Careers, Fellowships, Internships
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Major Gifts Officer
AU is seeking a major gift professional to serve as its Major Gifts Officer to develop and implement our major gift program. The successful candidate will be responsible for qualifying and managing an active mid and major gift-level portfolio of roughly 150 donors, implementing strategic and effective donor relations, and securing planned and estate gifts as a source of blended gifts.
- Qualify a portfolio of major and mid-level donors, with guidance and support from Prospect Research Manager.
- Create and manage individual solicitation goals for each person in the portfolio.
- Create and execute a moves management plan (including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship) for each donor that is driven by that donor’s passions and interests and communication preferences. Execution of this plan may include travel for face-to-face meetings.
- Secure appropriate project information, including budgets, and create offers, proposals and asks.
- Support Sr. Director of Development in planned giving initiatives or outreach.
- Work with Sr. Director of Development to create and execute appropriate stewardship opportunities for the full spectrum of donors beyond their portfolio, throughout the year. This includes segmented communications, letters, campaigns, virtual events and small in-person events (nationwide).
- Support the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship efforts of the CEO and other key staff so that they are properly prepared for each donor interaction that are not directly executed by this individual. This includes donor profiles, briefing materials, talking points and follow up.
- Actively record the creation and execution of moves management plans in CRM system (currently EveryAction).
- Create and maintain reports on portfolio progress using CRM system.
- Professional Development
- Participate in appropriate professional development activities to keep current with issues and trends in the fundraising field.
- Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects.
- Work with the development department to align efforts and set goals.
- Track and report progress using specific metrics.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:
Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As a part of that commitment, AU has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all AU employees, interns, and fellows (AU staff) who work regularly or occasionally in the office are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If a candidate selected for hire has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, a medical exemption should be requested from Human Resources.
Americans United employees have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue working remotely for the next year as we discern our longer-term plan for remote and in-office work. Occasional participation in in-person meetings and events at AU headquarters in Washington, DC, is required.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $80,000-$90,000. Americans United offers a comprehensive benefit package including employer paid premiums for health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, and a 401(k) with match and commuter subsidy.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a thoughtful, relevant cover letter and resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered
- Strong oral communication, written communication, and presentation skills.
- Established track record of soliciting and closing five and six figure gifts.
- Excellent organizational and people skills.
- The ability to maintain accountability and to work independently and creatively, while functioning as part of a cooperative and coordinated team.
- Undergraduate degree required.
- Minimum of 5-8 years of successful hands-on experience in cultivation and solicitation of major donors, prospects, and knowledge of blended gifts (i.e. planned gifts).
- Advocate for church-state separation issues with a worldview that aligns with AU’s mission.
- Tact and diplomacy in building strong working relationships with colleagues.
- Conducts oneself in a professional, friendly and truthful manner.
- Capacity to manage multiple tasks and negotiate several priorities simultaneously.
Senior Director, The Legal Academy
The Senior Director of the Legal Academy at Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) will provide oversight and management of a new and growing initiative at AU. Launched in June 2022, the Legal Academy brings together summer legal interns at Americans United and other leading nonprofit litigation groups to cultivate a new generation of leaders who can shape the law to protect the rights of the people into the future.
The successful candidate will serve as a high-level program manager to execute the team’s continued vision for the Legal Academy. The individual shall be committed to civil rights, impact litigation, and upholding core constitutional values that protect the rights of all people, especially those most marginalized. Reporting to the President and CEO of AU, the successful candidate will oversee the Legal Academy’s core team and collaborate with project partners.
For 75 years, Americans United’s mission to preserve and defend church-state separation has brought us into solidarity and partnership with organizations and causes across the public-interest sector. AU has leveraged the expertise of these partner organizations by establishing a legal training program, the Legal Academy, for law students participating in internships with impact-litigation groups. Its goals are to 1) train law students to approach litigation in an intersectional manner; 2) teach hard litigating skills, strategy, and a broad theoretical approach to the law; and 3) foster a community of civil rights litigators and future leaders who will work to ensure rights for marginalized people, including but not limited to religious minorities and the nonreligious, Black and Brown people, LGBTQ individuals, and women.
