Development Manager, Nonprofit News Industry
Montana Free Press
In a Nutshell
Montana Free Press, Montana’s premier statewide nonprofit news organization, has an immediate opening for an accomplished and ambitious Development Manager to join our team in Helena.
Established in 2016
Annual Budget: $1.2M
Headquarters: Helena, MT
Organizational Impact in 2020
128% growth in e-newsletter
129% growth in reader donations
525% growth in average monthly site
Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Director of Development and Operations (DDO), the development manager will provide critical support to MTFP’s revenue growth strategy to further MTFP’s mission. The Development Manager will manage the major gifts and foundation grants programs. The Development Manager will also work with the membership manager as part of the growing MTFP development team.
Major gifts program
Research major donor prospects,
create plan for outreach, conduct discovery and shepherd new major
donor prospects into a relationship with MTFP;
Prepare DDO and Executive Director
(ED) for gift asks by scheduling, briefing and drafting proposals,
With the development team, create a
stewardship plan for each major donor and lead the implementation
of those plans;
Work with DDO and the ED to create
and launch MTFP giving society;
Maintain Salesforce (donor database)
and leverage technology to track and report on contacts, proposals,
gifts, pledges, etc.;
Record, process and acknowledge gifts
made to the organization;
Meet with donors, regularly and
as-needed, to meet fundraising goals.
Working with DDO, develop strategy
and direction for MTFP’s foundation grant program;
Research funder prospects, keep track
of grant cycles and coordinate drafting of grant proposals;
Manage grant reporting;
Build and maintain relationships with
grantmakers and develop strategies for increasing the likelihood of
Collaborate with development team to
plan and execute virtual and in-person events that engage and
inform MTFP members and major donors;
Contribute to staff meetings and
discussions, collaborate with teammates, develop a deep
understanding of the nonprofit news industry, and have fun!
Excellent written and verbal
communication and organizational and time management skills.
Outgoing and excited to build
relationships with donors and connect our mission to their
passions. Passionate, high-energy and perceptive.
Creative thinker and problem
Responsive, tactful and professional
and possessing a donor-centric mindset;
Previous development experience is a
plus, but not required.
Experience working for fast-paced,
innovative startup business/nonprofit is a plus.
Experience leveraging technology in
your workflow - i.e, CRM database, cloud-based collaboration, email
marketing, spreadsheets, video conferencing, cloud-based project
You are committed to diversity and
inclusion, and its value in the workplace.
You care about and believe in the
critical role that public service journalism plays in our
This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the DDO and is based at MTFP’s headquarters in Helena, MT. Remote working would be considered, but strong preference will be given to those willing to work at MTFP’s headquarters. Travel and some nights/weekends will be required and will likely increase after the pandemic.
We offer a competitive salary plus health insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement savings plan, generous holiday, sick and vacation leave, and flexible work hours.
MTFP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ+, and differently-abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application details: Please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Development Manager” in the email subject line.
If you don’t meet 100% of our requirements but are ambitious, smart and driven, please apply! We are excited to welcome team members from nontraditional careers.