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Director of Development Montana Public Radio

Company name
The University of Montana

Missoula, MT, United States

Employment Type

Executive, Manager, Marketing, Pr, Fundraising

Posted on
Dec 23, 2021

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University of Montana

invites applications for a

Director of Development

to oversee Membership/Annual Giving, Corporate Support, and Major Giving for Montana Public Radio (MTPR). The Director develops the goals and budget for the department; strategizes fundraising plans for the year and determines priorities based on organizational goals. The Director is the key liaison with personnel at the University of Montana Foundation. The Director is also responsible for building relationships with potential individual, corporate and foundation donors, making presentations, and grant writing for special projects and initiatives. The Director works closely with MTPR and BMC staff and leadership to develop priorities for MTPR and ensures that the Development team is executing those priorities and working cooperatively.

The Director will design and implement a long-range and on-going development plan for MTPR including fundraising activities targeting viewers, corporations, foundations, and government funding sources. This position will have the authority to establish and oversee corporate support/underwriting contracts with private businesses; and approve purchase of equipment, premiums, and supplies as authorized under the management guidelines of MTPR, UM, and its budgetary procedures. The Development Director will also have the authority — in consultation with colleagues — to make decisions affecting campaign, major gift and planned giving, membership programs, underwriting rate structures, pledge drives, and other issues directly affecting MTPR development activities. The Director will serve as an effective leader establishing new initiatives that can further enhance membership growth, financial stability, and a public television system that will provide Montana taxpayers with choice, educational opportunities, and quality programming.

Key responsibilities include:

Membership/Annual Giving

Sponsor Support / Program Underwriting

Major and Planned Giving

Viewer Support

Social Media

Government Relations

Grant Writing

Meeting on a regular basis with MTPR development staff

Fostering working relationships with the development team at Montana PBS, the UM Alumni Foundation, businesses, foundations , individuals and community leaders throughout Montana to create partnerships and raise funds

Speaking to service and professional organizations in Montana

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action

: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details

Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package

including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Salary for this position is $68,000 - $70,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Business Management/Marketing, Communications, Broadcasting, or a closely related field and at least five (5) years’ experience working with non-profit, individual, foundations and corporate fundraising or equivalent combination of education and experience

Ability to comply with University and MTPR policies, procedures and regulations

Ability to consult — positively — with MTPR management

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with a public broadcasting facility

Grant writing and experience organizing volunteer organizations

About UM

and MTPR

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

Montana Public Radio is a public service of the University of Montana and is licensed to the Montana University System. MTPR began as a student training facility in 1965. Since then we have become a media network serving western and central Montana and beyond. MTPR is an NPR affiliate with a robust Montana news team including bureaus in Missoula, the Flathead and Helena. Our eclectic music and entertainment programs include classical, jazz, literature, science, and the longest running children's radio programs in the country. We also carry national favorites such as This American Life and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! MTPR produces about 50 percent of our program content. We broadcast to a population of about 500,000 Montanans, with an estimated weekly audience of 70,000 listeners. We have about 7,000 members who support the station financially, providing about 75 percent of our annual operating funds. Montana Public Radio enriches the mind and spirit, inspires a lifetime of learning, and connects communities through access to exceptional programming.

To learn more about the University of Montana, please visit the links below.

University of Montana

Video: Mission First, People Always

UM on YouTube

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.

In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference.

Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.


*References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.


Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

E mployment Eligibility.

All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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