The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU NorCal) seeks an experienced leader for the position of Deputy Director of Development. This is an exciting opportunity to direct frontline fundraising for the ACLU NorCal and ensure our program integrates thoughtful strategy, authentic engagement, and the right mix of innovation and best practices. You will make a difference by providing strategic direction, supporting staff to do their best work, and cultivating a healthy working culture. At this time in our history for both philanthropy and movements for equity, you will be essential to our work to further ground our development approach and practices in racial and social justice.
Our work is guided by the principles of freedom, equality, and justice enumerated in the Constitution. However, we know that because of historic and systemic racism and other forms of oppression, these principles are not equitably applied to all. In an ideal world, everyone would have equal access to justice and equal protection under the law. Unfortunately, neither our world nor our country is ideal. Our work involves hard subject matter that can be emotionally draining for some people. Ideal candidates will understand that as a mission-driven organization, we strive to make the world a better place knowing that the road is long and hard. At the same time, we understand the importance of self-care, and do our best to reflect that in our practices and values.
You are a leader with at least ten years of experience in the non-profit or philanthropic sectors, with at least five years of management experience, including supervising staff in varying stages of their careers. You have experience establishing and strengthening strong, long-term partnerships with philanthropic stakeholders, primarily through the oversight and direction of major, leadership, and planned giving programs and staff. You support your staff’s success through your planning processes, goal-setting and related accountability measures, and management practices. You think creatively about new ways to engage donors more deeply in the ACLU’s work and our broader movements, and to demonstrate the impact of their giving. You have a strong commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU NorCal, and you are excited to address the tensions that exist between philanthropy and our work for racial and social justice. You treat every person with whom you work with dignity and respect, and you actively work to foster an equitable and inclusive experience for donors, staff, and other partners in your work. You are open to learning new approaches, skills, and practices, even when this may push you outside your comfort zone. As Deputy Director, you will supervise five gift officers, report to the Director of Development, and act in place of the Director of Development in their absence.
About the Organization
The ACLU of Northern California is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU NorCal is comprised of two distinct corporations, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California (501c3) and the ACLU of Northern California (501c4). The incumbent is a joint employee of both corporations. For most of the last century, the ACLU NorCal has been at the heart of many of the most major – and sometimes controversial – struggles for civil liberties and civil rights in our state.
Our mission is to ensure that constitutional rights don’t just exist on paper but are protected in practice. As we move into a new era and face dangerous policies that threaten our civil rights and civil liberties, we remain dedicated to confronting these issues and defending the progress we have made. We must use our decades of experience in impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and fearless organizing to fight these un-American policies and protect our most cherished rights and freedoms. We are committed to fostering an anti-racist work culture and to anti-racist principles and learning. We are the resistance. Join us.
Duties & Responsibilities
Major, Leadership, and Planned Gifts (MLPG) Unit Oversight, Management, and Evaluation
Development Department Leadership
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We are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce through equity initiatives, which include equitable pay practices. Competitive compensation is commensurate with experience. Starting salary range for this position is $115,726.68 - $135,014.46.
We understand how vital our work is and at the same time understand the toll engaged activism can take. Our goal is to retain staff, and we believe that having a robust benefits offering is vital in meeting that goal. Our benefits include four weeks paid vacation in addition to 14 office holidays; fully employer-paid medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse or domestic partner; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match. We have a robust Employee Assistance Program and emerging Employee Resource Groups.
This position is not represented.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis. Applications must include (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) a list of three references. Applicants concurrently applying to any other position with the ACLU should state what other position they are applying for in the cover letter. Please submit your application online at: https://boards.greenhouse.io/aclunc/jobs/5101432002
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The ACLU of Northern California advances equity and inclusion in the workplace by providing equal employment opportunity to support a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (over 40), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, and any other basis prohibited by law. The organization also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. This equal employment opportunity policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, advancement, training, problem resolution, and separation from employment. Through this policy, the ACLU-NC strives to establish and maintain an equitable and accessible work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our communities and the people we serve.