Application Deadline: October 4,
The American Civil Liberties Union of
Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Development Director (DD), a
senior manager reporting to the Executive Director, to provide the
strategic vision for the Development Department and ensure we have
an ethical, effective, and robust development program that
continuously strives to be anti-racist and achieves our budget
goals. Working closely with the Executive Director, the
National ACLU, and others, the DD is responsible for planning,
supervising, and executing our individual and planned giving
programs, and developing complementary fundraising and donor/member
cultivation strategies, thus strengthening the organization’s
relationships with its donors, raising funds for the ACLU-WA, and
ensuring the long-term sustainability of the organization.
The ACLU of Washington is a leader
among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the
country's premier guardian of liberty. We work in courts,
legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights
to freedom, fairness, and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit
and nonpartisan. We have a staff of 45+ and are supported by more
than 135,000 members, activists, and donors.
The ACLU of Washington is committed to
ending racism in Washington State and throughout the country. This
includes how we work with each other, and with our partners and
allies in the communities we serve. We are committed to bringing
anti-racism to all aspects of ACLU-WA's internal and external
functions, including but not limited to recruitment; hiring and
human resources; strategic planning; ally, donor, and volunteer
relations; Board and committee processes; and deciding what cases
to litigate and what legislation to support and oppose. We are
looking for candidates who share this commitment to advancing
racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally
in the communities that we serve.
The mission of the ACLU-WA Development
Department is to unlock the full potential of the partnership
between donors and the ACLU to fund the defense and expansion of
civil liberties. We are committed to integrating an understanding
of the intersections of race, class, power, and privilege in our
development work, particularly through our engagement with donors.
We bring our donors closer to the organization and build long-term
relationships with them by sharing the ACLU’s story, engaging
donors how they wish to engage, and asking them to give us their
full financial support.
*Please note: the ACLU-WA is
closely following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Currently, we have begun transitioning back to the office and hope
to open fully under our new Hybrid Work Policy in the fall. We will
continue to carefully monitor public health pronouncements and
To aid remote work, we provide
laptops, home office supplies, certain equipment, and technology
support. You will need an effective WiFi connection and a way
to reach you by phone. This position is eligible for either a work
phone or phone stipend, as well as an additional $100 stipend each
month to help cover any additional costs while working from
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, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin,
marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status,
socio-economic circumstance, or record of arrest or
conviction. We do not
conduct criminal background checks on our
candidates. People of color,
women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are especially
encouraged to apply.
Participation in ACLU-WA’s race equity work. This may include
utilizing ACLU-WA race equity tools, adopting ACLU-WA race equity
practices, serving on the Race Equity Team or subcommittees,
Oversight, Evaluation, and Management
Build, maintain and assess programs that secure sustainable
resources and that strengthen the relationship between the ACLU and
its donors resulting in increased funding.
Sustain and grow a program that integrates an understanding of
the intersections of race, class, power, and privilege in our
development work, particularly through our engagement with donors.
Build long-lasting transformational (not transactional)
relationships with ACLU donors by treating them as partners,
engaging them how they wish to engage, and asking them to give us
their full financial support.
Develop strategies and programs that recruit, cultivate,
solicit, and steward donors giving or capable of giving $10,000 and
above annually, and significant planned gifts. Develop and manage
special campaigns and planned gifts. Implement strategies to
increase the number of donors giving at all levels and grow donor
giving year-over-year through engagement and cultivation.
Prepare and write personalized proposals, reports, letters,
emails, notes, and other documents, as needed. Provide industry
knowledge, monitor industry trends, and implement best
Staff and Team
Lead, supervise, train, motivate, coach, support, and partner
with team to ensure that each employee meets their job goals and
professional development objectives. Create a development team in
which all members take responsibility for team success and
understand their roles in achieving team goals.
Create a trusting team culture that supports giving and
receiving honest feedback, regularly assesses our performance,
questions if we can do better, destigmatizes mistakes, and is open
to new ideas and approaches.
