Officer, Leadership Gifts

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The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Officer, Leadership Gifts in the Development Department of the ACLU's National office in New York, NY.

The ACLU's passionate community of donors and activists is stronger than ever. The mission of the ACLU's Development Department is to unlock the full potential of donors and the ACLU as partners in the creation of a more perfect union. We pursue our mission by building long-term donor relationships and organizational partnerships, by demonstrating impact in response to threats, by engaging donors how they wish to engage, by taking interest in our donors and facilitating personal action, by being accountable stewards of their funds, and by asking donors to consider giving the ACLU their full support.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Leadership Gifts, the Officer is the administrative manager for the Leadership Gifts unit's needs related to data stewardship, reporting, financial projections, and administrative best practices.


  • Create and maintain an efficient system for providing regular gift reports, administrative reports, and portfolio management reports to national and affiliate colleagues
  • Create and generate reports on fundraiser portfolio metrics and key performance indicators. Share reports with staff to help identify areas of opportunity
  • Manage tracking and production of acknowledgments for all Leadership Gifts donors
  • Manage annual revenue projections system for all Leadership Gifts portfolios, track income toward projections
  • Serve as the unit's data steward liaison to the fundraising database team
  • Using the ACLU's intranet, share unit materials that could be of benefit to national and affiliate office colleagues
  • Assist Deputy Director in fiscal year revenue reconciliation and future fiscal year projections
  • Draft and maintain unit and departmental business rules, protocols and procedures, including systems for maintaining records of major donors in the fundraising database
  • Train and onboard new permanent and temporary administrative staff in Leadership Gifts unit
  • Participate in portfolio reviews, and update Leadership Gifts portfolios with donor assignment additions and removals
  • Create and maintain donor-centric coding systems so that donors' preferences are precisely recorded and information can be extracted from the fundraising database for seamless donor communication across the organization
  • Create and update electronic donor and prospect records in the development database
  • Draft professional donor correspondence as directed; compose, edit, and proofread donor communications
  • Organize unit meetings and maintain agenda items
  • Serve as a first point of contact for the unit; handle internal and external calls, mail, and email
  • Oversee unit correspondence, develop and maintain mailing lists, and manage production processes
  • Process, track, and report unit expense budget; coordinate expense approval process
  • Work proactively with other units on work shared by or relevant to the Leadership Gifts unit, including mail plans
  • Schedule and organize meetings; compile agendas
  • Assist prospect development team as requested
  • Handle special projects and other duties as assigned


  • 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
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet research
  • Creative thinker with the ability to prioritize, execute and manage multiple projects through to completion while meeting tight deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills, with superior attention to detail and strong follow-through
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


  • At least three (3) years of relevant experience in a fundraising or nonprofit setting, preferred
  • Experience with fundraising databases preferred, Salesforce experience a plus
  • Experience updating intranets or related content management systems a plus


For 100 years, the ACLU has worked 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.

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, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Officer, Leadership Gifts in the Development Department of the ACLU's National office in New York, NY.

The ACLU's passionate community of donors and activists is stronger than ever. The…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    April 28, 2021




New York, NY

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