Development Director

Helena, Montana
Salary commensurate with skills and organizational budget. Health, Vision & Dental, PTO, and more.
Sep 27, 2019
Oct 27, 2019
Work For Good
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Development Director
The Archie Bray Foundation seeks a full-time development director to head ongoing fundraising and operational needs. Reporting to the Resident Artist Director, this professional must have an established background in coordinating nonprofit cultivation/donation strategies and staff/volunteer leadership.

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Bray) is located in Helena, Montana. Founded in 1951, the Bray is a public, nonprofit organization dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts offering artist residencies, specialized workshops and community class to adults and children throughout the year. The Bray’s facilities include year-round and seasonal artist studios, a community ceramics studio, sales gallery, rotating exhibition spaces, kiln facilities and a retail ceramic supply operation.

Summary of Responsibilities
This position will be responsible for providing leadership, planning, organization, and implementation for a comprehensive fund-raising program. They will work closely with internationally recognized ceramic artists, collectors, a vibrant donor community, and leadership that is nearing the completion of a successful capital campaign for a new education center, renovated administrative offices and new sales, exhibition and history galleries.

The ideal candidate will have the professional skills, administrative strengths and personal qualities to thrive in a creative environment. They must also have a strong knowledge of gift planning vehicles and a demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating and securing both outright and deferred gifts. Lastly, they must be motivated to further the mission of the Bray, one of the finest ceramic arts organizations in the world located in the historic and culturally rich community of Helena, Montana.

A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of development (or related) experience is required, preferably in the arts and nonprofit fields. They should also be familiar with CRM nonprofit software (Salesforce), donor databases and other fundraising technology to use in their daily job duties.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted through September 9th, 2019 and early submissions are encouraged

Job Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Resident Artist Director, Board of Directors, Development Officer and Development Committee to develop overall fundraising strategies.
  • Direct the annual fund program, which includes major gifts, membership, business sponsorships and the annual fund drive.
  • Grow the membership and Friends of the Bray (FOB) donor program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of new prospects.
  • Manage donor solicitation, annual fundraising budget, mailings and annual fundraising drives.
  • Meet regularly with prospective donors and volunteers in the community to establish effective communications with them.
  • Coordinate special events related to development and fundraising.
  • Be willing to make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about The Archie Bray Foundation with the community.
  • Occasional travel to meet with and solicit major donors.
  • Oversee and execute grant applications with the Development Officer including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Build the planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
  • Direct capital and endowment campaigns and other major fundraising drives.
  • Provide support for special events including the annual auction and anniversary events.
  • Lead Development Committee meetings and provide necessary resources and communication to members.
  • Oversee fundraising database and tracking systems.
  • Oversee creation of publications to support fund raising activities.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.


  • Passion for the arts
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong editing skills
  • Have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques and strategies, including major gift fundraising.
  • Experience in developing an annual fundraising plan and project and organizational budgets.
  • Experience with grant-writing and preparing grant applications.
  • Possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
  • Have the desire to get out of the office and build external relationships.
  • Creative, self-starter and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
  • Time management and flexibility with job duties.
  • Experience with fundraising software and tools.
  • Organized and inspiring team leader.
  • Exhibit “follow through” on tasks and goals.
  • Display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • 3-5 years minimum experience in professional development or related experience.

40 hours/week; occasional travel, weekend days or evenings required. This is a permanent, full-time, exempt position.

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter, writing samples and contact information for four references to or The Archie Bray Foundation, 2915 Country Club Ave., Helena, MT, 59602. No phone calls, please.