Director of Development

Salary is commensurate with experience.
Jul 13, 2018
Aug 12, 2018
Position Type
Full Time

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii's next Director of Development will be a nonprofit development professional who is looking for a meaningful opportunity in a proven and vibrant organization that makes profound differences in the lives of individuals. Our mission is timely, our staff is committed to protecting civil rights and liberties, and we are poised to succeed with a growing community of individual donors.

At the ACLU of Hawai'i, we take pride in our reputation of more than 50 years of fighting the hard fight for people whose civil rights are challenged or denied. And now -- with the Trump administration’s never-before-imagined threats to civil rights and liberties, plus a national Centennial Campaign that is close to reaching its ambitious goals -- it is the ideal time to join us!

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development will lead, plan and execute the ACLU of Hawaii’s major gifts program and other fundraising initiatives.  The Director of Development will also work closely with our staff and help our board with its fundraising efforts.

The position is based in Honolulu, the state’s capitol, one of the premier port cities in the world and less than an hour’s plane ride from every island in the state.

Our Next Director of Development Will:

Lead the ACLU’s Major Gifts Program by

  • developing and coordinating annual and long-range development plans, including those for specific goals and audiences;
  • developing and implementing strategies to attract prospective donors and secure gifts of $10,000+;
  • maintaining a personal major gifts portfolio and managing the top-tier portfolio of the Executive Director;
  • supervising the maintenance of donor records; and
  • preparing written materials for major donor solicitations; and conducting outreach to current and prospective major donors.

Shape the ACLU’s Planned Giving Initiatives by

  • working with the National ACLU’s Planned Giving team to develop, promote and implement planned giving strategies.

Build the ACLU’s Foundation Grant Support by

  • developing and implementing effective grant strategies; drafting or supervising the drafting of grant applications; and
  • preparing or supervising the preparation of post-award reports and other documentation.

Provide Leadership in Collaborations, External Relations and Administrative Work by

  • teaming with the Executive Director to strengthen the ACLU’s Culture of Philanthropy;
  • working with board members regarding their roles in the ACLU’s fundraising initiatives;
  • serving alongside peers on the ACLU’s senior staff team;
  • supervising development staff and/or independent contractors;
  • overseeing the proper recording of gifts and other donor information, along with ensuring the hygiene of donor information systems;
  • coordinating development initiatives and reports with the National ACLU office; and
  • attending ACLU meetings and events, as appropriate.

Our Next Director of Development Will Bring:

  • advanced work experience in fund development, especially in the area of major gifts fundraising with $10,000+ donors and prospects;
  • excitement about the opportunity to imagine, effect, and manage growth in our affiliate;
  • a broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management;
  • a varied “toolbox” of superior skills, including: leadership; communications; interpersonal relations; analytic and strategic thinking; persuasiveness and problem-solving; the ability to prioritize, take initiative, and attend to detail; the ability to maintain grace under pressure; computer expertise; familiarity with fundraising systems/databases; willingness to travel, etc.;
  • a firm commitment to diversity and a personal approach that values individuals and their differences; and
  • experience with and knowledge of Hawaii's philanthropic community preferred.

Finally, our next Director of Development will bring a commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU of Hawai'i … along with a personal dedication to a professional team that will bring us into our next 50 years as Hawaii's guardian of liberty.

Are You Ready to Help Lead Us into the Future?

If you’re excited about devoting your talents and skills to the ACLU of Hawai'i, please submit your resume, letter of interest, and mention of where you learned of this opportunity, to Please include your last name and “Development Director – Hawai'i” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please. To ensure that we receive your application, please do not use any other ACLU email address.

Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Hawai'i compensation scale. Excellent benefits include generous vacation and sick leave; individual/family employer-provided health insurance; life insurance and long-term disability; defined contribution plan with employer match; and 14 paid holidays. This position is full-time, salaried, and exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

We will accept applications until August 1, 2018 or until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website, We hope that one of those applications is yours.

The ACLU of Hawai'i is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest organization, dedicated to defending and enhancing civil rights and civil liberties through litigation, legislative advocacy, organizing, and community education. 

The ACLU of Hawai'i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. It is our policy to employ qualified people without regard to:  race; color; religion; sex; national origin; age; ancestry; disability; sexual orientation; veteran’s status; marital status; civil union status; arrest or court record; citizenship; credit history; genetic information; gender identity or expression; status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking; or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.