Development Assistant

The ACLU of North Carolina is excited to announce an opportunity to help establish a robust and comprehensive development program for an organization making long-term, sustainable civil rights and liberties improvements for all of those who call North Carolina home.

Since 1965, the ACLU of North Carolina has worked in courts, the General Assembly, and communities to protect and advance the constitutional rights of all North Carolinians. With more than 30,000 members across the state, we take up the toughest battles for civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of North Carolina is a state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union and a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

The Development Assistant reports to the Director of Philanthropy and assists in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising program. The Development Assistant is responsible for supporting the development department by engaging existing and potential donors, working with community partners to plan outside events, ongoing donor stewardship, and providing administrative support for the agency’s fundraising efforts.

Duties & Opportunities

• Provide logistical and informational support to the ACLU of North Carolina’s Director of Philanthropy
• Help track the ACLU of North Carolina‘s personal contact with major donors.
• Ensure ACLU of North Carolina gifts are properly tracked within the ACLU’s national database.
• Research current and prospective major donors as assigned.
• Improve the efficiency and accuracy of the ACLU of North Carolina’s database through database cleanup projects as assigned.
• Help prepare quarterly updates for ACLU of North Carolina major donors based on their interests.
• Assist in efforts to ensure major donors are personally cultivated at ACLU of North Carolina events.
• Provide logistical assistance to statewide fall annual fund campaign launches.
• Assist with the strategic scheduling of donor visits by mail, phone, and email.
• Research grant opportunities through local foundations.
• Support grant applications and management as needed.
• Other work as assigned.


• Firm commitment to civil liberties, human rights, and/or nonprofit management
• Superior internet research skills.
• Outstanding ability to organize and analyze research and to present conclusions clearly and concisely to a varied audience.
• Must be able to tackle tasks with minimal supervision.
• College degree in a relevant area of study, or comparable work and life experience (such as  nonprofit development, research or high level client service)
• Strong constituent communications, including excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet deadlines.
• Proven history of navigating, organizing, and understand large client management databases.
• Ability to work some evenings, weekends and irregular hours.  Travel throughout the state may be required periodically.  Valid driver’s license required (but owning a vehicle is not necessary).

Organization Name: 
American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation
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Job Type: 
Full Time
Triangle Area NC
Wake County
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Application Procedure

To apply, email a letter of application and resume to and include your last name in the subject line of the email.  In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting.


Applications will be reviewed beginning the week of January 22, 2018, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

ACLU-NC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  The ACLU-NC 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.

Salary and Benefits: 
The salary range for this position starts at $35,000. Salary is commensurate with experience; excellent medical and dental insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) retirement plan with organizational match; reimbursements for travel & phone use; and gener