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Assistant Vice President of Development

University of Montana Foundation
Montana, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Jun 5, 2024

Job Details

Join Our Team as Assistant Vice President of Development at the University of Montana Foundation!

The Assistant Vice President of Development will join the leadership team of the UM Foundation’s innovative and growing Development division. They will supervise frontline fundraisers, support team members to achieve ambitious and attainable fundraising goals, foster a positive team culture, strengthen operational efficiencies, and collaborate with UM Foundation colleagues and campus leaders.


Benefits Include

  • Retirement Planning: 403(b) employer contribution of 11%, with no employee match required
  • Generous Time off Benefits: Team members accrue four weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 11 days of holiday leave
  • Family Support: Paid parental leave for new parents
  • Health and Wellness: Medical, dental, vision, wellness program, and short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Career Advancement: Ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Competitive Pay: Candidates can request the starting pay range by emailing  


    Management and Supervision: 

    • In partnership with the Vice President of Development and other leadership, manage and supervise assigned development staff
    • Work with assigned staff members to develop, implement and evaluate strategies and fundraising plans designed to meet fundraising goals and objectives
    • Work with assigned staff to assess program outcomes and opportunities for continual improvement
    • Identify training opportunities for assigned staff and provide ongoing mentoring

    Campus and External Partnerships: 

    • Interface and strategize with campus leaders about fundraising opportunities and priorities
    • Maintain and grow partnerships with campus leaders on fundraising strategy, staffing, and education about the UM Foundation 
    • When necessary, communicate with donors or donor prospects, in support of assigned development staff or campus leaders on fundraising strategy
    • Provide coverage for campus units with vacant assigned development positions

    Leadership Across UM Foundation 

    • Collaborate with all departments and colleagues across the UM Foundation to move projects and objectives forward
    • Help to build Development Division policies, procedures, and guidelines for internal processes that will strengthen operations, efficiency, and greater fundraising success
    • Communicate goals, opportunities, and projects to broad audiences


    Desired Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Seven years of experience in fundraising 
    • Record of securing major gifts, principal gifts and planned gifts
    • Experience leading and motivating teams
    • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills; an ability to work independently and in a multi-layered team environment while fostering positive relationships, teamwork, and collaboration

    If you do not meet all the qualifications of the positions, you are still encouraged to apply.

    Priority Application DateTuesday, May 28, 2024. Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. 


    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 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, and is now intentionally growing to meet the next philanthropic needs and opportunities of the University of Montana. 

    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. 


    Core Values

    Our core values guide us in all that we do:

    • We are passionate about delivering an exceptional donor experience
    • We inspire each other to do our best work
    • We act with integrity and respect
    • We innovate thoughtfully and with purpose

    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. 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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