Executive Director

Employer: Down Syndrome of Louisville

Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc. (DSL) is seeking an Executive Director to lead our growing organization.

Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1977 to serve children and adults in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome, and their families, by providing support, information, education, and advocacy for their rights and concerns, enabling each individual to reach his or her full potential.

Down Syndrome of Louisville is recognized nationally as a leader in providing effective and nationally gold accredited programming across the lifespan of individuals with Down syndrome. The Down Syndrome Lifelong Learning Centers in Louisville and New Albany are staffed by 28 talented and dedicated professional that serve 950 individuals and their families.

Down Syndrome of Louisville programming and operations are supported by a $1.6 million budget provided by community donors, grantors and state Medicaid funding.


The Executive Director is charged with providing vision and dynamic leadership to carry out the mission of DSL. Responsibilities include overall strategic planning, revenue generation, financial management, program operations, volunteer management, member relations, public relations, and advocacy. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board President and supports the Board of Directors.


  • Fundraising
    • Lead the organization’s fundraising programs, including working with Board members and committees on grant writing, special events, donor relations, project funding and development of new programs, such as annual fund and planned giving.
    • Work with the Board to achieve the organization’s strategic direction and vision.
  • Donor Relations
    • Establish & build strategic relationships with key community donors.
    • Develop new donor relationships.
    • Create and implement methods for donor recognition.
  • Family & Member Engagement
    • Ensure programs that welcome and establish new families to the organization.
    • Conduct an annual survey of DSL members and prepare summary presentation for the Board of Directors to guide activities.
    • Oversee educational activities to ensure proper planning and promotion is conducted.
    • Cultivate volunteers for DSL activities.
    • Oversee DSL website development, maintenance, and expansion.
    • Represent DSL at member functions, events, and ceremonies.
  • Management/Strategic Planning
    • Provide general oversight and work direction for DSL’s staff and other professionals engaged by DSL as vendors.
    • Oversee the daily organizational operations.
    • Work with Board to develop an annual budget that includes all operations and revenue generating activities, and implements that plan while controlling cash flow and expenditures.
    • Responsible for administration of Medicaid reimbursement programs.
    • Diversify DSL’s sources of income, generate unrestricted discretionary income, and increase membership.
    • Develop and execute with the Board a long-term strategic vision for DSL.
    • Develop and maintain effective communications with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and members.
    • Perform other duties as needed or assigned by the Board President.
  • Advocacy
    • Oversee database of members, volunteers, donors/sponsors, elected officials, partners and other constituencies.
    • Direct public policy and advocacy at all levels of government.
    • Prepare responses to events, legislation and agency actions to advocate for DSL’s mission and members.
    • Advocate with medical, educational and community service providers for our members.
  • Programming
    • Develop, implement and monitor strategic vision for the programs with Program Committees and staff.
    • Responsible for master calendar for program and events, and managing sustainable growth for each program.
    • Oversee and maintain national partner relationships.
  • Marketing/Public Relations/Communications
    • Develop marketing and public relations strategies with staff to achieve higher visibility for DSL’s mission.
    • Cultivate and maintain strong relations with partner organizations, strategic partners, other Down syndrome and intellectual disability advocacy/support organizations, and public agencies.
    • Represent DSL to media, as needed.
    • Foster major corporate relationships and attract corporate support.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in direct nonprofit work.
  • At least two (2) years of experience in association management.
  • At least three (3) years of demonstrated success in staff leadership, fundraising, partnership development and financial management.
  • Demonstrated success of effectively leading change and organizational growth through strategic planning.
  • Strong fund development, marketing, and public relations experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and self-manage workload and prioritize projects effectively.
  • Above average computer skills, including document creation in Microsoft Office Suite.


  • We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience.


To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to hr@dsl.win.net.