American Civil Liberties Union - New York, NY

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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Development Department, NY

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 Coordinator .


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 330 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.


As a member of a sophisticated and growing Leadership Gifts program who reports to the Director of Leadership Gifts, the Leadership Gifts Coordinator provides fundraising support to the Associate Directors of Leadership Gifts in their fundraising activity for leadership gifts level donors of $25,000+. In addition, s/he manages all aspects of coordination for the Leadership Gifts unit. The coordinator will:
  • Maintain general knowledge of the key donors and prospects in the Associate Directors' portfolios.
  • Create and update electronic donor and prospect records in the development database.
  • Draft professional donor correspondence as directed; compose, edit, and proofread donor communications.
  • Assist in the preparation of briefing papers, proposals, reports, and talking points.
  • Remain informed about, and provide updates to donors on relevant news and activities.
  • Conduct research related to plans for donors and prospects.
  • Provide support for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities.
  • Prepare materials for Associate Directors' travel.
  • Manage staff travel calendars, and assist in the coordination of travel plans.
  • Serve as first point of contact for Leadership Gifts unit; handle internal and external calls, mail, and e-mail.
  • Oversee unit correspondence, develop and maintain mailing lists, create professional donor packages, and manage production processes.
  • Coordinate, maintain and update unit and departmental business rules, protocols, and procedures.
  • Process, track, and report unit expense budget; coordinate reimbursement and expense approval process.
  • Generate, analyze, update and distribute reports.
  • Work proactively with other units to keep Leadership Gifts unit reports current. Generate and review hygiene reports, and utilize information to update donor database records.
  • Schedule and organize departmental meetings; compile agendas.
  • Undertake special projects as assigned.
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • A minimum of two years' experience in a fast paced fundraising or nonprofit setting, preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven experience and excellence in drafting professional content for external communications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to represent the organization to donors as well as interface with all levels of staff and volunteers while maintaining tact, diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and complete assignments under strict deadlines.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, i.e. Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and internet usage. Experience with fundraising databases and Business Objects preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
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), resume and a writing sample no more than 2-3 pages in length that is relevant to the position by email to hrjobs@aclu.org - reference [DEVF-54/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 regular mail to: Human Resources RE: [DEVF-54/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 any applicants who 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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