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The ACLU of Massachusetts currently has these open jobs:

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Senior Attorney

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) seeks a Senior Attorney with significant civil litigation experience to contribute to its impact-oriented litigation and legal advocacy. This is an opportunity to join one of the nation’s premier law reform organizations.

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, ACLUM combines litigation, legislation, and public education to protect and promote individual rights and liberties. ACLUM is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Constitution, Bill of Rights, and laws.

The Senior Attorney will be a strategic thinker with the passion, drive and creativity to defend and expand civil rights and liberties through impact litigation and advocacy. These liberties include, but are not limited to, freedom of speech, religious liberty and Establishment Clause matters, racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, privacy, due process, student rights, criminal justice, and police misconduct. In addition, one of ACLUM’s current priorities is to develop legal challenges to unconstitutional actions by the Trump administration.

ACLUM’s Legal Department includes several lawyers, as well as interns, fellows and volunteers. ACLUM’s attorneys litigate federal and state cases, at the trial and appellate levels, while participating in other advocacy and communications work. ACLUM maintains a fast-paced and collegial work environment with offices in downtown Boston, a vibrant city steeped in history with diverse neighborhoods, a rich arts and culture scene, and a legacy of education, innovation and ideas.

Candidates for the position of Senior Attorney should have a profound commitment to social justice, a passion for protecting civil liberties and the communication skills to effectively convey to the public and a variety of important constituencies the mission, vision and actions of the ACLU. To learn more about the ACLU of Massachusetts, please visit www.aclum.org.

Job Description

The Senior Attorney will be responsible for developing, filing and litigating high-impact cases to advance civil liberties and civil rights. Reporting to ACLUM’s legal director and often working together with ACLUM colleagues and pro bono attorneys, the Senior Attorney will engage in all stages of litigation, including research, discovery and motion practice, drafting pleadings and briefs, making court appearances, and advising intake staff and volunteers. ACLUM attorneys also engage in non-litigation advocacy, such as public speaking and education, working with community organizations, meeting with public officials, giving media interviews, and writing blogs and articles.

The Senior Attorney will work closely with ACLUM’s legal director, with other full-time staff attorneys, law student interns, and with volunteer attorneys who are co-counsel on many of ACLUM’s cases. The Senior Attorney will also share in working with interns, legal fellows and volunteers, including responding to legal intake and providing mentorship.

Qualifications

Applicants should be proven litigators with at least six years of litigation experience at state and federal levels. Extraordinary candidates with less experience will be considered. Other qualifications include:

  • ability to litigate significant civil liberties and civil rights cases, including class actions, independently and under pressure;
  • experience working with clients from diverse constituencies;
  • excellent writing, oral advocacy, and analytical skills; demonstrated ability to communicate complex legal issues in court and to the public;
  • strategic thinking about litigation and non-litigation tactics;
  • ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with diverse community organizations and coalitions;
  • capacity to supervise attorneys and legal work;
  • ability to take initiative, think strategically, and share responsibility and credit;
  • collaborative and positive manner;
  • passion to support civil liberties, civil rights, and ACLUM’s mission;
  • commitment to diversity and respect for differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance; and
  • membership in the Massachusetts Bar (or admission within 3 months of joining ACLUM).

Compensation

Salary is based on experience and competitive with other nonprofit legal organizations. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation, medical insurance for staff members and their dependents and domestic partners, paid holidays and other leave time.

Application

Please send a cover letter describing how your experience and skills meet the requirements for this position, along with salary requirements, resume, and writing sample to info@talentcitizen.com. To facilitate our review, your email should have the subject line: “[Your last name] Senior Attorney Application.” We will review applications on a rolling basis until we fill this position.

Posted 5.16.17


Donor and Special Projects Officer

The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts is hiring a Donor and Special Projects Officer to manage our annual fund donors ($1k-$9,999), manage a portfolio of foundations and law firms, plan and execute donor events, and assist with department administration. This position will report directly to the Deputy Director/Chief Development Officer, and will join a team of four. Our ambitious fundraising goals are based on programmatic goals on voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, open government, digital privacy and free speech.

Responsibilities:

Individual Portfolio Management

  • Lead stewardship and solicitation of Annual Fund, donors giving or potential to give between $1,000-$9,999;
  • Create and track portfolio activity, progress and goals;
  • Lead and execute quarterly mailed solicitation to donor file;
  • Directly manage a portfolio of approximately 50 highly rated prospects and create a comprehensive plan for each donor/prospect and execute that plan so that individual donors are retained and upgraded;
  • Qualify new prospects for assignment to leadership gifts portfolio.

Special Projects Management

  • Department wide support for annual Bill of Rights Dinner working closely with Chief Development Officer;
  • Lead the planning and execution of quarterly Amicus Luncheon series;
  • Support and help execute additional donor engagement opportunities;
  • Create printed and electronic materials for department use;
  • Assist Chief Development Officer and Leadership Gift Officers in their leadership gift meetings as needed.

Foundation and Firm Portfolio Management

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 35 Foundations and Law Firms, to secure annual support and submit grant funding;
  • Research new foundations to qualify for grants portfolio;
  • Lead and implement grant management processes and procedures;
  • Collaborate with staff to draft proposals, reports and related stewardship or cultivation materials;
  • Prepare grants program overall budget, reporting and projections;
  • Monitor compliance to grant requirements, and ensure proper tracking of grant revenue.

Other Tasks

  • Assist with departmental administration, including development-related committees;
  • Create and manage development department projects as assigned;
  • Maintain working knowledge of national and affiliate programmatic priorities and issues as they occur;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Creative, organized, team player with relevant experience with constituent engagement is highly desirable.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, generous vacation, and generous matching through our 401k plan.

