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Executive Director/CEO
Northern Alumni Foundation in Havre, Montana
Date Posted 03/28/2022
Executive-President and Chancellor
Salary $65,000 - $85,000  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The MSU-Northern Foundation (Foundation) is the recognized philanthropic body of Montana State University Northern (University). The Foundation is responsible for fiscal management of all charitable contributions made to the University and to fulfill the University’s goals and donors wishes. Additionally, the Foundation engages alumni, donors, and the community via fundraising and stewardship events throughout the year.

Job Description:
We are looking for an outgoing person to lead a four-person team located on the MSU-Northern campus. As Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montana State University – Northern Foundation, the individual is the chief executive and administrator of the Foundation.

In this capacity, the Executive Director is responsible for and has the requisite authority for the management of the Foundation and coordination of the activities between the Foundation, University, donors, alumni and others. The Executive Director of the Foundation shall actively promote a favorable image of the Foundation and the University with the general public. The Executive Director has the ultimate responsibility for investing, administering, and accounting for all endowments and other gifts, for the benefit of Montana State University Northern.

The Executive Director functions as the chief fundraiser for the University, working with the Chancellor of MSUN to oversee a University-wide review system for all fundraising projects, and coordinate fundraising priorities with the context of the University’s strategic plan and goals. The Executive Director directs, cultivates, and maintains a high profile for University fundraising and benefactor relations.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary range $65,000-$85,000 annually depending on qualifications; exempt position
  • Fifteen days of vacation/personal leave time off accrued per year
  • Twelve days of sick leave accrued per year
  • Twelve paid calendar days off including federal/local holidays and one extra flex day
  • Health insurance benefits including medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • Retirement with company match up to 6%
  • Free entry into Northern sporting events
  • Discount at campus bookstore

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Coordinate with the University, (including chancellor, academic deans, university administrators) and the Foundation Board to maintain a sustainable flow of revenue and to integrate the University’s fundraising expectations.
  • Plan and manage fundraising campaigns designed to fortify the University endowment, build University infrastructure, and to ensure that the University achieves its mission for generations to come.
  • Train, mentor and manage Foundation personnel, volunteers, and others, in their roles as fundraisers and develop solicitation strategies for prospects.
  • Establish annual productivity targets for fundraising as the basis for annual evaluations for University and Foundation staff.
  • Develop, analyze, and maintain budgeting, accounting, reporting procedures, and investment practices to ensure compliance with the fiduciary requirements of the Foundation and the University in order to sustain the public trust.
  • Direct the operations of the Foundation and provide oversight of the University’s alumni relations program.
  • Develop and implement major gift campaign strategies, including fundraising budgets, individual, corporate, and foundation funding proposals, campaign-related materials, annual reports, press releases, website preparation, donor/prospect databases, brochures, letters and newsletters. Evaluate existing benefits and privileges to donors and analyze the degree to which recognition and credit for support is desired.
  • Coordinate visits with major and potential benefactors for the University Chancellor, Foundation Board members, fundraisers and key volunteers.
  • Lead Trustee and Committee meetings as necessary. Represent the Foundation at University leadership meetings.
  • Coordinate outreach with the Foundation staff as it relates to appeals, public relations, marketing, social media and website.

Required Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree
Experience managing and mentoring people
Business acumen
Possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Experience managing timelines and working towards goals
Working knowledge of the Microsoft suite of products; specifically, Word, Excel and Outlook
Willingness to work under the direction of a volunteer board.

Preferred Qualifications:
Nonprofit or experience working at a college or university
Team player and outgoing personality
High level of computer knowledge and abilities
Aptitude for working with a wide variety of constituencies
Able to prioritize and juggle multiple priorities congruently
Ability to be flexible and adaptable

Physical Demands:
Office environment with some indoor and outdoor work for events
Occasional travel required
Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds - Setting up events includes physical demands such as lifting and setting up tables, transporting boxes, reaching overhead, etc.

For more details about the MSU-Northern Foundation, go to www.msunfoundation.org .
Position will remain open until filled unless otherwise decided.

The MSU Northern Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $65,000.00 - $85,000.00 per year


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location

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