Hiring - Executive Director




Friends of the Missouri Breaks Executive Director Job Announcement, May 16th, 2022

About the Friends

The Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument is a membership-driven, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with an office located in Central Montana.

Our mission is to protect and preserve the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument through advocacy, education and stewardship.

Executive Director

The executive director (ED) is responsible for the leadership and management of the Friends according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors (BOD). Working closely with the board, the ED provides organizational leadership to grow programs, accomplish strategic priorities and goals, and communicate the Friends’ mission and accomplishments to internal and external audiences. The ED is responsible for the overall coordination and successful implementation of programs advancing the mission of the Friends, including fundraising and fiscal management, advocacy and program management.

Primary duties and responsibilities

Leadership, vision and strategy

  • Work with the BOD to develop clear and achievable strategic priorities to accomplish the Friends’ mission and vision with consideration of Friends resources and the current economic/social climate.
  • Develop an annual operational plan that reflects the goals, objectives, tactics and timeline that advance the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Keep abreast of relevant issues at the local, regional and national levels.
  • Keep the BOD apprised of all aspects of the organization’s activities and financials.
  • Keep open lines of communication and coordination between staff and the BOD. 
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization as per the positions taken by the BOD.
  • Represent the Friends at appropriate community activities to enhance the organization's community profile and increase its community engagement opportunities.


  • Be responsible for the recruitment, employment and release of all personnel, both staff and volunteers.
  • Develop job descriptions and annual evaluations that provide clarity of job responsibilities and expectations, and create and nourish a culture of feedback and professional growth.
  • Lead a cohesive staff team when applicable, providing them with appropriate direction, authority, support and accountability so that they can do their best work.
  • On a monthly basis, provide the BOD with the following financial documents: profit and loss statements; fundraising updates, including grant proposals; major-donor outreach; and community engagement results. 

Fundraising and communications

  • Lead the development and implementation of a diverse annual fundraising plan designed to sustain the annual budget as approved by the BOD in January of each year.
  • Guide and support board and staff engagement in fundraising. 
  • Create and implement a plan to develop and maintain a major-donor program.
  • Work with the board to develop and manage the Friends’ annual budget.
  • Identify creative ways to build the Friends’ membership. Sustain the Friends’ current members.
  • Be responsible for, and delegate as necessary, gift data entry, thank-you protocols and general donor stewardship. Ensure that all donor information is secure. 
  • Maintain a regular and positive profile for the Friends and its issues in the local and regional media. 
  • Create and maintain an effective online presence for the Friends, using all appropriate tools (website, social media). 


  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services.
  • Ensure that the programs contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the board.
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects.
  • Work to influence the management of the monument and the neighboring public prairies through a combination of direct interaction, local organizing and mobilization, political pressure, targeted public outreach and activities, and strategic communications.
  • Expand the political power and membership base of the Friends by establishing relationships, and working with and mobilizing stakeholders in local communities, including opinion leaders, elected officials, business owners, ranchers, tribal leaders, land managers and a wide range of conservation partners.
  • Identify and strategically mobilize support for the Friends, the monument, the Antiquities Act, National Conservation Lands and other national issues in targeted communities in north-central Montana.
  • Lead the Breaks Action Team, a multi-agency task force that aims to lead advocacy work on conservation issues with impacts upon the monument and its surrounding landscapes.
  • Establish conservation projects on the monument, to not only get valuable work done on the ground, but to sustain our current volunteers and attract new ones. Oversee all Friends/volunteer activities related to projects.

Additional Job Responsibilities

  • Considerable travel is required to undertake outreach activities, gain firsthand knowledge of affected landscapes, and develop strong working relationships with key players. 
  • The successful candidate will be expected to participate in on-the-ground activities in the monument which may include hikes or BLM-sponsored site tours.


The ED will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • 3+ years of relevant experience, including managerial experience; prior nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in securing funding for and growing an organization or a business/program function.
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
  • Enough fundraising and fiscal management experience to develop and manage a $120,000 annual budget. 
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems; keen analytical and problem-solving skills that support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent writing skills. 
  • Excellent coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of groups and people; ability to persuasively negotiate consensus among different opinions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to attract funders and partners by communicating a compelling and inspired sense of purpose.
  • Strong commitment to professional development of staff.
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter with a proven ability to manage multiple demands and deadlines. 
  • Proven ability to work constructively with a wide range of interests, including rural community leaders; ranchers; tribal leaders; local elected officials; local, state and federal land managers; and conservation organizations. 
  • Excellent organizing, analytical and communication skills; ability to write/speak concisely and persuasively.
  • Experience using common software applications and office equipment, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Knowledge of relevant national and regional environmental conservation issues.
  • Results-oriented experience in fundraising and writing grants.
  • Familiarity with BLM processes is a plus.

Personal attributes

The following personal attributes are desired:

  • A deep commitment to the mission of the Friends.
  • A personable, flexible and respectful demeanor.
  • High energy level, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of humor. 


Starting in the range of $45,000-$60,000 depending on experience.


The ED will be expected to work remotely from a self-provided work station with reliable internet and cellular reception. However, it is expected that the work station be located within Central Montana (ex. Great Falls, Fort Benton, Lewistown, or other communities).

All Friends-owned property, aside from that provided for a work station, shall be stored in Fort Benton and it is expected that the ED will frequently utilize the space for field work and other events.

All travel for Friends-related business will be reimbursed at the federal mileage rate from a starting point of Fort Benton. It is expected that a selected candidate has reliable transportation for travel throughout Montana.

How to Apply and Hiring Process

Please send a complete resume and cover letter explaining your experience and fit for the position to info@missouribreaks.org beginning May, 16, 2022. On a rolling basis, the BOD will review candidates and move forward with the interview process for selected applicants. The desired start date for the position is no later than mid-August.