Development Associate - ACLU of Nebraska

Affiliate Offices
June 8, 2017


The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska is seeking a development associate to help support our work to protect and defend the civil rights and civil liberties of all Nebraskans through our sophisticated program of integrated advocacy which includes litigation, policy advocacy, and community empowerment strategies. The ACLU of Nebraska is expanding capacity to fight back against broad attacks on civil liberties while continuing to vigorously move our mission forward. Our goals are both resistance and progress. This new development position will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with the Executive Director on portfolio management, donor stewardship, special events, grant management, and other duties as assigned.


The ACLU of Nebraska is a leader among state affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union, the country's premier guardian of liberty. For over 50 years in the Cornhusker State we have worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness and equality. The ACLU is nonprofit and nonpartisan. In recent years, our litigation program has struck down the state defense of marriage act, abolished the ban on LGBT foster parents, secured the right to marry for those that are incarcerated, settled excessive force cases to reform police practices, and challenged free speech infringements. Our policy program has scored victories to abolish the death penalty, enact smart criminal justice reforms, and victories for women’s rights. Our community education program conducts about a hundred events annually reaching thousands of Nebraskans and empowering them to know their rights. Our offices are located in the heart of Nebraska’s capital city of Lincoln. Our small but mighty 4- person staff is complimented by a contract lobbyist, dozens of volunteers, and thousands of supporters statewide. The ACLU of Nebraska is proud to foster a fun and fast paced work environment. The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, criminal history, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups such as women, LGBT, those with a disability, racial or ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Development Associate will spend a significant amount of time directly interacting with donors—both in and out of the office –while helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their philanthropic commitment to the ACLU. The Development Associate will be assigned to manage a portfolio of mid-level donors and will assist with developing individualized stewardship plans with the goal to expand mid-level gifts. The associate will identify, research and qualify new prospects. The associate will provide support to the Executive Director in management of the affiliate’s major gift portfolio. The associate will help administer the submission of grant proposals and reports. The associate will provide leadership to the annual fundraising event and other special events. The associate will maintain the ACLUs administrative systems, including data management, gift processing, and acknowledgement to ensure donor stewardship and to maintain the hygiene and accuracy of data systems. The associate will work with the finance team and ACLU Nationwide to reconcile shared gifts and will collaborate with ACLU Nationwide’s sophisticated team of development specialists on planned giving, portfolio management, and leadership gifts.

Experience And Qualifications 

The associate must have a clear commitment to civil rights and civil liberties and will maintain working knowledge of national and state programmatic priorities and issues. The ideal candidate will have at least some fundraising experience with demonstrated success in soliciting charitable gifts. Non-profit philanthropic experience is preferred, but other, transferable experience will be considered. Candidates should possess strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for building meaningful professional relationships with donors, staff, and volunteers. The ideal candidate will be selfmotivated and a team player with excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to speak comfortably with donors about the impact potential of their philanthropic investment in the ACLU. Candidates must possess excellent organizational and administrative skills and must have significant attention to detail. Strong computer skills including use of the Internet, databases, word processing (Word), mail merges, spreadsheets (Excel), and e-mail are required. Candidates should expect some flexibility in their work schedule and the need to work occasional evening, weekend, and irregular hours. Minimal in-state travel as needed.

Compensation and Benefits 

Salary range is $50-60k and based on experience. Excellent benefits include vacation, sick leave, family leave, generous health and dental insurance with employee premiums paid 100% by the employer, a 401k match, cell phone reimbursement, and paid parking.

To Apply: 

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to and include in the subject line of the email: Development Associate. In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted beginning June 2017 and until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at

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