employees. Including affiliates, the organization has approximately 1,000 employees. The national Development Department raises approximately $70 million annually in private support from major donors, foundations, and more than 500,000 members.

Reporting directly to the Deputy Director of Leadership Gifts, the Leadership Gifts Associate will facilitate the Executive Director's fundraising efforts. The Leadership Gifts Associate will also be a part of the team to implement a comprehensive strategy for donors capable of making six and seven figure gifts.

  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Leadership Gifts, the Deputy Director of Leadership Gifts and Associate Directors on strategic fundraising efforts for donors in the Executive Director's portfolio. Manage the fundraising efforts of the Executive Director by preparing necessary the reports and documents and coordinating meetings with donors.
  • Work closely with the Deputy Director to design and implement specific individual cultivation and stewardship initiatives for this high level portfolio.
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Director of Leadership Gifts in preparing briefing papers, proposals, and follow-up reports leading up to and following meetings with senior staff.
  • Work with the research team to vet possible prospects for the Executive Director, for regular discussion with the Deputy Director of Leadership Gifts.
  • Monitor programmatic updates in order to draft targeted communications to top level donors on relevant news and other external activities that involve donors' specific area of interest, or which might impact the Development department's efforts with particular prospects, donors and/or constituent groups.
  • Review all materials sent to constituents in the Executive Director's portfolio, as well as select communications to other Leadership Gifts donors on behalf of the Executive Director, ensuring accuracy and a consistent style.
  • Track goals, strategies, interactions, and giving for constituents in the Executive Director's portfolio; maintain these records and other documents in the ACLU's donor database, as needed.
  • Handle special projects for the Development department and other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor's degree in Arts, Business, General Studies, Communications or other related field.
  • A minimum of three (3) years experience in fundraising, relationship management, and/or development.
  • Superior organizational communication and writing skills with a solid foundation in grammar, proofreading and a proven ability to craft engaging donor communications, while paying close attention to detail
  • Strong customer service experience and the ability to demonstrate poise under pressure, sound judgment, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work with staff at all levels within the organization, including senior staff.
  • Creative thinker with the ability to plan, execute and manage multiple projects through to completion while meeting tight deadlines. Excellent organizational skills, with superior attention to detail and strong follow-through are essential.
  • Experience working with donor database software required.
  • Ability to successfully navigate and thrive in a complex organization.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of ACLU's programs and interests.
COMPENSATION The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale. HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements), a resume and a writing sample no more than 2-3 pages in length that is relevant to the position to: hrjobDEVF52@aclu.org - reference [DEVF-52/ID] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Development Department

. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials. Alternatively materials can be sent by mail to: Human Resources RE: [DEVF52/ID] American Civil Liberties Union 125 Broad Street, 18 th Floor New York, NY 10004 Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCLReq@aclu.org . Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with 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. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "ACLU."

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