Associate Director, Affiliate Fund Development [ASD-26], Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives, NY

National Offices, New York, NY
New York
December 6, 2017

Associate Director, Affiliate Fund Development [ASD-26]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives, NY

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities 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. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), leading the nation in protecting and defending our individual liberties and freedoms, is looking for its next Associate Director of Affiliate Fund Development. We seek a nonprofit development professional who is looking for a meaningful opportunity in an established and vibrant organization that makes profound differences in the lives of individuals.  Our mission is timely, our staff is committed, and we are poised to succeed with a strong (and growing) pool of individual donors.

At the ACLU, we take pride in our nearly 100-year reputation of leading the resistance and standing up for people whose civil rights are challenged or denied.  And now -- with our current administration’s never-before-imagined threats to civil rights and liberties, plus a Centennial Campaign that is on the verge of outpacing its original, ambitious goals even before its public launch – it is the ideal time to join us!

A part of the ACLU’s Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives (ASNI) department, our Affiliate Fund Development team is dedicated to helping the ACLU’s affiliates increase their fundraising expertise and expand their fundraising results.  Our new Associate Director of Affiliate Fund Development will be an ‘internal consultant’ on that team, partnering with our staff leaders nationwide and providing critical tools, targeted strategies, new perspectives, coaching, and valued experience. 


  • Work with a portfolio of affiliates, their Executive Directors, and their development teams, providing strategic guidance and support to build fundraising capacity and results.
  • Focus particularly on supporting affiliate staff with their donors and prospects with annual giving capacities of $10,000+.
  • Formulate, refine, and communicate fund development best practices in ways that are responsive to our development leaders across the country.
  • Promote and support talent development for and within affiliate fundraising staffs by providing: training systems and materials, direct learning opportunities, coaching, mentoring and mentorship activities, and cross-affiliate collaborations.
  • Provide support for the different phases of affiliates’ fund development staff recruitment.
  • Assist affiliates in the use and expansion of systems that will support their development programs’ success.
  • Represent the Affiliate Support Department throughout the ACLU’s National and affiliate communities.
  • Collaborate closely with national staff in our development department and other departments.
  • Play a key role in furthering a culture of philanthropy at the ACLU.
  • Be an effective ambassador and organizational representative with different audiences.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • Advanced work experience in fund development (especially in the area of major gifts fundraising with $10,000+ donors and prospects) and the ability to draw from that experience to work with ACLU affiliate organizations across the country
  • Ability and creativity to effect and manage change in our affiliates
  • A demonstrated ability to build consultative relationships that foster trust with colleagues who are located remotely
  • The interest, creativity and drive needed to develop creative solutions for and with diverse colleagues
  • A varied ‘toolbox’ of superior skills that are directly necessary to an affiliate fund development partner, including: leadership, communications, interpersonal relations, analytic and strategic thinking, persuasiveness and problem-solving, effective negotiation, etc.
  • Well-developed (more general) work skills that are necessary in a professional and fast-paced work environment, including: the ability to prioritize, the ability to take initiative, attention to detail, the ability to work with a range work styles and personalities while maintaining grace under pressure.
  • Computer expertise with constituent/fundraising databases and MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Familiarity with fundraising systems/databases, etc.
  • Ability to both deliver and receiving constructive feedback 
  • Experience particularly relevant to the position and the ACLU, such as organizational development experience, experience working with an advocacy organization, and experience working within a national/affiliate structure is preferred.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study
  • Willingness to travel.
  • A personal dedication to a professional team that will bring us into our next 100 years as this country’s guardian of liberty.
  • Commitment to advancing the mission and goals of the ACLU.


The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.


Please submit a letter of interest (with salary requirements), and resume to: Reference [ASD-26/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address.  This email address is specific to the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiatives Department. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Please indicate in your letter of interest where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is 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 reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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.

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