Jobs, Fellowships and Internships

The ACLU of Massachusetts currently has these open jobs:

See job openings at the National ACLU and other state affiliates.


Major 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 Major 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 Major 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 Major 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 equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

Posted 5.3.17


Development Associate

The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts is hiring a Development Associate to support our growing development team, help execute events and lead research. This position will report directly to the Deputy Director/Chief Development Officer, and will join a team of five. 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

Support Development (40%)

  • Provide administrative support for Deputy Director/Chief Development Officer and Donor Officers, including; input of contacts into database, meeting preparation, preparation and creation of donor materials, drafting of donor communication, and preparing proactive reports on portfolios.
  • Work closely with Development Coordinator and National Database Team to provide proactive reports on portfolio, pledges and financial reports;
  • Lead execution of donor mailings including quarterly direct mail process including coordination with donor officers, deadlines, external vendors, and coordination of volunteers;
  • Support Deputy Director/Chief Development Officer on organizational deadlines and meetings at staff, department and committee level;
  • Monitor and track department and grant deadlines, and;
  • Collaborate with staff across departments to draft stewardship and cultivation materials.

Event Support (30%)

  • Work closely with donor officers in execution of monthly events for donors including: salons, Amicus luncheons, town halls, Executive Conversations. This includes keeping deadlines for events, identifying and working with venues and external vendors, creation of invitations execution of mailings, management of RSVPs and day-of logistics;
  • Provide department wide support for annual Bill of Rights Dinner 1,500 person organizational event in May, and;
  • Support and help execute additional donor engagement opportunities.

Research and Database (20%)

  • Lead prospect research for department;
  • Lead staff Quarterly Portfolio Refresh an internal process that identifies, qualifies and assigns new prospects for assignment to leadership gifts portfolio;
  • Research new foundations to qualify for grants portfolio;
  • Work closely with Development Coordinator on database and interface with Finance.

Other Tasks (10%)

  • Update acknowledgement letters;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

One to four years of relevant work experience preferred. We seek an organized, detail-oriented, team player that is an effective and clear verbal and written communicator. Strong writing or experience creating communications material is desirable but not necessary. Strong belief in ACLU’s work and mission.

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: Development Associate 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 equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

Posted 11.18.17


Campaign Coordinator

The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks a capable and energetic Campaign Coordinator for its What a Difference a DA Makes public education and civic engagement campaign. This is a one year contract to work in the ACLU’s Boston office and report directly to the Racial Justice Director. In this position the coordinator is responsible for a variety of tasks, including but not limited to, working with community, grass roots, and advocacy organizations, as well as volunteers to build the ACLU’s broad based network of groups to raise awareness about the role and power of district attorneys and engage registered voters to turn out and participate in the November 2018 district attorney elections. The coordinator will also serve as the primary point of contact for partner organizations, event logistics, and campaign trainings.

Role and responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with campaign manager and ACLU of Massachusetts staff, execute political and organizing strategies to raise awareness about district attorneys and increase statewide voter engagement and turnout in targeted county elections;
  • Help coordinate the ACLU’s campaign network, which includes ACLU members, supporters, volunteers, formerly incarcerated people, and communities most impacted by the criminal justice system;
  • Maintain strategic partnerships with local advocates, community and faith leaders, academics, law enforcement leaders, and other key allies from across the political spectrum;
  • Coordinate and facilitate volunteer trainings, canvasing, and GOTV efforts;
  • Build a volunteer base to participate in events including candidate forums, tabling at community events, and assisting with court watch outings;
  • Coordinate event logistics, manage RSVPs, and draft promotional emails and social media posts;
  • Identify, contact, and build relationships with statewide co-sponsors;
  • Data entry and management of the contact database;
  • Model ACLU values and commitment to the populations we serve.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 1-3 years of experience working in legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, political campaigns, or related work;
  • Experience developing and implementing advocacy strategies for political campaigns, voter engagement, coalition building, or field organizing;
  • Strong research, writing, analytic, and communication skills, including public presentation and meeting facilitation skills;
  • Experience and success in working collaboratively with colleagues across departments and functions;
  • Ability to simultaneously handle multiple tasks, work efficiently, and meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel throughout Massachusetts;
  • Work outside of regular 9-5 hours will be required;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, social media, and basic computer systems;
  • Excellent organization and administrative skills: a strong, consistent attention to detail and the ability to juggle and prioritize several projects at one time;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and coordinate volunteers and staff;
  • Creative problem-solving skills, flexibility, and good humor;
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Personal experience being incarcerated or in other ways entangled with the criminal justice system;
  • Familiarity with public policy and the legislative processes;
  • Fluency in and ability to translate into Spanish;
  • Event coordination experience.

