Kentucky College of Art and Design, Inc.
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • 95000.00-11500000 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD) is seeking to fill the position of Vice President of Advancement and Fundraising.

This position will be on-campus in Louisville, Kentucky. This position is open to internal and external applicants.

Position Description

Reporting to the College President, the Vice President of Advancement and Fundraising is responsible for strategic development and execution of annual and long-range plans to engage, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward philanthropic institutional support for the Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD). The Vice President is responsible for establishing and implementing a plan and timeline with clear goals and metrics for reaching determined goals identified as prioritization of fundraising opportunities that will further the College's fundraising potential. The Vice President will collaborate with the Board of Trustee's serving as the primary liaison with the Board Advancement Committee. This role will also work with other college staff, administrators, and faculty to strengthen community-wide relationships.


  • Develop vision, structure, and plan for pipeline growth and development to meet fundraising priorities of KyCAD
  • Lead and execute an annual work plan and budget that includes goals, objectives, strategies, anticipated travel, and metrics for fundraising and performance management goals. Conduct quarterly assessment of progress toward meeting short- and long-term goals
  • In consultation with the President and Board of Trustees Advancement Committee, develop and execute a comprehensive program to guide specific fundraising initiatives; consistently assessing and providing effective feedback
  • Assist College President with the successful completion of fundraising campaigns and act as staff representative on Board Advancement committee.
  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit, negotiate and steward a portfolio of major, principal, and planned gift prospects.
  • Partners with President, Board of Trustees or event committee on fundraising events auction, or other income generating activities. Plan event program, logistics, insurance, and F&B. Recruit students and faculty as necessary. Create and manage event budget. Manage ticketing/RSVPs, staff and volunteers. Responsible for record keeping and collection of funds.
  • Oversee grant applications and reporting. Research opportunities for grant funding. Collaborate with other departments to develop funding proposals. Remain current and apply for local, regional and federal grant opportunities.
  • Maintain grant calendar, remain attentive to reporting and application deadlines. Manage relationship with contract grant writer.
  • Oversee all steps of donation processing, including data entry and producing gift acknowledgement letters.
  • Oversee the maintenance of KyCAD's Donation CRM in SalsaLabs to ensure that constituent data and gifts are up to date and accurate. Create and maintain monthly reports and reconciliation of gifts with the finance office, provide back-up for audit as necessary. Process annual summary tax letters. Manage production of annual report and other KyCAD publications including working with contract designer, printer, and gathering content in-house.
  • Stay current regarding best practices in the Advancement and Fundraising profession and elevate new emerging ideas for potential implementation.
  • Embrace and enhance the College's culture to help ensure continued engagement, motivation and drive.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in public relations, business, marketing, or related field)
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience of demonstrated successful and progressively responsible fundraising management experience in higher education including team management and individual mentoring experience. A combination of experience and education could be considered.
  • Major, comprehensive, or capital campaign management experience.
  • Knowledge of academic operations, governance, and culture.
  • Ability to write persuasively, strong verbal communication skills, organizational savvy and agility
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a collaborative team.
  • Must be a creative and effective leader with expertise in strategic planning, program implementation, personnel management, and accountability.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Ability to travel domestically.
  • Ability to engage and positively impact individuals and groups.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and perform tasks on own initiative, many of which have no prior precedent.
  • Skill in developing and implementing new strategies and procedures
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Embrace and enhance the College's culture to help ensure continued engagement, motivation, and drive
  • Adhere to college, federal and state administrative procedures, guidelines, initiatives, and directives to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations affecting college operations
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with fundraising in Louisville, Kentucky and across region
  • Strong relationships with major foundations or donors is a plus
  • MBA in non-profit management

Application Process:

Those who are interested in applying for this position will need to submit the following through our applicant portal at

  • A Letter of Interest that addresses professional background, qualifications, and KyCAD's mission
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references

Work Conditions

Work is performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing and moving institutional goals, priorities and needs.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position will be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by KyCAD Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check.

NOTE: All faculty, staff and students are required to provide vaccination status or complete bi-weekly COVID-19 testing (this requirement is subject to change).

For any other questions regarding this position or for more information, please contact

About KyCAD: Founded in 2009, The Kentucky College of Art + Design is proud of its success. Core values and principles have helped to shape the institution and our work toward a mission to provide a transformational experience for our students.

As a new independent and licensed college offering a BFA in studio art, we are the only four-year independent college of Art and Design in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Please visit our website at for more information about the College's history, mission, vision, and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning for art and design.

The Kentucky College of Art + Design is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live.

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