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A career at The University of Montana Foundation is more than a job - it is an opportunity to be a part of something that impacts students, the community and, through research, the world. At the UM Foundation we offer you not only the chance to build a successful career - we offer you an opportunity to make an impact.

The University of Montana Foundation has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of Development at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law – Montana’s only law school and a leader in law and policy education.

The Director of Development will drive fundraising strategies, build donor relationships, and engage and solicit donors on behalf of the Blewett School of Law.

Benefits Include

  • Retirement 403(b) contribution of 11%
  • Generous time off – Team members accrue four weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 12 days of holiday leave
  • Paid parental leave of four weeks for new parents
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more
  • Opportunities for a part-time remote work arrangement each week
  • Professional development opportunities, including a year-long training with Plus Delta Partners

Responsibilities

  • In coordination with the Dean of the Blewett School of Law, develop an understanding of and ability to articulate the mission, values, and fundraising priorities of the Blewett School of Law
  • Build relationships with prospective and current major donors (giving $25,000+), with frequent travel around Montana and occasional out-of-state travel
  • Develop, implement, and document identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for donors
  • Write and present gift proposals that reflect the Blewett School of Law’s values and fundraising priorities
  • Inspire and coordinate the participation of the Dean, faculty, staff, and volunteers in fundraising activities
  • Work in collaboration with UM Foundation teams including Development, Prospect Research and Management, Marketing and Communications, Stewardship, and Gift and Fund Administration

Minimum Qualifications

The UM Foundation and Blewett School of Law seek a candidate who excels in relationship building, possesses a high level of self-motivation, and is team oriented.

Other requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Five or more years of development or related experience, with at least two years fundraising experience in a higher education setting, legal services or policy      organization, or similarly complex organization, with a working knowledge      of the principles and practices of major gift fundraising

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or work experience in law, public administration, or public policy-related fields
  • Familiarity with law and policy issues of the Rocky Mountain West
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service

About the Alexander Blewett III School of Law

Founded in 1912, the Alexander Blewett III School of Law is a leader in law and policy education. The first and only law school in the United States to house both law and public administration degrees, the Blewett School of Law integrates theory and practice to provide students with a hands-on, service-oriented education.

Over 240 law students enjoy the Blewett School of Law’s practice-rich curriculum, which emphasizes areas of law and policy significant to the Rocky Mountain West, including natural resource law, environmental law, and American Indian law and policy.

The law school’s Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP) program provides innovative public service education for over 200 pre-career and in-career public and nonprofit administration students, offering programs focused on public administration, policy, and nonprofit organizations at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Master in Public Administration program recently placed fourth nationally for the Best 25 Masters in Public Administration Schools.

The Blewett School of Law is also home to the Max Baucus Institute, an extension of former Senator and Ambassador Baucus’ commitment to consensus-building public service, and which is preparing the next generation of public servants through experiential learning opportunities from Washington, DC to China.

As Montana’s only law school, the Blewett School of Law enjoys a close connection with the state’s tight-knit legal community, policymakers and elected officials, and a loyal alumni and donor base. The Blewett School of Law promotes and supports an environment that encourages, enriches and respects the multidimensional aspects of diversity.

About the University of Montana Foundation

The UM Foundation connects donors’ passions with needs and opportunities at the University of Montana. Serving the University as an independent nonprofit, the UM Foundation manages the University’s private fundraising efforts, donations, and investment of endowed gifts.

The UM Foundation is celebrating the recent completion of the most successful higher education fundraising campaign in state history, inspiring donors to give over $450 million to elevate every student, school, and college at the University of Montana. The UM Foundation is now intentionally growing its development team to prepare for the next campaign.

The UM Foundation is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University it serves. UM Foundation employees enjoy a collaborative culture and inspiring mission to support the University and its students.

Questions about the Position?

Contact Erin Keenan, Assistant Vice President of Development, with questions about the opportunity or the position’s salary range, at erin.keenan@supportum.org.

Development Team Opportunities

The University of Montana Foundation is growing and expanding our development/fundraising team. If you are a fundraiser and would like to apply your experience to helping advance the University of Montana Foundation’s mission to inspire philanthropic support to enhance excellence and opportunity at UM, we want to hear from you. We are proud of our highly collaborative and professional team of fundraisers and are looking for great teammates who share our values. Please contact VP of Development Kate Jennings for information on current or upcoming development staff searches at Kate.Jennings@Supportum.org.

Why Work for Us?

The UM Foundation connects donors’ passions with needs and opportunities at the University of Montana – our work changes lives and makes the world a better place.

This is an exciting time to work at the UM Foundation as we continue to celebrate the transformational impact of the most successful higher education campaign in state history, inspiring more than 34,000 donors to give $450.9 million that has elevated every student, school and college at the University of Montana. New colleagues will play a key role in preparing for the university’s next comprehensive campaign.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University we serve, fostering an environment allowing us to inspire each other to our best work. We are also passionate about delivering an exceptional donor experience, acting with integrity and respect, and innovating thoughtfully and with purpose.

· UM Foundation contributes an amount equal to 11% of an employee’s annual compensation into their 403(b) retirement account; no employee contribution is required to receive this benefit

· Generous Time Off – Team Members accrue 4 weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 12 days of holiday leave

· Paid parental leave of 4 weeks per year for new parents

· Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits

· Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more!

