Job Summary

Official Job Title :
4-H Foundation Executive Director
University or Organization :
Montana State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
None Stated
Descriptive Job Title :
4-H Foundation Executive Director
Keywords separated by commas :
4-H Foundation
Location :
Bozeman, MT
Area, Department or Unit :
4-H Foundation
Full/Part Time :
Full time
Salary :
Start Date:
None Stated
The Executive Director provides leadership in planning and executing a comprehensive annual and long-range resource development/fundraising program for the Montana 4-H Foundation. This position is accountable for private sector fund development; accounting, management, and administration of restricted and unrestricted funds; donor and sponsor relationships; and promoting the mission of the Foundation. The Executive Director reports jointly to the Foundation Board of Directors and the Director of Extension.The Montana 4-H Foundation, Inc. and Montana State University Extension are seeking applications for the position of Executive Director of the Montana 4-H Foundation. The Foundation is a separate 501c3 membership organization that partners with the 4-H Center for Youth Development at MSU to provide ongoing financial and other resource support to the Montana 4-H program. Currently, Montana 4-H serves 18,000 youth annually through 4-H community clubs, school enrichment, out-of-school programs, and special interest activities. (For additional information, please visit the Extension web page at or the 4-H website at and ResponsibilitiesResource development is the major function of the position and will include the following:Leading the Board of Directors in the development of long-range strategic plan of resource development for the Foundation consistent with the identified needs of the Montana 4-H program.Working with the Board of Directors, including the Director of the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development, to identify annual funding needs.Creating, implementing, and managing the annual budget and fundraising, and operations plans.Planning, directing, and implementing all fundraising activities related to the Foundation including donor contacts, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.Researching, identifying and soliciting support from the private sector (individuals, groups, businesses, corporations, foundations, etc.) in cooperation with Board members and other volunteer fundraisers.Preparing proposals as needed for major donor agreements, endowments and grant applications.Receiving, acknowledging, and administering all gifts to the Foundation in accordance with established Foundation policies, including maintaining accurate donor records and preparing periodic reports.Communicating status of funds to appropriate stakeholders such as donors, recipients, and managed account owners.Designing, coordinating and providing training on fund development and special projects to Directors, counties, other volunteers, and extension staff.Coordinate operation and financial management of the Foundation by:Working in partnership with Foundations Office Manager to maintain an updated donor management information system, financial information system and reports to counties and donors.Working with the State 4-H Center Director and staff in providing and accounting for budgeted program funds.Hiring, managing, and evaluating staff.Providing leadership to all contracted individuals.Providing effective and timely communications to Directors, donors, county and state extension staff, volunteers and 4-H organizations through newsletters, website, and social media avenues.Accountability and relationships for this position shall be to:Board of Directors and the Director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development for effective management and operation of the Montana 4-H Foundation.Required Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsEarned Bachelors degree and relevant work experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, or other related fields.Demonstrated experience in foundation and non-profit management, including grant writing and management.Demonstrated experience in non-profit fundraising, including planned giving, major gifts and grant writing, as well as donor identification, cultivation, and stewardship.Demonstrated understanding of 4-H youth development programs.Ability to provide leadership in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating fund development programs.Ability to maintain and build donor relationships and volunteer involvement in fund development.Ability to maintain and build board involvement in fund development and activities.Database management knowledge and experience.Preferred Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsMasters degree in related fieldA minimum of five years in a professional fund development donor-management position.Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with constituencies at the university, county, state, and national levels; a familiarity with multi-cultural and a variety of socioeconomic audiences; an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds and a commitment to the principles of diversity.Understanding of the land grant university mission.The Successful Candidate WillMaintaining effective relations with the Board of Directors, including budget and fiscal reports, and board designated committees.Participating in training and professional affiliations.Providing outreach activities including presentations and workshops.Works collaboratively with the Director of the 4-H Center and program/support staff.Coordinates with Extension agents and the county membership on matters of mutual concern and serves as an interface between 4-H programs and the Foundation.Works collaboratively with members of the staff at the National 4-H Council on matters concerning National support and donor cultivation.Position Special Requirements/Additional InformationAbility to work with a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends when needed, with travel within and out of the state as necessary.This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State Universitys rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.Physical DemandsTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.This position has supervisory duties?Yes
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Minimum education level :
Bachelor's degree
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Travel Requirements:
Travel throughout the state
Other Requirements:
Ability to work with a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends when needed, with travel within and out of the state as necessary.


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Todd Kesner
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