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Director of Development, Mansfield Center

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 15, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Other Fundraising
Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Montana Foundation has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Development at the Mansfield Center - an academic unit of the University of Montana that fosters globally minded leaders of integrity, with a dual focus on ethics in public affairs and international engagement.

The Director of Development will drive fundraising strategies, build statewide, nationwide and global donor relationships, and engage and solicit donors in support of the Mansfield Center.

The Director will work independently and report to the Assistant Vice President of Development, working in close collaboration with the Mansfield Center’s executive director, advisory board, faculty and staff, and with colleagues at the University of Montana Foundation.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Retirement 403(b) contribution of 11%
  • Generous time off: four weeks of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, and 12 days of holiday leave
  • Paid parental leave of four weeks for new parents
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and wellness program
  • Opportunity for a partially remote work arrangement each week
  • Professional development opportunities, including a year-long fundraising training with Plus Delta Partners


  • In coordination with the director, staff, and advisory board of the Mansfield Center, develop an understanding of and ability to articulate the mission, values, and fundraising priorities of the Mansfield Center
  • 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 Mansfield Center’s values and fundraising priorities
  • Inspire and coordinate the participation of the director, staff, advisory board, and volunteers in fundraising activities
  • Work in collaboration with Foundation teams including Development, Prospect Research and Management, Marketing and Communications, and Gift and Fund Administration

The UM Foundation and Mansfield Center seek a candidate who excels in relationship building, possesses a high level of self-motivation, and is team oriented.

Other requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Three to five years of development or related experience, with at least two years of fundraising experience in higher education, global engagement, political or policy-related organizations, or similarly complex fields, with a working knowledge of the principles of major gift fundraising
  • Commitment to the values of the Mansfield Center, including democracy, ethics in public affairs, and global engagement, along with an understanding of current events and the ability to actively engage in such conservations from a non-partisan perspective

About the Mansfield Center
The Mansfield Center was founded by an Act of Congress in 1983 to foster globally minded leaders of integrity in the spirit of Mike and Maureen Mansfield. Mike Mansfield served as our nation’s longest-serving U.S. Senate Majority Leader and as our longest-serving U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

The Mansfield Center supports our nation in bridging divides and building leadership skills while addressing the world’s greatest challenges. Critical to its work is a global perspective and the importance of building cross-cultural communication and understanding.

Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals, and vision for the world are supported by the Center’s dialogues, seminars, trainings, exchanges, and commentary, all of which are designed to create networks among U.S. and international leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policy, and increase awareness about the nations and peoples of the world, with an emphasis on Asia. The pillars of our work include: bridging divides between diverse groups; ethics and integrity; developing leadership; and international engagement.

About the UM Foundation
The UM Foundation connects donors’ passions with needs and opportunities at the University of Montana. Serving the University as an independent nonprofit, the UM Foundation manages the University’s private fundraising efforts, donations, and investment of endowed gifts.

The UM Foundation is celebrating the recent completion of the most successful higher education fundraising campaign in state history, inspiring donors to give over $450 million to elevate every student, school, and college at the University of Montana. The UM Foundation is now intentionally growing its development team to prepare for the next campaign.

The UM Foundation is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University it serves. UM Foundation employees enjoy a collaborative culture and inspiring mission to support the University and its students.

Our Community

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 unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Missoula’s vibrant downtown lies north of the Clark Fork River, which runs through the heart of the city. Residents and visitors flock there for its locally owned restaurants and bars, eclectic retail stores and during the summer, its bustling Saturday farmer’s market scene.

Missoula offers outstanding cultural and entertainment opportunities that contribute to the “Missoula Lifestyle.” Big-name and local artists play Missoula’s varied concert venues and festivals. Local residents enjoy excellent art galleries, public lectures, theatrical productions, sporting events and world-class fly-fishing.

Outdoor Recreation:

  • Rattlesnake Wilderness Area: 5 miles
  • Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area: 7 miles
  • Flathead Lake: 70 miles
  • Glacier National Park: 139 miles
  • Yellowstone National Park: 269 miles
  • There are 3.1 million acres of wilderness within a 100-mile radius of campus

Questions about the Position?
Contact Erin Keenan, Assistant Vice President of Development, with questions about the opportunity or the position’s salary range, at

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