Fundraising Manager (REQ 398)

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American Bar Association
March 3, 2020
Washington, DC
Job Type
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW


The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world.  The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.


The ABA Fund for Justice and Education (ABA/FJE) is the charitable 501c3 arm of the American Bar Association (ABA).  In this role, the ABA/FJE is the repository of over $70 million annually in gifts and grants to support the public service and educational initiatives of the ABA.  The ABA/FJE works collaboratively with dozens of internal departments (entities) to raise funds for programs that enhance access to justice, promote best practices for lawyers and the courts, educate the public about the rule of law, and diversify the legal profession.

The American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. Our mission is to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and pursuing justice as the national representative of the legal profession.


The Manager of Fundraising will be located in the ABA’s Washington, DC office.  The position will report to the Director of Development in Chicago but collaborate daily with the Director of the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) in Washington, DC.  CPIL houses many of the ABA’s charitable programs that focus on an array of topics, including legal assistance and pro bono, children’s rights, at-risk and homeless youth, domestic and sexual violence, death penalty representation, elder law, homelessness and poverty, immigration and asylum, gun violence, and voting rights (among others).  The position requires an experienced development professional with a proactive attitude that can manage fundraising and stewardship efforts among a diverse group of funders in collaboration with program staff in DC as well as fundraising staff in Chicago.
The ABA/FJE operates with a donor-centered philosophy, pursuing activities that always respect the interests and intentions of the donor as well as the ABA and its entities. The ABA/FJE’s collaborative nature is a critical component to fulfilling our mission of raising charitable funds to benefit the ABA and the work of its entities.  Enthusiasm for working as part of a team both within the department and throughout the ABA is a key part of this position.

The ABA/FJE is a seven-member team located in Chicago.  Although all the staff are assigned to certain areas of fundraising, like individual giving or corporate/law firm support, each person has expertise in multiple fundraising areas and often consults with entities on a variety of topics.  With one Development Assistant to handle administrative tasks for the entire team, each person is responsible for some level of administrative duties, including this position.  The ideal candidate for this position will be able to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, and apply best practices of fundraising, marketing and communications on a variety of topics.


Thought Leadership/Strategy

  • Take a lead role in strategic planning to help align activities to support the mission of the ABA and the entity.
  • Work with internal entities to define and articulate a case for support.
  • Expand a culture of philanthropy throughout entities and its leadership.

Development/Donor Relations  

  • Collaborate with staff to maximize ABA leadership involvement with fundraising by inspiring members to become more consistent partners in donor relations, the identification of new donors, and when appropriate, as peer solicitors.
  • Work with senior leadership and program staff to identify major funding opportunities and match those needs with donor interests.
  • Maintain a visible role in the Washington, DC fundraising community, specifically with foundations and government agencies.
  • Cultivate relationships with donors, ABA member volunteers, and government contacts.
  • Conceptualize innovative donor cultivation events, assist entities with their current fundraising events, and provide suggestions for new programming.
  • Work with the senior staff to support efforts to achieve engagement and financial goals.
  • Plan and lead special fundraising campaigns for annual and major gift support.
  • Expand the constituency for major individual gifts and deepen existing institutional relationships.

Marketing Communications

  • Visibly position and promote the ABA’s charitable programs and expertise to expand and deepen audience and funder engagement.
  • Draft outreach and communication materials, such as newsletters, donor impact reports, and press releases.
  • Develop partnerships that align with the ABA’s mission, increase its visibility, and increase revenue.
  • Assist with social media campaigns that strategically broaden the ABA’s brand awareness and community outreach.

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 312-988-5188.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $68,040.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $81,000.00
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 15
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree


The successful candidate will be a strategic team player who is visionary about the ABA/FJE’s fundraising potential and who can create initiatives to maximize results.  A passion for philanthropy and a proven track record in donor communications are key.  The candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work as part of a high functioning team motivated by individual and shared goals and fundraising targets.

The ideal candidate will possess 7+ years of development experience with demonstrated success in securing funding from various sources, including corporations, foundations and government agencies. Strong working knowledge of the principles and best practices of fundraising, marketing and communications. Ability to foster a creative, professional, “open door” collaboration coupled with the ability to work independently. Knowledge of information systems to support fundraising activities, including strong computer skills in Raisers Edge, Personify or comparable donor or membership software, Oracle (or comparable financial software) and Microsoft Office. Very strong verbal and written communications skills with the ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituents at all levels of authority and experience. An innovative mindset and the ability to succeed in a diverse and dynamic culture. Strong customer service skills aimed at supporting donors, members and staff.

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