Development and Communications Coordinator

Great Burn Conservation Alliance

Missoula, Montana

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $50,000-$53,000 DOE


Our mission: The Great Burn Conservation Alliance (GBCA) fosters the connection between people and place to further conservation and stewardship in the Great Burn ecosystem. This work is completed in a landscape encompassing 1.8 million acres of National Forest land that surrounds and includes the Great Burn proposed wilderness in the northern Rocky Mountains. This huge swath of wildlands consists of 42 inventoried roadless areas between Lolo and Lookout passes in the northern Bitterroot Range along the Montana/Idaho state line. For more information on the organization, visit GreatBurn.org.

For 52 years, the GBCA has worked to preserve wildlife habitat and wilderness character in the Great Burn ecosystem. Since our creation, we have been the driving force behind administrative protections for this region, including forest plans, travel plans, and Idaho Roadless Rule designation. Additionally, GBCA completes various stewardship activities each year, including backcountry noxious weed treatment, volunteer stewardship trips, high alpine lakes site restoration, and backcountry patrols. Our persistent advocacy and stewardship is the driving force that the Great Burn remains wild today. As a GBCA staff member, you will complete meaningful and impactful work that is critical to helping protect this spectacular landscape.


GBCA is looking for an individual who can effectively and passionately share our story. As the Development and Communications Coordinator, you will lead communications about GBCA’s goals and achievements to our supporter base and funders. This position will work collaboratively with other program staff and the Executive Director to assist with grant management, donor communication, and general GBCA communications.

GBCA leverages a comprehensive grants program to secure the funding necessary to support our work. This includes funding from various sources: private foundations, corporations, individual donors, and governmental agencies. Coordinating secured grants requires specific administration including reporting and contract management. Basic donor management and developing supporter communication are important core skills of this position.



  • Grant identification, writing and reporting for organizational capacity building and operational support grants
  • Develop, write, and submit well-written and researched proposals and reports
  • Apply to a variety of funding sources (foundations, government, corporations, etc.) to provide a diverse array of funding, both new and ongoing
  • Ensures timely donor correspondence, including gift processing and acknowledgments
  • Update and maintain donor management platform
  • Create donor collateral materials
  • Point person for Missoula Gives and other year-end donation campaigns


  • Ensure all materials adhere with the organization’s brand, voice, and mission
  • Keep GBCA supporters informed of programs, needs, and opportunities to get involved through regular updates, online appeals, and special publications
  • Assist with projects as requested by the Executive Director
  • Create program-related infographics and informational materials, in collaboration with staff
  • Assist in creating and scheduling social media content
  • Participate in field opportunities documenting stewardship and volunteer work


Qualifications may be satisfied by any combination of education and experience that provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below.

  • Passion and belief in GBCA’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives
  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills
  • Minimum of three to five years of non-profit fundraising experience including, but not limited to, building project budgets and familiarity with in-kind and matching requirements
  • Familiarity with the life cycle of grants from award through closeout
  • High level of initiative, creative problem solving, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and stakeholders
  • Ability to establish and meet deadlines, proven experience in setting and achieving fundraising goals
  • Design experience in creating collateral materials such as graphics, publications, and promotional materials. Experience capturing high quality images using SLR camera a plus

Work Schedule 35 hours per week but can be flexible.

Location: Missoula, Montana (option to have a hybrid office/remote after initial training)

Compensation: $50,000-$53,000 DOE. Benefits include annual leave, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, paid leave December 25 through January 1, SIMPLE IRA retirement savings plan with employer match, parental leave, professional development support, and health insurance stipend.


Please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Hayley Newman, hayley@greatburn.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting September 22, 2023.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Admin & Leadership
Tags Outreach