For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s blocking unconstitutional or mean-spirited immigration policies, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, ensuring access to abortion or preserving the right to vote, we take up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly in the courts, legislatures, and through community engagement to ensure that all individuals’ rights are protected. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of lawyers, public policy and legislative advocacy experts, community organizers, and fundraisers, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.
There has never been a more exciting time to pursue a career at the ACLU. As we look toward our 100th anniversary in 2020, we are taking our organization to the next level by expanding our development operation, strengthening infrastructure, amplifying our public engagement, expanding our legal program, and building the political power necessary to continue to fight new threats to freedom head-on—and win. Based in Houston with offices in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, and El Paso (coming in fall 2017), the ACLU of Texas is seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, strategic thinker to join our team as Major Gift Officer.
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Major Gift Officer (MGO) helps ensures the ACLU of Texas meets its fundraising goals by increasing contributed revenue to the organization, managing a portfolio of donors/prospects, each with an estimated capacity to give $10,000 or more. The MGO is responsible for qualifying new prospects and building relationships between the people in her/his portfolio and the ACLU in order to maximize financial support. In addition to soliciting major gifts to the annual fund, the MGO also will explore planned giving opportunities and solicit special campaign gifts.
The MGO works closely with members of the ACLU of Texas’s Development Department, the Executive Director, and development colleagues at the national ACLU, as well as with program staff and volunteers. The MGO will spend a significant amount of time in direct interaction with donors, both in and out of the office, helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to the ACLU. The position requires regular travel across the state, with highest frequency to the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas; preference will be given to candidates who reside in or who are willing to relocate to those areas. The MGO will:
Manage a portfolio of approximately 125-150 donors.
Create individual goals for each person in the portfolio based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential.
Create a comprehensive cultivation and solicitation strategy for each donor/prospect in the portfolio and execute that strategy so that individual donors are retained and upgraded.
Directly solicit major and planned gifts, and partner with senior and program staff and/or volunteers on donor engagement opportunities.
Provide executive-level support to senior staff in preparation for solicitation or stewardship opportunities, including appropriate, concise briefing materials in advance of meetings with donors and prospects.
Qualify new prospects for assignment to the major gifts portfolio.
Work with the appropriate staff to secure project information and use this information to develop materials directed at individual donors/prospects, such as highly personalized proposals that are in line with donor interests and programmatic priorities, stewardship reports that detail progress made as a result of a particular gift, etc.
Develop special cultivation and stewardship opportunities, such as small events for select donors/prospects in the portfolio, and participate in larger donor cultivation events.
Track portfolio activity and progress. Create reports as required by management that accurately reflect portfolio activity and performance.
Maintain working knowledge of national programmatic priorities and issues as they occur.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum of three years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, with progressive responsibility and a proven track record of soliciting, closing, and stewarding major gifts of $10,000 or more. Experience soliciting planned gifts is also preferred.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and activities into a short, compelling presentation or written piece. Familiarity with talking about utilizing litigation to promote social justice is helpful.
Strong people skills. The ability to communicate effectively and respectfully on the phone, via email/text and in person with donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and the general public.
Persuasiveness and perseverance in attaining goals.
Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines. Ability to develop long-term plans, set objectives, and track progress towards achieving objectives. Familiarity with moves management preferred.
A strong commitment to the principles and values of the ACLU and its mission.
Personal initiative and a sense of humor. Friendly, outgoing, and collaborative approach, and a strong team-oriented style.
Experience with donor database management and systems to track campaigns and ensure complete, secure and private donor and campaign records.
Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of the ACLU’s mission and principles.
Proficiency with office technology and information systems (including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and a donor database (such as Raiser’s Edge, etc.)
Must be available for travel to and across the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas, as well as limited out-of-state travel.
A confident and professional work style. Ability to work independently and to exercise good judgment in stressful circumstances. Flexibility and a willingness to take on new tasks as the responsibilities of the position evolve.
Knowledge of Dallas-Fort Worth and/or Houston philanthropic community strongly preferred.
Ability to work occasionally beyond the traditional workday and work week.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required.
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of ACLU of Texas’s salary scale. Excellent benefits include a generous Paid Time Off policy, 100 percent employer-paid medical and dental insurance for employees, 50 percent employer-paid for dependents; 401(k) plan with an employer match, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.
Please submit a cover letter to email@example.com that illustrates your commitment to civil liberties and civil rights; a current resume; and contact information for three professional references. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.
Hard copy materials may also be sent to the attention of “Major Gifts Officer Search,” ACLU of Texas, P.O. Box 8306, Houston, TX 77288.
Deadline: July 31, 2017, although applications received after this date may be considered until the position is filled.
The ACLU of Texas and its Foundation operate jointly as private, non-profit organizations devoted to protecting civil rights and civil liberties. To achieve our mission, we manage legal, legislative and public education programs on a broad range of constitutional issues including immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, LGBT equality, reproductive rights, and voting rights. Founded in 1938, the ACLU of Texas has an office located in central Houston, plus offices in Dallas, Austin and Brownsville. The organization maintains more than 150,000 members and supporters and a staff that currently includes 31 full-time employees, and one part-time employee. To learn more about the work of the ACLU, please visit www.aclutx.org and www.aclu.org.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.
The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable Federal or State law.