Director of Development - ACLU of Missouri

Affiliate Offices
June 12, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation, Inc., “ACLU-MO” is hiring our next Director of Development – a nonprofit development professional who is looking for a meaningful opportunity in a vibrant organization that makes real change in Missouri and the lives of its residents. Our mission is timely. Our team is committed to protecting constitutional rights and civil liberties. And we are poised to succeed with a community of over 19,000 (and growing) individual donors.

At ACLU-MO, we take pride in our reputation of nearly 100 years of fighting for people whose civil rights are challenged or denied. Now – with the Trump administration’s never-before-imagined threats to constitutional rights and civil liberties, plus a Centennial Campaign that is close to reaching its ambitious goals even before its public launch – it is the ideal time for you to join us!

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead, plan and execute ACLU-MO’s major gifts program and other fundraising initiatives. The Director of Development will supervise our philanthropy staff and support the boards of the ACLU of Missouri and Foundation.

The position is based in our St. Louis office, providing access to the best that the Gateway Region can offer. As the starting point of the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition, St Louis has a big city vibe without the hassle. Free public attractions include the St. Louis Science Center, the award-winning St. Louis Zoo, the Contemporary Art Museum and St. Louis Art Museum, as well as Forest Park.

Our Next Director of Development Will:

Lead ACLU-MO’s Major Gifts Program by developing and coordinating annual and long-range development plans, including those for specific goals and audiences; developing and implementing strategies to attract prospective donors and secure gifts of $10,000+; maintaining a personal major gifts portfolio and managing the top-tier portfolio of the Executive Director; supervising the maintenance of donor records; preparing written materials for major donor solicitations; and conducting outreach to current and prospective major donors. 

Shape ACLU-MO’s Planned Giving Initiatives by working with the National ACLU’s Planned Giving team to develop, promote and implement planned giving strategies.

Build ACLU-MO’s Foundation Grant Support by developing and implementing effective grant strategies; drafting and supervising the drafting of timely grant applications; and preparing and supervising the preparation of post-award reports and other documentation.

Lead Collaborations, External Relations and Administrative Work by teaming with the Executive Director to strengthen the ACLU’s Culture of Philanthropy; serving alongside peers on ACLU-MO’s senior staff team; supervising development staff and independent contractors; working with board members regarding their roles in ACLU-MO’s fundraising initiatives; overseeing the proper recording of gifts and other donor information, along with ensuring the hygiene of donor information systems; coordinating development initiatives and reports with the National ACLU office; and attending ACLU meetings and events, as appropriate.

Our Next Director of Development Will Bring:

  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • advanced work experience in fund development, especially in the area of major gifts fundraising with $10,000+ donors and prospects;
  • excitement about the opportunity to imagine, effect and manage growth in our affiliate;
  • a broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management;
  • a varied “toolbox” of superior skills, including: leadership; communications; interpersonal relations; analytic and strategic thinking; persuasiveness and problem-solving; the ability to prioritize, take initiative, and attend to detail; the ability to maintain grace under pressure; computer expertise; familiarity with fundraising systems/databases; willingness to travel, etc.;
  • a firm commitment to diversity and a personal approach that values individuals and their differences; and
  • (preferred) experience with and knowledge of Missouri’s philanthropic community.

Finally, our next Director of Development will bring a commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU … along with a personal dedication to a professional team that will bring us into our next 100 years as Missouri’s guardian of liberty.


If you’re excited about devoting your talents and skills to the ACLU, please submit your resume and a letter of interest (with salary requirements and mention of where you learned of this career opportunity)

By mail, to: ACLU of Missouri, 906 Olive Street, Suite 1130, St. Louis, MO 63101

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To ensure that we receive your application, please do not use any other ACLU email address.

The ACLU welcomes talented development leaders to our team and in return offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including health, dental, and optical insurance, life, long- and short-term disability insurance, federal holidays plus generous personal and sick leave, defined contribution pension plan with optional 401K and employer match, and professional development opportunities.

We will accept applications until the position is filled. We hope that one of those applications is yours.


This job announcement provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Missouri Foundation reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

ACLU of Missouri Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage 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, and veteran status.

ACLU of Missouri Foundation undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact us at

The ACLU of Missouri comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Inc., and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Foundation, Inc. Both are organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees. ACLU-MO, through its two separate corporate entities, engages in a broad range of work to protect constitutional rights and civil liberties. This job announcement refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU-MO.”

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