Portland, Maine




The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine (ACLU of Maine) seeks a full-time position of Major Gifts Officer (MGO) to join our development team as a key player in our work to expand and strengthen philanthropic support for the ACLU and our mission across our state. 

The ACLU of Maine has a tremendous network of energized donors and supporters across the state. Our development team’s mission is to engage our supporters and connect them to the ACLU’s work. We are open to a range of experience and encourage applicants from a wide array of backgrounds. The position’s responsibilities will be adjusted accordingly.

The MGO will report to the Director of Leadership Giving and work in collaboration with the development team including the Executive Director, Associate Director of Development, and Finance & Development Associate. The MGO will play a critical role in ensuring we meet our fundraising goals by increasing contributed revenue to the organization, and managing a portfolio of donors/prospects who have the interest and capacity to support civil rights at a significant level. The MGO will develop gift strategies for donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation, and plan special donor events to be implemented by appropriate staff. The ACLU of Maine’s office is based in Portland, Maine but this position will require travel outside of Portland to meet and engage with donors and prospects. The MGO position is a bargaining unit position.


We are the Maine affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. We fight for equality, justice, and freedom for all Mainers 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.


●    Manage a portfolio of approximately 75-100 donors and prospects;

●    Create a comprehensive cultivation and solicitation strategy for each donor/prospect in the portfolio based on the donor/prospect’s philanthropic goals and civil rights interests, as well as the organization's needs and goals;

●    Directly solicit major and planned gifts;

●    Partner with senior and program staff, and/or volunteers on donor engagement opportunities;

●    Provide support to Director of Leadership Giving and Executive Director in way of preparation for solicitation or stewardship opportunities, including appropriate, concise briefing materials in advance of meetings with donors and prospects. 

●    Identify and qualify new prospects for assignment to the major gifts portfolio;

●    Work with the appropriate staff to develop impact reports and other personalized materials directed at individual donors/prospects;

●    Develop unique cultivation and stewardship opportunities, such as small events for select donors/prospects in the portfolio, and participate in broader donor cultivation events;

●    Track portfolio activity and progress, and create reports as required by management;

●    Maintain working knowledge of national programmatic priorities and issues as they occur;

●    Contribute to the creation of and reporting on major grants to select funders, including foundations;

●    Provide donor contact, call, and visit reports for leadership; and

●    Perform any other duties as assigned.


●    A strong understanding of and passion for the ACLU of Maine’s mission;

●    Dedication to social justice work and cultural competency to work with a diverse team, and effectively partner with diverse communities;

●    Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills;

●    Proven track record of building relationships and inspiring people to take action;

●    Experience cultivating and sustaining relationships in the community;

●    Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully on the phone, via email/text, and in-person with donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and the public;

●    Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and activities into a short, compelling presentation or written piece; 

●    Strong organizational skills, and ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous projects to meet deadlines and goals; 

●    Ability to develop long-term plans, set objectives, and track progress towards achieving goals;

●    Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, work independently, and collaborate in a team environment; 

●    Minimum of 3 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising or related field; and

●    Travel and flexible work schedule.


●    Knowledge of the Maine philanthropic community with a focus on the mid-coast;

●    Comfort soliciting five-figure or above gifts;

●    Comfort soliciting planned gifts; and

●    Experience with donor database or customer relationship management systems to track gifts/sales, and ensure complete, secure, and private records.


This position has a starting salary range of $50,000-$60,000, depending on experience. Excellent benefits including health insurance, a 401(k) plan, and generous vacation time.


Please submit by email a cover letter and a resume. In your cover letter, please share why you are inspired to work in development. Send to careers@aclumaine.org, with the subject line: “Major Gifts Officer Application,” and your name.

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.