Concord, NH

For over 100 years, the ACLU has been at the forefront of every major civil liberties fight in our country’s history. Whether it’s reducing the prison and jail population, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ community, reducing immigration detention, or ending unjust laws that strip people of their fundamental right to vote, we take up the toughest civil liberties issues to defend all individuals from government abuse and overreach. With ACLU affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, we fight tirelessly in the courts, legislatures, and through community engagement to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected.

The ACLU of New Hampshire is an affiliate of the national ACLU and is incorporated in New Hampshire as two entities: the ACLU of New Hampshire, a c4 organization, and the ACLU Foundation of New Hampshire, a c3 organization. Both entities have the same overall mission, and share office space, employees and board of directors. They are jointly known as the ACLU of New Hampshire.

The ACLU of New Hampshire was established in 1968 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest organization dedicated to the defense and expansion of civil liberties and civil rights in New Hampshire. We are the state’s largest and most influential civil rights organization, combining litigation, policy advocacy, communications, and community organizing tactics to promote a broad range of individual rights and liberties. We are a passionate, highly motivated group of professionals including among others lawyers, public policy experts, community organizers, communicators, and we’re looking for an exceptional fundraising professional to join our team. The ACLU-NH has a current staff of 13 members. To learn more about the work of the ACLU of New Hampshire, please visit www.aclu-nh.org.


The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of New Hampshire (ACLU-NH) is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to help grow our development program in order to expand our organization’s presence and programmatic impact across the state. This new position presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional who has a desire to use their experience to strengthen a growing development program and a passion for civil liberties work. This full-time position is within the affiliate’s Development Department and reports to the Development Director.

The Major Gifts Officer, alongside the Development Director and the Executive Director, will serve as a key member of our three-person fundraising team. The Major Gift Officer will help raise major and transformative gifts that will enhance our programmatic goals. Under the direction and guidance of the Development Director, the Major Gifts Officer will play a key role in managing relationships with existing donors and securing new sources of funding. This person will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of approximately 125 donors, (many with an estimated capacity to give more than $10,000) and creating strategies for high-level donor stewardship.

The Major Gifts Officer will be working out of ACLU-NH’s office in Concord New Hampshire. While in the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACLU-NH is temporarily accommodating part time remote work for this position and will provide the necessary equipment. Subsequently, this position will primarily be based out of ACLU-NH’s office in Concord, New Hampshire.


The Major Gifts Officer will spend most of their time directly interacting with donors – both in and out of the office – helping them fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to the ACLU. The goal for the Major Gifts Officer is to expand the number of major gifts ($1,000-$10,000+) and planned gifts from ACLU supporters in New Hampshire.

• Manage a portfolio of approximately 125 donors.

• Research and qualify lists of prospects for potential assignment to portfolios.

• Create individual goals and solicitation strategy for each donor in the portfolio based on their history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of their giving capacity.

• Directly solicit major and planned gifts, and at times partner with the Executive Director and/or the Director of Philanthropy on key asks.

• Develop and implement a communications plan to keep in regular contact with donors on programmatic issues and key organizational developments.

• Meet annual and long-term portfolio goals for revenue growth.

• Track portfolio activity, communication, and progress and create reports that reflect activity and performance.

• Work with staff to secure information to develop personalized materials directed at the interests of donors and in line with programmatic priorities.

• Partner with staff to write grant applications and/or reports and other communications as required by funders or based on grantor’s interests and program needs.

• Research and cultivate relationships with New Hampshire based foundations

• Maintain working knowledge of local and national programmatic priorities and issues.

• Participate in convenings and partner with colleagues at national ACLU on a range of development matters.

• Assist with special projects and events and other duties as assigned by the Director of Philanthropy.


While no one person will have all the qualities enumerated below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following qualifications and attributes:

• Minimum of three years of experience in fundraising with a proven track record of soliciting, closing, and stewarding major gifts, or related sales experience.

• Experience establishing strong, long-term partnerships with donors.

• Experience soliciting planned gifts is preferred.

• Demonstrated ability to achieve revenue goals.

• Excellent oral, and written communication and presentation skills.

• Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

• Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

• Proficiency with office technology and information systems (including Word, Excel, Outlook) and experience working with a donor database such as Salesforce.

• Availability for occasional work on evenings and weekends.

• Familiarity with Community-Centric Fundraising principles.

• Awareness of New Hampshire’s philanthropic community.


• A commitment to the principles and values of the ACLU and its mission.

• Strong interpersonal skills and enthusiasm for building strong professional relationships with donors, volunteers, staff, and the general public.

• Must possess and maintain a current valid driver’s license or be able to access adequate transportation in order to travel to visits with donors and other third parties and attend events in person.


The ACLU-NH is an equal opportunity and equity-based employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU-NH encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, previous incarceration or involvement in the criminal justice system (consistent with legal and job requirements), or veteran status. We provide a collegial work environment, with flexibility (subject to job requirements) and employee benefits designed to assist with personal needs and circumstances.


The ACLU-NH offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience. The salary for this full time, exempt Major Gifts Officer position will be $68,000 -$75,000. The ACLU-NH provides excellent benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, vision, dental insurance, generous paid-time-off, and a Defined Contribution 401K Retirement Plan.


This position requires the ability to operate a computer, laptop, and other office equipment, as well as personal electronic devices in order to draft/write, communicate, and perform other functions of the job in a professional office setting.


Please send a cover letter and resume by email to jobs@aclu-nh.org. All inquiries should include Major Gifts Officer in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

This job description provides a general, but not comprehensive, list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU-NH reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.