Ashley Rountree
  • 21-Jun-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • 100000-135000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Louisville Orchestra (LO) has long had a strong reputation for innovation, creativity, and
excellence. During Music Director Teddy Abrams' tenure in leading the local arts community at
the helm of the LO, the Orchestra has achieved unprecedented civic impact and national
recognition, and the momentum is manifest in the many creative programs and projects
successfully conceived and developed over the past eight performance seasons made possible
under Teddy's leadership. With an annual operating budget of $10M, 58 full-time musicians, and
a 34-week performance season, it is currently an organization that is changing the very idea of
what a 21st century orchestra can be and do. It is our constant hope that we can change lives
throughout our entire community as only the Louisville Orchestra can - by promoting a culture
of music through outstanding performances and education. Everything we do at the Louisville
Orchestra is aimed at fulfilling that mission.

An orchestra should not be confined only to the concert hall or to limited quantities of two hours
spent on a single performance. Music is a vehicle of profound cultural, political, and community
change, and it must be considered as such. Over the past several years, the LO has
participated in planning and visioning sessions with four distinct programming outcomes. All of
these programs are linked vertically and horizontally and build an essential road map for the
myriad ways audiences of the 21st Century can be comfortable engaging with the artistic
essence of the LO. These new initiatives are represented through the following: Louisville
Orchestra Creator Corps, The Kentucky Tour - a resource for the Commonwealth, Music
Without Borders, and "Once Upon an Orchestra".

The new Director of Development (DoD) will have the opportunity to build these initiatives
through the expansion of funding to these vital programs. As part of the Senior Leadership
Team, the DoD will have the ability to partner with Maestro Abrams and Executive Director,
Graham Parker - both visionaries who are ready to develop the next chapter for the Orchestra.
The Director of Development is responsible for creating and managing a strategic development
plan that encapsulates the idea that our donors are not just giving, they are building, improving,
and changing the LO. Through the efforts of the DoD, the LO can build a stronger, more vibrant
community through the power of music. The successful candidate should have a proven record
of innovation, be action-oriented and goals-driven and should be curious about new ways and
methods to engage supporters. The DoD will lead all annual contributed income campaigns,
including the Board, Major donors, annual fund, corporate, foundation and planned giving. The
DOD works together with the Executive Director on executing and achieving goals, as well as
Board leadership. In addition, the DoD will take a lead role in the LO's Endowment campaign,
partnering with the LOE Board, consultants, and staff.


  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement
    long- and short-term fundraising strategies to meet and/or exceed annual fundraising goals.
  • Lead, coordinate, and manage the development team to expand income from annual fund,
    planned giving, corporate giving, major gifts, foundations.
  • Assist the ED with driving fundraising activities and personally engage with top prospects.
  • Actively engage the board in all fundraising activities and personally educate each member
    on how to best cultivate, solicit, and steward their network.
  • Regularly attend donor events, social functions, professional networking events, and
    community events representing the Louisville Orchestra.
  • Maintain relationships with sponsors and major funders to provide reports on their specific
    gifts to programs and events.
  • Design and organize a departmental plan of work to achieve annual operating goals for
    individual donors, foundations, corporate sponsorships, government grants, special events,
    and future campaigns.
  • Working collaboratively with the marketing team, develop a yearly communication plan for
    development and oversee production of material ensuring consistent branding and
  • Supervise and mentor a four-person development team.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
  • Minimum of seven years of development experience, with leadership responsibilities.
  • A CFRE is preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated track record in a fundraising role.
  • Knowledge and passion for the performing arts preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, managerial, and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Flexible and adaptable style.
  • Experience directly interfacing with and presenting to artistic, board, and organizational
  • Passion and love of classical music is a plus.
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays.
  • Experience working and interacting with boards, committees, and community leaders.
  • Ability to handle donors and supporters of all levels with respect and assurance.

The Louisville Orchestra is prepared to offer a competitive salary in the range of $100,000 -
$135,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance,
vacation and sick time, parking stipend, 403b contribution, and a diverse offering of voluntary

The Louisville Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the
basis of gender, race, age, creed, sexual orientation or any other protected class.

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