Donor Relations Manager


The ACLU-WA is one of the largest affiliates of the nation-wide ACLU. We work in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect and extend American rights to freedom, fairness, and equality. The ACLU is both nonprofit and nonpartisan. We have a staff of 50+ and nearly 60,000 supporters statewide. 


The ACLU-WA is committed to ending racism in Washington State and throughout the country. This includes how we work with each other, and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are committed to bringing anti-racism to all aspects of ACLU-WA's internal and external functions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring and human resources, strategic planning, ally, donor, and volunteer relations, Board and committee processes, and deciding what cases to litigate. We are looking for candidates who share this commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.


The ACLU-WA observes a hybrid workstyle, with some staff working primarily remotely while others work in the office several days a week. Our office is generally open between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and is located in downtown Seattle. The physical demands and work environment described below represent those required and encountered by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Able to input information into a computer for long periods of time. 
  • Able to remain stationary for extended periods.
  • Able to assess information communicated through a computer.
  • Able to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Able to periodically work long and extended hours.
  • Able to travel locally/regionally/across the state, as needed.


This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. The ACLU-WA reserves the right to change the content of this posting at any time without advance notice. This position is “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.



The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Donor Relations Manager (DRM). Reporting to the Associate Director of Individual Giving, this position will build relationships with supporters, expand who we are reaching out to, and grow our philanthropic revenue in support of ACLU’s mission. The DRM will play an important role in identifying major donor prospects—high net wealth supporters with whom to explore deeper relationships. 


The DRM will create and implement a program to maintain and grow donations from the mid-level portfolio, donors giving annual gifts between $1,000-$10,000. Through cultivation opportunities and regular communication, virtual and in-person meetings and small group events, the DRM will keep donors engaged and aware of the organization’s work. This role compliments the solicitation and cultivation activities of ACLU National while providing opportunities for deeper connections to the staff and work being done in Washington.


The ACLU-WA Development Department nurtures meaningful relationships with supporters of high financial capacity to fuel the defense and expansion of civil liberties. Our role is to connect them to the mission and work of the ACLU in order to inspire, guide, and grow a generous philanthropic partnership. We are committed to integrating an understanding of the intersections of race, class, power, and privilege in our development work, particularly through our engagement with donors.



The ACLU-WA is dedicated to centering equity in all aspects of the organization and, as such, has adopted a salary scale for measuring how to best compensate its employees. The salary range for this position is $89,474 - $107,166. A range indicates the intention to accommodate those with varying years of relevant experience, as determined by the salary scale.   Benefits include three weeks of vacation, thirteen sick days with an additional ten days given in 2023, fifteen holidays, fully paid employee medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance, an employer contributed retirement plan, student loan reimbursement, family care and adoption assistance, life insurance, paid office closures, and an ORCA card, the regional transportation pass.  ACLU-WA provides laptops, home office supplies, certain equipment, and technology support. You will need an effective WiFi connection and a way to reach you by phone. This position is eligible for either a work phone or phone stipend, as well as an additional $100 stipend each month to help cover any additional costs while working from home.



Click here for more information or to apply. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

To apply, please submit a cover letter and résumé on our online job portal. In your cover letter, please explain the 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 experience could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work. 


Applications will be accepted until noon on June 8, 2023, at which time the job announcement will be displayed as closed on our website at 



We will schedule interviews with qualified candidates after the close date and hope to have the selected candidate start in early August. 


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-08-08 10:03:05 -0400