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Position:       Director of Development

Location:      Helena, MT (Flexibility to work remotely in Montana)

Salary:          $55,000-$65,000/year

Position:       Full-time (Flexibility to convert to part-time for the right candidate)

Benefits:       Vacation, Simple IRA w/match, Health Insurance

About the Organization

Founded in 1976, Montana Audubon is an independent, statewide conservation organization whose mission is to promote appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana’s native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems and to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations. In our vision for the future, we seek to create an environment in which all of Montana’s native bird species have healthy, sustainable populations, ensured by long-term habitat security. Montana Audubon uses bird science, conservation education and engages in public policy work to protect our state’s incomparable wildlife and landscapes.

Summary of Position

The Director of Development’s primary responsibility is to coordinate all fund development activities, working with the Executive Director and the Development Committee to promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. This is a permanent full-time staff person, however, for the right candidate we will consider a part-time schedule. Job duties include managing major donor cultivation and solicitation, grant research and writing, overseeing annual fund activities such as appeal letters, email solicitations and monthly giving program, and promoting and managing planned gifts. This position also oversees all of Montana Audubon’s communications to ensure a consistent message throughout different media and publications.

Major Responsibilities

  • Follows an annual fundraising plan to meet revenue goals for Montana Audubon and to diversify funding sources for all programs.
  • Develops strategies and techniques for continual expansion and cultivation of prospective donors through giving programs with an emphasis on growth of
  • Oversees an annual Major Donor cultivation calendar for the Executive Director to ensure successful donor connections via timely phone calls, emails, letters/cards, and visits based on mutually agreed upon strategy for annual giving and recognition of
  • Makes direct asks to donors or donor prospects, where
  • Leads a systematic program of annual giving, focusing on the principles of moving individuals up the giving ladder, as well as expanding monthly giving
  • Coordinates grant research by office staff, and submits proposals for special funding from private and public funding
  • Oversees the foundation and grants program wherein relationships are well-maintained, and timely, accurate grant proposals and reports are written and prepared for program-specific and operational grants.
  • Establishes a comprehensive planned giving program to expand current endowment values and encourage estate
  • Works with development and event planning staff to ensure fundraising elements of all Montana Audubon events are consistent and
  • Ensures external communications have a consistent and compelling case for
  • Oversees the production of materials designed for members, donors, foundations and
  • Directs office staff (as needed) to conduct research to identify donor prospects and to obtain information concerning financial capacity, special interests, past history and relationship with Montana Audubon.
  • Provide guidance for staff responsible for the database system, data entry and gift
  • Maintain a system of donor information management, including both electronic and confidential hard copy filing
  • Ensure that all development and communication activities are integrated by use of an annual
  • Review development activity effectiveness on a bi-annual basis and adjust if
  • Works with Accounting Specialist to review monthly revenues and reconcile bookkeeping system and donor database
  • On an as-needed basis, be available to approve payroll, review payables, or perform other bookkeeping functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Completion of a 4-year degree
  • A combined 4+ years of professional experience in development, communications or related
  • A background in major donor cultivation and gift securement
  • Experience in securing foundation and corporate grants including identifying sources, relationship building and experience writing LOIs, grant proposals and reporting
  • A commitment to conservation and the mission of Montana Audubon
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple deadlines and stay within budget
  • Proficient computer skills, experience with donor databases, and proven experience tracking performance
  • Possesses an even temperament, sense of humor, ability to take direction, and exercises good judgment and
  • Willingness and desire to be a team player within a collaborative work culture and uniquely skilled in delegating duties to staff in a non-supervisory
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings, weekends, overnights and willingness to travel statewide and regionally as

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Director of Development”. This posting will remain open until filled with applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Montana Audubon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.


Position:       Development Coordinator

Location:      Helena, MT

Position:       Fulltime (flexibility to convert to a part-time position for the right candidate)

Salary:          $30,000-$35,000/year

Benefits:       Vacation, Simple IRA w/match, Health Insurance

About the Organization

Founded in 1976, Montana Audubon is an independent, statewide conservation organization whose mission is to promote appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana’s native birds, other wildlife, and natural ecosystems and to safeguard biological diversity for current and future generations. In our vision for the future, we seek to create an environment in which all of Montana’s native bird species have healthy, sustainable populations, ensured by long-term habitat security. Montana Audubon uses bird science, conservation education and engages in public policy work to protect our state’s incomparable wildlife and landscapes.

Summary of Position

The Development Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to coordinate all fund development activities, working with the Executive Director and the Development Committee to promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. This is a permanent full-time staff person, however, for the right candidate we will consider a part-time schedule. Duties include providing support to the Executive Director in major donor cultivation and solicitation, grant research and writing, overseeing annual fund activities such as appeal letters, email solicitations, and monthly giving program, and planning and coordinating special events.

Major Responsibilities

  • Manages an annual Major Donor cultivation calendar for the Executive Director to ensure successful donor connections via timely phone calls, emails, letters/cards, and visits based on mutually agreed upon strategy for annual giving and recognition of
  • Coordinates grant research by office staff, and submits proposals for special funding from private and public funding
  • Oversees the foundation and grants program wherein relationships are well-maintained, and timely, accurate grant proposals and reports are written and prepared for program-specific and operational grants.
  • Help develop a comprehensive planned giving program to expand current endowment values and encourage estate
  • Act as the event planner for Montana Audubon, coordinating with staff to ensure fundraising elements of all Montana Audubon events are consistent and
  • Develop materials designed for members, donors, foundations and
  • Provide guidance for staff responsible for the database system, data entry and gift
  • Maintain a system of donor information management, including both electronic and confidential hard copy filing
  • Ensure that all development activities are integrated by use of an annual
  • Review development activity effectiveness on a bi-annual basis and adjust if
  • Works with Accounting Specialist to review monthly revenues and reconcile bookkeeping system and donor database

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Completion of a 2-year or 4-year degree
  • A combined 2+ years of professional experience in development, communications, administration, or related
  • Experience in grants including identifying sources, relationship building and experience writing LOIs, grant proposals and reporting
  • A commitment to conservation and the mission of Montana Audubon
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple deadlines and stay within budget
  • Proficient computer skills, experience with donor databases, and proven experience tracking performance
  • Possesses an even temperament, sense of humor, ability to take direction, and exercises good judgment and
  • Willingness and desire to be a team player within a collaborative work culture and uniquely skilled in delegating duties to staff in a non-supervisory
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings, weekends, overnights and willingness to travel statewide and regionally as

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Development Coordinator”. This posting will remain open until filled with applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Montana Audubon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, creed, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability or status as a U.S. veteran.


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