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    Director of Development

Reports To: Executive Director, Dr. Mark K. Wourms

 Summary: The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the Board of Trustees, to advance Bernheim’s development activities in major gifts, membership and annual campaigns.  By reaching or exceeding development goals the Director of Development assists in fulfilling the mission of Bernheim – To Connect People with Nature.  By developing resources and relationships the Director of Development will move Bernheim towards its strategic vision: Bernheim will be a Nationally Treasured Leader in Ecological Stewardship that Inspires the Exploration of our Deep Connections with Nature.

The Director of Development will establish and deliver annual development plans, strengthen existing relationships with donors and create new relationships with potential donors, moving them through the development process. The Director of Development, working with the Executive Director or singularly, will identify, initiate and deliver requests for donations. The Director of Development is responsible for establishing and maintaining record systems within Raiser’s Edge or other means, which ensure appropriate, timely and effective follow up, strengthening relationships which lead to major gifts on an annual basis and as planned gifts in our Legacy Program.

The Director of Development will supervise the Membership Coordinator.  As a member of the management team, the Director of Development will be periodically engaged in other important programs at Bernheim.  This may include working with a management team to address communications, strategic planning, annual budgets and other operational activities. The Director of Development will work with the Chair of the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees to plan for committee meetings, and will work to encourage, train and engage the entire board in development activities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Other duties may be assigned.

Create and track an Annual Development Plan with clearly defined financial goals in each giving category/program.  The overall goal of the plan is to raise $500,000 to $1M annually.  The annual plan may include many of the following:

Work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, to formalize and deliver a Major Gifts program. This process includes scheduling and preparing the Executive Director for meetings on a weekly basis with existing and potential individual major donors, corporate donors and critical community partners. The Director of Development will participate in these meetings as appropriate.

Manage the major donors program, including building and maintaining a portfolio of relationship and contacts. Donor meetings and events may  require evening or weekend hours.

Coordinate a creative, effective and growing Annual Giving Campaign.  Emphasis must be given to increasing the number and gift amount of annual donors of $1,000 and above.

Invigorate and expand the Planned Giving program – Legacy Giving.

Assist staff and when appropriate initiate and coordinate grant writing, reporting and related activities.

 Additional Responsibilities: Oversee the development and membership database, currently maintained in Raiser’s Edge by the Membership Coordinator.  Utilize the database as a strategic tool to improve and increase development capacity, particularly major gifts.

With the assistance of the Executive Director, coordinate the Development Committee and facilitate the engagement of the entire Board of Trustees, as well as key Senior Staff, in fundraising activities including the Annual Giving Campaign, the Major Gifts program and Capital Campaign.

Work with Capital Campaign consultant, the Executive Director, the Board of Trustees and others to prepare for and implement a successful Capital Campaign.

Maintain a thorough knowledge of, and involvement with, the regional community and major donors that are potential supporters of Bernheim.

Balance and effectively prioritize these and other duties as assigned.

 Education and/or Experience:  Five years experience with increasing responsibilities in development with a demonstrated record of success in major gifts. Experience and success in development/major gifts in the Louisville region is desirable.

Certification as a fundraising professional is a plus.

A four year degree in communications, business administration, not-for-profit management or relevant field of study with a focus in fund-raising is desirable.

Computer literacy and the ability to quickly learn development/membership data management programs.

Digital applications preferred – send cover letter and resume to:

Lorie Messer, Human Resource Asst.,,502 955-8512

P.O.Box 130

Clermont KY 40110

 Visitor Services / Café Staff Person

Seeking a part-time sales, visitor services and café person who can become a part
of an evolving environmentally friendly atmosphere. Knowledge of Bernheim
Forest and sustainable initiatives is desired. Must be an outgoing, friendly
person, with a great personality, experience in customer service,
food service and sales.
Position is part-time requiring at least 3-4 days per week, including Saturday,
Sunday and holidays.

 Receptionist at Bernheim

Education Building Information Desk



 The receptionist will provide information and services that benefit our visitors by greeting them and answering/directing phone calls. As the first point of contact, this position is critical in establishing a friendly and professional image to our visitors at all times.  This position must have strong customer service skills.  The primary job function is to create a welcoming experience for visitors and callers and to provide them with accurate information.  This includes resources on trails, hours of operation, education classes, and other Bernheim information.  Training will provide knowledge of Bernheim facilities, trails, programs, and services.  This position requires an individual that can respond to unforeseen questions and situations in an appropriate, professional manner and can assist in the communication between visitors and other staff members.  This position requires an upbeat and outgoing person that can prioritize tasks simultaneously while maintaining a friendly, organized work environment.

In addition to greeting visitors, this position will provide clerical and creative support for the Education Director and the Education Department.  The first priority will be to assist visitors, and the second priority will be to assist the Education Director. Examples of clerical and creative support include tasks in data management, preparation of program materials, and development of Education Center exhibits.


  • This position requires individuals to work 2 days a week: Saturday and Sunday & required holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Requires an individual to record and document number of people entering Education Center.
  • Requires an individual that can use their hands to distribute information (trail map, newsletter, etc.)
  • Requires an individual that can verbally communicate with visitors to provide information and complex directions.
  • May occasionally require work in noisy conditions (field trips with school groups.)
  • May occasionally require the lifting of loads of 50 lbs.
  • May occasionally require standing, bending, climbing, pushing, pulling and lifting.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


**Please submit all cover letters and resumes to:
Lorie Messer
Bernheim Human Resources
P. O. Box 130, 2499 Clermont Road
Clermont, KY 40110