Development Manager

Bitter Root Land Trust

Hamilton, Montana

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $45,000-$62,000 DOE
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

The Development Manager will join a collaborative, professional team that works to connect our community and beyond to the impactful conservation mission of the Bitter Root Land Trust (BRLT). This position provides overall fundraising support for BRLT’s Development Program including donor engagement, cultivation and recognition, soliciting donations, grant writing, donor database management, and event coordination related to development. This position requires working closely with a team, a self-starter attitude, and a philosophy of philanthropy that fosters donor-centric fundraising.

Areas of Responsibility:

General Development & Fundraising (50%)

  • Secure new, renewed, or increased funding from individuals, businesses, and partners.
  • Assists the Development Director in the development, execution, tracking, and evaluation of BRLT’s annual fundraising plan.
  • Supports fundraising activities through donor cultivation, volunteer engagement, gift requests, recognition, and
  • Works with the Development Director and Communications and Outreach Manager to assist with event planning and execution of outreach events and donor engagement opportunities such as the annual Barn Dance, donor cultivation events, outdoor experiences, community partnerships, and any other engagement identified in the annual Development and Communications
  • Collaborate with Communications and Outreach Manager and vendors to create, organize, and execute development-related materials and mailings (fundraising appeals, planned giving, and special campaigns, ). and online campaigns (giving days, etc.).
  • Responsible for the organization’s culture of gratitude and overall donor recognition including donor gifts and appreciation events, such as the annual Donor Appreciation Party.
  • Create moves management and segmentation strategies for BRLT’s monthly giving program and a new mid-level donor program including enhanced stewardship and engagement.
  • Assists with strategies, cultivation and stewardship of new donors, a business sponsorship program, a major donor program, capital campaigns, and special project campaigns.
  • Analyze fundraising metrics and data to refine strategy and increase impact.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Development

Grant Management (25%)

  • Responsible for new and existing foundation and partner grants in collaboration with development and program teams.
  • Leads the tracking of a grant calendar, grant applications, and reporting
  • Identifies foundation and partner grant
  • Assists with project proposals as needed in partnership with Lands and Stewardship Teams.

Database Management (25%)

  • Manages the organization’s donor database (currently DonorPerfect Online).
  • Inputs, tracks, and ensures the timely receipt and acknowledgment of all
  • Data entry to ensure the accuracy of records, including contact information, recognition, donor cultivation, mailings, etc.
  • Creates regular, timely reports, and detailed reports as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in a related field and at least two years of demonstrated applicable
  • Knowledge of best practices for donor-centered fundraising.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to develop relationships with donors and partners.
  • Demonstrated, strong, persuasive written and verbal communications
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a diverse, fast-paced
  • Proactive self-starter who demonstrates a high level of initiative and a commitment to high-quality
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized. Ability to balance and prioritize multiple
  • Ability to work occasional evenings, weekends, or other non-traditional work hours, when needed.
  • Demonstrated command of Microsoft Office suite of
  • Passion for and willingness to champion BRLT’s core mission of conserving the water, wildlife, and working farms and ranches of the Bitterroot Valley for present and future generations both within and outside our community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Non-profit or mission-driven professional
  • Experience working in a rural western community that is culturally and politically
  • Experience grant writing or applicable
  • Experience coordinating
  • Experience with donor management
  • Capital or special campaign
  • Experience working with a diverse network of volunteers, including an all-volunteer Board of Directors, committee members, and community
  • Experience cultivating and developing relationships and community-based

Working Conditions:

  • Work from shared office space in Hamilton, with part-time, telecommute options after 6 months.
  • Occasional day travel throughout Ravalli County for events and meetings.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive in winter conditions.
  • This position may include opportunities for overnight travel once or twice a year for professional development.

The posting period closes on November 3, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send a cover letter and resume to Kori Anderson, Operations Director at Kori@bitterrootlandtrust.org. No phone calls, please. 

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

Category Admin & Leadership, Land Trust
Tags Outreach