The Kansas City Public Library, located in Kansas City, Mo. has retained Hartsook to recruit candidates for its open position of Development Director.


In 2018, voters signaled their strong support for the Library, passing an 8-cent levy increase – the first increase in the Library’s property tax-based levy in 22 years – by an overwhelming majority of 83%. Among those endorsing the increase were the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Freedom Inc., the Carpenters District Council, Hallmark, JE Dunn Construction, Commerce Bank, Kissick Construction, The Kansas City Star, The Examiner, The Kansas City Call, and others.

The Library supports ten locations in the greater Kansas City area, with more than 4 million in-person and online visits annually. The Library is in a period of growth. This is an ideal time for a dedicated professional to leverage the institution’s momentum and approach this position with a strategic, long-term view for mutual success.


The Development Director will:

  • Provide leadership to the Library’s forthcoming integrated campaign
  • Develop fundraising goals and objectives, aligned with the Library’s strategic plan, goals and initiatives
  • Work closely with the CEO and CFO to ensure alignment and integration of all development functions with the Library’s mission, vision, budgets and benchmarks
  • Interview and hire a Development Associate for the library’s development department
  • Maintain and deepen fundraising relationships with major individual donors, foundations and corporate sponsors while attracting new major gift supporters
  • Organize and oversee fundraising activities related to, but not limited to: online marketing, grants, events, volunteers, campaigns, annual fund program, planned giving program
  • Provide leadership in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and appreciation of donors
  • Expand corporate sponsorship opportunities
  • Monitor and adapt to new trends and developments in the profession
  • Measure and evaluate the effectiveness of fundraising activities
  • Perform other related work and undertake special projects as assigned


  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and execute activities that generate results
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of organizational fundraising
  • Comfortable and confident with high-valued, high-wealth donors
  • Considerable knowledge of grant writing
  • Significant knowledge of available and potential funding sources
  • Superior writing and public speaking ability
  • Strong, pro-active interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Commitment to the mission of the Kansas City Public Library


Status: Full-time/Exempt

Compensation: Information is available upon request

The Library participates in a defined benefit plan for all full-time employees. An employee’s pre-tax contribution is 9% of gross salary. The Library also contributes. Employee vestment occurs after five years of continuous service. The Library offers the option for employees to participate in special, deferred compensation and tax-sheltered annuity plans.

Other benefits:

  • Four weeks of vacation and a week of personal time in the first year, plus three weeks of sick leave and nine paid holidays
  • Robust support for professional development
  • Health and dental insurance on a shared-cost basis (The Library contributes from 65% to 80% of a PPO plan or 65% to 91% of a High Deductible Health Savings Account.)
  • A $20,000 term life insurance policy with an option to purchase additional coverage at the Library’s group rate
  • Long-term disability coverage with a benefit of 60% of monthly earnings to a maximum of $5,000 per month
  • Subsidized, monthly transit passes


Send inquiries or cover letter and resume with Kansas City Public Library Development Director in the subject line to [email protected].