New York, NY

Campaign Manager, American Civil Liberties Union

The Organization
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or national origin.

Position Overview
The Development Department of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City is seeking a full-time Campaign Manager.


Having completed in 2010 an unprecedented nationwide campaign to raise $400 million in major and planned gifts, the ACLU is currently in the quiet phase of its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, with a six-year goal over $1 billion, tentatively set to run up through the organization’s 100 year anniversary in 2020.  Nationwide, the ACLU currently raises more than $100 million annually, and is looking to significantly increase support throughout the duration of the campaign to strengthen the ACLU’s programs and its network nationwide. The Campaign Manager will report to the Campaign Director and will work closely with the Chief Development Officer, Deputy Director of Development, Director of Foundation Relations & Donor Communications, Director of Leadership Gifts, ACLU affiliates, development operations and database staff, and outside consultants. The Campaign Manager will assume a key role in the successful project management of the centennial campaign and focus their efforts on executing the day-to-day business operations of this major multi-year fundraising campaign, ensuring the meeting of milestones and deadlines, and implementing high-impact donor cultivation and stewardship opportunities.  The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and communications skills.


  • Ensure on-time execution of key deliverables;
  • Develop and produce compelling campaign materials, including cultivation materials and stewardship reports in close collaboration with the Director of Foundation Relations & Donor Communications and Director of Leadership Gifts;
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of cultivation and stewardship events for leading campaign prospects and donors;
  • Working with development operations and database staff, manage campaign business operations, including but not limited to pledge tracking, gift processing, donor recognition, and campaign reporting;
  • Plan and implement a campaign donor recognition program;
  • Organize internal campaign meetings and conference calls for development staff from the National Office and ACLU affiliates;
  • Handle other campaign-related tasks as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum of four years of project management and/or events experience, ideally in a fundraising setting.
  • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in a team environment and facilitate joint problem solving.
  • Highly self-motivated and willing to proactively develop and implement work plans, often within tight timeframes.
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, e.g., Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Sharepoint.
  • Experience with frontline fundraising preferred.
  • Committed to the ACLU’s mission and programs.Limited travel may be required.


The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

How To Apply
Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements) and a resume to Please reference [DEVF-64] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU email address.  This email address is specific to Development department postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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 reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages 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, and veteran status.  The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

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The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

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