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For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation's guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it's ending mass incarceration, separating church and state, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, national origin, or record of arrest or conviction.

While recognized as one of the nation's leading public interest law firms, the ACLU's strength lies in an integrated advocacy approach which requires collaboration between their legal, advocacy, public education, and communications staff on comprehensive strategies to maximize impact.

Sixty years ago, when Jim Crow segregation was the law, ACLU of Kentucky (ACLU-KY) was founded, and the new organization’s legal docket was designed to address racial discrimination. ACLU-KY has defended communities of people who have been historically, and are currently, denied certain rights that are extended to others. These communities continue to endure discrimination and inequality denying them access to resources and opportunities.

Racial justice has been, is now, and will continue to be central to the mission of ACLU-KY which has dedicated itself to pursuing cases designed to have a significant and wide-reaching effect on communities of color, to work in coalition with other civil rights groups and local advocates to lobby in local and state legislatures, and to support grassroots movement. Through these efforts, ACLU-KY strives to educate and empower the public on how racism impacts the issues that it works on – including but not limited to justice reform, reproductive freedom, LGBT, and immigrants’ rights – and it commits to considering racial impacts when making hiring, policy, and administrative decisions for the organization.

ACLU-KY is freedom’s watchdog, working daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people by the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky including:

  • The right to freedom of speech, association, assembly, and the press;
  • The right to freedom of religion, supported by the strict separation of church and state;
  • The right to be treated fairly by the government whenever life, liberty or property is at stake;
  • The right to be free from unwarranted government intrusion into personal and private affairs; and
  • The right to equal protection of the laws, regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or other such classifications.

ACLU-KY works to extend rights to those who traditionally have been denied them, including: women; Black, Indigenous, and people of color; immigrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals; people who have experienced incarceration or entanglement with the justice system; people with disabilities; and young people.

ACLU-KY has a staff of over 20 people operating with an annual budget of $3 million. It has 8,700 members across the state and is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership.


The Development Associate at the ACLU of Kentucky supports our growing Development program and helps advance the Development program’s mission statement. This development team member manages our donor database and other digital development systems and uses data and current best practices to inform the development department’s strategic plan. The position reports directly to our Development Director.  

Primary Responsibilities/Essential Duties: 

  • Manage the donor database and associated cross-platform systems; 
  • Oversee the gift and pledge processing, gift tracking, and gift acknowledgement processes for donor support;  
  • Serve as the primary development liaison with the operations team to verify the integrity and accuracy of gift information shared between the donor database and general ledger through regular audits and reconciling discrepancies and errors;  
  • Maintain a comprehensive database and hold primary responsibility for the accuracy and integrity of all donor information; ensuring accountability and consistency while sharing data with the National ACLU;  
  • Manage all data reporting structures and systems; create queries and produce database reports including donor listings, contact record reports, financial reports, prospect management reports and overall gift analyses; prepare regular donor recognition and mailing lists;  
  • Prepare regular reports and compelling visualizations for board and staff reports;  
  • Utilize the business intelligence tools to perform analysis on development performance and trends; use data to help inform development planning and decision making.  
  • Coordinate with the ACLU’s National staff and other ACLU affiliates to strengthen the ACLU of Kentucky’s understanding and effective use of donor and prospect information; 
  • Attend ongoing trainings for database and cross-platform system updates and maintain proficiency in these systems;  
  • Maintains, to the highest standard, donor confidentiality and strictly complies with National ACLU Donor Confidentiality Policies and Procedures. 

General Donor and Development Support:

  • Provide administrative support for the development department;  
  • Aid in stewarding a portfolio of donors through in-person, soft-ask meetings when appropriate;  
  • Work with National ACLU to conduct research and create reports on potential donors to add to our prospect list, specifically looking for evidence of mission alignment, capacity to contribute and existing connections we can leverage;  
  • Conduct research on existing donors to identify motivations and barriers to deepen their connection to our work;  
  • Participate in development team donor strategy sessions and coordinate next steps for stewardship of and communication with donors;  
  • Help draft proposals for individuals and foundations, where appropriate, track and meet any submission reporting deadlines;  
  • Track all solicitor and donor communication, progress and commitments, maintain up-to-date donor records, and provide team with progress to goal and benchmark information;  
  • Monitor and track development tasks on the Asana task management system. 
  • Collaborate with staff across departments to enrich Development program efforts and goals.  
  • Other duties as assigned.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Critical Thinking: Able to retain detailed instructions and carry them out in a uniform and accurate way. 
  • Problem Solving:  Able to identify problems within defined workflows, and to solve them independently in some cases and subject to general guidance. 
  • Decision Making:  Support goals/tasks of the Development program.  Position requires oversight and approval before actions are taken. 
  • Success in this role requires strong organizational skills, the ability to prioritize, a mastery of database use and maintenance, clear and effective verbal and written communications, discretion, and a strong belief in the ACLU of Kentucky’s work and mission. It occasionally will require travel, evening, and weekend work.  

Compensation and Benefits

The ACLU welcomes talented people to our team and in return offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package including paid vacation, medical and dental insurance, pension plan, life and long-term disability insurance and generous paid holidays. The salary for this position will be $50,572.


Interested candidates should send a resumes and cover letter to Jay Todd Richey at jay@aclu-ky.org.

The ACLU of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Kentucky encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal history, and veteran status.