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Location: Montana-Western/Missoula
Mission(s): Environment
Job Type: Full Time
Posted On: Jan 04, 2019

Education: Bachelor's Degree
Career Level: Executive (VP/Senior VP/etc)
Nonprofit Experience: 2-10 Yrs


The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of
the BMWF ensuring that we are operating effectively to meet organizational
goals. As the face of the BMWF, the Executive Director works closely with the
Board of Directors, U.S. Forest Service officials and the public. The Executive
Director will ensure that staff members are aligned with the organization’s
mission and vision and that we are working together to successfully achieve
strategic objectives. The BMWF has a culture that places a high priority on
positive leadership, communication, recognition and collaboration.
Desired Skills, experience and background
Qualifications may be met by any combination of education and experience that provide
the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the job description. Typically the Executive
Director will have graduated from an accredited college with a major in wilderness
management, recreation, natural resource management, outdoor education or
closely-related field and have two years experience in a supervisory or administrative
The ideal Executive Director candidate will possess the following skills:
● Knowledge and experience with programs related or similar to Bob Marshall
Wilderness Foundation’s mission, vision, goals and objectives.
● Experience with a government agency, outdoor program, or non-profit
● Fundraising experience, grant writing, and financial management skills.
● Proficient computer skills including Word, Excel, Quickbooks, website and
database applications.
● Partnership and donor relationship development and maintenance.
Additional experience that would be desirable for this position:
● Experience in volunteer management.
● Knowledge of trail maintenance and construction.
● Knowledge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, its trail system and
● Collaboration with similar organizations.
● Wilderness living skills including Leave No Trace, map and compass, extended
trips in the backcountry, etc.
Key Job Functions
Leadership and Management
● Actively engage and energize BMWF volunteers, board members,
partnering organizations and donors.
● Work with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through
programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
● Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities and
mentor similar organizations.
● Manage and motivate a high-performing staff and oversee day-to-day
● Develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan while playing a
significant role in building annual, major and planned giving programs.
● Build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with new
donors and political and community leaders.
● Assist with creating content for print and digital marketing materials.
● Develop an annual budget for board review and update as needed
throughout the year based on fundraising and grant income.
● Collaborate with departments to plan annual budget needs.
● Oversee monthly bookkeeping duties.
● Create annual and quarterly financial reports.
Grant Management
● Manage and research grant application process to secure funding for
volunteer programs and administrative costs.
● Collaborate with Assistant Director on research and writing grants.
● Work with the Forest Service to update and approve annual operating
Project Management
● Work with the Program Director to ensure volunteer projects for the
upcoming season are funded.
● Participate in annual meetings with Forest Service and Bob Marshall
Complex managers to plan future projects.
● Participate on volunteer projects when possible.
Board Governance
● Attend BMWF Board Meetings and develop the agenda.
● Collaborate with the board on the development of policies.
● Assist in training new board members.
● Manage and help develop board strategic planning.

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