Louisville Development Officer

Employment Opportunity

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The Commonwealth Fund for KET, the fundraising unit of Kentucky Educational Television, has the following job opening based in Louisville, Ky.:

Louisville Development Officer

Reports To:

President, Commonwealth Fund for KET

Essential Duties:

  • Understand KET’s strategic vision in order to align needs with major gift funding opportunities (all private sources), and to articulate a case for support.
  • Track and meet monthly and annual revenue goals and expense budgets. Responsible for continuous strategic planning and monthly contact and progress reports. Accountability to be based on fundraising achievement.
  • With a position emphasis on securing new funds, use all available resources to research private revenue sources and their values, giving priorities and relationship histories to identify viable donor prospects.
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships to secure new annual funds of $1200+ for the Fund for Excellence, media and event sponsorships; major gifts for endowment campaigns; and grants for education, outreach, productions, and technology.
  • In collaboration with other Commonwealth Fund for KET staff, manage an assigned portfolio of current and/or lapsed donors to renew, rejoin, or upgrade their support, and move them through the giving pipeline.
  • Plan, execute, and track a moves management system including a specified number of face-to-face visits, contacts, follow-up, and other cultivation and solicitation strategies.
  • Ensure records of contacts, acknowledgments, and research are up-to-date in database and file systems.
  • Write direct mail, grants, and other major gift funding proposals for individual, corporate, and foundation solicitations.
  • Plan and manage major donor fundraising and cultivation events in the Louisville region, including sponsorship solicitations. Support other Commonwealth Fund and KET events as needed.
  • Serve as an official representative and ambassador for KET to engage with the greater Louisville community and advocate KET’s programs and services.
  • Assist the Louisville Regional Fund Board in their efforts to raise awareness and secure funds from the greater Louisville area.
  • Support the Commonwealth Fund Board of Directors in major gift solicitations and other board initiatives.
  • Work with KET staff to ensure appropriated donor recognition on all platforms; assist with on-air traffic processes as needed.
  • Develop routine marketing materials to reinforce KET’s mission and impact to potential funders; work with Marketing Department on branded collateral.
  • Regularly communicate and coordinate contacts and best practices with the entire Fund team. Attendance at weekly Fund staff meetings expected.
  • Working closely with KET staff, help reinforce a culture of philanthropy to advance the common goals of the Fund and KET.
  • Involve and manage volunteers as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated success in securing major gifts, grants, and sponsorships
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Computer proficiency and database management skills
  • Self-supporting administrative, marketing, and office skills
  • Travel and extended work hours expected
  • Primary job site: Louisville, Ky.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and qualifications, plus a minimum of three years of experience in fundraising, sales or a related field


Please send state application, cover letter, resume, and writing samples to: Employment & Recruiting, KET, 600 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502 or e-mail to jobs@ket.org, or send via fax to 859-258-7765.

KET is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position open until filled.