Protecting the Bill of Rights in Utah since 1958

Job Announcement: Development Director

The ACLU of Utah seeks an experienced, energetic and innovative Development Director to cultivate the financial capacity and resources necessary for the organization’s continued success and growth.

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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, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote, we take up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach.

An affiliate of the ACLU, the ACLU of Utah is an advocacy organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights throughout our state. Our work is carried out in the courts, in the legislature, and in our communities. We fight for free speech, racial justice, prisoners' rights, criminal justice reform, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights, and more. The ACLU of Utah (501c4) and its affiliated foundation (501c3) has a combined annual operating budget of approximately $1 million dollars that is raised primarily from individual contributions. We do not seek and do not receive any governmental funding. We are a passionate, highly motivated staff, and we’re looking for exceptional talent to join our team.

The ACLU of Utah is based in Salt Lake City, an exciting and rapidly growing city located at the base of the gorgeous Wasatch mountains and just 30 minutes from some of the world’s best skiing. In addition, Utah is home to five incredible national parks, including Arches and Zion, all within a 4-hour drive of Salt Lake City. With a dynamic food scene, numerous cultural and entertainment options and an affordable cost of living, Salt Lake was recognized by Forbes as one of the 20 best cities in the US for young professionals and has also been called the “Friendliest City” by Thrillest, a “Top Ten City for Active Families” by Outdoor Magazine, and the “Best State for Business” by MSN Money.

The Position:

The Development Director, a member of the senior staff, reports to and works closely with the Executive Director to reach our annual and long-range fundraising goals, and to develop strategies to support the growth and expansion of the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

Major Gifts

  • Develop and implement a development plan that focuses on major gifts and specific fund raising goals
  • Manage relationships for a portfolio of 75-100 donors and prospects with the capacity to make annual contributions of at least $5,000, including those assigned to the Executive Director
  • Expand the number supporters in the ACLU of Utah’s $5,000+ circles of giving
  • Develop goals, strategies, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for each donor, ensuring that each one receives frequent personalized “touches”
  • Implement strategic use of events to advance fundraising goals
  • Engage in face-to-face solicitations and other direct engagement with donors and prospects, and arrange and support engagement for the Executive Director
  • Utilize the organization’s nationwide database and other systems to track, evaluate and report on performance
  • Generate and analyze data, to ensure that fundraising is done in the most efficient and effective ways
  • Draft donor correspondence and maintain primary responsibility for developing the messages, strategy memos, talking points and materials for all of our development efforts
  • In partnership with national ACLU staff, conduct prospect research and actively lead identification of major gift prospects to bring new supporters into the organization


Planned Giving

  • Work collaboratively with national ACLU staff to pursue strategies and market planned giving opportunities to expand membership in planned giving programs
  • Track, cultivate and sustain planned givers



  • Collaborate with staff and the Executive Director to renew existing grants
  • Build a portfolio of additional foundation/grant prospects and supervise the writing of grants
  • Maintain a foundation grants calendar of submissions and reporting cycles



  • Maintain accurate, confidential records of progress for the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the board
  • Produce an annual development plan which incorporates long- and short-range goals, identifies major donor efforts and builds momentum for increased giving to support organizational growth
  • Prepare regular fundraising and department activity reports for the ACLU of Utah board and senior staff; attend board meetings at the Executive Director’s request
  • Engage the Development Committee of the board to assist with appropriate fundraising tasks and assist in the management of their activities
  • Provide goals and projections to inform the budgeting process
  • Participate in the development department budget planning; monitor expenditures
  • Maintain working knowledge of national and state programmatic priorities and issues, including long-term priorities and major breaking news stories that are of interest to our supporters
  • Ensure financial stewardship of contributed support conforms with organizational policies and financial accounting practices



  • Bachelor’s degree with at least five years’ experience in fundraising
  • Demonstrated success in major gift solicitation ($10,000+) for an advocacy or community-based organization
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and quickly gain the respect and support of various and diverse constituencies, including board members and other lay leaders, affiliate and national staff members, donors and high net worth prospects
  • Experience with multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management
  • Database and record-keeping proficiency, including donor database/CRM experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ease working with donors, volunteers and staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and diplomacy; experience developing successful marketing materials
  • Superb organizational skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate, lead and collaborate with colleagues and volunteers in a positive, team-oriented approach
  • Previous experience with and an understanding of the philanthropic culture and community in Utah is preferred, although not required.
  • Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information
  • Commitment to work-life balance but with the ability, on occasion, to work evenings, weekends, and irregular hours. Some travel required.
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU
  • A commitment to diversity


Compensation and Benefits

Salary is based upon experience. Excellent benefits provided.

To Apply

Please send 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in, qualifications for and how you learned about the position as detailed in this announcement and 2) a current resume by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put “Director of Development” in the subject line. 

You will receive an email confirming that your application was received.  We will contact you as soon as possible regarding the status of your application. Please do not contact the ACLU of Utah office regarding the status of your application as unfortunately we cannot return these calls and emails.


Applications accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals to apply.