Job Opening: Development Director

Montana Conservation Voters and MCV Education Fund

   Development Director Job Description, November, 2012

The Montana Conservation Voters and MCV Education Fund have an exciting career opportunity. We seek a full time, professional Development Director to help move the organizations’ fundraising to new levels, building on our strong membership and monthly giving program.  The Development Director’s chief responsibility is to deepen and expand Montana Conservation Voters’ major gifts program, involving Board members, chapter leaders, staff and the Executive Director.  The Development Director also works with the Field Director in coordinating MCV’s membership recruitment and renewal program. This is an exempt position that reports to the MCV Executive Director.  Approximately 1,200 – 1,500 miles per month of travel is expected.  The position ideally is based in Billings, Montana.

Qualifications for the position include:

1.    An unqualified commitment to Montana Conservation Voters’ mission;

2.    Experience developing and implementing a major gifts campaign with Board members, senior staff and organizational leaders;

3.    Strong verbal and written communication skills;

4.    Experience in small donor and/or membership recruitment and renewal and monthly giving programs;

5.    Demonstrated ability to create and use a clear, compelling fundraising message and story that motivates prospective donors to contribute;

6.    Understanding of how to craft and implement a long range development plan;

7.    Previous non-profit experience;

8.    Ability to work as part of a team with staff and organizational leaders;

9.    College degree.

Montana Conservation Voters offers a competitive salary, a generous benefit package, and opportunities for advancement and professional development.

To apply, submit resume’, three references and two writing samples to  Theresa Keaveny, Executive Director, MCV, Box 63, Billings, MT 59103. 

MCV is an Equal Opportunity Employer















Montana Conservation Voters and MCV Education Fund

Development Director Job Description, November, 2012


                       General Tasks – 10 percent

1.  Motivate and provide direct fundraising support to the Executive Director, Board of Directors and staff;

2.  Implement MCV and MCVEF development plans with the Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff, and assist in plan formulation for 2014 and beyond;

3.  Participate in staff meetings, Board and membership meetings as needed.


                       Major Donors – 60 percent

1. Implement an annual major donor gifts program with the Executive Director, Board of Directors and staff by building relationships with, training and motivating Board members and staff to perform agreed-upon fundraising tasks and maintaining ongoing communications with donors, Board and staff throughout the year.  This work includes:

                        *Building and maintaining relationships with major donors, using personal gift acknowledgment protocols and reporting to donors regularly on how gifts have made a clear difference tp MCV’s work;

                        *Designing and preparing necessary fundraising materials to launch and implement an annual major gifts campaign;

                        *Researching prospects and identifying new major donors to achieve fundraising goals;

                        *Planning and carrying out major donor meetings and visits, and, as needed, donor events and house parties with Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff;

                        *Organizing and conducting MCV’s first major donor breakfast, lunch or dinner event  in fall or late 2013.  (Several successful event models are provided through the League of Conservation Voters).


2. Coordinate computer-based record keeping on all donors and prospective donors and review and analyze donation information.

                        Membership Development – 15 percent

1.   Develop and implement a membership recruitment and renewal program with associated gift acknowledgement (thank you’s and new member “welcome” materials) that complements MCV’s door to door membership canvass (managed by MCV’s Field Director), using direct mail appeals, email appeals, social networking, phone banking and other tools, involving chapter leaders, Board and staff as needed.


2.   Direct and expand MCV’s Conservation Circle monthly giving program.


                       Grantseeking – 15 percent


1.Work with the Executive Director to conduct grant research and inquiries.


2.  Assist in preparing proposals and foundation reports and updates as necessary.


Staff Development and Orientation – Depending on need and experience, workshops, orientation and training sessions are provided including 

·                     Pertinent fundraising workshops and webinars through the League of Conservation Voters and other options as feasible (Kim Kline, Andy Robinson)

·                     MCV/MCVEF Legal Training, featuring Alliance for Justice

·                     Orientation and training with MCV’s Executive Director, leaders and staff.