125 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004


Development Department

Deadline date

Applications will be considered until the position is filled

Terms of Employment: Regular Full-Time Exempt

Salary: $57,377 - $83,133

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties.  Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.

Summary Description

The NYCLU seeks well-qualified candidates for the full-time position of Major Gifts Officer who would be dedicated to our mission and values. Reporting to the Associate Director, Leadership Gifts, the Major Gifts Officer role is a hybrid position that is expected to split time managing a small portfolio at the major gifts level ($10,000+) and on providing support to the development team administratively.    

The NYCLU Development Department seeks to secure the financial resources necessary to support the NYCLU’s mission, strategic plan, and work plan. We engage and partner with our members as well as individual and institutional philanthropists. Within the NYCLU, we work closely with other departments on donor messaging and communications to promote brand awareness and educate stakeholders who are concerned with advancing civil liberties and civil rights in New York and the United States. We are a results- and values-driven team with professional and committed members who respect each other and our donor-partners.

Roles & Responsibilities

The Major Gifts Officer will undertake a range of tasks and responsibilities to support and contribute to leadership gifts fundraising, including:

  • Research and qualify donor prospects, create donor briefing documents, and make portfolio recommendations
  • Ensure portfolio data is database is current
  • Work with Chief Development Officer on high-level donor stewardship
  • Manage a portfolio of prospects and donors
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to advance the goals of the development department and the NYCLU as a whole.
  • Assist the Leadership Gifts team and perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Sound judgment in maintaining donor confidentiality
  • Results-oriented with demonstrated ability to track progress and meet goals, and action oriented with a bias towards getting things done
  • Well-versed in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willing to work occasional overtime or irregular hours
  • Strong interpersonal skills and poise; tactful, diplomatic and assertive
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Background in fundraising or sales including at least one year of experience with personal solicitations of major donors/clients and prospects
  • Ability to understand and speak compellingly about the NYCLU’s work across the many issue areas of civil liberties and civil right
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills with a proven ability to create persuasive donor correspondences
  • Detail-oriented and organized; ability to manage, prioritize and complete multiple tasks and projects on-time, under tight deadlines; ability to handle stress and pressure effectively
  • Experience working with fundraising databases, competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter that includes your administrative assistant experience, salary expectations, and where or how you learned of this job posting via https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/225377/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/Major-Gift-Officer. Qualified candidates may be asked to submit additional information, including performance samples and references from people they have worked with in the past.

The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

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