Philanthropy Officer

Job title: Philanthropy Officer
Organization: Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Industry: Higher Education

Job Description

The Philanthropy Officer will serve as an important member of the Philanthropy and Stewardship team, focusing on identifying, cultivating and soliciting annual gifts among new potential donors, as well as marketing planned giving opportunities to key stakeholders. Reporting to the Vice President of Philanthropy and Stewardship, this person will develop creative strategies to attract supporters from audiences outside of the seminary’s traditional donors, actively manage a portfolio of select annual donors as well as manage a burgeoning planned giving program. Duties vary, and may include, but are not limited to, the tasks listed below:

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with new potential supporters, developing a pipeline among audiences that better reflect the seminary’s mission, student body and faculty.
  • Create a planned giving marketing plan to cultivate planned giving prospects, particularly alumni.
  • Maintain the planned giving/legacy recognition society, creating an appropriate stewardship plan to maintain ongoing relationships with donors who have made planned giving commitments.
  • Build meaningful and productive relationships with longtime supporters to link their passion for Louisville Seminary to increased philanthropic support.
  • Achieve a comprehensive understanding of Louisville Seminary’s mission and vision, values and culture to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to donors and prospects. Work with LPTS communications staff to ensure consistent and compelling messaging.
  • Engage current donors and influential connectors to grow our circle of influence by hosting cultivation events or recommending friends and acquaintances.
  • Set performance goals for assessment, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Then, meet or exceed annual metrics.
  • Record activity and information in Raiser’s Edge (donor database). Produce activity reports as needed.
  • Apprise donors of the impact of their contributions.
  • Join and attend professional groups and educational sessions as needed; keep abreast of current trends.
  • Champion philanthropy across LPTS and share experience and ideas to meet overall department goals and grow the philanthropy pipeline.


  • 2 to 5 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, or relationship management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Or any combination of education and experience equivalent to the above minimum requirements.


  • Commitment to the mission, values and success of Louisville Seminary. Passion for theological education, nonprofit leadership, vibrant faith communities, racial equity, or mental health.
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong attention to detail and accuracy. Comfortable reaching out to people by phone as well as in writing.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate donors, volunteers, and staff.
  • Familiarity with fundraising mechanics such as writing contact reports, gift proposals, briefings and strategy documents, prospect research and identification.
  • Willingness to travel (15-25%) and spend the majority of work time in prospect/donor engagement.
  • Personal qualities of integrity and collegiality.
  • Proven ability to handle sensitive information with confidentiality, professionalism and discretion.
  • Ability to prioritize and reassess in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail and timeline-oriented.
  • Computer knowledge in Excel, Word, Outlook and database applications. Experience with Raiser’s Edge database a plus.
  •  Ability to promote and maintain a positive work environment.

Louisville Seminary is committed to providing our employees an environment that is inspiring, creative and respectful. We offer competitive pay and an excellent benefits program, which includes an 11% retirement plan (403b) contribution, and college tuition assistance after one year of service. LPTS is prepared to offer a competitive starting salary in the range of $45,000-$50,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, and company paid short- and long-term disability, as well as paid time off for vacations and holidays. LPTS embraces a flexible work schedule.
Louisville Seminary is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, creed, sexual orientation or any other protected class.

Email resume and cover letter to Anne Monell, Vice President, Philanthropy and Stewardship, No phone calls please.
Deadline to apply: August 15, 2022.


  • To ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff, as a condition of employment the selected candidate will need to provide proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencement of employment or an approved exemption and reasonable accommodation.
  • A background screening is required.