Leadership Gifts Coordinator & Prospect Research Assoc., ACLU

Leadership Gifts Coordinator & Prospect Research Associate


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Leadership Gifts Coordinator & Prospect Research Associate in the Development Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.

The ACLU’s passionate community of donors and activists is stronger than ever.  The mission of the ACLU’s Development Department is to unlock the full potential of donors and the ACLU as partners in the creation of a more perfect union.  We pursue our mission by building long-term donor relationships and organizational partnerships, by demonstrating impact in response to threats, by engaging donors about how they wish to engage, by taking interest in our donors and facilitating personal action, by being accountable stewards of their funds, and by asking donors to consider giving the ACLU their full support.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Major Gifts, the Leadership Gifts Coordinator & Prospect Research Associate provides fundraising, research, and administrative support to the Principal, Leadership, and Major Gifts teams.


  • As assigned by the Deputy Director who oversees the prospect research team, conduct research to identify and collect information about the capacity and inclination of high-value prospects in the networks of current donors and prospects, and recommend whether or not they should be assigned to a portfolio manager.
  • As assigned by the Deputy Director who oversees the prospect research team, conduct detailed research on donors and prospects, deepening our knowledge of their financial capacity and inclination to make a gift; document findings in our database.
  • Work in close partnership with fundraisers to manage fast-paced, high-pressure fundraising efforts.
  • Create and execute systems and processes to support the team, including generating and analyzing reports, contributing to business rules and procedures, and managing processes for prioritizing outreach to supporters.
  • Create and update electronic donor and prospect records in the development database, including donor meeting notes, projections information, and relationship stage and other coding.
  • Draft professional donor correspondence as directed; compose, edit, and proofread donor communications.
  • Assist in the preparation of donor strategy briefing papers, funding proposals, reports, and talking points.
  • Remain informed about, and assist in providing, written updates to donors on relevant news and activities.
  • Provide support for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities, including meetings, donor gatherings and events, and email and mail distribution to donors and staff.
  • Manage staff travel calendars, and assist in the coordination of travel plans, including coordination and prioritization of program staff donor visits.
  • Serve as first point of contact for the unit; handle internal and external calls, mail, and email.
  • Create and distribute professional donor packages, and manage production processes.
  • Assist with tracking and reporting on unit expenses and expense payment and reimbursement process.
  • Contribute to generating, managing, updating, distributing, and analyzing reports.
  • Work proactively with other units on work shared by or relevant to the Principal, Leadership, and Major Gifts unit.
  • Schedule and organize meetings.
  • Handle special projects and other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven experience and excellence in drafting professional content for external communications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to represent the organization to donors as well as interface with all levels of staff and volunteers while maintaining tact, diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • Creative thinker with the ability to prioritize, execute and manage multiple projects through to completion while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with superior attention to detail and strong follow-through.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Internet research.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of three (3) years relevant experience in a fast paced fundraising or nonprofit setting.
  • Experience with fundraising databases, Salesforce experience a plus.
  • Experience updating intranets or related content management systems a plus.


For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.