Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Starting salary will be set based on experience and qualifications.




4343 West Flagler Street
Suite 400
Coral Gables
United States


Be Part of a Pivotal Moment in History

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual, eager to take on an unparalleled opportunity to continue to expertly professionalize our fundraising operations. We need someone who is energized and skilled at database management, gift processing, research and administrative details. Our ideal Development Associate is knowledgeable, detail oriented, excited by data analysis, reporting, gift processing and working as an integral part of the development team.

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

We are a passionate, highly motivated group of attorneys, public policy and legislative advocates, communications experts, community organizers, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.

The Development Associate works under the direction of the ACLU of Florida’s Director of Philanthropy and in conjunction with the Deputy Director of Philanthropy and other staff solicitors, overseeing donor and data research and analysis among ACLU supporters and prospects in the state of Florida. In addition, the associate will be responsible for maintaining the donor database and drafting and supporting communication with donors. The Development Associate will be responsible for adhering to state and national best practices for the processing of donor gifts, the reconciliation of all gifts, the acknowledgement of donor gifts, and keeping current all membership and donor information.

The ACLU of Florida has offices in Jacksonville, Miami (main), Pensacola, and Tampa, with a total staff of about 35 people.


Database Management

Produce various reports to help further development efforts. Keep up to date on new tools to improve database functions. Maintain proficiency in other reporting tools such as InfoView and ResearchPoint. Serve as point person between staff and database support team. 

Donor Research & Analysis

Research and identify prospective donors by using various research databases. Through approved sources, research donors to support development of effective donor strategies.

Monitor Cultivation/Stewardship Activity

Establish and maintain information tracking process for on-going donor cultivation. Work with development staff to make sure that donors have adequate stewardship contacts throughout the year. Work with Director of Philanthropy to produce campaign materials.

State Board of Directors

Work with the Director of Philanthropy and volunteer Board Development Chair to create reports for board meetings.

ACLU Nationwide Campaign

Work with the ACLU nationwide campaign staff and ACLU of Florida staff to ensure that appropriate activities directing identification, cultivation and solicitation of campaign donors happen in a timely and effective manner. Ensure that all work is completed consistent with policies and practices of both the national office and the Florida affiliate.

Gift Processing

Receive all gifts and enter them into the database. Responsible for writing, generating and distributing all acknowledgement letters.


Work with the finance department in reconciling gifts monthly and work with affiliate and National ACLU staff during a yearly reconciliation process.


Maintain grant applications and manage all grant details and reporting to ensure required deadlines are met.


Process all membership gifts.


·        Development experience with non-profit, civil rights or other community-based groups is beneficial.

·        Extensive experience with databases and reporting processes including experience using Salesforce and Infoview.

·        Demonstrated experience collecting and analyzing donor research. 

·        Superior talent in attention to detail with the ability to plan programs, evaluate progress and monitor expenses. Excellent organization and time management skills with strong ability to manage responsibilities independently and follow through on all assignments and projects.


·        Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully on the phone and in writing.


·        Demonstrated ability to write clearly and precisely. Strength in proofreading and visual review. Excellent office and computer skills, including strong experience in database management, Word and Excel. Ability to produce spreadsheets and data reports.

·         A commitment to the confidentiality of donor records.

·        Interest in and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights, and commitment to the goals and mission of the ACLU are essential.


·        A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance. 


Benefits include generous health, dental, and life insurance plans, as well as a Defined Contribution retirement plan and ample vacation and sick leave policies.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit a letter of application and a résumé to:

ACLU of Florida

Philanthropy Department

4343 West Flagler Street, Suite 400

Miami, Florida 33134

Via e-mail to

Please indicate “Development Associate” in the subject line of your email and indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this job posting. Please, no phone calls.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.