Jobs: Liberty Circle Manager

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FLSA Status: Exempt/Full-time

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Lambda Legal seeks an experienced annual fund giving manager to join the Development Team. The Liberty Circle Manager is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing Lambda Legal’s Liberty Circle giving program and its corresponding benefits.

The Manager will lead and implement a comprehensive annual strategy through an intersectional lens for cultivating, soliciting, stewarding, and retaining gifts of $1,500 - $4,999 from new and existing Liberty Circle members through special appeals, communications, events, and individual meetings. 

The successful candidate will be an experienced nonprofit fundraising professional with a background in building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with individual donors as well as creating print and/or online collateral or communications to nonprofit audiences. This is an exciting opportunity for a fundraiser that is prepared to take ownership of this new role as it aligns with the larger work and goals of the Development Department.



Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships; challenge discrimination against LGBTQ people and people living with HIV in the workplace, in the home, in schools, in health care, and in the military; and protect LGBTQ families, including by winning and defending marriage equality. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in or near Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

We believe that serving the full breadth of the LGBTQ community and all people living with HIV requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. To be successful, we must approach our work with an understanding that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is not the only obstacle to achieving full formal and lived equality for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV; rather, we recognize the intersectional nature of discrimination, specifically including biases based on race, religion, national origin, gender, disability, education, and class. In light of this reality, we prioritize awareness and proactive commitment to counteracting these biases and their compounding effects.  



The Liberty Circle Manager reports to the Director of Member Services and works closely with the Membership, Database, Major Gifts and Events Teams. The Liberty Circle Manager will serve to ensure the acquisition, retention, moves management, , solicitation and recognition of donors at the Liberty Circle level in partnership with assigned solicitors. The Liberty Circle Manager will also manage their own portfolio of donors and have their own financial goals/benchmarks.

  • In partnership with our team of solicitors and Director of Member Services, the Liberty Circle Manager will create and manage necessary cultivation and annual renewal materials of Liberty Circle donors across all portfolios. This includes driving and supporting appeal strategies through e-mail, mail, events, and individual solicitations.

  • Proactively support the Liberty Circle stewardship responsibilities of the Major Gifts team by assisting them in establishing and coordinating individualized solicitation plans for donors.

  • Refine and maintain Liberty Circle levels and benefits. Ensure the fulfillment of donor benefits at all levels.

  • Become proficient at all aspects of the Raiser’s Edge database view and Luminate online databases, including but limited to: data entry and report generation, with the ability to manipulate data and create reports and mailing lists, record all donation information and maintain communication records with donors.

  • Analyze data regarding annual giving programs and past giving trends to improve program results and develop future strategies. Provide regular reporting on results.

  • Coordinate data segmentation and database tracking for donor solicitations, pull data queries and exports

  • Work collaboratively with the Communications team to create a schedule and develop solicitation and cultivation tools and content, including appeal letters, programmatic updates, and Lambda Legal’s quarterly Impact Newsletter.

  • Lead the organization and implementation of National Liberty Circle engagements including virtual and in-person events. Compile segmented invitation lists, engage featured program participants, create programs, and provide program materials, prepare program scripts and participant remarks (as needed) and create and public accurate recognition lists.

  • Actively participate in the budgeting and forecasting of the Liberty Circle program, including annual revenue goals and expense budgets.

  • Provide attentive and helpful assistance and interaction with donors (via phone, computer and face-to-face).

  • Additional duties as assigned.



Skills & Competencies:

  • 3+ years of demonstrated success in a major gift or individual gift fundraising function required.

  • Experience coordinating fundraising events or project management of print and online collateral desired.

  • Proven experience having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time; campaign and annual giving experience is a plus.

  • Demonstrated experience working with racially and gender diverse volunteers and groups.

  • Knowledge of LGBTQ and/or philanthropic communities in assigned areas is required.

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and interpersonal; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term authentic relationships.

  • Flexible, adaptive, and innovative work style; a collaborator who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.

  • Passion for Lambda Legal’s mission is essential.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills both independently and across departments, with exceptional attention to detail especially in the areas of proofing/taking ownership and signing off on final projects.

  • Highly proficient with donor databases and Microsoft Office applications, experience with Raiser’s Edge and/or Luminate preferred.

  • Able to work independently on projects while understanding bigger pictures of the organization and how this role, and a given project, fits into Lambda Legal’s mission overall.

  • Able to interact and work with coworkers at all levels of the organization and across teams and to excel in an environment that emphasizes teamwork and collaboration.

  • Some travel is required for this position.

  • Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the breadth of the communities that Lambda Legal serves. Prior work on behalf of the LGBTQ community and/or people living with HIV is highly desirable, and some experience working with historically marginalized communities (in a professional or volunteer capacity) is also desirable.  Any successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to work in a gender-diverse and racially diverse environment.



This position has no direct staff reports.



During the COVID-19 pandemic, travel will be minimal. In the future, however, some amount of travel (~15%) may be required.



The health and well-being of our employees and their loved ones are of the utmost importance to us. During the pandemic, we have chosen to close our offices. Although staff are mostly working from home, some employees have returned to work in the office voluntarily. We follow CDC and Department of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of employees who occasionally need to work from the office. We have an employee task force that is continually evaluating and assessing when we can re-open. At this time, the offices will remain closed until at least until February 2022.



Salary minimum is based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The minimum annual salary is $65,934, higher starting annual salaries are possible. Benefits include short and long-term disability, life insurance, basic medical and dental plan at no cost to the employee, with an opportunity to obtain additional coverage for themselves or their family including vision at a low cost. Option to enroll in a pre-tax health flexible spending account, dependent care account, and commuter transit account. Option to defer earnings to a 403(b)-retirement plan. Paid time off includes the opportunity to annually accrue up to 15 days of vacation, 3 personal and 12 sick. Lambda Legal observes 10 holidays per year and is supportive of observance of religious holidays.



Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Send resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how you learned of the job opening to careers@lambdalegal.org, attention Mildred Perez with the subject line of “Liberty Circle Manager”.  (Send via email only) Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return phone calls about the position and cannot notify all applicants of status.


Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBTQ, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with HIV, and people living with (or perceived as having) other physical or mental disabilities are encouraged to apply.