Executive Director Dawson College Foundation

POSITION TITLE:   Executive Director, Dawson College Foundation

CLASSIFICATION:  Management/Salaried Exempt

REPORTS TO: Dawson College Foundation Board of Directors

DATE: February 2016


The Executive Director solicits donations, and provides administrative and strategic oversight to the Foundation’s fundraising program. The job includes fund development, information management, and developing and maintaining active relationships with board members, donors, and college administration. This position reports to the Dawson College Foundation Board of Directors, however independent judgment is required to conduct day to day business matters.


 Development Program:

  • Designs, implements, and manages fundraising activities including annual giving, endowment, capital campaigns, special projects, and other solicitations.
  • Manages strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations.
  • Investigates grant opportunities that support the mission and goals of the college.
  • Develops a comprehensive planned-giving program as the need becomes appropriate.

Board of Directors:

  • Works with the Foundation Board and College President to develop strategies to initiate and meet aggressive fundraising goals.
  • Develops fundraising training for the board and other leadership volunteers.
  • Attends board meetings.
  • Assists the board with recommending potential new members.

Development Office Infrastructure

  • Creates office systems to support projects and operations.
  • Uses software and systems for tracking gifts and contacts with donors.
  • Coordinates with the Board Secretary to manage databases, records, files, and mass mailings.
  • Develops brochures outlining various forms of gifts for potential donors.

Alumni and Community Relations

  • Collaborates with college personnel to develop and maintain an alumni database.
  • Represents the Foundation in local and regional community development activities.
  • Collects news and information about alumni for publications.
  • Recruits a team of committed volunteers to assist and support projects and activities
  • Performs marketing of Dawson Community College.


  • Work study student(s)
  • Administrative assistants (as funds become available)


As a key element of this position, the employee must possess leadership and management skills, as well as team-building and team-membership skills. The employee must be able to work effectively with a wide variety of college, community, alumni, and boards.

  • Work independently to achieve desired outcomes
  • Demonstrates ability to obtain significant and regular donations
  • Works well as a proactive leader
  • Works well as a member of a team
  • Possesses strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Represents the Foundation in a professional manner
  • Respects confidentiality
  • Seeks donors through visits, events, phone calls, email, and presentations
  • Demonstrates knowledge in office software programs
  • Willing to travel and work evenings or weekends, as appropriate
  • Willing to vary on-campus and off-campus hours
  • Willing to participate in college, community, and civic events
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm about the college, its alumni, and the Foundation


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred
  • Preferred 5 years experience in fundraising and/ or communication, resource development, or community development.       Demonstrated leadership in higher education or not-for-profit organizations is highly desirable.


  • Primary performance measure will be results in meeting established goals
  • Additional measures will be based on success in the primary responsibilities listed above


  • Letter of Interest
  • Job Service Application
  • Current resume
  • Apply through the Glendive Job Service


Melonie Beeler, Foundation Board Chairperson


Qualified protected class individuals are encouraged to apply. Dawson College Foundation must comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. If hired, you will be required to provide documents to show your identity and authorization to work.

Nondiscrimination Policy: Dawson College Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of creed, race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy status, marital status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation with respect to access, employment, programs, or services.  The College Foundation is in compliance with Executive Order 11246; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972; Title IX regulation Implementing Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the 1991 Civil Rights Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended; the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Title 49, the Montana Human Rights Act; and all other federal, state, and college rules, laws, regulations and policies. Inquiries or complaints concerning these matters should be brought to the attention of Melonie Beeler, Foundation Board Chair, Telephone: (406) 377-5631. Email:mjbeeler@midrivers.com. Mailing Address: Melonie Beeler, Foundation Board Chair, 300 College Drive, Glendive, MT 59330.

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