Director of Development

Employer: Heuser Hearing Institute

Job Title: Director of Development (Full-Time)
Reports To: CEO

Organization Description:
Heuser Hearing Institute (HHI) is a multi-specialty nonprofit campus promoting the needs of children and adults with disorders of hearing and balance. Our organization has been serving Louisville and many of the surrounding Kentucky and Indiana communities since 1948. HHI began as an educational center called the Louisville Deaf Oral School many decades ago. In 2008, Heuser’s scope and mission officially expanded into the Heuser Hearing Institute.

Today, the institute includes three facilities: the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, which offers outstanding preschool and kindergarten programs for children with speech and hearing challenges; the Heuser Hearing Clinic, which is home to a full-time staff of audiologists and otolaryngologists serving patients of all ages; and the regional Heuser Early Intervention Program, which provides home-based services for infants and toddlers through the Kentucky and Indiana First Steps programs. Please take a look around our site to learn more about our organization and the important work Heuser Hearing Institute is doing in your community.

Position Summary:
A newly created position, the Director of Development is an integral member of the HHI team responsible for fostering a culture of philanthropy and securing funds to support HHI’s mission and programs. The Director is charged with developing, communicating, and executing all strategic philanthropic fundraising initiatives for the organization. The Director manages the annual campaign including major gift, staff and Board solicitations; program and project sponsorship/underwriting opportunities; special event fundraisers and donor/prospect cultivation and stewardship events; corporate/foundation grant requests; and all donor cultivation and acquisition programs, including the communications and marketing strategies for such.


  • Develops, executes and manages the organization’s fund development plan, enhancing and updating the plan as needed, and achieving budgeted goals.
  • Works with the 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 a newly created Donor Development Committee after fund development plan has been established and activated.
  • Working with the CEO, Board, Donor Development Committee, and other volunteers, fulfill 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.
  • Researches, identifies, writes, and submits successful grant applications to private and corporate foundation prospects. This process includes developing relationships with key program officers of such foundations.
  • Acts as point of contact and liaison for programmatic and project-based sponsors and underwriters.
  • Organizes and manages special event fundraisers.
  • 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.
  • Manages the Donor Relationship Management database to ensure all philanthropic development-related information is accurate and thorough. Provides accurate and up-to-date reporting to CEO and board as requested.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 5+ 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 HHI and a strong commitment to the HHI 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.

Key Characteristics:
1. Ability to cultivate, solicit and close gifts
2. Comfortable opening up doors to new opportunities.
3. Creative, strategic thinker.
4. Out-of-the-box, entrepreneurial mind-set.
5. Commitment to best practices in fund raising administration.
6. Integrity – honors donor intent and confidentiality.
7. Team player willing to step-in wherever needed.


  • 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.

To Apply:
The application deadline is July 14, 2017. Please submit a resume and cover letter to our
Search Counsel by mail or email only:

Tammy Moloy
Ashley|Rountree and Associates
2525 Nelson Miller Parkway, Suite 106
Louisville, KY 40223

No phone calls please.

Created 5/16/17
An Equal Opportunity Employer