Position Opening





For the past nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country's history.  Whether it's ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, fending off bans on immigration for Muslims, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote, we tackle the toughest civil liberties issues and work to defend the rights of all people in our country. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of attorneys, public policy and legislative advocates, communications experts, community organizers, and fundraisers, and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is poised to increase programmatic initiatives that will influence the protection and preservation of civil rights and liberties in Maryland and across the nation.  The Donor Relations Officer will play an integral role in enabling the ACLU of Maryland to reach its goals of defending the civil rights and civil liberties of Maryland's citizens through litigation, legislation, and public engagement.


This is an exciting time to work at the ACLU because we are  widely considered to be a keeper of the flame of liberty at a moment when our democracy in the United States seems fragile. As we enter the next growth phase of the ACLU of Maryland we seek a full-time Donor Relations Officer to be a part of the day to day operations, working with the Director of Philanthropy and ACLU staff to support the ACLU's broad civil liberties agenda and share in the affiliate's success as we expand our impact.



The Donor Relations Officer will spend a significant amount of time directly interacting with donors-both in and out of the office -while helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to the ACLU.


  • Mid-Level and Planned Giving:
  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 125 mid-level ($1,000-$10,000) donors and prospects by developing goals and strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for each donor in the portfolio.
  • Expand the number of mid-level gifts and planned gifts.
  • Identify, research and qualify new prospects for assignment to the major gift portfolio
  • Engage in an average of 12 face-to-face meetings per month with mid-level prospects, including current and new supporters.
  • Provide support to the Philanthropy Director in preparation for donor contact, and participate in donor cultivation events.
  • Grants: Help administer the submission of grant proposals and reports.
  • Database: Maintain the department's administrative systems, including data management, campaign tracking, portfolio activity, process and procedures, reporting, gift processing and acknowledgement. Ensure the accuracy of our donor records.
  • Maintain working knowledge of national and state programmatic priorities and issues.
  • Other duties as necessary.


Experience & Qualifications

  • Care deeply about civil rights, civil liberties and the work of the ACLU.
  • At least three years of fundraising experience with demonstrated success in soliciting gifts of $5,000+ in non-profit, advocacy or other community-based groups. (Non-profit philanthropic experience is preferred, but other, transferable experience will be considered.)
  • A start-up approach bringing exceptional initiative, ambition, and follow-through.
  • A "people person:" with strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for building strong professional relationships with donors, staff, and volunteers.
  • A strong work ethic and a willingness to partner closely with colleagues.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills.
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to speak comfortably with donors about the impact potential of their philanthropic investment in the ACLU.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills and a track record of successfully providing administrative support; some supervisory experience is a plus.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a highly organized fashion and fast-paced environment with significant attention to detail.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, meet deadlines, respond promptly to requests, follow through on initiatives and manage the demands of multiple projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully on the phone and in person with donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and the general public.
  • Strong computer skills including use of the Internet, databases, word processing (Word), mail merges, spreadsheets (Excel), and e-mail.
  • Flexibility to work occasional evening, weekend, and irregular hours and to travel within the state as needed.
  • Firm commitment to centering race equity in our work.
  • Team player with personal initiative. Friendly, outgoing, and collaborative.


Compensation and Benefits

Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life and long-term disability insurance, paid holidays, and friendly work environment.


Deadline/Start Date

The position will remain open until filled.  We are looking for the DONOR RELATIONS OFFICER to start as soon as possible.


To Apply

Send a resume, references, and a cover letter that indicates where you found this job listing, describes your interest in this position, and describes the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above.

Facsimile:            410-366-7838

E-mail:                   jobposting@aclu-md.org

Post:                        Director of Philanthropy, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 350, Baltimore, MD 21211-1995


Submit all documents in a single PDF file and put "DR Officer-(your first/last name)" in the subject line.


The ACLU of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  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.