New York, NY

Associate Director, Gift Planning, American Civil Liberties Union

The Organization

For nearly 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities 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. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.

Position Overview


The Development Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City is seeking a full-time Associate Director, Gift Planning. The Associate Director of Gift Planning solicits planned gifts, primarily by phone, mail, and email, and manages a portfolio of active prospects and stewardship relationships. The Associate Director applies their knowledge of tax, financial, and estate planning strategies to help meet our donors’ goals, and to secure financial support for the organization through bequests, life income gifts and the other gift planning vehicles.


  • Responsible for a portfolio consisting of a mix of 1) ongoing cultivation of top stewardship relationships, 2) a rotating group of prospects for additional, increased or re-negotiated planned gifts, and 3) a group of top leads generated through direct response marketing
  • Make personal contact with donors and prospects by phone, mail, email, and face-to-face as needed; arrange for and support personal contacts by others as needed
  • Prioritize and strategically manage a portfolio; conduct effective discovery through phone and email; develop and execute follow-up steps including customized gift proposals
  • Understand major gift fundraising and be an effective partner in developing comprehensive solicitation strategies
  • Make thank you calls to new DeSilver Society members, and engage in discovery conversations; develop personalized stewardship strategies; write donor testimonials
  • Respond to programmatic inquiries by members of the DeSilver Legacy Society
  • Conduct stewardship conversations about ACLU programs, cases, and initiatives
  • Review and customize DeSilver Society welcome letters, condolence letters, annuity acknowledgments, and thank you letters
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office; A personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
  • Undertake special projects as directed


  • Bachelor’s degree required in a relevant field of study to the position.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience in gift planning or major gifts fundraising. Proven track record in cultivating and soliciting prospects and closing gifts of $50,000 or more.
  • Ability to apply a working knowledge of estate and financial planning ideas and techniques to analyze a donor situation and make recommendations
  • Ability to communicate concepts simply, clearly, and effectively, using appropriate language and illustrations, both in writing and conversation
  • Problem solver, and ability to develop complex gift proposals
  • Strong interpersonal skills and poise; ability to demonstrate diplomacy and the ability to work in high-pressure situations.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects; superior attention to detail with strong follow-through. Creative thinker with the ability to see projects through to completion and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong initiative, self-motivation and ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Computer proficiency, including an understanding of donor database management systems. Experience using Planned Giving Manager software preferred.
  • Experience in a non-profit institution of comparable complexity and scale is preferred.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
  • An interest in continuing professional development to build knowledge and skills, and to keep current with changing tax laws and other developments


The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to: Reference [DEVF-56/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Development Department. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. 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, and veteran status.

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The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

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