The Legal Academy includes an in-person legal bootcamp, virtual event series, and supporting network of alumni participants of the Academy and partner organizations. The initiative has a community-building focus during and after the summer to support this next generation of leaders.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- The responsibilities of the Senior Director of the Legal Academy include:
- Strategy and Leadership (15%)
- Work with the President and CEO to refine the strategic vision for the Legal Academy.
- Facilitate processes to make key project decisions relating to program structure, fundraising and budget, marketing, and more.
- Identify and build relationships with potential new partners and allies.
- Resolve strategic issues and questions relating to program development and implementation.
Program Management (70%)
- Implement a realistic and concrete plan for the execution of the vision for the Legal Academy, including its continued growth, development, and activities.
- Oversee Legal Academy logistics, including:
- Development and revision of the program curriculum
- Management and organization of a central repository of materials
- Coordination of travel and event logistics (catering venue, tech, etc.)
- Development and management of project budget
- Communication with project partners
- Engagement with program participants
- Development and execution of a communications and marketing plan
- Oversee project timeline and agenda.
- Supervise a team of several staff, including a Program Associate and co-Directors, and lead weekly team meetings.
- Oversee communications with student participants and program alumnae.
- Promote the Legal Academy in coordination with the President and co-Directors.
- Drive progress and growth of the project year over year.
- Draft, monitor, and meet decision-making benchmarks.
- Oversee compliance, project assessment, and metrics (participant surveys, budget tracking and reporting).
- Oversee the management of a database of all contacts (participant, instructor, partners), project files, and assets.
- Coordinate administrative support to allow the co-Directors to effectively manage relationships with partner groups and instructors, instructor recruitment and engagement, and outreach to allies within the legal network; and
- Assist with CRM efforts to develop assessment and recruitment-related tools.
- Support fundraising for the project and the development of marketing materials.
- Provide support to the development team and President & CEO in identifying and cultivating prospective donors and funders.
- Participate in donor and funder meetings to help strengthen the financial resources of the Legal Academy.
- Write letters of inquiry, concept papers, and grant proposals.
- Complete grant reports as needed.
- A. degree from an accredited college or university.
- 10+ years of program management experience with increasing responsibilities.
- Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.
- Experience fundraising to support program development.
- Ability to plan and manage under a tight deadline with the ability to multitask and be flexible and effective in fast-paced and high-pressure situations.
- Ability to collaborate across departments and work effectively with senior colleagues in the organization.
- Experience leading a team and supervising staff.
- D. degree
- Litigation experience
- Experience in advocacy/nonprofit/coalition building organizations
- Prior engagement with public-interest law students, including teaching, advising, or leading a legal bar association student division
- Experience working with a CRM like EveryAction/NGP VAN or similar email software.
Competitive Salary and Generous Benefits: Salary is $145,000-$160,000 commensurate with experience. Americans United offers a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid premiums for health care, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) with match, and commuter subsidy.
Work Location: Americans United employees have been working remotely since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue working remotely until fall 2023 as we discern our longer-term plan for remote and in-office work. Attendance at the in-person legal bootcamp and other occasional in-person meetings and events at AU headquarters in Washington, DC, is required.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:
Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to have received a bivalent booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and a thoughtful, relevant cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. AU is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
Public Policy Internship
Americans United for Separation of Church and State—the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization—seeks second- or third-year law students or recent graduates to work as a public policy intern. Both part-time and full-time positions are available during the spring (January – May).
For the last 75 years, Americans United has fought to protect the separation of church and state, which is the foundation of religious freedom for all. As a public policy intern, you will be working most closely with the State Policy Counsel on state advocacy, where some of the most notable and novel policy battles in the area of religious freedom happen. In the last year, we have fought state bills that were designed to introduce prayer in public schools and allow “religious freedom” to be used as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people and deny women access to reproductive healthcare. We also fought an onslaught of state bills that would send taxpayer dollars to religious schools through school voucher schemes.
The public policy intern will help to monitor legislation introduced in the states, analyze bills, conduct legal research, and draft letters, amendments and/or testimony to state legislators, and social media content, including blog posts.
Compensation: Interns are usually able to obtain credit or funding through their law schools.
