The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights. Our role is to be a principled visionary — not just to respond to crises but also to create openings for change, to imagine and build a future that is better than what came before. It is an exciting time at the ACLU of Oregon: we are envisioning our organization with values and approaches to center Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), low-income, and other marginalized communities and voices, to expand our fundraising so that it is community-centered and based, to strengthen our legal and advocacy endeavors with a focus on integrated and community-based advocacy, and to amplify public engagement and support for our work to fight threats to freedom head on — and win.
In addition to fulfilling our strong mission and high-profile work, we aspire to create and nurture an internal culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and to dismantle white supremacist structures and practices. To this end, we are intentionally seeking to attract team members and leaders who are interested in shaping our future as an equity-focused organization. The values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and all other types of anti-oppression are our core values in our internal and external work.
As well, we are committed to creating and nurturing an internal space that supports and prioritizes the well-being and safety of team members, our work-life balance, and our ability to engage in the hard work of justice while flourishing as individuals, family members, parents, spouses, partners, friends, and community members.
Information about the position we are seeking to fill, including minimum required qualifications
As of the date of this posting (July 7, 2021), we are seeking to fill one Major Gift Officer position. We are looking for individuals with the following experience:
Three plus (3+) years combination of formal or informal experience, education, and/or training commensurate with fundraising experience in the non-profit sector with growing confidence in managing donor relationships and meeting fundraising goals.
Examples of experience, education and training that fulfill this requirement include relevant lived experience and non-traditional education, volunteer or paid work, internships, community-based and other types of training and workshops, community college, trade school, and university courses and degrees.
Experience, training, and education from inside and outside of the United States are considered equally. Transferable skills and lived experience will be considered.
Summary about job duties and responsibilities
The ACLU of Oregon believes — and works to ground all fundraising efforts — in racial equity and social justice. Our development and fundraising efforts are rooted in the guiding principles of Community-Centric Fundraising.
Alongside our Executive Director, our Development Director, and our Development Associate, the Major Gift Officer will serve as a key member of our development and fundraising team. Under the guidance and the direction of the Development Director, the Major Gift Officer will build, strengthen, and deepen existing donor relationships, will identify prospective donors, and will encourage increased giving through the implementation of high-level cultivation and stewardship activities that are rooted in the guiding principles of Community-Centric Fundraising. The Major Gift Officer will contribute to the adoption and implementation of Community-Centric Fundraising practices, ethical storytelling, and the overall integrated advocacy work of the organization.
The Major Gift Officer will spend a significant amount of time interacting with donors, whether inside or outside of our office, and will build and manage an active portfolio of approximately 125 donors. This is a full-time position based in our downtown Portland office, with some required travel within the state to engage in donor cultivation and stewardship.
This position requires strong and continued commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and all other types of anti-oppression, as well as the proven ability to incorporate these values in work both internal and external to the organization.
The full job description is available at www.bitly.com/aclu-or-mgo-description.
Salary and benefits
This is a salaried, exempt, full-time position. The annual salary for this position is in the range of $65,000 to $70,000, depending on prior experience.
Benefits include paid vacation time, paid sick time, paid personal time, ten paid holidays per year, team wellness days and flexible Friday hours, health insurance (medical/vision and dental), life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan with matching and other contributions of up to 5.5% of salary subject to the organization’s 401(k)’s plan requirements which include a vesting schedule.
Please note that all employment-related pay and benefits provided to ACLU of Oregon’s employees are subject to all applicable policies, practices, processes, and legal requirements, including changes thereto that may occur from time to time.
Please submit the following as part of your application:
- Cover letter (required)
- Résumé (required)
- Responses to application questions (required):
Question 1. We deeply value diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racism, anti-misogyny, anti-transphobia, anti-homophobia, anti-ableism, and other areas of anti-oppression.
Please describe your prior commitment, work or lived experience, formal or informal education, and volunteering in this area.
Question 2. The following are preferred experiences for this position:
Two years direct experience in soliciting, closing, and stewarding gifts. Experience with a diverse donor pool is ideal.
Please describe how you meet this experience preference. If you feel that you addressed this sufficiently in your cover letter and résumé, you may refer back to your cover letter and résumé.
Question 3. What does community-centric fundraising mean to you and your approach to development work? If you feel that you addressed this sufficiently in your cover letter and résumé, you may refer back to your cover letter and résumé.
Question 4. Why are you interested in working at the ACLU of Oregon? If you feel that you addressed this sufficiently in your cover letter and résumé, you may refer back to your cover letter and résumé.
Please submit application materials at www.bitly.com/aclu-or-mgo-app.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting July 7, 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice about reasonable accommodations
If an applicant or employee requires reasonable accommodation(s) to do the essential functions of their position, the ACLU of Oregon will engage in the disability interactive process with the employee or applicant, as appropriate, to determine and provide reasonable accommodation(s). If an applicant requires a reasonable accommodation related to application processes, the applicant should contact the ACLU of Oregon for assistance (email@example.com or 888-527-2258).
Equal employment opportunity
The ACLU of Oregon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values for us, and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family relationship to a current or prior employee, citizenship, disability or different ability, veteran or uniformed service status, and record of arrest or conviction. We also encourage qualified people with justice system involvement to apply for our positions.
Important information about offers of employment
Offers of employment by the ACLU of Oregon are in writing and signed by the Executive Director. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by the Executive Director and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements.