Chief Development Officer
Montana Food Bank Network - Missoula, MT

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The Montana Food Bank Network’s team is dedicated to building community awareness and creating an efficient food distribution network to eliminate hunger. Staff is committed to embodying the Food Bank’s values in all activities. Relationships are based on collaboration and respect. Resources are leveraged in a manner that is strategic and cost effective in order to achieve the Network’s mission and goals.

The Chief Development Officer has responsibility for planning, implementing and directing all aspects of fundraising and marketing activities of the Montana Food Bank Network. This includes, but is not limited to: Corporate/Foundation Gifts, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Direct Mail, Special Events, Communications, and General Fundraising and Execution of Capital Projects. Strong focus will be placed on generating gifts from individuals, new prospects and expanding fundraising efforts into previously untapped resources as well as maximizing existing campaigns and events.

Job Responsibilities Duties And Responsibilities:
  • Works closely with Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors to develop and implement fundraising and program strategies to support the mission and goals of the Food Bank.
  • Establishes forecasts and evaluates fundraising potential; researches and identifies sources of funds to support Food Bank programs.
  • Develops budget, action plans, methods, materials, procedures and reports for each event and campaign to enhance effectiveness and maximize revenue. Works with Development staff and volunteers to coordinate and run successful events and campaigns.
  • Manages relationship with Direct Mail Contractor in the creation of appeals for direct mail and evaluates results of mailings, identifies and recommends new approaches to direct mail campaigns.
  • Establishes guidelines for donor stewardship and recognition and oversees the effective and enthusiastic conveying of the organization’s appreciation for its donors.
  • Employs innovative methods to communicate the Food Bank’s mission; independently or through the use of consultant generates brochures, press releases, newsletters, annual report and website to increase community awareness, enthusiasm and giving.
  • Ensures that adequate foundation, corporate and government grants are submitted in order to maximize income goals. Collaborates with Development and Finance staff to ensure appropriate grant reporting, documentation and required follow up.
  • Cultivates relationships with donors.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of the Development Staff.
  • Develops a Planned Giving programs by working with financial institutions, community groups to provide information to individuals concerning the benefits and process for establishing a planned gift ( i.e. wills, trusts and bequests).
  • Serves as a key spokesperson. Builds and maintains appropriate external relationships and coalitions. Stays abreast of relevant development opportunities with various community groups and agencies.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of Food Bank’s development programs. Develops and implements innovative strategies for continually improving Food Bank’s impact, effectiveness and quality of fundraising activities.
  • Provides direction on the funding potential of established and future programs. Works closely with other departments to forecast funding needs, build community awareness and cultivate relationships.
  • Hires, trains and motivates a competent Development staff committed to the mission and values of the Food Bank. Coaches and develops staff to maximize performance, makes recommendations for the Chief Executive Officer effecting salary and employment decisions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer or Board of Directors.

Supervisory Role: Responsible for effective collaboration with Food Bank staff and management of external consultants and contractors. Directly supervises Development Staff.

Fundraising Goal: To maintain and enhance the financial strength of the Food Bank so as to sustain its operations and programs annually and also to make significant advances in the areas of major gifts and planned giving.

Application Qualifications Education :

Bachelor’s degree; course work or professional certification in related field preferred.


Minimum of five years successful fundraising experience including: planning and campaigns involving multiple fundraising disciplines and strategies; managing a development staff; working directly with high-level volunteers; and in direct solicitation of potential major donors. Commitment to and skill in building relationships that have the potential to generate resources in support of the organization and its mission are essential.

  • Demonstrated successful experience in working with and involving board members and other volunteers in development efforts. Proven ability to initiate action and motivate others.
  • Personnel management techniques and experience.
  • Detail and results oriented.
  • Excellent writing skills including grant proposal development and business correspondence.
  • Excellent communication skills to strongly present the case for the Montana Food Bank Network.
  • Team player, willingness to help others achieve success in fundraising campaigns.
  • Computer literacy including word processing, database and spreadsheet programs.