How To Apply

Please send an email with subject line: Donor and Special Projects Officer with resume and cover letter describing how your experience and skills meet the requirements for the position to dev@aclum.org. We will review applications on a rolling basis until we fill this position. No phone calls, please.

The ACLU of Massachusetts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LBGTQ community to apply.

About the ACLU of Massachusetts

The ACLU of Massachusetts is a nonpartisan organization with more than 100,000 supporters across the Commonwealth. We are one of 50 independent state-ACLU affiliates nationwide. For nearly 100 years, we have worked daily in the courts, in legislatures, in the media, and in communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, Bill of Rights and laws of the United States. Learn more about the history of the ACLU of Massachusetts, the range of issues we cover, and the national ACLU’s work and history at aclum.org.

Posted 5.3.17


Leadership Gifts Officer

The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts is looking to bring on a seasoned fundraising professional at this critical time for our organization and our country.

The Leadership Gifts Officer will work closely with the Executive Director, Chief Development Officer and national ACLU staff to focus efforts on creating new relationships with donors who have turned their support to the ACLU in recent months and solicit and close increased annual gifts and special transformational gifts. Our ambitious fundraising goals are based on programmatic goals on the issues of voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, open government, digital privacy and free speech.

The Leadership Gifts Officer will spend a majority of time in direct interaction with donors, both in and out of the office, helping donors fulfill their passions and interests through their giving to the ACLU as well as time behind the scenes, assessing next steps for individual donor engagement, deploying other staff, including the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer, as necessary for building the donor relationship with the ACLU. This position both leads and supports others in leading.

The Leadership Gifts Officer reports directly to the Chief Development Officer. This position is based in Boston.

Responsibilities:

Portfolio Management and Donor Stewardship

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 130-150 donors and prospects that research shows are qualified for +$50,000 gifts.
  • Create individual goals for each person in the portfolio based on the donor’s history of giving and the organization’s knowledge of that donor’s potential and interests.
  • Create a comprehensive plan for each donor/prospect in the portfolio and execute that plan so that individual donors are retained and upgraded.
  • Directly solicit major and planned gifts, and partner with senior and program staff on donor engagement opportunities.
  • Provide executive-level support to senior staff in preparation for solicitation or stewardship opportunities, including appropriate, concise briefing materials in advance of meetings with donors and prospects.
  • Facilitate solicitations for the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer as appropriate.
  • Qualify new prospects for assignment to the campaign portfolio on quarterly basis using shared research tools and reports.
  • Work with the appropriate staff to secure project information and use this information to develop materials directed at individual donors/prospects, such as highly personalized proposals that are in line with donor interests and programmatic priorities, stewardship reports that detail progress made as a result of a particular gift, etc.
  • Develop and execute special cultivation and stewardship opportunities, such as small events for select donors/prospects in the portfolio.
  • Maintain working knowledge of national programmatic priorities and issues as they occur.

Coordination and Facilitation

  • Collaborate with the national office and ACLU staff across the country to maximize opportunities presented through National work.
  • Work on the public launch of a now silent campaign, including collaboration with other departments including Communications, Strategic Partnerships, to maximize impact of public launch, set for 2018, and help set the stage for the close of campaign.
  • Prepare personalized proposals for individual prospects and write cultivation and solicitation correspondence.
  • Update financial existing tracking system for all campaign contributions.
  • Ensure that campaign donors receive timely and accurate reports on the use of their gifts and campaign progress.
  • Create donor strategy memos, letters, emails, and other related pieces for donors, prospects, program staff, and others.
  • Organize and support the training of board members and other prominent supporters who will provide critical leadership.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Significant experience in nonprofit fundraising, with progressive responsibility and a proven track record of soliciting, closing, and stewarding major gifts in the $10,000-$100,000 range. Experience soliciting seven-figure gifts is highly desirable, and experience with planned gifts is also preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to simplify complex themes and activities into a short, compelling presentation or written piece. Familiarity with talking about utilizing litigation to promote social justice is helpful.
  • Strong people skills. Effective interpersonal and communication abilities. Ability to “lead through others” and gracefully exact excellence from them; persuasiveness and perseverance in attaining goals. The ability to communicate effectively and respectfully on the phone and in person with donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and the general public.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines. Ability to develop long-term plans, set objectives, and track progress towards achieving objectives. Familiarity with moves management preferred.
  • A confident and professional work style. Ability to work independently and take initiative and exercise good judgment in stressful circumstances. Flexibility and a willingness to take on new tasks as the responsibilities of the position evolve.
  • Experience with donor database management and systems to track campaigns and ensure complete, secure and private donor and campaign records.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of the ACLU’s mission and principles.
  • Proficiency with donor databases and office technology and information systems (including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
  • Must be available for travel throughout the state with driver’s license.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime or irregular hours.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, generous vacation, and generous matching through our 401k plan.

How To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter describing how your experience and skills meet the requirements for the position to dev@aclum.org. We will review applications on a rolling basis until we fill this position. No phone calls, please.

The ACLU of Massachusetts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of the LBGTQ community to apply.

About the ACLU of Massachusetts

The ACLU of Massachusetts is a nonpartisan organization with more than 50,000 supporters across the Commonwealth. We are one of 50 independent state-ACLU affiliates nationwide. For nearly 100 years, we have worked daily in the courts, in legislatures, in the media, and in communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, Bill of Rights and laws of the United States. Learn more about the history of the ACLU of Massachusetts, the range of issues we cover, and the national ACLU’s work and history at aclum.org.

Posted 5.3.17


 

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The ACLU of Massachusetts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people to apply.

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