Now Hiring – Development Director

Who We Are

Kentucky Waterways Alliance is in our 25th year of our mission to protect, restore, and celebrate the waterways of Kentucky. We are a non-profit membership organization and have six full-time and two part-time employees.  KWA works through four coordinated program areas: Watershed Management, Water Policy, Communications, Community Engagement, and Development. In 2014, we became the Kentucky affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation and partner with many organizations such as Watershed Watch and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

KWA currently has annual operating revenues of approximately $500,000. The 2017 to 2020 Strategic Plan objectives will require an additional $800,000 raised over four years. Current funding comes from membership dues, foundation grants, local/state/federal programs, and donations.

More information about the organization is available at www.kwalliance.org.

What We Need

The Development Director will be a full-time position, responsible for working with and assisting the Executive Director to ensure that the organization raises sufficient funds to fulfill KWA’s current mission and has the resources to fully implement the Strategic Plan.

The Development Director’s principal responsibilities will be to develop and implement a resource development plan in coordination with the Executive Director, senior staff, and the Resource Development Committee. A key component of this plan is a major donor program. He/she will work with the Executive Director and the Community Engagement Director to build relationships with corporate and private donors. He/she will also assist the Executive Director and senior program staff in writing grant proposals and reports and identifying new grant prospects.

The Development Director will research and recommend other new fundraising methods to the Executive Director to expand and diversify the fund base for the organization including establishing a planned giving program. He/she will work with and serve as staff liaison to the KWA Board and Resource Development Committee.

The ideal candidate will possess the following.

  • Strong commitment to river conservation and watershed protection.
  • Prior experience in a development role, particularly in a nonprofit organization.
  • Successful track record of soliciting major gifts, cultivating prospects and donors, and documenting results.
  • Willingness and availability to travel, including occasional weekends and evenings. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including willingness and ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Experience and competency in computer use and software including MS Office, Dropbox, Asana or other project collaboration systems, and Google Suite. Experience with donor tracking programs is especially needed (particularly Salesforce).

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position based in our main office in Louisville, Kentucky. Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience of candidate.

KWA offers flex-time and the opportunity to telecommute for part of the work week. Employees accrue 4 hours of paid sick leave each month and 12 paid holidays each year. Employees accrue paid vacation at a rate of 2 weeks per year, increasing to 3 weeks in year five.

Application Process

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via the form below. No telephone calls please. Position is currently open and will remain open until filled.  

KWA Development Director Application







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