Annual Giving, Capital Campaigns/Endowment, Development - General
4 Year Degree
The mission of Cedar Lake is to offer highly compassionate, capable care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may experience a life of abundant possibilities. It is a private, non-profit organization that serves the needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by offering support services and housing. It provides a broad range of services beginning with the most profound intellectual disabilities and those with medically complex diagnoses. The mission of Cedar Lake is met through a variety of avenues extending from care provided 24- hours-a-day in a group home living environment, to in-home services provided on an as-needed basis. We’ve come a long way since the first facility—Cedar Lake Lodge—opened in 1974 and served just five residents. Today Cedar Lake employs more than 380 staff members and operates in 32 locations across Jefferson, Oldham and Henry counties providing assistance to over 250 individuals annually who come from all over Kentucky.
Reporting to the CEO of Cedar Lake, the Executive Director of the Cedar Lake Foundation serves as the leader of the fundraising arm of this nonprofit organization. In partnership with the ED and with the help of a team of 4 staff members, the Executive Director is charged with developing, communicating, and executing all strategic philanthropic fundraising initiatives to support Cedar Lake’s mission and programs. The Foundation’s current development strategy encompasses annual campaign including major gift solicitations; staff and Board solicitations; program and project sponsorship/underwriting; special event fundraisers and donor/prospect cultivation and stewardship events; corporate/foundation grant requests; planned giving; and donor cultivation and acquisition programs, including the communications and marketing strategies for such.
Serves as the leader of the Cedar Lake Foundation managing a staff team of 4.
Develops, executes and manages the organization’s fund development plan, enhancing and updating the plan as needed, and achieving budgeted goals.
Works with Cedar Lake’s CEO to develop a philanthropic fund development strategy to proactively identify, cultivate, solicit, close, and steward a portfolio of major donors. Assists the CEO in the management of the CEO’s portfolio of 20-30 key donors and donor prospects.
Organizes and manages donor cultivation and stewardship events within the context of the fund development plan created.
Recruits, motivates and manages the volunteer Fund Development Committee.
Works with a consultant to develop and grow a new planned giving program.
Working with the CEO, Board, Fund Development Committee, and other volunteers, fulfills mutually agreed upon specific number of face to face meetings each week with donors and donor prospects.
Manages key functions and duties of the annual campaign, including the staff campaign and board campaign.
Acts as point of contact and liaison for programmatic and project-based sponsors and underwriters.
Provides strategic leadership to effectively communicate the mission, goals and accomplishments of the organization to donors, prospective donors, and the broader community, including updating the organization’s promotional materials and developing new philanthropic materials.
Ensures ethical and appropriate financial administration of contributed income and following all regulations, policies, laws, and guidelines that impact donations. Adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) Code of Ethics.
Strong leadership and management skills
Ability to cultivate, solicit and close gifts
Comfortable opening up doors to new opportunities.
Creative, strategic thinker.
Commitment to best practices in fund raising administration.
Integrity - honors donor intent and confidentiality.
Salary commensurate with qualifications/experience.
Comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance for employee and dependents, life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with matching, paid days off, and more.
Professional development support through membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
The application deadline is July 14, 2017. Please submit a resume and cover letter to our Search Counsel by mail or email only:
Ashley|Rountree and Associates
2525 Nelson Miller Parkway, Suite 106
Louisville, KY 40223
No phone calls please.
10+ years of experience in non-profit fund development with a proven track record of success.
Demonstrated fundraising experience, especially with major gift solicitation, acquisition and stewardship.
Strong written and verbal communications skills with professional presentation, social media, and philanthropic marketing skills in particular.
Understanding of the nature and purpose of Cedar Lake and the Cedar Lake Foundation and a strong commitment to the Cedar Lake mission.
Experience working with volunteers (Board level preferred).
Experience working with Donor Relationship Management databases.
Proficient use of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel.
Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings.
Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community; track-record of building authentic, constructive relationships with others.
Cedar Lake is a private not-for-profit organization that originally incorporated out of common concern for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the lack of adequate residential facilities within our geographic area.
Cedar Lake was founded in 1970 by Louisville-area parents of people with intellectual disabilities. Cedar Lake Lodge began providing intensive supports in 19...74, and added “community-based” support options, Cedar Lake Residences, in 1989. Cedar Lake is a faith-based organization, and is formally affiliated with the Lutheran Church.
Collectively, Cedar Lake operations employ nearly 500 staff members and have an annual operating budget in excess of $30 million, providing supports to approximately 200 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.