Associate Director, Nationwide Development Training

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American Civil Liberties Union

Published 17 days ago

December 16, 2020


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Associate Director, Nationwide Development Training 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 Nationwide Development Training and Business Intelligence, the Associate Director is responsible for co-creating and implementing a nationwide training, convening, and onboarding program in support of the ACLU's 100+ member national fundraising staff and the staff of over 53 affiliate offices. They will build a training program to bolster the ACLU's innovative and industry-leading nationwide fundraising model. The Associate Director will also oversee the documentation, management, sharing, and updating of resources for the entire nationwide development program, working in collaboration with consultants and colleagues nationwide.


  • Advance the nationwide fundraising model through documentation, trainings, and convenings
  • Design and execute robust in-house trainings that support professional development and advance fundraising goals
  • Align key leaders and stakeholders on the implementation and training plans
  • Develop training programs that support nationwide staff in a database conversion and implementation
  • Determine new courses and delivery methods to most effectively promote the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate the system into day-to-day business practices
  • Plan and execute nationwide, regional, and focused development staff conferences, convenings, and webinars
  • Assist other ACLU staff in systems training development and implementation
  • Oversee the process to gather and document fundraising best practices at the ACLU
  • Build and monitor KPIs to assess impact of Nationwide Development Resources programs; evaluate efficacy of training programs, determine overall impact, and make recommendations for changes as needed
  • Collaborate with ACLU subject matter experts to address role specific training needs and develop comprehensive training
  • Assess current training opportunities to assure the prioritization of an equity, diversity and inclusion lens in all engagements
  • Hire and oversee vendors to assist with the development and implementation of programs, as needed, to deepen the impact of professional development and technical trainings
  • Keep current with trends, best practices, new technologies and emerging innovations in training, and design and implement solutions that continue to build impactful learning opportunities for ACLU staff
  • Oversee special projects as assigned


  • Experience designing and delivering basic and complex trainings that meet the needs of numerous audience and program goals
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to interpret existing rules and guidelines for implementing training
  • Ability to develop relationships that fulfill mutual interests and priorities
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding 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


  • Project-based experience in a non-profit fundraising environment
  • Experience with database or other software training
  • Experience managing events, budgets, and educational or capacity building programs
  • Experience applying sound judgement to fulfill goals and priorities
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills including ability to positively influence and persuade, and to use listening, diplomacy, and tact to build internal relationships


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 Associate Director, Nationwide Development Training in the Development Department of the ACLU's National office in New York, NY.

The ACLU's passionate community of donors and activists is…

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