Ashley Rountree
  • 07-Jul-2022 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • 100000-140000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time


At the Speed Art Museum, we invite everyone to celebrate art forever. The Speed offers countless opportunities for everyone to create their own connections and experiences through modern architecture, programming, interactive exhibits and inviting outdoor spaces.

Founded in 1925 by Hattie Bishop Speed as the J.B. Speed Memorial Museum with an encyclopedic collection, the museum has grown to an impressive collection of American, European, Old Masters, Decorative, Modern, and Contemporary art. From 2012 - 2016, the Museum was closed for a $60 million renovation and expansion project led by international architect, Kulapat Yantrasast. The new Speed now boasts improved gallery and exhibition space, a state-of-the-art cinema and a park-like environment that integrates with the University of Louisville.

In August 2021, Raphaela Platow became the seventh Director of the 97-year-old organization. With two decades of museum leadership, Platow brings a deep passion for and knowledge of art and culture in the region, and a proven commitment to accessibility and inclusion.


The Chief of Advancement is responsible for advancing the mission of the Speed Art Museum through strategic planning, leadership, and the formation and execution of a comprehensive fundraising strategy. As a member of the Museums' executive leadership team, the Chief of Advancement builds strong relationships with the Museums' stakeholders and donors and develops, prioritizes, and implements fundraising and marketing strategies. The position reports to the Museum Director and works closely and in partnership with all department leaders, individual curators, the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors.

The Chief of Advancement is responsible for a fundraising program that raises $5-6 million in private operational support from individuals, foundations, corporations. With a team of six Advancement staff and a Chief Marketing Officer and the marketing team, the role oversees the Speed's major fundraising events and advancement engagement programs. The successful candidate is responsible for long-term philanthropic planning, such as endowment gifts, planned giving, bequests, trusts and other giving tools to support the museum today and in the future. Currently underway is a capital campaign of $18 million that supports an exciting new future park surrounding the museum.

With the appreciation of the power of art and culture and the ability to be an active listener and strategic collaborator, the Chief of Advancement will need to thrive in social situations. The individual will work with a diverse pool of patrons to help deepen relationships with stakeholders and create long-term personal, authentic connections to the Speed.

A key member of the senior leadership team, this position works closely with the Collections, Exhibitions, Learning and Engagement, Buildings and Grounds, and Community Belonging Departments to identify funding priorities and develop new funding proposals.


As part of the responsibilities listed below, candidates should consider that approximately 50% of their time will be devoted to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of stakeholders; 30% devoted to leadership of the assigned team; and 20% focused on senior institutional leadership.

  • Manage and grow a robust portfolio of current and prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors. Build, cultivate, solicit, and steward the portfolio of donors. Create strong and meaningful relationships that advance the Speed through annual major and capital giving. Solicit Capital Campaign donations, as appropriate.
  • Build, guide and supervise an Institutional Advancement team that achieves goals by creatively and resourcefully mentoring, inspiring, leading and managing the team in the successful implementation of strategic fundraising plans. Oversee the Capital Campaign and annual campaign and provide support and guidance to the full team.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic short and long-term fundraising plan consistent with the Museum's strategic plan, mission, and programming. Ensure a balanced mix of philanthropic sources, including a diversified donor base of individuals, foundations, and corporations as well as public funding.
  • In close collaboration with the Director, provide the tools and support critical to their and Board of Trustees members' successful engagement in fundraising. Strategize and track progress in major and leadership giving involving Board of Trustees members. Secure annual Board member contributions.
  • Participate on Board Committees as assigned. Lead fundraising committees and provide quarterly fundraising reports. Support the Committee on Trustees by helping to identify potential new Board members and make recommendations regarding their worthiness and reasons for their likely interest in serving.
  • As a member of the Museums' senior management and leadership team, contribute to and participate in overall organizational decisions as appropriate.
  • Develop and manage a reasonable and balanced department budget, including projection of fundraising revenue.


  • A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent.
  • Eight (8) to ten (10) years of related experience with proven success in major gifts.
  • Experience in arts and culture is preferred.
  • Experience with capital campaigns of over $10 million is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years in a supervisory role with demonstrated ability to mentor, inspire, lead, and manage a professional fundraising team in the successful implementation of strategic fundraising plans and goals.
  • Knowledge of Google and Microsoft Suites required.
  • Familiarity with CRM solutions preferred; Altru knowledge is a plus.


The Speed is prepared to offer a competitive salary in the range of $110,000 - $140,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick time, parking stipend, 403b contribution, and a diverse offering of voluntary benefits.


Ashley|Rountree and Associates has been exclusively retained by the Speed Art Museum for this search. To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume here. For confidential questions or inquiries, contact Lisa Resnik at All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

The Speed Art Museum 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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