About the ACLU of Maine
The ACLU of Maine is an affiliate of the nationwide American
Civil Liberties Union. We fight for equality, justice, and freedom
for all people in Maine in the statehouse, the courthouse, and
through public education and engagement. Serving as the state’s
guardian of liberty, we are a passionate and highly motivated team
active in the areas of criminal legal reform, racial justice,
immigrants' rights, reproductive rights, women's rights, Indigenous
rights, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, privacy, and freedom of
speech and religion.
The ACLU of Maine seeks a strategic Director of Development who
grounds their work in the principles of Community-Centric
Fundraising and has a lived passion for working in one of the most
dynamic environments in the country. The ACLU of Maine is at the
forefront of confronting some of the most challenging social,
political, and cultural issues of our time. As a member of the
Leadership Team, the Director of Development has a unique
opportunity, with significant creative latitude, to build the
organization’s development strategy, an execution plan, and the
ongoing support of an organization embracing resource
Some of the greatest assets of the ACLU of Maine are the
experiences, wisdom, education, research, and actions of the team
members that have led us to become a national leader in creating
equitable change. We are searching for someone who can encapsulate
the work of the ACLU of Maine while engaging the community to
actively participate in protecting their civil liberties. The ideal
candidate must be creative, collaborative, and a true servant
leader who can stand in the wings beaming with pride or take the
stage to model excellence.
The Director of Development will work closely with the Executive
Director and Board of Directors to foster dynamic relationships and
partners in their powerful work. The Board is poised and excited to
partner with the ACLU of Maine team to face a challenging future in
our national struggle to save democracy. The ACLU of Maine wants to
lead the charge, and this role, along with the entire Leadership
Team, is key to our success. Our team embodies dedication, hard
work, and commitment. This work requires resilience, humor,
emotional awareness, and a true commitment to deconstructing and
confronting systemic oppression and racism.
Essential Job Functions
Program Development, Oversight, Evaluation, and
- Build, maintain, and assess programs that secure sustainable
resources and strengthen the relationship between the ACLU of Maine
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
- Build long-lasting transformational (not transactional)
relationships with ACLU of Maine donors by treating them as
partners, engaging them in the manner they wish, and asking them to
meaningfully extend their financial support to the
- Develop strategies and programs that recruit, cultivate,
solicit, and steward donors giving or capable of giving $10,000+
annually and significant planned gifts.
- Develop and manage special campaigns and planned giving.
- Implement strategies to increase the number of donors giving at
all levels and grow donor giving year-over-year through engagement
- Develop and lead the strategy for a donor engagement
- Identify and lead opportunities for growth in grant
- Prepare and write personalized proposals, reports, letters,
emails, notes, and other documents, as needed.
- Provide industry knowledge, monitor industry trends, and
implement best practices.
Staff and Team Management
- Ability to lead, supervise, train, motivate, coach, support,
and partner with development staff to ensure that each employee
meets their job goals and professional development objectives.
- Capacity to build a development team in which all members take
responsibility for team success and understand their roles in
achieving team goals.
- Contribute to a trusting team culture that supports giving and
receiving honest feedback, regularly assesses 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. Consistently address 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 Senior Leadership Team's management and organizational
- Promote a culture of philanthropy amongst staff, board, and
- Play an integral role in organizational budget development and
projections, strategic planning, and internal structures and
- Develop annual department expense budget and forecast
contributed income sources for the organizational budget.
- Ensure confidentiality and work quality requirements are met by
staff and volunteers.
- Report development goals and progress to the Board of
Directors; engage and support the Board of Directors in its
- Manage an executive portfolio of approximately 75 donors with
the capacity to give $10,000 and above.
- 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
$15,000 and above.
- Manage and support the development responsibilities of the
Executive Director, which include focusing and prioritizing the
Executive Director’s development-related time and duties,
scheduling, preparing for, and staffing donor meetings, etc.
