KY Historical Society Foundation Director

  • 07 Jun 2024 12:15 PM
    Message # 13367375


    The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation is a fundraising organization with its own board of directors that provides financial support for programming to the Kentucky Historical Society. Foundation activities include creation and implementation of a comprehensive development plan to include activities ranging from the annual Fund for KHS and honorary and memorial gift programs to the Kentucky History Half Marathon.


    KHSF is seeking a strategic, creative, adaptable, and confident self-starter to lead the Foundation through growth and impact in the Commonwealth. A successful Foundation Director will be energized by the opportunity to create a renewed development program that supports the mission of the Kentucky Historical Society, to deepen the engagement with supporters of all kinds, and to raise awareness of the Kentucky Historical Society, working with a team dedicated to its mission.


    The Foundation Director will provide vision, leadership, and strategic direction to the philanthropic efforts in support of the Kentucky Historical Society’s mission, programs, and services. They will be able to digest and synthesize multiple funding needs, then implement a comprehensive development program that expands private support of the Kentucky Historical Society.

    The development program will engage both current and next-generation supporters in annual and campaign-specific fundraising plans. These plans, developed in partnership with the KHS Executive Director and leadership team, will utilize programs such as The Fund for KHS (annual fund); major, planned, corporate, and foundation giving; and stewardship/ fundraising events.

    The Foundation Director will have administrative responsibility for daily operations. The Foundation Director is employed by the KHSF Board of Directors, but will work collaboratively as a member of the KHS leadership team under the direction of the KHS Executive Director, who serves as KHSF Secretary. All will be responsible for meeting specific, measurable fundraising goals in support of the care and acquisition of new historical collections, the cultivation and publication of historical research, and activities promoting Kentucky history education.


    • Development Strategy & Plan: Working with the KHS Foundation Board and KHS leadership team, create and implement a comprehensive annual fundraising plan inclusive of corporate giving, foundation giving, individual donor giving, grants, membership, planned giving (i.e., bequests), events, and other potential revenue- generating income. Oversee development and implementation of stewardship strategies across campaigns to include acknowledgements, annual endowment reports to fund donors, and necessary engagement activities; work with administrative staff to manage donor activities, including oversight for the receipt and acknowledgement of donations and collection of pledges, ensuring that donor intentions are honored.
    • Supporter Engagement and Cultivation: In collaboration with the KHS team, the Foundation Director will be responsible for cultivating and engaging KHS supporters, including the Foundation board, donors and grantors of all kind, and prospects.
    • Donor/Membership: Collaborate in the implementation of a donor/membership model inclusive of existing benefits and audiences and looking ahead to future audience needs; the Foundation Director will be responsible for increasing the reach and number of donor/members and assist in managing annual renewals year over year.
    • Relationship Management: The Foundation Director will be the primary point of contact and entry to donor contacts and programs; the Foundation Director will be responsible for maintaining accurate donor records through effective data management strategies, such as updating and maintaining all records in the constituent management system, Altru, in partnership with Foundation staff.
    • Development Messaging & Reports: Work in partnership with the KHS program managers and KHS Marketing Communications Director to establish strategic and engaging messages and create donor packages for philanthropic opportunities in addition to directing reporting needs for all public and private funds. This includes message creation for use by KHS existing and would-be ambassadors.
    • Budget: The Foundation Director will manage a development budget annually and allocate funds according to the needs for the year.


    The ideal candidate will be self-directed in seeking programmatic funds in support of the priorities and strategies set by the Kentucky Historical Society. Ideal qualifications include:

    • Demonstrated development experience with a particular focus on identifying and successfully pursuing both private and public funding opportunities. While a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is preferred, we are looking for successful execution in previous roles.
    • Success in non-profit board management and engagement, campaign leadership, major gifts, planned giving, implementing new and innovative strategies, and leadership.
    • Effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully engage leadership, prospects, donors, and constituents across the Commonwealth.
    • Knowledge of Commonwealth of Kentucky communities
    • Experience with oversight and management of a donor database.
    • At least 4 years of experience in the development field with a knowledge of the local, regional, and national fundraising landscape.
    • A passion for the KHS mission, love of Kentucky history, and the ability to effectively communicate passion for the KHS mission to various constituencies.


    The Kentucky Historical Society is prepared to offer a base salary in the range of $100,000 to $120,000, commensurate with experience, and a competitive benefits package including a bonus opportunity based upon performance.

    Kentucky Historical Society Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, people who are differently-abled, women, veterans, and LGBTQIA+ applicants. The Kentucky Historical Society Foundation celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


    Last modified: 07 Jun 2024 12:16 PM | Anonymous