Ashley Rountree
  • 18-Mar-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • Full Time

Episcopal Church Home (ECH) of Louisville, Kentucky was founded in 1881 with a vision of
creating a place where aging adults could receive loving care in a faith-filled environment that felt
like home. Today, ECH is a premier, nonprofit, continuing care retirement community serving older
adults through an innovative, person-centered, and spiritually based approach. ECH delivers
personalized living experiences to aging seniors in the Louisville Metro area through a continuum
of care that includes independent patio home living, personal care, memory-care, and long-term
nursing care. Residents at ECH benefit from access to advanced levels of care that allow them to
remain in our community as they age and increasingly require more support. ECH serves 140
residents with a staff of 75 full-time and part-time employees, has an operating budget of $11M,
and is governed by a volunteer board of 9, plus 5 staff representatives. ECH is part of the larger
nonprofit Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) founded in nearby Cincinnati in 1951 and, like
ECH, it is committed to providing older adults with the highest quality care in Independent Living,
Assisted Living, Assisted Living with Memory Support, Long-Term Nursing Care, and Short-Term
Rehabilitation. ECH is in the midst of a $18.5M renovation project that includes new non-memory
personal care apartments, newly renovated skilled-care apartments, and 27 additional patio
homes for independent living.

ECH seeks a Director of Fund Development who will provide strategic leadership, planning and
management for all fundraising activities and take responsibility for reaching set goals and for
designing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive fundraising program for ECH. The
primary purpose of this position is to increase support for all ECH programs and services through
meaningful engagement of ECH constituents and other members of the community in a donor centered way.

The Director must secure critically needed annual funding for resident financial
assistance, service expansion, and enhancement of the campus while establishing a pipeline for
the Major and Planned Gifts Program. The Director will have experience in building long-term
relationships and moving prospects and donors seamlessly through every stage of the giving cycle.
Presently, the Director oversees an annual fundraising program that raises approximately
$ 300,000, plus bequests from 500 donors; additionally, in the near future, the Director will
lead a special campaign for capital, endowment and estate gifts. The Director will work with and be
supported by three volunteer boards that are aligned to ERS, ECH and the ECH Foundation. To
this end, the Director must be an experienced major gifts fundraiser with a proven track record of
cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors at all levels and working thoughtfully with volunteers
and staff to create a dynamic, successful fundraising program. The Director reports to the
Executive Director and works collaboratively with other senior staff and administrators, including
ERS staff and volunteer leaders at ERS and ECH.

ECH seeks a Director of Fund Development who has the skills and ability to embrace and lead
these functions:
Acquires and maintains sound knowledge and understanding of ECH needs and its
ministries to develop appropriate communications messages and to identify funding
opportunities that will be meaningful to individual donors, foundations and corporations.
Manages the grant process; cultivates and maintains relationships with key foundation and
corporations' prospects.
Leads planning and execution for a major campaign to support capital and endowment
projects, planned for late 2021 through 2022.
Manages all annual fund appeals and campaigns for the immediate purpose of engaging
new and low to mid- level donors in support of annual funding needs while working to
develop a pipeline for prospects to be elevated to the Major Gift and Planned Giving
Prospect portfolio.
Develops and manages strategic communications efforts for the purpose of educating
donors and prospects on the need for, and impact of, the various communities, programs,
ministries, and services provided by ECH to inspire engagement and increase philanthropic
Provides internal leadership and oversight of corporate sponsors working in collaboration
with other foundation team members and vendor relationship managers.
Develops a work plan with financial goals, timelines, and funding opportunities.
Maintains database records and files, including those used to track donors, donor prospects
and gift.
Cultivates internal staff, residents, and volunteers to develop collaborative working
relationships and foster a strong culture of philanthropy amongst the staff.
Works in a cross-functional environment, supporting and assisting in other areas of the
Serves as a team member within Fund Development by: Communicating the case and
ministry of ECH in written and verbal format; Collaborating with peers to provide the best
donor-centered practices; Placing team and ECH needs and goals ahead of personal
needs and goals; Maintaining a presence consistent with the professional, ethical and moral
standards of the development profession and Episcopal Retirement Services; Being
committed to the process of continuous improvement and seeking additional skills within
local development organizations and professional groups; Being available to work nights
and/or weekends to facilitate special events; and Managing programs within a budget.
As an ECH team member: upholds the philosophies of Donor Centeredness and Person
Centered Care while performing duties; whenever possible acts to restore and/or provide
Purpose, Choice and Freedom to our residents; Cultivates effective and respectful
relationships with residents, families, volunteers, visitors, donors and staff; Exhibits
behavior in accordance with ECH's core values; Provides outstanding customer service to
all customers in accordance with ERS's expectations and values; Adheres to all of ERS's
policies and procedures including our safety and Corporate Compliance programs.
Maintains confidentiality of a resident's pertinent health and financial information in
accordance with HIPAA guidelines. Promotes resident safety.
The Director's time will be split between working in an office setting at ECH and meeting
with staff, residents, volunteers, and current/prospective supporters and partners
throughout the community.
The Director will be involved with residents, family members, personnel, volunteers, donors,
and visitors. The Director must be willing to work beyond normal working hours, and travel
when necessary.
Communicates with other department personnel, maintains affiliations and memberships in
organizations which foster professional growth and/or furtherance of the ERS mission.
The Director supports various duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
The Director attends workshops, in-services, and classes, and participates on committees
when needed; Fills in for special needs within the department or serves on teams in the
larger organization.

A Bachelor's degree is required.
Prefer a minimum of 5 years of non-profit fundraising experience (as professional staff and/or
volunteer leader) with proven record of fundraising skills in managing annual giving and
soliciting major gifts, grant writing and donor database management.
Prefer experience in planning and successfully presenting proposals for planned gifts
Experience working in a health care nonprofit is preferred.
A servant leader who has the vision to see the "big picture" and how one process affects
Strong ability to prioritize and multi-task, exceptional written communication skills in the English
language: ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
Experience with research of prospective donors and foundations required.
Will adhere to the ethical codes of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and the Association for Healthcare
Excellent project management, communication, interpersonal and research skills
Must be able to work in a cross-functional team environment, highly self-directed with an
attention to detail and ability to organize effectively; must be able to work independently with
little supervision and able to handle multiple tasks while meeting deadlines.
Experience using Raiser's Edge fundraising software and PG CALC preferred; must be
proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.
Must possess sight/hearing senses, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function
adequately so that the requirements of this position can be fully met
Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors,
government agencies/personnel and public.
Must be willing to work harmoniously and effectively with other personnel, as well as be willing
to communicate with residents based at whatever behavior or acuity level they are currently
Willingness and ability to travel locally and work some nights and weekends.

ECH is prepared to offer a competitive salary in the range of $70k to $80k, commensurate with
experience. Benefits include health and life insurance, employer-matched retirement plan, paid
parking, vacation and sick leave, professional development opportunities and more. At ECH and
ERS, we believe that our culture is what makes us different. We are so proud to offer a workplace
that truly celebrates our employees' talents, while also honoring them as individuals. It's about
whether employees feel inspired and are given room to do great things. ERS is an equal
opportunity employer. All faiths are welcome in our communities.

Ashley|Rountree and Associates has been exclusively retained by ECH for this search. To apply
for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume.

Ashley Rountree
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