The Senior Development Officer is responsible for managing a
portfolio of donors and prospects with the capacity to make
contributions of $5,000 or more. The portfolio may include major
gifts, annual funds, and planned giving donors. The Senior
Development Officer builds meaningful relationships with current
and new major donors, moves donors through the giving pipeline, and
works with the Philanthropy Director to diversify the donor
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform these essential
- Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of donors with
capacity above $5,000.
- Engage donors through one-on-one in-person meetings, events,
phone, and personalized communications.
- Solicit planned gifts as part of comprehensive donor
- Meet annual and long-term portfolio goals for revenue
- Coordinate with Director of Philanthropy and National ACLU
colleagues on solicitation strategies.
- Utilize database to identify potential prospects and analyze
- Work with program staff (legal, policy, communications, and
organizing) on donor engagement opportunities and to develop
content for proposals that align program priorities with donor
- Participate in donor cultivation events.
- Maintain deep knowledge of D.C. and national ACLU programs and
- Special projects and events and other duties as assigned by the
Qualifications (Education & Experience)
Candidates who meet some but not all qualifications are
encouraged to apply.
- 5-7 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or relevant
sales and marketing.
- A strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU of
District of Columbia.
- Proven track record of soliciting and closing four- and
- Experience establishing and building strong, long-term
partnerships with donors.
- Proven experience converting new donors/prospects into major
- Demonstrated ability to achieve revenue goals.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent additional experience in
nonprofit operations and/or fundraising.
- Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication and
- Ability to connect with people from different backgrounds and
build relationships across differences.
- Exceptional attention to detail, ability to manage multiple
tasks and finish projects within
- Computer proficiency, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Strong proficiency in Salesforce or similar CRM.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a
The ACLU-DC is a non-partisan, non-profit public interest
organization devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties
of those who live and work in the District of Columbia. Our 23
staff members work daily to achieve this mission through advocacy
before the D.C. Council, litigation, public education, and
organizing in all eight wards of D.C. ACLU-DC is an affiliate of
the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties
guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works in communities, in
the legislature, and in the courts to defend and expand individual
rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and
laws of the United States.
- Organization is currently hybrid remote with the option to work
in the office.
- This position requires frequent in-person meetings and event
attendance in the D.C. geographic area.
- Residence in the D.C. geographic area is required (D.C.,
Maryland, or Virginia).
Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for this position is $75,000 to $98,000 with an
offer based on individual experience and abilities. Excellent
benefits include paid time off, generous paid holidays, medical,
dental, and vision insurance, 401K plan with employer matching.
Applications must be submitted at https://acludc.bamboohr.com/hiring/jobs/27
If you have a disability/ies and need accommodation regarding any
part of the application process, please contact us at operations
(at) acludc.org. To complete the application, you will need to
- Current resume
- Cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for
the position as detailed in the job description
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis; applying sooner
is encouraged. The position will remain open until
filled. 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-DC reserves the right to change the job
description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU-DC is an equal opportunity employer. We value a
diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-DC encourages
applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and
expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship,
disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected
by the D.C. Human Rights Act or federal employment law.