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Director of Development, W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation

University of Montana Foundation
Montana, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024

The University of Montana Foundation has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Development at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation.

Since its founding in 1913, the Franke College has become a national leader in academics, research, and hands-on learning in the fields of environmental science, conservation, forest management, and sustainability.

Rooted in the wild landscapes of Western Montana, the Franke College is training tomorrow’s leaders in climate change, wildlife and its habitat, forestry, environmental sustainability, water conservation, recreation and tourism management, wilderness, community and environmental planning, spatial technologies and more.

The Director of Development will support the Franke College’s mission by driving fundraising strategies; building donor relationships; and engaging, soliciting, and stewarding donors in the collaborative team environments of the University of Montana Foundation and Franke College.

Benefits Include

  • Retirement 403(b) employer contribution of 11%
  • Opportunity for a part-time remote work arrangement each week
  • Generous time off – Team members accrue four weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 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, wellness program and more
  • Professional development opportunities, including a year-long fundraising training with Plus Delta Partners


  • Articulate the mission, values, and fundraising priorities of the Franke College
  • Build relationships with prospective and current donors, with frequent travel around Montana and out-of-state
  • Develop and execute strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors
  • Inspire and coordinate the participation of the dean, faculty, staff, and volunteers in fundraising activities
  • Work in collaboration with UM Foundation teams including Development, Prospect Research and Management, Marketing and Communications, Stewardship, and Gift and Fund Administration


Minimum Qualifications

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

Other requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Five or more years of development experience, with at least two years of fundraising experience in a higher education setting, environmental-related nonprofit, or similarly related or complex organization, with a working knowledge of the principles and practices of major gift fundraising 


Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with environmental issues of the Rocky Mountain West


About the Franke College

Since its founding in 1913, the Franke College has become a national leader in academics, research, and hands-on learning in the fields of environmental science, conservation, and sustainability.

The college was part of the first cohort of university programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters in 1935. Today, the Franke College’s academic and research programs are renowned, ranking fifth for scholarly productivity in influential ecology journals and with a Wildlife Biology program that's recognized as the top program in North America.

The Franke College’s academic and research capacity, coupled with our proximity to Western Montana’s extraordinary ecosystems and wild lands, results in unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning, high-quality academics, and meaningful conservation endeavors. The Franke College also leverages the strengths of its home in Missoula, where a diversity of influential and well-regarded conservation nonprofits, government organizations, and NGOs offer access to a dynamic community of scientists and conservationists. 

The Franke College benefits from robust philanthropic support from donors and alumni, including, most notably, the Bill and Carolyn Franke family, who made a transformative $24 million gift to name the Franke College – the largest single donation the University has received – and which serves students and programs focused on environmental research and hands-on learning experiences.


About the University of Montana 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 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.

About the University of Montana

As Montana’s flagship university and a top-tier R1 research institution, the University of Montana sets a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments, and scientific exploration. Students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts, sciences, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.


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, a vibrant downtown, and unparalleled recreational opportunities.

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.

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