With the understanding that no one person will offer every
desired skill and characteristic outlined below, compelling
candidates will offer much of the following:
Education + Experience
The following are among the strengths and experiences ACLU of
Maine is seeking in this position:
- Five or more (5+) years of combined formal and informal
experience, education, and training in fundraising in the nonprofit
- Confidence in leading and managing a development program and
- Five or more (5+) years of demonstrable experience—
professional and/or personal— in political action, advocacy,
legislation, or education related to social justice issues most
relevant to the ACLU of Maine is preferred.
- Three to four (3-4) years of direct experience soliciting,
closing, and stewarding gifts; experience with a diverse donor pool
- Experience, training, and education from inside and outside the
United States are considered equally.
- Equivalent education and/or experience, transferable skills,
and lived experience will be considered.
Examples of experience, education, and training that fulfill
these requirements include relevant lived experience and
non-traditional education, volunteer or paid work, internships,
community-based and other types of training and workshops,
community college, trade school, and university courses and
Skills + Competencies
- High emotional intelligence; able to understand the needs and
concerns of partners, colleagues, and donors.
- Strong attention to detail with an analytical mind and clear
and focused approach.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including exceptional active
listening, communication, and presentation skills (both written and
spoken, with an ability to inform, influence, convince, and
- Ability to exercise flexibility and discretion.
- Ability to function autonomously yet work collaboratively with
- Understanding of the ACLU of Maine’s mission and the ability
and desire to be an effective spokesperson and representative.
- Highly organized with excellent time and project management
- Resourceful, proactive, and self-motivated with a strong sense
of ownership and accountability.
- Possess the following personal attributes: trustworthy,
strategic, organized, results-driven, self-starter, creative,
inclusive, transparent, and collaborative.
- Ability to navigate a wide variety of stakeholders and juggle
competing priorities and interests to move the work forward.
The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director
and has the following supervisory responsibilities:
- Development Communication Strategist
Compensation + Benefits
The salary range for this position is $110,000-$120,000.
A competitive benefits package is provided, including:
- Medical*, Dental*, Life insurance/AD+D*, Short- and long-term
- 401(K) retirement account, automatic 2% employer contribution,
and employer match up to 5.5%
- Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
- Fifteen (15) vacation days accrued in year one
- Three personal days
- Sick leave accrues two days per month, maximum of 24 days
- Nine paid holidays per year
- Paid personal leave
- Paid family and medical leave
- Unpaid medical leave and leaves of absence
- Commuter transit account + transportation stipend
* Life insurance, short- and long-term disability, and basic
medical and dental are provided at no cost to the employee. If an
employee opts into family coverage, 65% of the family health and
dental coverage premiums are paid by the ACLU of Maine.
As a reflection of our firm’s commitment to equity and
equal pay for all, it is Cooper Coleman’s requirement that salary
ranges or salary starting points be published for every search we
conduct. The practice of not posting salaries perpetuates the
gender and racial wage gap and discriminates against women, people
of color, and other historically excluded populations by causing
individuals to negotiate from a disadvantaged starting
The ACLU of Maine’s office is based in Portland, ME. Currently,
staff are working in a hybrid remote and in-person environment and
are discussing long-term plans.
As an organization, we value working together and look forward
to when we can safely return to our office. Candidates outside of
Portland and/or Maine will be considered for this position with the
understanding that relocation to the Portland region will
ultimately be required.
Estimated travel out of the office is ~33% for meetings across
the state (mostly in the Greater Portland and mid-coast areas) with
the ACLU of Maine's donors, supporters, and other communities.
EEO + Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The ACLU of Maine is an equal opportunity employer. We value a
diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Maine
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, previous criminal conviction, and veteran
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Submission Instructions (read carefully)
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Maine. To apply, please visit this link
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All inquiries will be held in confidence.
A cover letter is not required with your initial application but
is welcomed to help us understand your fitness for this role during
our initial evaluation. Candidates invited for interviews will be
asked to provide a thoughtful letter of interest indicating their
specific qualifications for the opportunity, desire to join the
ACLU of Maine, and connection to its mission.
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