Compensation:

Competitive salary for similar positions, commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Please send an email with subject line: Campaign Coordinator with your resume, references, and cover letter to Rahsaan Hall at rhall@aclum.org. No phone calls, please.  Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

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

Posted 10.18.17


ACLU of Massachusetts 2018 Public Interest Fellowships

Notice to Third-Year Law Students & Recent Graduates

Applications Preferred by August 7, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) seeks applicants to sponsor for public interest fellowships beginning in the fall of 2018. We will consider applications from third-year law students and attorneys seeking funding from outside sources such as Equal Justice Works, the Skadden and Soros Foundations, and school-specific sources such as the Arthur Liman Fellowship.

The ACLU of Massachusetts works on cutting-edge issues involving civil rights and civil liberties. In 2017, we won one of the early injunctions against President Trump’s Muslim Ban, and we won the dismissal of a record 23,595 convictions tainted by the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal. We have also undertaken groundbreaking litigation and advocacy on the freedom of speech, government surveillance, freedom of expression, police accountability, racial justice, and many other issues. For more information, please visit www.aclum.org.

Subject Area of the Fellowship

ACLUM welcomes fellowship applications on any significant issue involving civil rights or liberties. Recent ACLUM fellows have taken a leading role in key cases on wrongful convictions, the First Amendment right to record police officers and immigration detention. Areas of interest to ACLUM in 2018 might include immigrants’ rights, criminal justice, and free speech.

Job Description

Fellows will work with ACLUM’s legal director and staff attorneys on trial-level and appellate work. Fellows also work with staff members on non-litigation advocacy, such as public education, legislative work, public speaking, community organizing, and investigation. The fellowship’s length will be governed by the funding organization’s policy. Application deadlines typically occur in early fall.

Qualifications

Applicants should have a commitment to civil rights and liberties, be self-motivated, and be able to work well with a wide range of people. Excellent research and writing skills are required.

How to Apply

Please email a resume, list of references, and writing sample, along with a cover letter indicating specific interests and possible project proposal, to fellows@aclum.org. Please use the subject line “2018 Fellowship – [your name].” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a strong preference for applications received by August 7, 2017.

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

Posted 6.28.17


Racial Justice Undergraduate Internships for 2017 and 2018

Do you care about racial justice and civil liberties? Do you love to research and write? Do you want to work for civil rights in a friendly and exciting environment?

The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts, a public interest organization that defends civil rights and civil liberties, is seeking an undergraduate intern to work with our Racial Justice Program. The person will support the development and implementation of the ACLU of Massachusetts’ public policy/advocacy campaigns. He or she may also represent on our issues, communicate with advocates and community members, and attend community meetings and events on a variety of issues.

The intern/volunteer will address a variety of the issues the Racial Justice Program covers, from criminal justice reform, to police accountability, to immigration, and other issues.

The intern/volunteer will report to the Racial Justice Director, but they will work with various staff members.

This is an unpaid position.

Qualifications

The applicant should be an undergraduate student with an interest in racial justice and public policy/advocacy. There are only two positions available for the spring semester so please be sure to send all application requirements before the deadline.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, a résumé or CV, and a writing sample to:

Matt Allen
Field Director
mallen@aclum.org
617.482.3170 x 169

Application deadline for Fall 2017 semester is July 21, 2017
Application deadline for Spring 2018 semester is November 13, 2017
Application deadline for Summer 2018 semester is February 23, 2018

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

Updated 6.30.17


Summer 2018 Law Student Internship

The ACLU of Massachusetts invites applications from 1st and 2nd year law students for summer law student internships. Our office works on issues such as freedom of speech, assembly, and religion, police misconduct, immigrant rights, racial justice, reproductive freedom, privacy, surveillance and technology, juvenile justice, student rights, women’s and LGBTQ rights, and due process.

Internship Description

Legal interns at the ACLU perform the wide range of tasks required by litigation and other legal advocacy, including complaint investigation, legal research and memo writing, drafting of complaints, affidavits, and discovery requests; preparation of pretrial motions, trial preparation, drafting of appellate briefs, and preparation for oral argument. Students work closely with the ACLU of Massachusetts legal director and staff attorneys. Law students may also assist our legislative counsel with developing testimony for legislative hearings and other public policy materials.

How to Apply

Those interested in applying should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references (a writing sample is preferred also) to summerintern@aclum.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled, but should be submitted no later than December 31.

Note: ACLU of Massachusetts abides by the NALP guidelines; accordingly, we will not initiate contact with, interview, or make offers to first year law students before December 1.

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

Updated 9.11.17


 

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

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