Strategic Partnerships Manager [DEVF-75], Development Department, New York & NY

National Offices, New York, NY
New York
August 17, 2017

Career Opportunity
Strategic Partnerships Manager [DEVF-75]

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Development Department, New York & 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 ACLU’s national office raises $180 million annually in private support from foundations, major donors, companies, and more than 1.6 million members.  For the first time in its history, the ACLU is developing a Strategic Partnerships portfolio focusing primarily on ways that companies and their employees can contribute financially and programmatically to the ACLU.  With an initial focus on the technology, entertainment, and retail sectors, this unit will build a portfolio that raises a minimum of $6 million annually to advance the ACLU’s nationwide mission.

The Manager of Strategic Partnerships will work with the Director of Strategic Partnerships to support the prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of ACLU corporate prospects and donors. Collaboration will include generating and producing content for funding concept notes, pitches, proposals, and donor reports.  The Manager will also be responsible for liaising with Development colleagues and across departments, including Communications and Marketing, Legal, Advocacy, Finance, General Counsel, and Affiliate Support.  The Manager will ensure rigorous use of databases and approvals processes necessary for donor management and internal protocol.

This role offers a dynamic growth opportunity for someone eager to advance to front-line fundraising and the development of multi-faceted corporate partnerships.


  • Collaborate with Director on executing strategies for corporate donors and prospects.
  • Conduct prospecting research on the eligibility and brand alignment of corporate partners. 
  • Develop communications that support the Director’s interactions with donors or prospects, including general and targeted communications, concept notes, proposals, presentations and reports, from drafts through to final line-editing and formatting of finalized material.
  • Prepare and contribute materials, agendas and briefings for external prospect and donor meetings and for internal strategy meetings.
  • Collaborate with development operations and database staff to design and manage database protocol for corporate relationships, including but not limited to multi-departmental contacts, moves reporting, pledge tracking, gift processing, donor recognition, and donor communications.
  • Provide guidance and supervision as needed.
  • Manage information flow between prospects/donors, ACLU program staff and Communications/Marketing colleagues.
  • Liaise with the in-house general counsel’s office to manage and track the internal drafting and approval processes for charitable sales promotions and other corporate partner contracts and agreements.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with Development colleagues and ACLU program, Communications and Affiliate staff nationally.
  • Undertake special assignments, as assigned.
  • 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.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum 4 years account/project management experience gained in a development, fundraising, corporate relations, or marketing environment.
  • Exceptional writing, verbal, and presentation skills.
  • Highly developed cross-departmental project management skills with the ability to work independently, meet tight deadlines, and prioritize between conflicting demands.
  • Experience supervising or managing interns or staff.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the role of written communications in building and maintaining complex individual and institutional relationships.
  • Ability to anticipate obstacles and propose recommendations to support initiatives.
  • Ability to identify and create processes necessary to support effective partnerships.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in a team environment and facilitate joint problem solving.
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively develop and implement work plans, often within tight timeframes.
  • Computer fluency on platforms including Microsoft Office, Google docs, and CRM databases, Salesforce a plus.
  • Experience with client/donor management preferred, and managing cause marketing campaigns a plus.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
  • Limited travel required.


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


Please send a cover letter and resume to .  Reference [DEVF-75] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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