Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC), named one of Outside Magazine’s Top 100 places to work two years in a row, is seeking a Director of Development to lead a comprehensive fundraising program that supports the organization’s operating budget of $4 million and advances its mission of protecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The GYE is a remarkable natural landscape: home to a complete array of native wildlife, headwaters of the west, an important place in the history of conservation, and of deep importance to the First Nations who have made this place home since time immemorial. Based in Bozeman, Montana, the Director of Development works closely with Development Department staff, the Board of Directors, and other colleagues to implement fundraising plans and secure financial support.
This position plays a key role in advancing GYC’s mission, vision, and conservation strategies.
As a member of the leadership team, this position helps create a welcoming culture of inclusion and supports a commitment to diversity, equity, and justice. Managing a team of approximately four staff, the Director of Development oversees fundraising opportunities for individual giving, foundation giving, planned giving, fundraising and cultivation events, and strategic campaigns. The Director of Development is an important member of the Leadership Team and ensures development functions are well coordinated across all parts of the organization, including conservation programs, marketing and communications, and finance.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Planning: Implements and manages development plans to meet goals for individual and foundation giving, campaigns, planned giving, and events. Participation in the overall budgeting process is critical to ensuring development plans meet organizational goals.
Management: Supervisory responsibility for the Development Team, which includes hiring, training, coaching, goal setting, and overseeing the execution of day-to-day work. This position ensures accountability of direct reports’ annual work plans, strategic benchmarks, and of budgets and cash flow projections.
Organizational Leadership: Member of the Leadership Team, participation on GYC’s Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Committee, and other committees as initiatives arise.
Coordination: Oversees alignment of development functions across conservation, marketing and communications, and finance teams to foster long-term financial stability and growth.
Foundation Giving: Direct responsibility for implementing an effective strategy for foundation funding, including identification, research, relationship building, proposals, and reporting.
Individual Giving: Directs a thorough strategy for individual donors, including solicitation, stewardship, and cultivation of local, regional, and national donors and contributes to collective efforts in securing planned gifts. Oversees the strategic use of GYC’s donor and constituent database.
Donor Communications: Provides oversight of print and digital appeals, thank-you letters, and other donor-centered communications. Coordinates donor stewardship efforts of staff and board.
Board Relations: Inspires, trains, and engages board members in stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation efforts. Provides leadership to board development and finance committees.
Reporting: Provides status reports on fundraising efforts, performance metrics, and actual to budget revenue goals.
5+ years of recent experience leading successful fundraising teams.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; master’s degree is preferred.
Commitment to and understanding of Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s mission and goals.
Track record of raising substantial funds for nonprofit organizations.
Proven success in envisioning, initiating, carrying out, and finishing campaigns.
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated ability to effectively empower teams and strategically lead, collaborate, supervise, and manage.
Strong knowledge of philanthropic best practices, principles, and ethics.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
Experience with grant proposal writing and reporting.
Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a diversity of individuals and institutions.
Demonstrated experience building and managing budgets.
Commitment to understanding shifting trends in charitable giving and embracing continued learning.
Ability to travel within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and out of the region on a regular basis.
Physical Working Conditions
GYC is committed to honoring and improving accommodations within our existing infrastructure.
Business office environment with moderate noise.
Will sit or stand at a desk and move between offices. Accommodations can be made.
Work on a computer, use a telephone, and other general office equipment.
Lift and carry up to 25 pounds. The use of a dolly, cart, etc. is available. Accommodations honored and assistance from other staff are strongly encouraged.
This position will be up to 15% travel, mostly by car and occasional air.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation and Benefits
•Salary range $78,0000-90,000.
•Employer paid health premiums for employees and contributions for dependents, spouses, and domestic partners.
•Employees can elect to have additional premiums for vision, dental, life,
and long-term disability.
•Generous time-off: vacation, sick, personal, paid holidays, and sabbatical.
•Tuition reimbursement program.
•Employer contribution to profit sharing retirement plan
About Greater Yellowstone Coalition
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition was founded in 1983 on a simple premise: an ecosystem will remain healthy and wild only if it is kept whole. For more than 35 years, we have been a pioneer in defining and promoting the concept of ecosystem management. Our offices, strategically placed in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, allow us to engage in a wide variety of efforts locally, regionally, and nationally to ensure Greater Yellowstone's lands, waters, wildlife are protected now and well into the future.
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is a remarkable natural landscape. It is home to a complete array of native wildlife, the headwaters of the west, an important place in the history of conservation, and of deep importance to the First Nations who made this place home since time immemorial.
People protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, now and for future generations.