The Donor & Foundation Relations Coordinator reports to the Development Operations Manager and writes and creates grant reports and proposals for major funders, in addition to developing content and activities for informing, cultivating, stewarding, and soliciting current and potential donors. The role includes management and coordination of grant calendars and annual outreach initiatives.

The Donor & Foundation Relations Coordinator is expected to participate in the Development team as a cooperative, positive team player; develop a solid understanding of ACLU’s structure, programs, office protocols, and equipment; and help maintain a respectful, welcoming, and professional office environment.

Writing and Content Development – 50%
Create and develop written content for use in grant proposals and reports, mailings, printed pieces, and digital media. Work closely with departments across the organization to ensure timely and accurate representation of the ACLU’s work in Texas and nationwide. Provide high-quality and proactive content for use by ACLU of Texas leadership and out-the-door fundraisers to communicate with donors and potential supporters. Identify and seek out opportunities for creating and sharing new content. Work with the Development Operations Manager to prepare progress reports for the Board of Directors.

Grant Management – 25%
With the Development Operations Manager, ensure timely management and submission of grant reports and proposals to foundations and other major funders, following guidelines and meeting deadlines. Prepare and submit grant reports and proposals to funders after establishing proper review and approval by relevant ACLU personnel. Collaborate with the Finance department to properly capture grant spending in selected reports. Coordinate and attend meetings with foundation program officers and foundation staff as needed. Document and record interactions with funders in the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system.

Strategic Planning and Project Implementation – 25%
Identify, devise, and implement communications strategies for cultivation and stewardship of donors and prospective donors, including personalized outreach to selected donors. Work in collaboration with the Development and Communications teams to help design and implement donor stewardship and communications plans, pieces, and activities. In collaboration with the Development Director and Development Operations Manager, establish processes and strategies for effective internal communication, planning, and reporting for the grant-management process. Seek out and identify new Foundation prospects for submitting proposals to fund work in the ACLU of Texas strategic plan.

The Donor & Foundation Relations Coordinator must take initiative, problem-solve, multi-task, work independently, and liaise with others on donor strategies as a part of a team in a collaborative environment. The person in this role must have strong interpersonal and communications skills and a high level of professionalism, as well as the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and the public. The Donor & Foundation Relations Coordinator must demonstrate a commitment to civil rights and civil liberties consistent with the mission and goals of the ACLU. The position requires a person who is self-motivated and self-directed with the following qualifications. The position will work out of the ACLU of Texas office in Houston.

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Nonprofit experience preferred. Grant writing experience a plus.
  • Creativity.
  • High ethical standards and a commitment to the confidentiality of donor records.
  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.

Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of ACLU of Texas’s salary scale. Excellent benefits include a generous Paid Time Off policy, medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with an employer match; life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.

Electronic applications in MS Word preferred. Submit a letter of interest mentioning where you saw this posting, along with a résumé and the ACLU of Texas application to:
E-mail: jobs@aclutx.org
or mail: ACLU of Texas
Attn: Donor & Foundation Relations Coordinator
PO Box 8306, Houston, TX 77288-8306

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Texas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to 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.

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