Donor Engagement Manager – ACLU

Job Opening: Donor Engagement Manager

Donor Engagement Manager

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties seeks a dynamic, sophisticated full-time fundraiser to expand the affiliate’s fund development program.  The ACLU fights for individual rights and fundamental freedoms for all, through education, litigation, policy advocacy, and organizing.  The ACLU promotes and defends civil rights and civil liberties, including First Amendment rights, equal protection, privacy, and due process.  In the past several years, our affiliate has led cutting-edge advocacy work to expand voting rights, immigrants’ rights, and criminal justice reform in our state.

The San Diego ACLU works closely with the national ACLU headquartered in New York, as well as with the ACLU affiliates headquartered in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Together, the three California affiliates have more than 100,000 members and 130 staff in California.  Located in San Diego, our ACLU affiliate covers the length of California’s border with Mexico.  It has 32 staff, 23 board members, and an annual budget of $4 million.  San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California.  San Diego County has the third largest number of registered voters in California.  Our affiliate also spans Imperial County, which is the poorest county in California.

This an extraordinary time in the history of our organization. Leading up to its 100th anniversary in 2020, the ACLU is in the midst of the most ambitious nation-wide comprehensive fundraising campaign the organization’s history, in which the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties will play a key role. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious fundraiser to join an already strong development program and help take it to the next level.

Reporting to the Director of Donor Relations, the Donor Engagement Manager will be primarily responsible for planning and managing donor cultivation and stewardship events. This position also maintains a limited mid-level fundraising portfolio.  This position offers great opportunities as our affiliate continues to grow.

Specific Responsibilities:

Event Management:

  • Provide primary logistical management of all development-related (C3 and C4) events, including ACLU Conversations, Constitution Uncorked, events in private homes, and other donor engagement events. This includes venue, catering, décor, invitations, publication, volunteers, AV needs, speaker arrangements, and any other component for a successful event;
  • In coordination with the Donor Relations team, develop follow-up strategies for each event and ensure they are appropriately and promptly implemented;
  • Create and maintain annual events calendar and provide regular updates to Development staff.
  • Assure event-related expenses are tracked and paid;
  • Supervise and train volunteers for events.


  • Secure donations through a process of identifying, qualifying, strategizing, cultivating, soliciting, closing, and stewarding donors and prospects;
  • Manage a portfolio of mid-level donors in the $1,000 – $5,000 range;
  • Serve as a primary contact for donors and make direct solicitations. This includes phone, mail and direct face to face contact, attending donor meetings and events;
  • Develop donor stewardship efforts, including individual donor correspondence and contact and develop a calendar for regular communications with donors;
  • Work collaboratively with the development team and ACLU national office to cultivate and solicit planned gifts from members and donors;
  • Collaborate with communications and advocacy teams in membership development activities.
  • Provide excellent customer service with the highest level of customer satisfaction from donors, colleagues, volunteer leadership, board members, and the executive team.

Additional Duties:

  • Attend ACLU functions, such as the annual membership meeting and other ACLU events as requested;
  • Serve as a representative of the organization at external events and meetings, as needed;
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with other team members and volunteers to advance the goals of the organization;
  • Occasional public speaking;
  • Work evenings and weekends when necessary;
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • An interest in and commitment to civil liberties;
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • A minimum of three years demonstrated experience in not-for-profit fundraising;
  • A successful track record of managing events and donor cultivation/stewardship;
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills;
  • Advanced computer skills including experience with donor databases;
  • Demonstrated experience in responding and adapting to opportunities that arise;
  • Highly self-motivated, organized, adaptable.

Salary & Benefits:  Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Application Procedure:  Interested individuals must send a cover letter, resume, list of references, salary history and a writing sample (no more than 5 pages), preferably by e-mail to or by mail to:

ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties ATTN: Deputy Director
PO Box 87131
San Diego, CA 92138-7131

Please send application package by March 7, 2017.

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