Development Director

Development Director

ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOCIATION

MISSOULA, MT

Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, well-organized, and goal-oriented person to serve as our leader on development and fundraising. This is a unique opportunity to grow the resource base for North America’s largest bicycling membership group, at a time when our members and donors are becoming more supportive than ever of Adventure Cycling’s mission and project work. We seek a team player who loves to raise (and help others raise) financial resources for good causes – in our case, bicycling and bicycle travel. The position is based at Adventure Cycling's headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana.

General Summary

Plans, coordinates, and implements development and fundraising activities for Adventure Cycling Association. Duties include managing major donor cultivation and solicitation, grant research and writing, developing and tracking quarterly appeal letters, and promoting and managing planned gifts. The director will also work with a Development Committee, made up of members of the Adventure Cycling Board of Directors and select volunteers. The director supervises a full-time development coordinator and often times 1-2 interns and work-study students.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic and budgetary direction

  • Establishes and refines the Development Department’s strategic direction and plans and implements a development program to raise financial support for Adventure Cycling.
  • Implements the resulting annual development plan with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the Development Committee.
  • Works with the Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer on preparing and adhering to the annual Development Department budget.

Donor management

  • Develops strategies and techniques for continual expansion and cultivation of prospective donors through giving programs with an emphasis on growth of donations
  • Directs research to identify donor prospects and to obtain information concerning financial capability, special interests, past history and relationship with Adventure Cycling.
  • Assigns major gift prospects to appropriate individuals (staff leadership, Board members, volunteers, Development Committee members or others as appropriate).
  • Seeks out and facilitates major donor meeting opportunities with leadership staff, Board members or volunteers.
  • Establishes and implements donor recognition programs, including thank you calls and letters, the annual report, articles in Adventure Cyclist magazine.
  • Makes direct asks to donors or donor prospects, where appropriate.
  • Helps advise staff, Board members and other volunteers on how to ask for donations and how to approach specific donors.

Grant research and solicitation

  • With the Development Coordinator and project staff, coordinates grant research, and submits proposals for special funding from private and public funding entities.
  • With the Development Coordinator, tracks progress on project work related to grants and oversees and participates in preparation of reports.

Planned Giving and Campaigns

  • Solicits and manages estate gifts and promotes this form of legacy giving, in order to grow Adventure Cycling’s endowment.
  • Plays a primary role in special fundraising campaigns, such as social media-based fundraising efforts for Adventure Cycling projects or possibly a capital campaign to support improvements in Adventure Cycling’s physical plant and /or growth in the endowment.

Supervisory and internal responsibilities

  • Supervises the Development Coordinator, per the employee policies and annual work plan of Adventure Cycling.
  • As a staff director of Adventure Cycling, attends regular management team meetings and all-staff meetings.
  • Maintains a positive, energetic, and harmonious working relationship with Board members, volunteers, department directors, and staff.
  • Works with administrative personnel, especially on database and information technology management, to develop and maintain systems that support the development program.
  • Establishes and maintains an internal reporting system on fund development progress.
  • Works with appropriate staff to establish an ongoing effective communication and marketing program for Adventure Cycling’s development program

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Outstanding interpersonal and management skills. Excellent team player; enjoys working with others to achieve great outcomes. Relishes raising financial resources for good causes. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Able to spin details into coherent narratives. Outstanding ability to write clearly and concisely for various audiences -- from members to philanthropists. Understands and knows how to work with databases. Well-organized and able to meet deadlines. Unquestionable commitment to setting and meeting goals. Ideally enthusiastic about the outdoors, recreation and bicycling.

Education and Experience

Completion of a four year degree program from a college or university. Coursework in fundraising and affiliation with professional fundraising associations are a big plus. Top candidates will have at least 4-6 years of professional experience in development or related fields. Management and supervisory experience are important assets. Special note will be made of candidates' experience working with mission-driven non-profit organizations. Of course, attention will be paid to candidates' bicycling experience and ability to bring humor and good spirits to the job and workplace.

Compensation and Workplace

The position will be competitively compensated in the Northern Rockies region. Excellent benefits include paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, an additional fully-paid one week bike vacation, full medical and dental coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with a friendly and committed staff. Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Application

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample directly to Adventure Cycling, c/o Sheila Snyder, Chief Operations Officer, P.O. Box 8308, Missoula, MT 59807. You may also submit your application electronically to Sheila Snyder. The writing sample will preferably be something related to fundraising activities, such as a short grant proposal, a solicitation letter or appeal, or an annual report with a focus on donors.

Application deadline: The position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing resumes and requesting interviews on July 31, 2014.

About Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling's mission is to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Adventure Cycling was founded in 1974 and is the largest bicycling membership organization in North America, with more than 47,000 members. Our work includes producing the best bicycling routes and maps in America, publishing Adventure Cyclist (one of the top bicycling magazines anywhere), managing more than 85 bicycle tours and leadership trainings, and promoting better bike travel conditions through advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. For more information, go to www.adventurecycling.org.