We are the Maine affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. We fight for equality, justice, and freedom for all people in Maine in the statehouse, in the courthouse and through public education and engagement. We are active in the areas of criminal legal reform, racial justice, immigrants' rights, reproductive rights, women's rights, Indigenous rights, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, privacy, and freedom of speech and religion.  

We are a passionate, highly motivated group and we are looking for exceptional talent to join our team.


The ACLU of Maine seeks a strategic resource development professional who grounds their work in the principles of Community-Centric Fundraising and has a lived passion for working in one of the most dynamic environments in the country. The ACLU of Maine is on the forefront of confronting some of the most challenging social, political, and cultural issues of our time. As a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Development provides strategic guidance, planning, and support to create an agency that embraces resource development.  

Some of the greatest assets of ACLU of Maine are the experiences, wisdom, education, research, and actions of the Team members that have led us to become a national leader in creating equitable change. We are searching for someone who can encapsulate the work the ACLU of Maine, while engaging the community to actively participate in protecting their civil liberties. You must be creative, collaborative, and a true servant leader who can stand in the wings beaming with pride or take the stage to model excellence.  

We are looking for someone to work closely with our Executive Director and Board of Directors to foster dynamic relationships and partners in our powerful work. The Board is poised and excited to partner with the ACLU of Maine Team to face a challenging future in our national struggle to save democracy. We want ACLU of Maine to lead the charge and this role along with the entire Leadership Team are key to our success. The Team for the ACLU of Maine embodies dedication, hard-work, and commitment. This work also requires resilience, humor, emotional awareness, and a true commitment to deconstructing and confronting systemic oppression and racism.  


Program Development, Oversight, Evaluation, and Management

  • Build, maintain and assess programs that secure sustainable resources and that strengthen the relationship between the ACLU and its donors resulting in increased funding.  
  • Sustain and grow a program that integrates an understanding of the intersections of race, class, power, and privilege in our development work, particularly through our engagement with donors. Build long-lasting transformational (not transactional) relationships with ACLU donors by treating them as partners, engaging them how they wish to engage, and asking them to give us their full financial support.  
  • Develop strategies and programs that recruit, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors giving or capable of giving $10,000 and above annually, and significant planned gifts. Develop and manage special campaigns and planned gifts. Implement strategies to increase the number of donors giving at all levels and grow donor giving year-over-year through engagement and cultivation.  
  • Prepare and write personalized proposals, reports, letters, emails, notes, and other documents, as needed. Provide industry knowledge, monitor industry trends, and implement best practices.  

Staff and Team Management

  • Lead, supervise, train, motivate, coach, support, and partner with Development Communications Strategist, Engagement Coordinator, Associate Director of Development, and Administrative Assistant to ensure that each employee meets their job goals and professional development objectives. 
  • Create a development team in which all members take responsibility for team success and understand their roles in achieving team goals.  
  • Create a trusting team culture that supports giving and receiving honest feedback, regularly assesses our performance, questions if we can do better, destigmatizes mistakes, and is open to new ideas and approaches.  
  • Lead the team in continuously striving to make the development efforts increasingly anti-racist by consistently addressing structural implications and racially disproportionate impacts of policies, activities, and decisions by identifying and implementing changes that can produce more equitable outcomes.  
  • Collaborate with key program staff, locally and nationally, to inform development programming and donor relations.  

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team: model and promote the management and organizational culture goals of the senior leadership team.  
  • Promote a culture of philanthropy amongst staff, board, and donors.  
  • Play an integral role in organizational budget development and projections, strategic planning and internal structures and processes.  
  • Develop annual department expense budget and forecast contributed income sources for an organizational budget.  
  • Ensure that the confidentiality and work quality requirements are met by staff and volunteers.  
  • Report development goals and progress to the Board of Directors.  
  • Engage and support the Board in their fundraising responsibilities.  

Direct Donor Work

  • Manage an Executive Portfolio of approximately 75 donors with capacity to give $10,000+ 
  • Develop, identify, implement, and track a high-level, customized cultivation and solicitation strategy for each individual in the Executive Portfolio.  
  • Implement strategies to increase the number of donors giving $15,000+.  
  • Manage and support the development responsibilities of the Executive Director, which includes focusing and prioritizing the Executive Director’s development-related time and duties, scheduling meetings with donors, partnering on meetings with donors and more.  


As of the date of this posting, we are seeking to fill one Development Director position. The following are the strengths and experiences that we are seeking in this position:  


  • Five plus (5+) years combination of formal or informal experience, education, and/or training commensurate with fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector with growing confidence in leading and managing a development program and team.  
  • Examples of experience, education, and training that fulfill this requirement include relevant lived experience and non-traditional education, volunteer or paid work, internships, community-based and other types of training and workshops, community college, trade school, and university courses and degrees.  
  • Experience, training, and education from inside and outside of the United States are considered equally.  
  • Transferable skills and lived experience will be considered.  


  • Three to four (3-4) years direct experience in soliciting, closing, and stewarding gifts; experience with a diverse donor pool is ideal. Or equivalent education and/or experience. 


This is a salaried, exempt position with a starting salary range of $75,000-$92,000 based on individual experience and abilities. Excellent benefits include vacation, personal, and sick leave, paid holidays, individual employer-provided health and dental insurance, life insurance and long-term disability, paid family medical leave, 401k defined contribution plan with employer match. 


The ACLU of Maine’s office is based in Portland, Maine. Currently staff are working in a hybrid remote and in-person environment and are discussing long-term plans. 

As an organization, we value working together and look forward to when we can safely return to our office. Candidates outside of Portland and/or Maine will be considered for this position with the understanding that relocation to the Portland region will be ultimately required. 


To apply, please submit a cover letter (no more than 500 words) and resume to: careers@aclumaine.org. Include your name and “Director of Development Job Posting” in the subject line. If you need assistance or accommodation, contact us at 207-774-5444 ext. 6 or careers@aclumaine.org

Your cover letter should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work. 

The ACLU of Maine is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Maine 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, previous criminal conviction, and veteran status. 

While ACLU of Maine staff are unionized, this is a management-level position and is not part of the bargaining unit. 


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis on October 28, 2022. We will contact you if we are interested in moving your candidacy forward.