Josephine Sculpture Park: Development Coordinator

Posted on February 7, 2024
Josephine Sculpture Park: Development Coordinator
Position Title

Development Coordinator


Josephine Sculpture Park (JSP) was founded in 2009 on Melanie VanHouten’s (Executive Director) family farm, named in honor of her grandmother, Josephine. It is the only park of its kind in the state of Kentucky. JSP features over 80 ever-changing sculptures among mowed paths and wildlife habitat across 40 acres. The mission is to connect people to each other and the land through the arts. The Park provides creative arts and nature education to the community and transformative opportunities to artists while conserving the beauty of Kentucky’s native, rural landscape. The vision is to be a leader in our community that respects and reflects diverse voices and ideas through shared, creative experiences and responsible land stewardship practices. The staff, board, and volunteers of the Park are committed to advancing social justice and cultural equity. JSP is a space where everyone should feel safe and welcome, and a place to play, create, and heal together. JSP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The Development Coordinator is responsible for JSP’s ongoing effort to identify, cultivate, acquire, and steward donors for the organization on a continuing basis. This position is primarily committed to the solicitation of monies from individuals, private institutions and foundations and governmental sources. This position also includes organization and oversight of fundraising and membership events. The Development Coordinator reports to the Executive Director. Opportunity to grow this position may be available in the future.

essential job functions:
  • Develop annual fundraising plan and manage annual development budget of $35,000-$40,000 to meet budgetary needs and organizational goals. This should include expanding JSP’s current fundraising campaigns.
  • Research and present new development strategies to achieve annual fundraising goals.
  • Work closely with Administrative Manager to optimize Kindful donor database system. Oversee maintenance of accurate and up-to-date information pertaining to funders/donors, deadlines, and records.
  • Manage and grow JSP’s philanthropic family and donor base. Oversee and execute prospect/donor identification, cultivation, visitations, and solicitation campaigns, designed to obtain funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments.  Work with board and staff to identify potential donors through research, contact with existing donors, and other sources of information.
  • Manage and grow donor relationships via meetings, phone calls, meals, and mailings. Collaborate with Executive Director on relationship cultivation and stewardship. Compose and mail donor letters and thank you notes in a timely manner.
  • Supervise the development and preparation of proposals, reports to funders, provide solicitation materials, and other correspondence and printed copy that may be necessary to carry out solicitations and cultivations. Work with Marketing Manager for graphic design support.
  • Secure sponsorships and oversee sponsor recognition and benefits for relevant events. Secure other program-specific sponsors/donors.
  • Oversee logistics and sponsorships for annual fundraising and development events. Coordinate with staff as relevant: Assistant Director for program elements and volunteers, Marketing Manager for marketing, Park Manager for grounds and set up support, and Administrative Manager for admin support. Additional special events may include dinners, receptions, tours, and donor recognition events.
  • Collaborate with the Assistant Director, Administrative Manager and Marketing Manager to amplify year-round donor communications and digital marketing strategy and maintain accurate public donor acknowledgement lists on JSP website and any print or digital content.
  • Work with Administrative Manager and Assistant Director to develop Policies and Procedures to document development workflows, systems, and checklists. Assist in creating policies and strategies for achieving required financial goals.
  • Participate in organizational coordination and planning via weekly development check-in meetings with Executive Director, monthly all-staff meetings when appropriate, and part of the annual retreat. Update organizational Google Calendar with relevant deadlines. Update Google Drive folder with final development files, and use established file naming conventions. Actively use and update Asana project management software.
  • Present relevant reports for the Board of Directors as requested.
  • The foregoing description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of this job and other duties may be assigned as needed, as they fit within this position’s capacity and billing guidelines.
Required Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of five years experience in a related field, such as but not limited to philanthropy, development, arts administration and nonprofit management, is required.
  • Three to five years of demonstrated experience in the development field is required, especially in the area of individual donor engagement, coordinating fundraising campaigns and events.
  • An interest in and understanding of topics related to the mission - such as but not limited to contemporary art, land conservation, environmental education and parks and recreation - is required.
  • Comfort with and enthusiasm for talking to people (in-person, via phone, via written communications) and building relationships as a representative of JSP is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks are required.
  • The ability to balance initiative and self-direction with working and communicating well within a team structure is required.
  • Proficiency in using a computer and basic programs like Microsoft Word and Excel is required.
  • Occasional travel for development purposes will be required.
  • Experience with donor management software programs is preferred.
  • Physical requirements include occasionally working outdoors in varied weather conditions. Events may require more than an 8-hour workday.
  • Applicants and employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential job functions either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. The organization shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.
Application Requirements:

Submit your resume or CV, cover letter and three to five references (at least 2 professional and 1 personal reference) to Karen Lanier, Administrative Manager, at karen[at] by March 4, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. Your cover letter should be personable while demonstrating why you are interested in this position and your specific, significant experiences and skills related to the essential job functions and qualifications. You are welcome but not required to share stories, areas of interest, and ideas. You may be invited to conduct a video or in-person interview that will tentatively take place between March 11-13, 2024.

Link to Application:

For questions, contact Karen Lanier at karen[at]


JSP is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, trans and gender non-conforming individuals, LGBTQ+ folks, people with disabilities, and creative visionaries who want to enjoy the work they do are encouraged to apply.