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

Oxmoor Farm and the Foundation

First settled in 1787, Oxmoor Farm sits just eight miles south of Downtown Louisville and was the family home of six generations of Kentucky's early pioneer families - the Christians and Bullitts. Oxmoor gives the visitor a glimpse into Kentucky's past with a rare collection of intact buildings and original furnishings and artworks that span three centuries of American life. The Christian and Bullitt families were influential in the formation of Kentucky. Their homes, the original log cabin built in 1785, and the original frontier colonial section built in 1791 to the federal style addition in 1829 and the 2 additions in the early 1900s, are a literal testament to the state's history from colonial times through the 20th century. In 1991, the house, the 13 outbuildings, and 79 surrounding acres were put on a preservation easement with the Kentucky Heritage Council, which will perpetually protect the historical integrity of the house and grounds. The protected site is managed in perpetuity under the Thomas Bullitt Perpetual Trust, whose directors created a non-profit organization (now called Oxmoor Farm Foundation) in 2017 with a mission to preserve and protect Oxmoor Farm and the 79-acre historical easement. A strategic plan was completed in 2018 to put in place long-term goals and objectives for Oxmoor Farm. The Foundation is building its first board of directors and carefully opening the site for the enjoyment of the public. At present, the annual operating budget to maintain and staff Oxmoor Farm and the Foundation is approximately $600,000, and the new Director of Advancement will be expected to grow contributed and earned revenue through annual giving, major gifts, event/rental income and grants.

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The Opportunity

Oxmoor Farm Foundation seeks a dynamic, strategic, collaborative, and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to serve as the Director of Advancement. This position is charged with building a sustainable culture of philanthropy at Oxmoor as well as conceptualizing, organizing, and implementing a comprehensive and strategic fundraising program in support of the organization's mission and vision for the future. This will be accomplished through the development of annual and major gift programs, the establishment of an annual fundraising event, and oversight of grant applications. (Grant writing and administration will be outsourced.) At the same time, the individual will need to enhance and execute the development of an earned revenue program that focuses on rental income. The Director of Advancement reports to the Foundation's Board of Directors and works closely with Board leadership in setting strategy and direction for the combined contributed and earned revenue of Oxmoor. This position will work alongside the Director of Programming and Operations to fulfill daily operations. The successful candidate should be a critical thinker and creative in problem-solving skills. It is crucial that the Foundation demonstrate self-sufficiency through the growth of net revenue streams coming from its programs, philanthropy, grants and private rentals; this is the fundamental responsibility of the Director of Advancement.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Fund Development
  • Develop and execute annual and major donor giving plans, in consultation with members of the Board, to generate comprehensive contributed fund development programs. Strategy should focus on gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. This effort includes cultivation and solicitation of major gifts for annual operations and capital projects. While not currently in place, an annual fundraising event will need to be established.
  • Venue Sales and Program Creation
  • Work closely and thoughtfully with the staff to market the site for rentals and to create and execute daily programs that educate and engage the public with a goal of creating long-term support via donations and rentals. Oxmoor is currently holding programs that allow for additional earned revenue.
  • Board Development
  • Identification and engagement of the Board of Directors in projects and activities to accomplish the fundraising and program goals.
  • Project Management
  • Work with the Director of Programming and Operations to ensure that essential capital projects are developed, scheduled, staffed and appropriately funded, and that standards and plans are established to maintain completed projects.
  • Communications & Public Relations
  • In conjunction with the Director of Programming and Operations, develop the means and materials to keep donors, renters, community, and other key stakeholders apprised of the Foundation's activities and accomplishments and to enhance Oxmoor Farm's profile at the local, regional, and national levels.

Essential?Job Functions

  • Manage and execute Oxmoor's yearly fundraising program; help establish and meet the organization's ambitious fundraising goals.
  • Make solicitation requests either solo or with Board leadership.
  • Partner with Oxmoor's Board to articulate a compelling case for support; engage the volunteer leadership in solicitations, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programs and Operations to execute all activities.
  • Direct annual fund campaigns, including direct mail, online, event, and other fundraising initiatives.
  • Establish and execute a major gifts program including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit corporate and foundation prospects with support from the Board.
  • Coordinate with outside counsel on grant applications.
  • Lead the successful planning and execution of fundraising special events.
  • Develop an event rental and sales policy plan and strategy to increase rental income.
  • Respond to rental inquiries and perform administrative duties around event management.
  • Hire and manage 1-2 part time staff members who will work at the events including set-up and break-down. (There may be times when the Director will need to be on site for events.)
  • Manage the development database (Little Green Light), including establishing appropriate policies and procedures to maintain data integrity and provide timely and accurate reporting.
  • Assist with social media, email and website communications relating to fundraising, events, and rentals.

Position Requirements

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible development and fundraising experience, and a demonstrable understanding of marketing communications.
  • The ideal candidate will possess a high degree of creativity, energy, and initiative, as well as the capacity to inspire and motivate board members.
  • Be passionate about organizations committed to building strong community engagement whether through arts, culture, education, history, or any combination thereof. Be a passionate advocate for the history of Kentucky and the American South.
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and be comfortable with complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty.
  • Possess the ability to set clear, results-oriented goals that are relevant, realistic, attainable, and measurable.
  • Have a record of successful fundraising efforts and the proven ability to develop budgets and manage financial resources effectively.
  • Possess experience with and knowledge of development software systems and databases.
  • Will recognize that there is no ideal candidate who can perform all of the essential job functions and possess all of the aforementioned qualifications but possess the confidence in their abilities to take on this challenge.
  • The job is full-time, with very flexible hours and competitive compensation.

Oxmoor Farm Foundation?is an?equal opportunity employer?and?encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Ashley|Rountree and Associates has been exclusively retained by the Oxmoor Farm Foundation for this search. To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three references. For confidential questions or inquiries, contact Lisa Betson Resnik at All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

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