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Major and Planned Giving Officer, Montana Public Radio - KUFM

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Major and Planned Giving Manager, Montana Public Radio - KUFM

The Major and Planned Giving Manager establishes and maintains a personal portfolio of up to 40 individual donors who are among MTPR’s most significant supporters with a focus on annual asks of $10,000 or more, and establishes and maintains a planned giving program in conjunction with partners at the University of Montana Foundation.

This position would be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive major gifts program for MTPR. This position averages approximately 5-10 visits or high-contacts each month. High contacts are defined as 15 minutes or longer phone calls, proposals, sitting next to donors at events, meeting in person with current and prospective donors, as well as volunteers. Funding will be sought and secured for all MTPR content areas (news, arts, music, digital, podcasts and children’s programs) of MTPR. Under the direction of the Director of Development, this position will support MTPR’s General Manager, and other development team staff in cultivation and solicitation initiatives for unrestricted funding as well as projects. This position will be a hybrid of in office, work from home and work from the road when visiting donors across Montana.

This position is also responsible for planned and deferred gift activity, including qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of up to 80 donors and prospects. This position will execute planned giving activity, presentations and develop strategy. This position will serve as a resource for all MTPR development staff in preparation of cultivation and solicitation strategies for all planned giving, including any and all cross over with major gifts. This position works closely with partners at the University of Montana Foundation, through which all planned gifts to MTPR are made.

Specifically, this position identifies, qualifies, cultivates and solicits major donor prospects in assigned portfolio of up to 40 individuals, alone, and in consultation with other key staff when necessary and appropriate. For assigned portfolio prospects, prioritizes prospects, researches/commissions research on their interests and capacity, and identifies individualized strategy for solicitation and follow up. Develops written strategies in consultation with the Director for Development; coordinates nature of contacts that assigned prospects receive; facilitates relationships between potential and current donors and MTPR’s senior staff and others; reviews prospect strategies regularly for refinement and interprets MTPR’s annual and project needs for donors and prospects.

Develops and implements an annual business plan and budget for inclusion in the overall development plan to ensure successful cultivation and solicitation of MTPR’s most significant donors. Together with Director of Development, identifies a budget goal based on portfolio members’ past giving and behavior utilizing information such as last gift, largest gift, gifts to special projects and new solicitation vehicles.

In consultation with the Director of Development, creates and supervises implementation of small targeted events for assigned prospects and donors. This may include a series of "behind the scenes" events or other format that will motivate, engage and educate prospects and donors.

Manage one or two major gift appeals for production projects at a time as assigned. Specifically, maintain content (Exec. Summary, sample proposals, audio, etc.); maintain prospect and funding report; and, "be the expert" for fellow development staff.

Serve as official planned giving representative for MTPR donors, communicating organizational details and working with donors on establishing meaningful legacy gifts to MTPR. Work with other campus departments (including UM legal, UM Foundation and more) to ensure successful completion of estate plans to benefit MTPR.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details

  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $50,000- $55,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the legal and procedural requirements associated with planned gifts, or related experience, is a plus.
  • Deep appreciation for and an ability to successfully articulate the mission and aspirations of Montana Public Radio.
  • Desire to play a meaningful role in MTPR’s donor community and to share in the community's commitment to public broadcasting in Montana.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for individual giving, major gifts and/or planned giving.
  • Ability to work successfully with administration, staff, partner organizations and volunteers as appropriate to secure gifts for MTPR.
  • Desire and ambition to work in an organization that is evolving at an accelerated pace.
  • Ability to listen carefully, learn quickly and work effectively in a complex organization.
  • Superior communication skills; ability to speak credibly about MTPR and the aspirations of MTPR in person and on-air; clarity, crispness and effectiveness in written and oral presentation.
  • Superior interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with high-net-worth individuals.
  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across development office and other MTPR departments.
  • Ability to effectively work with staff and available budget resources; an approach to the major and planned giving manager role that brings out the best in people and yields pride, ownership and a sense of team effort.
  • Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm and perspective; a very strong work ethic, supported by commitment and follow through.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Five (5) years of major gift and/or planned giving experience, or combination of education or experience.
  • Knowledge of the legal and procedural requirements associated with planned gifts, or related experience, is a plus.
  • Superior communication skills; ability to speak credibly about MTPR and the aspirations of MTPR in person and on-air; clarity, crispness and effectiveness in written and oral presentation.
  • Superior interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with high-net-worth individuals.
  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism, Business, Law or another related field is preferred

About UM and Montana Public Radio- KUFM

The University of Montana is flagship, research-intensive R1 institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.


Montana Public Radio enriches the mind and spirit, inspires a lifetime of learning, and connects communities through access to exceptional programming.


Montana Public Radio will be the essential and trusted source for information and cultural programs.
  • representing the unique character of Montana
  • expanding the community of informed, engaged citizens
  • adding depth to the civic discourse
  • presenting many voices and diverse views
  • connecting people to each other and the world
  • including people of all ages
  • sparking curiosity and discovery
  • crafting authentic moments of beauty, originality, and fun
  • celebrating the arts, artists and cultural traditions of the world

Montana Public Radio has at its foundation the core values of independence, excellence integrity and innovation.
  • We insist on meeting the highest standards of journalism with trustworthy, balanced and inclusive content
  • We balance a major commitment to locally produced programs with acquisition of national and international content -
  • We require excellence in the quality of our craft
  • We commit to providing reliable access to our service
  • We strive for innovation in our content and in improving our service
  • We welcome both critique and praise and respond with openness and candor - assuring a constructive approach in all our interactions
  • We are prudent and accountable with the resources entrusted to us
  • We promise that our fundraising activities will be positive and principled

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.
Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

E mployment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


How to Apply

Priority Application Date : Monday, June 26, 2023 by 11:59pm Mountain Time

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.
  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information
  • Three (3) writing samples of fundraising work (ex. annual fund appeal letter, grant proposal, major gift pitch, etc)
* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.*

** Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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