Lead the team in continuously striving to make the development
efforts increasingly anti-racist by consistently addressing
structural implications and racially disproportionate impacts of
policies, activities, and decisions by identifying and implementing
changes that can produce more equitable outcomes.
Collaborate with key program staff, locally and nationally, to
inform development programming and donor relations.
Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team: model and
promote the management and organizational culture goals of the
senior leadership team.
Promote a culture of philanthropy amongst staff, board, and
Play an integral role in budget development and projections,
strategic planning and internal structures and processes.
Develop annual department expense budget and forecast
contributed income sources for organizational budget.
Ensure that the confidentiality and work quality requirements
are met by staff and volunteers.
Report development goals and progress to the Board of
Engage and support the Board in their fundraising
Manage an Executive Portfolio of approximately 30 donors giving
$25,000+ or with capacity to give $100,000+.
Develop, identify, implement, and track a high-level,
customized cultivation and solicitation strategy for each
individual in the Executive Portfolio.
Implement strategies to increase the number of donors giving
Manage and support the development responsibilities of the
Executive Director, which includes focusing and prioritizing the
Executive Director’s development-related time and duties,
scheduling meetings with donors, partnering on meetings with donors
Ideal candidates will have an awareness of, and willingness to
engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging
systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and
A personal approach that values the individual and respects
differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation,
religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
A minimum of 8 years of people and department management and
supervision experience, including the ability to motivate, lead,
set objectives, and foster an environment of creativity and
professional growth, and doing so in a manner that is inclusive and
promotes equity is preferred.
A minimum of 8 years of related experience, with progressive
responsibility and a proven track record of soliciting, closing,
and stewarding six- and seven-figure gifts with major donors and
foundations is preferred.
Broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning,
implementation and management that includes experience soliciting
special, multi-year campaign commitments and planned gifts.
Exceptional initiative, vision, and ambition to lead a vibrant
Excellent interpersonal communication and presentation skills.
Experience developing successful written donor communications and
Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and activities
into a short, compelling presentation or written piece.
Strong organizational and administrative skills, ability to
prioritize and manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines.
Ability to develop long-term plans, set objectives, and track
progress toward achieving objectives.
Experience with donor database management and systems to track
campaigns and ensure complete, secure, and private donor and
campaign records. Advanced skills in Excel is a plus.
Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of the ACLU’s
mission and principles.
This position will supervise four (4)
staff. The number of direct reports is subject to change as the
The ACLU-WA office is generally open
between the hours of 9a.m. and 5p.m. and is located in downtown
Seattle. The physical demands and work environment described
below represent those required and encountered by an employee to
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities
to perform the essential functions.
Able to input information into a computer for long periods of
Able to remain stationary for extended periods.
Able to assess information communicated through a
Able to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Able to periodically work long and extended hours.
Able to travel locally/regionally/across the state as
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
description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. This
position is “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The ACLU of WA is dedicated to
centering equity in all aspects of the organization and, as such,
has adopted a salary scale for measuring how to best compensate its
employees. The salary for this position is $145,000 - $160,000. A
range indicates the intention to accommodate those with varying
years of relevant experience, as determined by the salary
Benefits include three weeks of
vacation, thirteen sick days, fifteen holidays, fully paid employee
medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, a generous
retirement plan, student loan reimbursement, family care and
adoption assistance, life insurance, and an ORCA card, the regional
To apply, please submit a cover letter
and résumé. In your cover letter, please explain the ways in
which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We
also invite applicants to include in their letter information about
how their background and/or experience could contribute to the
diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and
Applications will be accepted
until October 4,
, at which time the job announcement
will be marked as “closed” on our website at www.aclu-wa.org/careers
We will schedule interviews with
qualified candidates after the application deadline and hope to
have the selected candidate start in November.
The ACLU of Washington comprises
two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union
of Washington, Inc. and the American Civil Liberties Union of
Washington Foundation. The two corporations share the same overall
mission, office space, and employees. This job posting refers
collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU of