American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nations foremost defender of constitutional rights and civil liberties. ACLU of Colorado is an affiliate of the national ACLU, and it is the states guardian of freedom, working in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities across the state to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all. Founded in 1952, ACLU of Colorado is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the promise of equal justice under the law for all Coloradans. For more information about the work of the ACLU of Colorado and the civil liberties principles we uphold, please visit our website at

Commitment To Equity, Diversity, Belonging, and Inclusion

ACLU of Colorado is an equitable opportunity employer. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all community members can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

ACLU of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to providing a work environment that practices equitable and inclusive treatment and is quick to act to prevent and address harassment or discrimination of any kind.

Job Description
The Development Coordinator advances ACLU of Colorados strategic priorities by effectively ensuring the smooth administration of the organizations development operations to raise funds for the organization. This position works with our legal, public policy, communications, and campaigns departments, and reports directly to the Director of Philanthropy. We are accepting entry-level applications who are quick to learn at a fast-paced and ever-evolving environment. It requires the ability to multitask effectively and complete tasks individually as well as in a team.

Primary Responsibilities
Development Administration:

  • Enter and maintain records in the donor and membership database, including entry of gifts, contact and research information.
  • Generate timely acknowledgments and donor correspondence.
  • Create fundraising reports and various mailing list reports.
  • With the Deputy Director and Staff Accountant, report gifts for deposit; charge and process credit card memberships and donations; reconcile all receipts with accounting system on a quarterly basis; and complete annual reconciliation process with the national office.
  • Maintain electronic and hard copy development files.
  • Lead representative of the ACLU of Colorado with Community Shares, Community First Foundation, and other workplace giving programs.
  • Complete the recertification process for Community Shares and annual profile update for Community First Foundation.
  • Proofread/edit and draft appeal letters, development newsletter articles, and other written development materials as necessary.
  • Assist with production of development materials and special projects.
  • Prepare and send out donor mailings, including the coordination of materials and volunteers for annual appeal mailing.
  • Track and order office supplies used in the Development Department, including envelopes and notecards, and work with various vendors on printing of supplies and mailings.
  • Maintain and convey an understanding of the ACLUs structure, programs and work; and
  • Maintain a positive and encouraging environment for co-workers and volunteers.

Grant Writing and Management:

  • Research prospective corporate and foundation grants through the Colorado Grants Guide, online searches, and similarly aligned organizations funding sources.
  • Draft letters of inquiry to potential funders.
  • Develop and write grant applications by coordinating with key staff members to develop project frameworks and proposal content within specified deadlines.
  • Coordinate with Staff Accountant and Deputy Director to gather necessary financial and organizational documents for grant submissions.
  • Ensure compliance with all funder requirements; and
  • Maintain tracking system for grant submissions, renewals, and report deadlines to adhere to funder timelines.

Special Events:

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and execution of the annual dinner.
  • Help to select and manage appropriate vendors needed for events.
  • Coordinate and produce all mailings for annual dinner, including nominations, sponsorship and invitations.
  • Solicit sponsorships for dinner from law firms, organizations, and individuals.
  • Maintain guest lists, including contact information, and adding participants to the database.
  • Handle event RSVPs.
  • Assure event record-keeping is integrated into the database system.
  • Facilitate event follow-up by distributing correspondence, gifts, photos, if applicable; and
  • Provide support for other fundraising related events that may occur.

Equity, Diversity, Belonging, and Inclusion:

  • Frame the primary responsibilities with an equity lens to examine existing development processes and create innovative approaches that address shortcomings or inequities when necessary.
  • Ensure inclusion when communicating updates, decisions, successes, and failures to the Development Department and all staff, when appropriate.
  • Assure continual learning and engage in the work to dismantle systems of oppression manifested in institutions, culture, and personal bias as it pertains to the organizations structure and personal growth.
  • Promote a personal and organizational commitment to equity, belonging, and inclusion in all interactions with donors, supporters, and staff members.


  • Dedicated to carrying out the mission and goals of the American Civil Liberties Union in protecting and furthering civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Willingness to apply the work of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (EDIB) and apply it to the Development Department.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel.
  • Experience using databases and email software.
  • Detail-oriented with strong follow through,
  • Ability to solve problems, ability to meet tight deadlines and manage resources effectively.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a busy office environment.
  • A creative, flexible, detail-oriented self-starter.
  • Team player who inspires collaboration, lifts up the work of others, and maintains balance and perspective with patience and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to work flexible evening hours upon occasion; such as the annual Bill of Rights Fundraising Event.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with donors, volunteers, staff, board members, and the general public.

Work Accommodations during the COVID-19 Pandemic
To ensure the safety of our employees, the ACLU of Colorado implemented a mandatory work-fromhome policy. While the policy stays in effect, we acknowledge that there are special circumstances when working at the office is necessary. For these situations, we ask staff to send notification of their time in the office and to follow CDC precautionary measures to ensure staff safety. We are preparing a hybrid work accommodation in January 2021. To return to the office, it is mandatory to send a vaccination record or request a medical or religious exemption.

Compensation and Benefits
This position is full-time; the approximate salary range is $55,000-$65,000 and within pay scale parameters of the nationwide ACLU and the Denver area nonprofit sector and considering skills and experience. Benefits include medical and dental insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, 401k contribution, paid vacation, and holidays.

To Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, and references in an email with Development Coordinator, ACLU of Colorado in the subject line to No phone calls, please. Applications submitted by December 6th, 2021 will receive full consideration.