American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland

Job Announcement: Director of DEVELOPMENT

Posted: March 3, 2018



The Opportunity


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland seeks a talented fundraiser to head up a thriving philanthropy program emphasizing major gifts fundraising. This is a unique opportunity to guide and grow a development department at a widely respected organization that is currently seeing unprecedented levels of public support. The Director of DEVELOPMENT will play a key role in increasing investments in the ACLU of Maryland, a dynamic, potent organization that is fighting on the front lines of today's most important civil rights conflicts.  The Director of DEVELOPMENT will have a significant opportunity to play a major role in making a real difference in people's lives.


This is a critical time in the ACLU's history that presents an unparalleled opportunity for an experienced fundraiser.  With the election of a President hostile to civil liberties and civil rights there has been an outpouring of support from new members, donors, and volunteers who want to support the ACLU in its efforts to preserve our Constitutional democracy. We seek a new Director of DEVELOPMENT to forge new and ambitious development plans that maximize opportunities within the new political environment.



Who We Are


The ACLU of Maryland, founded in 1931, is a growing organization with tens of thousands of members, supporters, and activists across the state. We work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities across Maryland to protect and strengthen civil rights and liberties for all, drawing from principles articulated in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil rights statutes. For more information about the work of the ACLU of Maryland, please visit our web site at

This position is based in Baltimore, with satellite offices in Takoma Park and Annapolis.  Accessible to both New York City and Washington, D.C., Baltimore is home to a burgeoning restaurant and arts scene, world-class museums, world renowned medical facilities, and hosts many national and international conventions.


The Director of DEVELOPMENT, a member of the management staff, reports to the Executive Director, and works closely with key lay leaders and national ACLU staff. The Director of DEVELOPMENT is responsible for planning, supervising and executing development programs to reach our annual and long-range fundraising goals, and developing strategies to support the growth and expansion of the organization. The Director of DEVELOPMENT will spend a substantial amount of time directly interacting with donors and helping them fulfill their philanthropic interest and passions.


Key Areas of Responsibility


  • Develop, lead, and evaluate a comprehensive individual giving program that focuses on leadership gifts (six and seven-figure gifts), major gifts ($10,000 and above), planned gifts, and developing a pipeline of mid-level donors.
  • Solicit leadership and major gifts through individual face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects.
  • Implement special cultivation and stewardship opportunities for select donors/prospects; provide executive-level support to staff in preparation for donor contact.
  • Interact collaboratively with National ACLU development staff on strategic planning and individual donor strategies and solicitations.
  • Supervise staff and volunteers. Motivate, set objectives, and maintain an inclusive and equitable environment that promotes creativity and professional growth.
  • Consult with staff to develop and implement strategies to establish relationships with donors of color and connect marginalized communities at the core of our work with the donors who support our work.
  • Maintain working knowledge of national and state programmatic priorities and issues, including long-term priorities, the racial impact of the programmatic work of the organization, major breaking news stories that are of interest to our supporters.




  • Commitment to centering race equity, constitutional rights and civil liberties.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience, with progressive responsibility and a proven track record of securing donor visits; soliciting, closing, and stewarding leadership and major gifts.
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and to meet deadlines. Ability to develop long-term plans, set objectives, track progress toward achieving objectives.
  • The ability to oversee a cadre of staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and irregular hours.
  • The ability and willingness to travel regularly throughout Maryland and the possession of a valid driver's license and a reliable vehicle.



Salary dependent on experience. Excellent benefits include three weeks paid vacation at time of hire (increasing to four weeks after one year); 13 office holidays; medical and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse/domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match. Direct exposure to cutting-edge civil liberties and civil rights work.


Deadline/Start Date:

            This position will remain open until filled.  Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.


To Apply:

Please submit here a cover letter, resume', three references from current or prior supervisors, and a two-page writing sample. Please be sure to include all materials in one document. Kindly indicate where you saw the job listing.


The ACLU of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and strives for authentic inclusion. We do not discriminate in employment based on any individual's race, socioeconomic status, national origin, color, disability, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity and encourage all candidates to apply.