About Rocky Mountain College:
Rocky Mountain College, Montana’s first institution of higher learning, is a
private, residential, comprehensive college, rooted in the liberal arts. Located in Billings, Montana, the state’s largest and most
economically vibrant city, Rocky Mountain College has historically been influenced by religious denominations. The institution’s
historic affiliations with the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, and Presbyterian Church (USA) remain apparent as the
college is committed not only to the pursuit of knowledge, openness, and free inquiry, but also to such values as service, community, and
character. The history of Rocky Mountain College and the building of these values began with the institution’s founding in
The mission of the College is “to educate future leaders through liberal arts and professional programs that
cultivate critical thinking, creative expression, ethical decision-making, informed citizenship, and professional excellence.”
Additionally, the College promotes the development of the whole person and provides opportunities to enhance students’ intellectual,
emotional, physical, and spiritual growth both on campus and through connections in the local and global community.
highly regarded regionally for its overall excellence, expresses its mission through the core themes of academic excellence,
transformational learning, and shared responsibility and stewardship. The faculty at RMC is dedicated to student-centered learning through
programs that prepare students for a wide variety of professions and further study.
The College’s student athletes
compete in both the Frontier and Cascade Collegiate Conferences of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as well as the
United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association. Battlin’ Bears athletic programs include basketball, cheerleading, cross
country, football, golf, ski racing, soccer, and track and field. In 2020, 37% of Rocky Mountain College students participated in
competitive athletic programs.
Rocky Mountain College boasts a record of success enabled by a low student-faculty ratio (9:1)
and a generous program of financial aid. There are 52 undergraduate majors ranging from one of the nation’s top aviation certification
programs to programs in the traditional liberal arts. RMC offers graduate degrees in physician assistant studies, occupational therapy,
medical science, accountancy, and educational leadership, drawing students from 41 states and 16 countries. The overall student population
consistently sits just above 1,000 students, evenly divided between male and female. The campus is fortunate in having a student body that
achieves an average GPA of 3.35. An average of 45% of the student population lives on campus. There are approximately 15,500 living
The Director of Development guides and oversees all aspects of corporate,
foundation, and individual major and annual giving. Leading by example, the Director effectively manages a portfolio of prospects and serves
as the chief fundraising officer for the institution, creating and implementing strategies designed to further loyalty, engagement and
financial support for the College.
This position is responsible for the alumni relations program, annual giving program, major and
planned giving programs, parent relations, corporate and foundation relations, grants solicitation, development services, and donor
stewardship programs. The Director will foster an atmosphere of support and interest on the part of the College’s various
constituencies. The Director serves on the administrative management team of the institution, serves as liaison to the Board of Trustees,
and works closely with other community volunteer and advisory groups.
Director carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws and is responsible for
the supervision of all employees within the Office of Development. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees;
planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving
Position Duties and Responsibilities:
Secure the requisite amount of operating support
for the institution each year (Scholarship Fund);
Develop and implement plans to secure the maximum level of gift support
for both operating and capital needs;
Initiate and develop creative and aggressive approaches to identify and secure new
sources of support for the Institution;
Lead by example with an active schedule of personal visits with both high-level
donors and emerging prospects while establishing and building long-term relationships;
Set strategies with key donors and
ensures that staff move prospect relationships to the point of solicitations;
Craft and execute a vision for the
development function appropriate to the institution;
Oversee the establishment of policy and protocol on all issues
pertaining to the development function;
Develop and maintain a rolling five-year plan for the Office of
Develop, motivate and nurture a high-achieving development team;
systems, and activity metrics to support department and institutional goals;
Partner with the Board of Trustees,
President, and Institutional leadership to establish and implement short and long-range fundraising strategies, including capital
campaign-related goals and objectives to secure funding for Institutional priorities;
Build relationships with campus
partners to expand alumni engagement, student recruitment, and increase fundraising;
Through assigned staff; develop,
nurture, and grow parent relations and giving;
Oversee the grants development process
partnerships with businesses and community organizations that lead to opportunities for students, such as internships or
Oversee the development process, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of
Coordinate with other appropriate divisions to best facilitate public relations activities;
Represent the College at social, service and civic functions;
Develop and manage the overall division budget;
Support and pursue the mission, values and overall vision of the institution; and
Perform other duties as may be
assigned from time to time.
Demonstrated success in activities to
coordinate, attract, and secure major gift support for a college or other non-profit organization, including face-to-face solicitation of
Demonstrated leadership, with strategic, policy, and budget-planning experience in complex organizations;
Demonstrated ability to plan and execute successful initiatives and fund drives.
supervision of professional level staff, with leadership, management, and administrative skills that motivate and build professional
support staff competencies;
Experience in corporate and foundation relations;
Demonstrated knowledge of
Strong organizational and time management skills;
Strong communication skills including
ability to write and speak persuasively about the institution; and
Familiarity with alumni/donor database applications and
An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally
accredited institution is required. An advanced degree is preferred;
Five years of full time, progressively responsible
fundraising experience, including three years of major gift ($25,000 and above) fundraising experience;
Demonstrated success in the management of professional employees and the leadership of a department;
Experience in higher education.
Must be available to drive and travel on behalf of the College.
Frequent evening and weekend work is
Work is primarily indoors, but outdoor travel between campus buildings or off campus is required.
How to Apply:
Submit a letter of interest, a resume, a list of 3 professional references, and the
Rocky Mountain College application (go to www.rocky.edu/employment) via email to [email protected]
or mail to : Human Resources, Rocky Mountain College, 1511 Poly Drive, Billings, MT 59102-1796.
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, we encourage applications from individuals with disabilities, veterans, minorities and women.