Position based in Madison, WI

If you are passionate about protecting the rights of all people, we encourage you to consider joining us at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights. It is an exciting time at the ACLU: we are looking at our 100th anniversary in 2020, facing critical elections that will impact us all, expanding our fundraising base, strengthening our legal and advocacy firepower and amplifying public engagement with our work to fight threats to freedom head on – and win.

The ACLU of Wisconsin is a strong, growing organization with more than 13,000 members, supporters, and activists across Wisconsin; we also join our affiliate colleagues in other states and the national office of the ACLU to play a key role in defending civil rights and liberties across the country. We are a passionate and highly motivated group of community leaders, fundraisers, organizers, coalition-builders, lawyers and public policy and advocacy experts, and we are looking for people with exceptional talent to join our team.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Development, our new Development Officer will work to ensure that the ACLU of Wisconsin meets fundraising goals by increasing philanthropic support of the ACLU’s work. The Development Officer will manage relationships with donors and prospective donors, each with an estimated capacity to support the ACLU with an annual gift of $10,000 or more. The Development Officer primarily will be responsible for finding new high-capacity prospects, assessing their inclination to support the ACLU and closing gifts that meet our revenue goals while fulfilling our donors’ philanthropic visions.

The Development Officer will spend a significant amount of time in direct interaction with donors and will work with colleagues within the ACLU to maximize giving through annual gifts, estate gifts, and transformational campaign gifts.

This position will be based in Madison and will require regular travel to other parts of Wisconsin. For more information on the primary job responsibilities please see attached job descriptions. 


The ACLU of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, former incarceration, and veteran status.

The ACLU of Wisconsin undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact us at hr@aclu-wi.org.

The ACLU of Wisconsin is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation. Both are organizations with the same overall mission; they share office space and employees.

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