The ACLU has been experiencing unprecedented growth in our fundraising and other programs. Notably, we are poised to launch the public phase of our nationwide $1.2+ billion capital campaign to support major programmatic expansion leading into our 100th anniversary in 2020. We recently have expanded our agenda to enhance our statewide presence and increase impact litigation throughout Arkansas, and we are looking to increase our organization’s resources dramatically to continue this growth.
Our new Development Director will hold a senior management position and report to the Executive Director. The Development Director will lead our fundraising efforts and will execute the affiliate’s major gifts program by strengthening our organization’s relationships with supporters and conducting strategic and successful cultivations and solicitations with our state’s top donors and prospects, followed by thoughtful donor stewardship.
This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate, who will build a major gifts program for the premier civil liberties organization in Arkansas -- and be a fundamental force for creating a more vibrant and effective statewide organization that continues to preserve and advance our fundamental freedoms and liberties.
THE ACLU OF ARKANSAS
The ACLU of Arkansas has the support of 6,500 donors and members, a number which has grown significantly since the elections in November 2016 and the increase in threats to civil rights and liberties in nearly every area of the ACLU’s work. The ACLU of Arkansas has operated on a budget of $500,000 and with the help of a dedicated paid staff of three; with the assistance of a generous national grant, we are expanding to a staff of five in this fiscal year, and expect to double our budget.
The organization is in Little Rock, Arkansas, a city that has been recognized in recent years by major publications (Forbes, Kiplinger, Gallup, et al.) -- as a top U.S. city overall and for lifestyle, outdoors/the environment, healthy living, happiness and value. The Little Rock region is supported by a diverse business community and educational and cultural offerings continue to grow.
Little Rock is known for its “livability.” In Little Rock, a person of modest means can own a home with a yard and off-street parking and get to work in under half an hour. Everything from housing, entertainment, dining, and children’s activities are at small city costs. It is very family friendly. The Little Rock area is known to be age-diverse, and its children, young adults, families and seniors enjoy the city’s assets and unique location between the Ouachita Mountains and the Arkansas River to the fullest. Beyond the immediate area, the city is just a few hours from the Ozark Mountains, home to the Buffalo National River and surrounding wilderness areas (www.nps.gov/buff).
These are just some of the many places for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, backpacking, hiking, biking, walking or camping (all at no or minimal cost) or just a chance to take a short drive to the mountains to rent a cabin almost anyone could afford. (See more about Little Rock and Arkansas at the end). *
Major Gifts: First and foremost, our new Development Director will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive fund development program that focuses on major gifts and includes specific fund-raising goals and targets for proposals, appeals and campaigns. He/she will expand our pool of major donors with the capacity to make gifts of $10,000+. With the help of our donor/member database, research capabilities, statewide connections, etc., he/she will identify high-level prospects and work with our existing supporters to secure and conduct meetings for effective qualifications, cultivations and face-to-face solicitations. He/she also will partner with our Executive Director to enable her to do similar work with her own portfolio of prospects and donors. Our new Development Director will be responsible for the “back-end” work of a development shop but also will be (like our Executive Director) a key forward-facing member of our affiliate team.
The Development Director will draft and send donor correspondence and gift proposals. He/she will ensure that all donors to the ACLU of Arkansas are acknowledged for their contributions quickly and thoughtfully, that all follow-up is completed and that all gifts are recorded in a timely manner. He/she will work with our staff, Board of Directors and other volunteers to nurture a culture of philanthropy.
Planned Giving: In coordination with the national ACLU Planned Giving Department, our Development Director will pursue strategies to expand membership in planned giving programs and steward existing planned giving donors. He/she will market planned giving opportunities to a range of ACLU supporters.
Management: Our new Development Director will work to maintain the accuracy, security and hygiene of our donor database and other development files, including individual giving histories, profiles, interactions, etc. He/she will facilitate and work within our transition to a new and more comprehensive donor/constituent management system in the year ahead. He/she will track development goals and prepare regular development reports, including those used to analyze gifts, results, trends, projections, etc. He/she will oversee the production of related reports for internal and external purposes. He/she will ensure that staff and volunteers meet confidentiality and work quality requirements within the organization’s development functions. Finally, the Development Director will oversee the creation and production of messages and materials that are development-related.
Cooperative Work: The Development Director will make effective use of national ACLU development staff, research tools and other resources. He/she will partner with colleagues at the national ACLU to advance donor relationships, secure leadership gifts and develop/implement comprehensive planned giving within our own state of Arkansas.
Position Basics: This position is full-time and based in Little Rock but will require regular travel within Arkansas and occasional travel beyond Arkansas. Occasional attendance at evening and weekend activities is required.
