Los Angeles, CA
Note: Hybrid and Remote opportunities are available upon request
Open until filled
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU
SoCal) seeks a Deputy Director of Philanthropy.
Founded in 1923, the ACLU SoCal has been at the forefront of
many major efforts to protect civil liberties, civil rights, and
equal justice in California. Principled and nonpartisan, ACLU SoCal
has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County (Orange), the Inland
Empire (San Bernardino), and Kern County (Bakersfield). ACLU SoCal
tackles a vast array of issues, including criminal justice, police
practices, First Amendment rights, gender equity and reproductive
justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrants’ rights, education equity, and
The Deputy Director of Philanthropy (D.D.) reports directly to
the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and is responsible for
providing direction and management of the ACLU of Southern
California’s Individual Giving Program including the Annual Fund
(gifts of $1,000-$9,000), Major Gifts (gifts of $10,000+), and
Planned Giving (DeSilver Society) programs; supervising a team of
fundraisers; and personally managing a select portfolio of major
donors and prospects with capacity to make annual gifts of $50,000+
. This position will also support departmental administrative
priorities, including assessing performance metrics, budget
projections and external messaging, as well as help advance a
culture of philanthropy organization-wide.
Individual Giving Program Direction
- In consultation with the CDO, develop and execute ACLU SoCal’s
annual individual giving fundraising plan to deepen donor
relationships, increase the number of donors and grow revenue from
annual fundraising activities; analyze and monitor progress toward
goals and recommend adjustments, as needed.
- Develop and manage the Individual Giving Program work plan to
ensure effective team work as well as open communication around
project deadlines, benchmarks, and related tasks.
- Develop and manage integration of planned giving prospects into
current portfolios, including creating systems to track efficacy of
program. In consultation with National Planned Giving team, create
regular opportunities for Individual Giving team to strengthen
their planned giving expertise.
- Provide guidance, coaching and leadership to direct reports.
Ensure that each employee meets their job goals and professional
- Oversee the execution of Individual Giving Team cultivation and
appeal calendar, including the proliferation of monthly written
donor communications, donor events, and special projects.
- Host bi-monthly individual giving team meetings that feature
- Provide industry knowledge, monitor industry trends, and
implement best practices.
Portfolio Management & Administration
- In consultation with the CDO, manage a select portfolio of
about 75-100 major and leadership donors and prospects, including
their cultivation, stewardship and solicitation. In addition manage
a small portfolio of planned giving prospects.
- Create individual goals and a comprehensive plan based on
research for each person in the portfolio. Perform donor and
- Record all interactions and post-meeting reports promptly in
database and communicate all aspects of meeting, from set-up to
follow-up, to other team members as needed.
- Maintain up-to-date and accurate database records. Track
portfolio activity and progress. Design and regularly review
reports that accurately reflect portfolio activity and
- Serve as liaison to the ACLU National Development Resources
team and Leadership & Planned Giving team, ensuring that
National development programs are integrated into local program
including partnering and coordinating with National development
staff working on SoCal donors.
- Collaborate with Strategic Partnerships and Marketing to
develop and implement shared donor strategies for fundraising
events and annual auction.
- Oversee the design and production of cultivation events for
portfolio donors throughout the year, varying in topics/staff and
location to match interests, and maximize outreach.
- Stay well-versed in the current work of the ACLU, locally and
nationally, and be an effective representative of the organization.
Work with the appropriate staff to secure project information and
use this information to develop materials directed at individual
- Other duties as assigned.
Department Administrative (10%)
- In partnership with the CDO, build and assess performance
metrics for the department.
- In partnership with the CDO and Finance Department, help create
budget and projections, including monthly reporting.
- In consultation with the national, statewide and affiliate
Communications Departments create development centric external
messaging, and provide regular educational opportunities on this
messaging for development department staff. Coordinate with
Communications team on calendar of activity throughout the
- In consultation with the Advocacy Department, manage bi-monthly
team meetings focused on strengthening development department
knowledge of programmatic efforts.
- Participate in the Development team as a cooperative, positive
- Help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming, and
professional environment for employees and volunteers.
- Develop a solid understanding of ACLU’s structure, programs,
office protocols, and equipment.
- Attend certain ACLU functions and assist in other ways as
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of five years of experience in nonprofit fundraising,
with progressively responsible experience at a level that
demonstrates experience implementing successful strategies for the
identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors as part of a
broad-based individual giving program;
- Minimum of four years of experience managing staff, with an
emphasis on providing direction and coaching to out-the-door
- Committed to a donor-centric, results-oriented and
entrepreneurial approach to fundraising and problem solving;
- Demonstrated experience and strong management skills including
a proven ability to motivate, coach and inspire staff;
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and
presentation skills. Ability to understand and follow many
different areas of civil rights work, and to describe many
different areas of work in a way that is concise, compelling, and
easy to understand for donors and prospective donors.
- Strong organizational skills. Ability to develop long-term
plans, set objectives, and track progress towards achieving
objectives. Familiarity with the concepts of moves management
- Personal initiative, curiosity about people, and a sense of
humor. Friendly, outgoing, and collaborative approach and a strong
- Proficiency with office technology and information and donor
databases, preferably Salesforce.
- Must be available for travel within Southern California and
limited travel outside California.
- Must be available for some weekend and evening
- Passionate about civil liberties and civil rights. A
professional approach and a commitment to a workplace that values
and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender
identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and
RACIAL EQUITY COMPETENCIES
- Understanding and Applying Racial Equity (0-17 months)
- Demonstrate commitment to building or deepening understand of
- Core terms and concepts such as structural racism, white
privilege, and anti-Blackness.
- The role that racial inequity has played and continues to play
in our society.
- How race impacts supervisory relationships, team dynamics, and
- Personal/implicit/unconscious bias.
- Working for Racial Equity (18+ months)
- Consistently assess structural implications and racially
disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions
within the context of their job responsibilities; race/ethnicity,
intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, identity, and/or sexual
- Consistently adhere to organization’s racial equity policies
and procedures, including those that relate to hiring, retention,
- Consistently identify and disrupt ways in which bias plays out
in work and/or team.
The salary range for this position is $125,000- $135,000. Benefits
include medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff members and
their eligible dependents; life and long-term, short-term
disability insurance; 401(k) plan with employer match; ample
vacation and sick leave and fifteen paid holidays.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing samples to our
online recruitment portal: https://secure.onehcm.com/ta/ACLUSC.careers?ShowJob=453148103
(NO Phone Calls PLEASE)
COVID Vaccination and proof of being fully Vaccinated
(includes booster) is a condition of employment.
The ACLU of Southern California is committed to developing a
culture of diversity, equity, respect, and inclusion and to strive
to maintain a workforce that reflects the communities that we
serve. The ACLU SoCal is an equal opportunity employer that does
not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition
protected by applicable law. We encourage all qualified individuals
to apply and value people of all races, genders (including gender
identity or expression), sexual orientations, disabilities,
citizenships, ages, religions, and national origins and who have
different marital statuses, family caregiving responsibilities,
lived experiences with the criminal justice systems, and genetic
information. The ACLU SoCal does not tolerate discrimination or
harassment on the basis of any of these characteristics.
The ACLU SoCal is committed to providing reasonable
accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a
qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying
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If you are selected for an interview, you will receive
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