· Over 80% of our workforce feels highly engaged in their work

· Professional Development Opportunities

· Most positions are eligible for a part-time remote work arrangement

The University of Montana Foundation

Since 1950, the UM Foundation has delivered on its mission to inspire philanthropic support to enhance excellence and opportunity at UM.

The UM Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves UM by managing private fundraising efforts, donations and investment of endowed gifts. Governed by a Board of Trustees, the UM Foundation operates under an agreement with UM that is reviewed and approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents.

The Foundation’s dedicated trustees, trustee emeriti, staff professionals, volunteers and student employees bring broad expertise and deep commitment to the mission-critical work of the Foundation.

These Foundation stakeholders believe in the power of generous people to make a difference in the world. They believe philanthropy definitively shapes UM as a world-class institution that improves the life of every student.

Our core values guide us in all that we do:

  • We are passionate about delivering an      exceptional donor experience
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We act with integrity and respect
  • We innovate thoughtfully and with purpose

The Foundation manages a long-term investment portfolio, valued at $265 million, established to provide ongoing annual support for scholarships, faculty, programs, and other University priorities.

The UM Foundation offices are located in a new building on the beautiful University of Montana campus. The Foundation currently employs nearly 60 professional staff working across teams focused on development, finance and operations, information systems, and marketing and communications.

The University of Montana

As Montana’s flagship university, the University of Montana sets a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments, and scientific exploration. The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the trades, liberal arts, sciences, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

Academic Units

· Alexander Blewett III School of Law

· College of Business

· College of Health and Skaggs School of Pharmacy

· College of Humanities and Sciences

· College of the Arts and Media

· Davidson Honors College

· Missoula College

· Phyllis J. Washington College of Education

· W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Our Community

Missoula is a thriving community of 77,000 residents who make their home where five valleys converge. Set in an outdoor playground of majestic mountains, scenic valleys and winding rivers, Missoula residents enjoy four distinct seasons, an energetic college-town vibe and unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Missoula’s vibrant downtown lies north of the Clark Fork River, which runs through the heart of the city. Residents and visitors flock there for its locally owned restaurants and bars, eclectic retail stores and during the summer, its bustling Saturday farmer’s market scene.

Missoula offers outstanding cultural and entertainment opportunities that contribute to the “Missoula Lifestyle.” Big-name and local artists play Missoula’s varied concert venues and festivals. Local residents enjoy excellent art galleries, public lectures, theatrical productions, sporting events and world-class fly-fishing.

Outdoor Recreation:

· Rattlesnake Wilderness Area: 5 miles

· Montana Snow Bowl Ski Area: 7 miles

· Flathead Lake: 70 miles

· Glacier National Park: 139 miles

· Yellowstone National Park: 269 miles

· There are 3.1 million acres of wilderness within a 100-mile radius of campus

The UM Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the University of Montana by managing private fundraising efforts, donations and investment of endowed gifts.


We are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the people and culture of the University we serve, fostering an environment allowing us to inspire each other to our best work. We act with integrity and respect, and work to create a team where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported.


Why Work for Us?

  • UM Foundation contributes an amount equal to 11% of an employee’s annual compensation into their 403(b) retirement account; no employee contribution is required to receive this benefit
  • Generous Time Off – Team Members accrue 4 weeks of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year, with an additional 12 days of holiday leave
  • Competitive Pay – candidates can request the starting pay range by emailing debbie.mitchell@supportum.org
  • Paid parental leave of 4 weeks per year for new parents
  • Opportunity for a hybrid remote work arrangement
  • Short-term and long-term disability pay protection benefits
  • Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, wellness program and more!
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Basic Function and Responsibility:
The Senior Accountant will report to the Controller and is responsible for accurate and timely financial accounting and reporting duties as an integral contributor to the Foundation’s overall accounting and reporting function.

Job Duties:

  • Problem solve and demonstrate sound judgement for various complex accounting projects
  • Engage as a strategic thought partner within the accounting department
  • Thoughtfully innovate and promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement
  • Lead the completion of the Foundation 990 and 990T
  • Review weekly accounts payable transactions, ensuring compliance with donor intent, Foundation policies and applicable state and federal regulations
  • Review and approve journal entries prepared by accounting staff members
  • Review and approve balance sheet account reconciliations in a timely matter and ensure all reconciling items are resolved
  • Assist with the annual financial statement audit
  • Create customized financial reports and prepare ad hoc reports as needed
  • Provide training and support to campus partners
  • Assist the Controller in preparing materials and coordinating preparation of minutes for Audit Finance Committee meetings
  • Identify and resolve complex accounting problems in a timely manner
  • Gather and analyze information
  • Implement approved procedures and procedural changes through effective communication
  • Develop and document written procedures to improve systems, internal controls, and operational practices
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:
If you do not meet all the qualifications of the positions, you are still encouraged to apply.

  • Ability to engage in thoughtful analysis and anticipate future outcomes
  • Ability to complete quality work with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to perform work with a high standard of professional ethics
  • An understanding of the state and federal regulations that relate to the Foundation and non-profits
  • Knowledge of financial and accounting reporting systems
  • Three to five years of progressively responsible experience
  • Fund accounting experience; CPA certificate; Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration or a closely related field preferred


The University of Montana Foundation