Development Director

Employer: Louisville Youth Group

Job Description

Louisville Youth Group Inc. (LYG) is the primary LGBTQIA+ nonprofit community serving LGBTQIA+ youth in Kentuckiana and the surrounding regions. We provide a safe space for gender- and sexuality-diverse young adults to grow their identities, learn leadership skills, and develop the tools needed both to thrive personally and to act as agents of change in their communities.

LYG accomplishes these goals through our primary weekly programming, targeted leadership development opportunities, community partnerships, retreats, and through outreach to local school systems, healthcare agencies, and other groups providing education and care to LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults. LYG is committed to making Kentuckiana and the broader region a safe, and healthy place for all LGBTQIA+ identified people. 

Job Title: Development Director
Hours: 35 hours/week
Compensation: $15.00/hr
Supervisor: Executive Director

The person serving in this position will serve as the development director for LYG.  The Development Director provides support to the Executive Director and Board of Directors in the area of fundraising including developing relationships with donors, maintaining our Salesforce database, working with the LYG treasurer to maintain QuickBooks, managing correspondence, scheduling and preparing for meetings, organizing events, running reports, designing external communications, researching and drafting funding opportunities, and representing LYG in the community.

An ideal candidate must:  

  • Be responsible, flexible, hard‐working, ethical, and committed to the mission of LYG
  • A passion for storytelling as a way to build relationships between the work of an organization and the community
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries with program participants, staff, parents and volunteers
  • Consent to a background check (Background checks are legally required to work directly with youth populations. Checks containing records do not automatically disqualify applicants from the position. Records are reviewed at the end of the process and applicants will have an opportunity to discuss their history before or during the review process).
  • Ability to demonstrate interpersonal skills, and work with a team
  • Ability to make independent decisions
  • Experience researching grant opportunities, structuring, writing, and editing persuasive proposals.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail, and interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing multiple tasks and empowering board members and volunteers to support development activities. 
  • Strong partnership building, marketing, and event planning skills.
  • Superior computer skills and knowledge including word processing, database operations, spreadsheets, and other software systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations and gender identities in a multicultural environment.

Salary Range: < $35,000

Job Requirements:

Specific job tasks may include:  

  • Develop assessment tools for analyzing the success of development campaigns, events, sponsorships, and grants
  • Utilize collected data to design annual fundraising goals and strategies to meet those goals
  • Be aware of anti-racist fundraising and donor engagement practices, and use those tools to redefine necessary components of fundraising at LYG
  • Coordinate retention and growth of individual giving through annual giving campaigns, major gift cultivation, integrated marketing/fundraising campaigns, special events, and planned giving.
  • Develop meaningful relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • Ensure all donors are appropriately thanked and receive regular communication; make donor stewardship a priority throughout the organization.
  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgment letters and other correspondence including year-end tax letters.
  • Enter and manage detailed donor history, continually updating and correcting records to maintain accurate contact and biographical information; develop reports to evaluate donor engagement.
  • Research and assist in drafting grant proposals.
  • Write grants to acquire (and report on) public grants/contracts that are mission-aligned.
  • Research national and/or state and/or regional landscapes of government grants funding 501©3 work in areas related to LYG’s mission.
  • Track and clearly communicate grant proposals and reporting requirements and deadlines to all necessary staff and coordinate the creation of all materials for grant proposals and reporting.
  • Research the giving interests of foundation funders, stay abreast of philanthropic trends and recent foundation giving, and identify new grant funding opportunities that align with our programs and strategic objectives.
  • Write grants for private foundation funding and local, state-wide, and national funding.
  • Develop and track grant-funding proposals and work with the Executive Director to prepare reports.
  • Maintain foundation, corporation, and individual donor files.
  • Create monthly development reports and other database reports as needed.
  • Coordinate design, production, and mailing of annual report and appeal letters.
  • Manage and grow annual giving, including the expansion of an existing monthly contributor base.
  • Coordinate with 3rd parties raising funds on behalf of LYG.
  • Contact donors and provide excellent and timely customer service regarding donation issues (returned checks, credit card declines, incorrect payee, etc.)
  • Maintain inventory of materials used for development and coordinate the ordering of new materials as needed
  • Cultivate and organize volunteers to assist with development related tasks.
  • Participate, as a partner, in the board development committee.
  • Participate in board meetings, strategic and budget planning as needed.
  • Maintain confidentiality and ensure compliance with related policies
  • Participate in the recording of hours with the supervisor, as desired. 
  • Participate in a regular evaluation and coaching process with assigned supervisor, including regular reports
  • Plan and coordinate special donor events.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Preferred at least 3 years of development experience. Preference for experience increasing direct donor support and developing anti-racist fundraising practices.

Louisville Youth Group Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

How to Apply:

Please send a Letter of Interest and a résumé or CV to

Louisville Youth Group hopes to onboard a new Development Director the first or second week of January 2021.