Major Gift Officer
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter by mail addressing your interest and qualifications for the position to:
Montana Tech Foundation
ATTN: Michael Barth
1300 West Park Street
Butte, MT 59701
If you have a question about this opportunity, those may be addressed to Executive Director Michael Barth.
Complete Job Description
As we prepare for our next campaign, the Montana Tech Foundation is looking for a Major Gift Officer (MGO). This position will be located in Houston, TX. The Major Gift Officer will work in collaboration with the Foundation President and Executive Director, academic leadership, volunteers, and other advancement staff. Responsibilities include identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects and donors.
As a frontline fundraiser, the MGO will:
- Manage a portfolio of 150 prospective donors with an emphasis on gifts of $25,000 to $1M. This portfolio will be concentrated in, but not limited to the Houston, TX metropolitan area.
- Identify major gift prospects, develop and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies.
- Internalize and share the Montana Tech story.
- Prepare and present written proposals, informational materials, endowment agreements, gift illustrations and other materials needed to secure major support.
- Provide responsive and well-informed reports regarding donor prospects and solicitation strategies to Foundation leadership, faculty, colleagues and volunteers.
- Create and implement an annual personal fundraising/operating plan.
The MGO will function as part of the entire Montana Tech Advancement and Development Team and will have support that team to assist them with their work. The MGO will have opportunities throughout the year to travel to campus to meet with staff, faculty and students, and will have frequent contact with other members of the advancement team when they are in Houston. In addition, several Montana Tech Foundation board members and former board members live in the Houston area and will serve as a resource. The Montana Tech Foundation is committed to the professional development of its team members and these opportunities will be available for this position.
- A bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively responsible experience in institutional advancement, with a strong emphasis on cultivating and soliciting gifts from individuals, corporations and/or foundations.
- The ideal candidate for this position will possess a demonstrated track record as a successful relationship-developer and fundraiser, preferably in a complex higher education environment, healthcare or the arts.
- Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint), and the Internet. Willingness and ability to learn how to use the Raiser’s Edge database system and other proprietary software products.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications.
- Current or former resident of Houston who is willing to relocate.
- Fundraising experience in a higher education setting.
- General knowledge of planned giving options (e.g. charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, complex outright gifts involving real estate, and testamentary commitments).
- Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.
Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.
Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.
Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures; acts consistently with organizational core values and beliefs.
Conflict Resolution: Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner; sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change.
Donor Focused: Establishes, cultivates and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust with Montana Tech.
Results Oriented: Acts decisively to achieve results.
Planning & Implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities and goals.
Conditions of Employment
- Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.
- Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary.
- Frequent local travel expected. Regular travel to campus expected.
About Montana Tech
Montana Tech has a long tradition of graduating people from ordinary beginnings and preparing them to lead extraordinary lives. Every day our alumni make contributions to the betterment of the world, around the world—and we are seeing the groundswell of recognition of that success. We continue to set enrollment records with a current headcount of over 2,900 students. Our largest program is Petroleum Engineering, continuing to be very strong at 400 students, followed by General Engineering; Nursing; Safety, Health, & Industrial Hygiene; and Business & Information Technology. We offer six of the top ten degrees that earn the highest lifetime expected earnings and none of the lowest ten. Our recent career fair brought 100 employers to our campus, seeking exactly what we have. Our outcomes are measurable and top-ranked. Some of our recent accolades include being a top public university for return on investment, 6th in the nation in terms of starting salaries, and #1 in the nation for social mobility.
We're not for everyone—we know that. To be successful at Montana Tech, you must be able to work hard, get dirty, and see the bigger picture. We are a school founded on, at its core, the responsible extraction and use of natural resources. We don't shirk that history. We celebrate it, and continue to grow on the path we have built. Montana Tech is unique: passionate about helping our students lead extraordinary lives and about helping industry, and our nation and the world, to move forward where it needs to go.
Our programs—and our students—are in the right place at the right time, focused on the future, and continually in demand.
About the Campaign
The opportunity for the advancement of Montana Tech is now. We are an institution of problem-solvers and difference-makers, and we stand ready to seize the opportunity to make the world a better place. We seek to establish partnerships with key corporations, research organizations, and people to provide the foundation the future will be built on.
All of the initiatives in our campaign are student-centered, increasing access, improving the physical environment of the campus, improving the student experience, and ultimately improving their success. These initiatives will be transformational, moving Montana Tech from an institution centered primarily on undergraduate instruction to a teaching and research institution, altering the dynamics of the departments, and creating a STEM-focused learning environment not seen in our state. We are confident in our future, and have great expectations for the positive impacts our Montana Tech family will continue to make.
About the Foundation
Since 1967, the Montana Tech Foundation has worked tirelessly to support and advance Montana Tech. We are proud of our efforts to grow Montana Tech into one of the country’s premier universities.
We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of the educational programs of Montana Tech by managing funds on behalf of our donors and encouraging philanthropy among our constituents.
We collaborate with alumni, students, faculty, staff, and administration set fundraising goals and to steward donations to Montana Tech.
The Montana Tech Foundation is governed by a strong and engaged board of directors, and led by a President, who also serves as Vice Chancellor for Advancement and University Relations on Montana Tech’s campus.
Montana Tech is fortunate to have a high concentration of alumni living and working in Houston and the surrounding areas. Many of these alumni work in the oil and gas and related industries. Because of the strength and capability of this group of alumni, and considering the challenges in accessing and building meaningful relationships when campus is so far-removed, we’ve made the strategic decision to locate our next Major Gift Officer within Houston.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for the position to:
Montana Tech Foundation
ATTN: Michael Barth
1300 West Park Street
Butte, MT 59701