Jobs at the ACLU of Wisconsin

The following is a list of all current job openings at the ACLU of Wisconsin.

Development Director

Work with the ACLU at a pivotal time in history

Do you understand the urgency of the ACLU’s work today, and can you share with donors the importance and excitement of making it possible?  The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin seeks a nonprofit development professional to work as our Development Director in this critical time.

For nearly a hundred years, ACLU work has made a profound difference in the lives of our clients, as well as historic contributions to our country and state. And now, more people than ever before have turned to the ACLU, to fight back against unprecedented new attacks on civil rights and liberties.

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Development Director will lead, plan and execute the ACLU of Wisconsin’s major gifts program and other fundraising initiatives.   The Development Director will prepare and marshal the Executive Director and other staff members to build donor relationships and solicit major gifts, supervise our Development staff, and support fundraising efforts by our Board of Directors.

The Development Director will work from our Milwaukee office, downtown in the revitalized Third Ward, near the Milwaukee Public Market. The area’s restaurants and coffee shops provide popular venues for visits with donors, and help to make this a great place to work.  The job also involves frequent travel to Madison and other communities throughout the state.

Our next Development Director will:

Lead the ACLU’s major gifts program by developing and coordinating annual and long-range development plans, including those for specific goals and audiences; developing and implementing strategies to attract prospective donors and secure gifts of $10,000+; maintaining a personal major gifts portfolio and conducting donor visits and asks; managing the top-tier portfolio of the Executive Director; supervising the consistent maintenance of donor records; preparing written materials for major donor solicitations; conducting outreach to current and prospective major donors; and working eagerly and collaboratively with the national ACLU office as part of a five-year program to strengthen the ACLU of Wisconsin and to make our growth sustainable.

Shape the ACLU’s planned giving initiatives by working with the National ACLU’s team to develop, promote and implement planned giving strategies.

Build the ACLU’s foundation grant support by developing and implementing effective grant strategies; drafting or supervising the drafting of grant applications; and preparing or supervising the preparation of post-award reports and other documentation.

Provide leadership by collaborating with the Executive Director to strengthen and expand the ACLU’s base of support; working with Board members on their roles in the ACLU’s fundraising initiatives; serving alongside peers on the ACLU’s senior staff team; supervising development staff; overseeing the proper recording of gifts and other donor information, along with ensuring the hygiene of donor information systems; coordinating development initiatives and reports with the National ACLU office; and attending ACLU meetings and events, as appropriate.

Our next Development Director will bring:

  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • advanced work experience in fund development, especially in the area of leadership gifts and major gifts fundraising with $10,000+ donors and prospects;
  • excitement about the opportunity to imagine, build, and manage development growth for the ACLU of Wisconsin;
  • a broad understanding of campaign planning, implementation, and management;
  • a variety of superior skills, including: leadership; communications; interpersonal relations; analytic and strategic thinking; persuasiveness and problem-solving; the ability to prioritize, take initiative, and attend to detail; the ability to maintain grace under pressure; technical skills; familiarity with fundraising systems and databases; a valid driver’s license and willingness to travel;
  • a commitment to diversity and equity, and a personal approach that values individuals and their differences; and
  • (preferred) experience with and knowledge of Wisconsin’s philanthropic community and newer, mid-career donors to help us add to our existing pool of familiar supporters.

Are You Ready to Help Lead Us into the Future?

If you’re excited about devoting your talents and skills to the ACLU, please submit your resume and a letter of interest (with salary requirements and mention of where you learned of this career opportunity): by email, to: (Put “Development Director” in subject line) by mail, to ACLU of Wisconsin, Attn: Development Director Search, 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 325, Milwaukee, WI 53202 . To ensure that we receive your application, please do not use any other ACLU email address.

The ACLU welcomes talented development leaders to our team and in return offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including more than four weeks’ paid vacation time (12 days, 7 office holidays, and 4 floating personal days), paid sick leave, medical and dental coverage for staff members, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and an optional 401(K). 

We will accept applications until the position is filled, and we welcome yours.

The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact us