The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri Fund (ACLU-EMF) seeks an
experienced leader to serve as our Development Director with primary responsibility for
building programs that will secure increased and sustainable resources to help us
defend civil liberties and civil rights.
The ACLU/EMF is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national
public interest organization, which is the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by
our nation’s Bill of Rights.
The ACLU-EMF and its sister organization, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, Inc. maintain
IRS 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) status respectively. To achieve our mission, we manage
legal, legislative and public education programs on a broad range of constitutional issues
including discrimination, free speech, religious freedom, reproductive rights, racial
justice, GLBT rights, and privacy. The ACLU has more than 3500 members in Eastern
Missouri. We have a diverse staff of 5 full-time individuals. Our headquarters is located
in St. Louis’ historic and newly restored Gaslight Square District. To learn more about
the work of the ACLU and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit www.aclu-
em.org and www.aclu.org.
The Development Director, a senior management position reporting to the Executive
Director, will manage programs which raise funds for the ACLU and strengthen the links
between the ACLU and its supporters. The Development Director will be part of a team of
professionals, providing leadership to and collaborating with our affiliate’s staff,
Development Committee, and Board of Directors to reach our annual and long-range
development goals and improve the sustainability of diverse sources of funds. Working
closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee, the Development
Director is responsible for planning, supervising and executing the affiliate’s major gifts
program and other fundraising strategies. The Development Director, working with other
staff and volunteers, will implement a multi-faceted development plan.
Major Gifts Program: Identify, develop and implement strategies for the cultivation of a
substantial number of prospective donors for gifts of at least $5000; train board
members and others for solicitations; identify donor prospects and maintain records on
current donors; facilitate solicitations for the Executive Director and board leadership;
prepare materials for solicitors and donors; develop and coordinate an annual
comprehensive work plan that will include specific fund raising goals and targets for
proposals, appeals and campaigns with the Executive Director; work with the national
office in coordinating production of appeals; prepare reports. Coordinate and implement
cultivation and outreach events to prospective donors throughout the year.
Annual Campaign: Implement and improve on an existing Annual Campaign.
Foundation Grants Program: Coordinate foundation grants program, including strategic
prospect research, scheduling, writing, grant preparation and reporting.
Planned Giving: Work with the national ACLU Office of Planned Giving to develop and
implement strategies for marketing planned giving products to ACLU donors and
Events: Manage the fundraising aspects of events large and small, including an annual
Bill of Rights Celebration.
Membership: Help develop strategies to cultivate and retain ACLU members.
Gift Recording & Acknowledgement: Assure the proper recording, tracking and reporting
of gifts from major donors. Work with staff to maintain accurate and current data files,
including giving histories, profiles, interactions; coordinate with the ACLU National Office
regarding changes and updates. Become proficient in National ACLU sharing formulas,
produce reports for annual audits and verify reconciliation of funds between the ACLU-
EMF and the National office.
Materials: Maintain primary responsibility for developing the messages, materials, and
explanations of our work used in all of the development campaigns. Oversee the
development of the Annual Report and other materials that advance the ACLU’s
General staff leadership responsibilities: Attend ACLU functions, such as the annual
membership meeting, occasional Board meetings and other ACLU events. Assist the
Executive Director in maintaining a strong team spirit within the office.
• Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience
with at least five (5) years experience in fundraising focusing on individual major
gifts, campaigns and events, particularly in advocacy or community-based
organizations. CFRE accreditation desirable.
• Broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and
• A successful track record of identifying, cultivating and soliciting major individual
donors and foundations.
• Experience in successfully directing volunteers in positive team-oriented
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with experience developing
successful written donor communications and marketing materials.
• Experience with donor database management and systems to track campaigns
and ensure complete, secure and private donor and campaign records.
Advanced skills in MS Access/Excel a plus.
• A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and
respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion,
ability and socio-economic circumstance.
• Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of the mission and principles of
Compensation And Benefits
Salary based on experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, medical and
dental coverage for staff members, life and long term disability insurance, an optional
401(K) and an employer-funded pension.
Please submit a resume, short business writing sample, and a brief cover letter
describing your interest in the Development Director position to the address below.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job listing. Please, no phone
Applications accepted until position is filled.
ACLU of Eastern Missouri Fund
Attn: Development Director
454 Whittier Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
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.