Development Director

Lexington Children's Theatre / Lexington, KY


$37,000 - $40,000 + $7,000 benefits package (Health insurance and retirement match)

Position: Development Director

Reports To: Managing Director

Compensation: $37,000 – $40,000 + $7,000 benefits package (Health insurance and retirement match)

FLSA: Exempt/Salaried

About Lexington Children’s Theatre: 

Lexington Children’s Theatre’s (LCT) mission is to create imaginative and compelling theatre experiences  for young people and families. Our vision is to impart, explore, foster, and develop artistry at all levels  and ages in every theatrical discipline and educational opportunity through inclusive, diverse, equitable,  and accessible programming and practice.

Now in its 83rd season, Lexington Children’s Theatre is the state youth theatre of Kentucky and serves  over 120,000 young people and families in a season. Over the past year, despite the challenges we have  faced through the pandemic, LCT has had a great deal of success in the fundraising arena, and we are  looking to build upon these successes through donor cultivation and stewardship. LCT has maintained its  dedication to the vitality of storytelling and the role it can play in the lives of young people, and  fundraising helps us underwrite that dedication.

About the position: 

• LCT is seeking a visionary, creative, and compassionate leader to head our ongoing fundraising  initiatives. This individual will possess a strong understanding of the vitality of the arts in our  community and their profound positive impact on young people. They will be passionate about  building connections, community, and investment in these opportunities and how they can benefit  quality of life, education, and our local economy. Reporting to the Producing Artistic Director and  Managing Director, the Development Director is responsible for leading our annual fund campaign,  securing sponsorships, providing grant-writing assistance, coordinating fundraising events, and  leading our major gifts campaign.

The ideal candidate will: 

  • Have a strong desire to build relationships in the community, with prospective funders, LCT patrons,  and local businesses.
  • Possess the skills to motivate staff, board members, and volunteers.
  • Have fundraising knowledge and experience.
  • Create a fundraising plan and strategy for identifying, cultivating, and stewarding donors large and  small.
  • Function well as a part of LCT’s arts administration team.

The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:  

Annual Fund:

  • Coordinate Direct Mail and online giving campaigns.
  • Identification, cultivation, and stewardship of individual donors through in-person meetings,  emails, and phone calls.


  •  Identify, cultivate, and steward local businesses to secure sponsorships for LCT  programming.

Fundraising Events:

  • Serve as lead event coordinator for LCT’s annual fundraising gala, Celebrity Curtain Call, and  work with arts admin team to secure auction items, sponsors, food and drink, and  coordinate cast.
  • Serve as event coordinator for smaller fundraising events throughout the year.

Major Gifts:

  •  Oversee the Larry and Vivian Snipes Legacy Fund, including meeting with current and  prospective donors, leading board committee meetings, and donor stewardship.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Producing Artistic Director and Managing Director  to coordinate meetings with major donors.


  • Assist Managing Director as necessary with grant writing.


  •  Assist Marketing and Sales Director as needed with marketing initiatives.
  • Maintain development reports and budgets.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and report to board on fundraising goals and actuals.

Knowledge, skills, abilities, and preferred qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related professional experience.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong strategic, critical thinking and organizational/implementation skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience with CRM software preferred but not required.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and competing demands.
  • Ability to unite and collaborate with staff, stakeholders, and community leaders.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. The range of benefits includes fully paid medical  insurance, paid time off, a two-week holiday break, and retirement plan with a percentage match from  the company.

To Apply: Applicants interested in applying for this position must email cover letter and resume by July  21st to No phone calls please.

Should you advance to a finalist for this position, successful completion of background screening will be  required, including references.

Lexington Children’s Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive  consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief,

(dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by  law. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.