Work Location: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 internships are remote, though interns may make arrangements to work in the office with advance approval (if they are in the Washington, DC area). As of this time, we have not determined our work-location policy concerning Summer 2023 interns.
How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and a list of three references. The cover letter should highlight why you want to work with us and what perspectives you would bring to strengthen our practice. The writing sample should be 5 pages or fewer; it should be your best example of comprehensive and detailed legal argument or analysis, should be your own work, and should not be substantially edited by anyone else. First-year law students who apply before receipt of their initial grades may submit a law-school transcript that shows their initial courses or an undergraduate transcript.
Deadline: Applications are considered on a rolling basis through December 15, 2022.
For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please visit our website at www.au.org.
Eligibility and Requirements: Second- and third-year law students and recent law-school graduates are eligible to apply. Applicants should have strong research, writing, and analytical skills, an interest in statutory interpretation and legislative advocacy, and an interest in First Amendment jurisprudence.
Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to have received a bivalent booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.
Constitutional Litigation Internships
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking legal interns who are committed to civil rights, impact litigation, and upholding core First Amendment protections. Both part-time and full-time positions are available during the fall and spring. We hire full-time summer interns as well, but all our openings for Summer 2023 internships have been filled.
Your work will include defending the rights of women, LGBTQ people, and racial and religious minorities against religion-based discrimination. And you will fight to keep religion out of government—including through challenges to religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored religion in the public square.
Americans United is the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization. For the last 75 years we have litigated church-state issues in federal and state courts across the country, with a substantial practice before the federal courts of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues. In just the past few years, for example, we have litigated lawsuits and submitted amicus briefs challenging or opposing:
- Religion-based refusals by businesses, foster-care agencies, and government officials to provide services to LGBTQ people and religious minorities.
- Race-based and sex-based employment discrimination by religious employers.
- Efforts to deprive women of access to abortion and contraceptives.
- Trump Administration regulations that licensed healthcare workers to refuse care to women, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities.
- The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban.
- Demands for religious exemptions from Covid-19-related public-health orders.
Legal interns receive a substantive legal experience with in-depth exposure to some of the most important issues facing the nation. Interns assist with ongoing litigation by conducting legal and factual research and writing, analyze potential new litigation, and draft demand letters to resolve constitutional violations without filing suit. Interns may also draft pleadings, briefs, or discovery. Our attorneys endeavor to prepare interns for public-interest legal practice, including by providing training and practical experience, in house and in conjunction with partner organizations. Interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many events that take place in Washington, D.C., or are available virtually.
Eligibility and Requirements: Law students (any year) who are committed to advancing the public interest and the separation of religion and government are encouraged to apply. Americans United includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and abilities. Because we work on a wide variety of issues and with many different communities, we value what diversity and diverse perspectives bring to our work.
Compensation: A stipend of $6,300 for a ten-week term for summer interns. For spring and fall interns, support in obtaining academic credit or a prorated stipend will be available. A commuter subsidy is also provided.
Work Location: Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 interns may be based anywhere in the United States and will have the flexibility to choose to work remotely every day, in our office every day (if they are in the Washington, D.C. area), or a mix per their preference. As of this time, we have not determined our work-location policy for Fall 2023 or thereafter; please check this page for updates.
Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: Americans United has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, we have implemented a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all Americans United employees, fellows, and interns are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and to receive a bivalent booster shot. If a candidate selected for hire desires a medical or religious exemption, the candidate should make a request to our human-resources personnel, and the request will be considered in accordance with applicable law.
How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and a list of three references through our web-based application portal at https://bit.ly/3zRst3C. The cover letter should highlight why you want to work with us and what perspectives you would bring to strengthen our practice. The writing sample may be of any length; it should be your best example of comprehensive and detailed legal argument or analysis, should be your own work, and should not be substantially edited by anyone else. First-year law students who apply before receipt of their initial grades may submit a law-school transcript that shows their initial courses or an undergraduate transcript. If you have any questions about an internship position, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Deadline: Positions will remain open until filled. Applicants for positions during the fall are encouraged to apply by September 1; applicants for positions during the spring are encouraged to apply by December 15. Summer 2023 positions have been filled. Applicants for Summer 2024 positions are encouraged to apply between July 1, 2023 and January 15, 2024.