Chief Development Officer

The Louisville Orchestra
Kentucky, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 24, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Direct Marketing, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Membership, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Government Relations and Advocacy, Managing Volunteers, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Arts Administration, Information Systems, Office Administration
Arts, Community Foundations
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Title:  Chief Development Officer

Status:             Full-Time, Exempt

Reports to:      Executive Director


Job Summary: The Chief Development Officer is responsible for leading all the contributed income campaigns annually. Campaigns include the Board, Major donors, annual fund, corporate, foundation and planned giving. The CDO works hand in hand with the Executive Director on executing and achieving goals, as well as Board leadership. In addition, the CDO will take a lead role in the LO’s Endowment campaign, partnering with the LOA Board, consultants and staff.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and board to develop and implement long- and short-term fundraising strategies to meet and/or exceed annual fundraising goals
  • Lead, coordinate, and manage the development team to expand income from annual fund, planned giving, corporate giving, major gifts, foundations,
  • Assist the ED with driving fundraising activities and personally engage with top prospects
  • Actively engage the board in all fundraising activities and personally educate each member on how to best cultivate, solicit, and steward their network
  • Regularly attend donor events, social functions, professional networking events, and community events representing the Louisville Orchestra
  • Maintain relationships with sponsors and major funders to provide reports on their specific gifts to programs and events
  • Design and organize a departmental plan of work to achieve annual operating goals for individual donors, foundations, corporate sponsorships, government grants, special events, and future campaigns
  • Develop a yearly communication plan for development to ensure regular and consistent messaging – collaborating with the marketing team
  • Oversee the production of all development collateral (including copy and design) working closely with marketing staff to ensure consistent branding and messaging (including season brochure, impact report, invitations, fact sheets, and other collateral)
  • Supervise and mentor the development team as it evolves by setting clear expectations, providing, motivation, assisting in their professional development, and maintain the highest levels of professionalism
  • Recruit, assign, and train volunteers to assist within the development office and special event duties
  • Oversee creation and develop materials/agreements for fundraising (e.g. sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, major gifts, planned gifts, multi-year gifts, annual reports, fundraising collateral)


The successful candidate will be:

  • Action-oriented and goals-driven
  • Demonstrate the maturity to handle donors and supporters of all levels with respect and assurance.
  • Always curious about new ways and methods to engage supporters
  • Very detailed oriented and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Have a proven track record of innovation



 Bachelor’s degree in a related field and minimum of seven years of development experience – with leadership responsibilities

  • A CFRE is preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated track record in a fundraising role is necessary, with a background in all aspects of development
  • Knowledge of the performing arts preferred
  • Excellent organizational, managerial, and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Flexible and adaptable style
  • Experience directly interfacing with and presenting to artistic, board, and organizational leadership
  • Passion and love of classical music is a plus
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays
  • Experience working and interacting with boards, committees, and community leaders


Compensation and Benefits

 The Louisville Orchestra offers a comprehensive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and in line with similar positions of this scope with similar-sized orchestras in the country and Louisville cultural institutions. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick time, parking stipend, 403b contribution, and a diverse offering of voluntary benefits.


About the Louisville Orchestra

 The Louisville Orchestra has long had a strong reputation for innovation, creativity, and excellence. With an annual operating budget of $10M, 58 full-time musicians, and a 34-week performance season, it is currently an organization that is changing the very idea of what a 21st century orchestra can be and do. Under the leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams, the Louisville Orchestra is well on its way toward achieving its goal of being “the most interesting orchestra on the planet.”


To Apply

 Send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three professional references to by 6/1/22. Candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted with further instructions. References will not be contacted until the final round of interviews. No phone calls please.

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