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Director of Development, Flathead Lake Biological Station

University of Montana Foundation
Montana, United States
$70,000.00 - $80,000.00
Closing date
May 21, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Major Gifts
Academic Centers, Education, Environment, Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time
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Would you like to work at a world-renowned ecological research station on the shores of beautiful Flathead Lake – the largest natural freshwater lake in the Western United States - while being part of a collaborative development team at the University of Montana Foundation in Missoula? Would you enjoy inspiring donors to keep Flathead Lake pristine, to provide field-based classrooms for all levels of education, and to make environmental science accessible to the local and global community? In this role, you would enjoy a compelling mission, dedicated donor base, and excellent benefits from the University of Montana Foundation including:
  • Competitive salary
  • Retirement 403(b) contribution of 11%
  • Generous time off: 4 weeks of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, and 12 days of holiday leave
  • Paid parental leave of 4 weeks for new parents
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more
  • Opportunities for a partially remote work arrangement each week
  • In coordination with the director, faculty, and staff of the Flathead Lake Biological Station, develop an understanding of and an ability to articulate the mission, values, and fundraising priorities of the Flathead Lake Biological Station
  • Build relationships with prospective and current major donors (giving $25,000+), with frequent travel around Montana and occasional out-of-state travel
  • Develop, implement, and document identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for donors
  • Write and present gift proposals that reflect the Flathead Lake Biological Station’s values and fundraising priorities
  • Inspire and coordinate the participation of the director, faculty, staff, and volunteers in fundraising activities
  • Work in collaboration with UM Foundation colleagues in departments including Development, Marketing/Communications, Gift and Fund Administration, and Prospect Research
Requirements This position requires a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one to three years of dedicated fundraising experience, with a working knowledge of the principles of major gift fundraising. The position requires an ability to work from the Flathead Lake Biological Station, located at Yellow Bay on the east shore of Flathead Lake near Polson, Montana, and/or the University of Montana Foundation office in Missoula, Montana (80 miles apart) with opportunities to work partially remotely each week.   Our Communities The Flathead Lake Biological Station is located on Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. With its headwaters in Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex, the communities of Flathead Lake boast abundant public lands and four-season recreational opportunities including fishing, river running, skiing, mountain biking, sailing, and climbing. Roughly 100,000 people live amongst the thriving communities of the Flathead.   Missoula is a thriving community of 77,000 residents who make their home where five valleys converge. Set in an outdoor playground of majestic mountains, scenic valleys and winding rivers, Missoula residents enjoy four distinct seasons, an energetic college-town vibe and cultural opportunities, and unparalleled recreational opportunities.
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