Leadership Gifts Officer

New York Civil Liberties Union | New York, New York


Position: Leadership Gifts Officer

Terms of Employment: Full-Time

Location:  125 Broad Street, New York, NY

Application deadline:  September 17, 2017 (midnight)

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties.  Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website:  www.nyclu.org.

Job Summary

This position offers a unique opportunity to join the largest affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), one of the leading organizations in the fight to protect our Constitution and democratic institutions.

The NYCLU's 9-person Development Department ensures the organization has the financial resources necessary to pursue its organizational mission, by engaging individual and institutional philanthropists concerned with advancing civil liberties and civil rights in New York and the United States. The team is made up of professional fundraisers who take pride in their work and aim to inspire staff, board, donors, and members as ambassadors, fundraisers and supporters for the NYCLU.

We are proud of our diverse staff members who bring a rich array of talents and perspectives. We are committed to being an inclusive and respectful workplace. We encourage the successful performance of every employee as we continue to support the NYCLU's mission and strategic initiatives.

The NYCLU seeks well-qualified candidates for the full-time position of Leadership Gifts Officer.  This is a salaried position with excellent benefits.



This position reports to the Deputy Director of Philanthropy and performs the following duties:

  • Manages a portfolio of prospects and donors, which includes cultivating and soliciting/closing gifts of at least $25,000+.
  • Analyzes data and information to drive strategic development of a portfolio.
  • Aggressively identifies, qualifies, cultivates and solicit leadership gift prospects.
  • Customizes strategic and financial goals for each donor or prospect based on their history of giving, relationship to the organization and knowledge of the donor’s potential.
  • Tracks and reports on portfolio activity and goals including number of donor meetings and meaningful, personalized donor contacts as well as dollars raised.
  • Ensures that all donor information is up to date in the donor database.
  • Serves as primary liaison for shared segment of the ACLU stewardship and cultivation portfolio.
    • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to advance the goals of the development department and the NYCLU as a whole.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.



Ideal Candidates

The ideal candidate for this position has a background in fundraising and direct experience with personal solicitations of major donors and prospects. They have demonstrated success in personal cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and closing of leadership gifts at the five-figure level. They possess strong organizational skills with the ability to analyze data and information to drive strategic development of a portfolio. They are results-oriented with the ability to meet deadlines and goals; think strategically; engage people with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints; and, work meticulously with close attention to detail. It is important to have strong interpersonal skills as well as to be tactful, diplomatic and assertive.  It is also important to exercise sound judgment in maintaining donor confidentiality in a fast-paced yet informal setting. Working on capital or comprehensive campaigns is preferred. Experience working in multi-issue organizations is a plus.

Minimum Qualifications Required to Apply for the Position

  • Background in fundraising, including a minimum of 3-5 years of direct experience with:
    • personal solicitations of major donors and prospects for contributions
    • closing leadership gifts at the five-figure level.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with a proven ability to create donor correspondences, donor briefings solicitation proposals, and pledge documents.
  • Excellent communications skills and the ability to understand and speak compellingly about the NYCLU’s work across the many issue areas of civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Technology savvy--Experience working with fundraising databases, competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

Special Requirements

  •  This position requires confidentiality of Donor and NYCLU information.
  •  This position requires occasionally working long or irregular hours or on weekends.

How to Apply

E-mail your resume to jobs@nyclu.org with “Leadership Gifts Officer” in the subject line. 

Please submit a resume with a cover letter (no more than 1-3 pages) describing:

  1. Your unique qualifications for this position
  2. Your experience in leadership gifts fundraising
  3. Where or how you learned of this job posting
  4. Your salary requirements
  5. Describe a donor strategy for a 5- or 6-figure ask that you personally closed (name removed and personally identifying details removed)

NYCLU will accept applications until midnight, September 17, 2017 or until the position is filled.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed immediately. NYCLU may fill more than one position through this posting. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past.

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

New York Civil Liberties Union