Development Associate – Grants & Major Gifts-ACLUF of Northern California

July 10, 2013
Development Associate – Grants & Major Gifts
Application deadline:  August 12, 2013 (although applications received after this date will be considered until the position is filled)
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California seeks applicants for a full-time Development Associate – Grants & Major Gifts to support and fortify our foundation grants and major gifts programs. This is an excellent opportunity for a strong writer with basic fund development skills to help secure revenue for our local programs, as well as the ACLU’s important civil rights and social justice work across the nation. The Development Associate – Grants & Major Gifts reports to the Director of Foundation Support and works closely with major gifts staff and other members of the development department.
Foundation grantwriting support:
  • Write grant proposals, reports, and related materials, with an emphasis on LOIs, renewal grants, and general support grants;
  • Proofread final drafts and prepare grants for submission (e.g., write cover letter, assemble attachments, upload/print out documents, etc.);
  • Coordinate signing and return of grant agreements, and generate thank you letters for grants received.
Major gifts support:
  • Write proposals and reports related to major gifts;
  • Create and update talking points and information on current goals and activities of each program area in order to support major gifts outreach and communications;
  • Other major gifts writing, as needed.
Research and recordkeeping:
  • Research prospective funders including foundations, social entrepreneurs, individual donors, and sources for technical assistance support;
  • Maintain electronic and hard copy foundation files;
  • Maintain file of up to date attachments and key documents (e.g., 990, audited financials, staff bios, etc.);
  • Update ACLU-NC profiles on charity watchdog sites (e.g., Charity Navigator, Guidestar, etc.).
  • Special projects as warranted and assigned
  • Experience developing or assisting with the development of successful fundraising proposals; Experience working as a member of a nonprofit development team preferred.
  • Strong writing skills. Ability to synthesize complex program information and communicate it clearly and persuasively for diverse audiences.
  • Experience in researching foundations and individual donors preferred.
  • Strong proficiency with office technology and information systems (including MS Office). Knowledge of fundraising software a plus (PIDI Donor Direct preferred).
  • Ability to work efficiently and juggle priorities and multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated passion for civil liberties and civil rights work. Familiarity with programs using litigation to promote social justice is helpful.
Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members and their dependents and spouses/ domestic partners; life and long-term disability insurance; defined contribution plan with employer match; and thirteen paid holidays.
To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter (1) explaining why you are interested in this position, and (2) the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above.  Please also include one writing sample (no more than 3-5 pages) that demonstrates your ability to synthesize complex concepts in a clear and persuasive way.  A grantwriting sample is preferred, but other forms of advanced writing are also acceptable. If you submit a piece that you did not write entirely, please indicate the extent of input of others on it.  Please send these materials to the attention of HR/Development, Grants & Major Gifts Associate search, ACLU of Northern California, 39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 or e-mail to
About the ACLU of Northern California
The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights.  The ACLU of Northern California was founded in 1934.  It is the largest ACLU affiliate in the nation, with 50,000 members, 22 volunteer chapters and a staff of 60, including a legislative office in Sacramento.  The ACLU Foundation of Northern California is the 501(C) (3) arm of the organization.  The 11-person Development Department has the responsibility of raising over $5 million in annual support.
The ACLU-NC is proud to be an affirmative action employer.   All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex are particularly urged to apply.
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