ABOUT THE ACLU
Founded in 1969, the ACLU of Arkansas is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization which uses legal, legislative and public education approaches to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues such as individual rights and freedoms, including: free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights and more. The ACLU of Arkansas is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of the civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. (To learn more about the work of the ACLU and the principles that we uphold, please visit www.acluarkansas.org and www.aclu.org.)
The ACLU of Arkansas is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Civil Liberties Union Foundation. Both entities have the same overall mission and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties.
The ACLU of Arkansas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Arkansas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status.
The ACLU of Arkansas undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.
Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a short, two-page business writing sample to the ACLU of Arkansas by mail or email:
By mail, to: Development Director Job, ACLU of Arkansas, 904 West 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. By email, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: please put “Development Director” and your last name in the email’s subject line.)
QUALIFICATIONS -- To be considered for the position, you must have:
A Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A successful track record of identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from individual major donors and prospects.
At least three years of demonstrated experience in nonprofit fundraising with an emphasis on individual major gifts and/or work in developing and managing complex relationships with portfolios of customers/clients. Knowledge of the Arkansas philanthropic community is a plus.
Exceptional initiative, vision and ambition to lead a vibrant and growing philanthropy program.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills plus comfort with contacting and communicating with donors.
Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in successfully directing others, at all levels of the organization, in carrying out development-related activities.
A creative, results-oriented, “self-starter” work style, with the ability to handle/prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities. A willingness and ability to learn and to work beyond a 9-5 workday (as needed).
Superb organizational skills and flexibility; a strong attention to detail, coupled with thorough follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
Desirable: experience working with advocacy and/or community-based organizations.
Knowledge of budgeting and financial management principles.
A personal commitment to civil liberties principles and an understanding of and appreciation for the ACLU’s values, mission and goals.
The commitment to diversity: a personal approach that values individuals and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance – plus the ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and in the broader community.
Proficiency in Microsoft’s Office suite and in fundraising database management.
The ability and willingness to travel regularly in-state and occasionally out-of-state, with possession of a valid driver’s license or driver’s privilege card and a reliable vehicle.
Additional Salary Information: Final compensation offer based upon the successful candidate’s experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental insurance package, 401(k) plan, life and long-term disability insurance and generous paid holidays.
The ACLU and ACLUF are dedicated to promoting, defending and expanding civil rights and civil liberties in Arkansas. Some of these liberties are: free speech, religious freedom, racial justice, due process, privacy, LGBT rights, women's rights, and reproductive freedom. Our goal is ensuring that the promises of the founders of this country, preserved in the Bill of Rights, are a reality for everyo...ne in Arkansas.
We like to say that our client is the Bill of Rights and its principles. Civil liberties are what protect the people from the power of government and what John Stuart Mill called the “tyranny of the majority.” Government, in the form of legislative bodies, law enforcement agencies, and even schools, has a great capacity to affect the lives of those under its control. Yet because we possess civil liberties, these government agencies are barred from doing things that they might be inclined to do. For example, a city council may decide to prohibit public speech critical of the mayor, but that law would be struck down under the First Amendment as a violation of free speech. A wayward police officer may decide to enter and search your home on a whim and without a warrant, but whatever contraband she may find will be excluded from evidence because of the Fourth Amendment’s requirement of a warrant. And a school board, consisting only of people of one religious faith, may decide that schoolchildren must recite that faith’s prayers, but that policy will be struck down under the First Amendment’s “Establishment Clause,” which protects religious liberty by prohibiting government establishment of religion.
Civil liberties protect us from other people who would like to impose their will on us, as well. Even though a majority of the people in a city may agree with the actions of either the city council or the police officer or the school board in the above scenarios, the civil liberties of those adversely affected cannot be breached. And even though the mayor’s critics may be few, and the subject of the house search may have committed a crime, and there is only one child in the school district of a different religious faith, the civil liberties of these individuals are protected under our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Why is protecting our rights sometimes unpopular or controversial? Because it is often a small or unpopular person or group or position that is being defended. (And because those in the majority are in power, and do not need defending!) But it is actually the right that is defended. It is because these unpopular people or groups can have these rights, that all of us have these rights. Our rights to freedom of speech, due process, freedom of religion, equality and privacy do not depend on what others, no matter how many or how powerful, think of us: this is liberty. We can vote for whomever we like, get a fair trial, and go to a house of worship (or not) as we please, whoever we are, great or small.
The ACLU and ACLUF are so dedicated to these principles that we may defend the rights of those with whom we disagree, and even those who would work against the very principles we defend. But we believe, like many Americans, that these principles are inviolable, and are what keep us a free nation. It is not the person who burns an American flag who is the most serious threat to freedom: it is the government body that passes laws prohibiting burning an American flag that has the real power to destroy our way of life—our liberty.