- Development Associate , USA

Development Associate 

ACLU of the District of Columbia

Office: Affiliate Offices
Location: District of Columbia

The American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia (ACLUDC) seeks a full-time professional to join its team as the Development Associate. This is an opportunity to help enhance civil liberties and civil rights in the District as well as build the political power necessary to protect our hard won victories by assisting with fundraising for the local affiliate.

Position and Organization Summary

The ACLU of the District of Columbia is the Washington, DC affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a national nonprofit organization devoted to the protection of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1961, the ACLUDC one of the District’s premier public advocacy organizations, focusing on issues that arise within the District of Columbia in areas such as criminal law reform, racial justice, freedom of speech and religion, LGBT rights, gender equality, the rights of federal workers, and prisoner’s rights. We advance civil liberties through litigation, legislation and public education.

The ACLU of the District of Columbia’s Development Associate supports the affiliate’s development initiatives through efficient and effective use of technology to facilitate donor- centered fundraising and strengthen a base of members and supporter. The Associate also meets these goals through planning and execution of in-person events that steward existing contributors and encourage renewed support. The Associate also provides essential support to the Director of Philanthropy as needed.

Major Responsibilities/Activities


Maintain integrity of information in database and ensure data is entered consistently and accurately.
Own weekly gift processing and thank you letter mailings.
Pull lists for targeted mail, invitations, or other initiatives as requested


Utilize database to identify potential top prospects
Conduct prospect research and create profiles for individual meetings and events
Assist the Director of Philanthropy with database entry; helping to prepare materials for solicitors and donors; provide superior customer service to current and potential donors, supporters and members.


Oversee planning and execution of stewardship and cultivation events.
Arrange for invitations, food, event space, and other logistics of the event;
Engage in superior customer service to current and potential donors, supporters and members.
Other tasks in support of Director of Philanthropy may be assigned, including assistance in preparation of development communications.

Minimum Requirements

Impeccable organizing skills and attention to detail.
Excellent computer and internet skills including MS Office.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
Understanding of and passion for the ACLU mission.
Ability to work occasional weekends, evenings, and overtime, as needed for development events and duties.
A personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.

Essential Skills and Abilities

Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines on concurrent projects in a fast-paced, occasionally stressful environment.
Ability to adhere to deadlines, problem solve, and work creatively and independently.
Ability to deal with a diverse group of people in a variety of settings.

Desirable Attributes and Experience

Experience or educational background in database management.
Experience with event management.
Experience with Salesforce.
Experience with fund and membership development programs and donor-centered fundraising.
Keen eye for design, layout and presentation.
Knowledge of DC’s social justice issues Compensation and Benefits:
Salary based on market factors and individual experience and abilities. Excellent benefits include paid time off, generous paid holidays, medical and dental insurance, 401K plan, life insurance, and income replacement during illness through a combination of annual sick leave, short-term and long-term disability insurance.

To Apply:

Please send an email jobs[at]acludc.org, subject line “Development Associate,” with the following materials:

Cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position as detailed in the job description
Current resume
A brief writing sample of no more than 2-3 pages
Names and contact information for three professional references.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit completed applications by September 25, 2017.

The ACLU of the District of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of D.C. encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability and veteran status, or any other classification protected by the D.C. Human Rights Act or the federal employment law.

Job posted on 12th September 2017
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