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Director of Development

Base rate: Salary, $60,000 - $62,000 
Status: Full-time, Regular, Exempt

General Overview
North Valley Food Bank (NVFB) builds food security and strengthens communities in NW Montana through holistic food access services, including a choice-model grocery store in Whitefish, several mobile pantries in neighboring rural communities, rural pantry deliveries, and a variety of community kitchen programs, including culinary education and food processing. 

The Director of Development reports directly to the Executive Director and is a key member of the organization’s leadership, serving as a lead relationship builder, fundraising strategist, solicitor, and community ambassador. This individual is responsible for designing and implementing short-and long-term strategic fundraising initiatives in collaboration with the Executive Director as well as the organization’s staff and board. The Director of Development position requires a highly autonomous and high-performing individual that provides fundraising leadership to staff, the Board of Directors and the Development Committee.

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement the annual fundraising plan, including the launch of a new planned giving campaign
  • Execute a year-round donor experience that’s systematic, but feels personal, and is appropriate for each giving level and category
  • Manage a portfolio of annual giving, major gift, and special campaign prospects 
  • Identify and cultivate individual, corporate, and foundation prospects, soliciting support independently and in collaboration with the Executive Director and members of the Board
  • Serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors and Development Committee, providing direction and support for individual members’ fundraising activities
  • Manage grant portfolio, including research of new grant opportunities, grant writing, and grant reporting in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Understand and communicate the mission and needs of NVFB through print, electronic, and social media platforms to a variety of constituents with support from the Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Serve as a community ambassador for NVFB, bringing awareness to the issue of food insecurity and its community impact
  • With the management team, provide leadership in implementing NVFB’s strategic plan as approved by Board of Directors 
  • Ensure donor CRM optimization (Bloomerang) and data integrity led by the Database Coordinator
  • Support planning of special events and fundraisers
  • Uphold NVFB’s mission, vision, and values
  • Work collaboratively with the Operations team to support on-the-floor operational needs during holidays, staff shortages and special events
  • Perform other duties or special projects as directed


  • Passion for the mission of North Valley Food Bank
  • 5+ years of demonstrated fundraising success and 3+ years in a supervisory or managerial role
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of individuals in a compassionate manner; recognition of diversity in gender, race, culture, and other differences, actively seeking to understand new perspectives in support of a healthy and vibrant organization
  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills 
  • Collaborative, creative, flexible, highly organized, and detail-oriented
  • Familiarity with donor management systems

Expected Work Schedule/Location
This is a full-time position with a core schedule Monday - Friday, generally between the hours of 7AM and 6PM with some variation for special events. The position will work on-site at North Valley Food Bank in Whitefish with the flexibility to work from home for one day per week.


  • 12 paid holidays, 13 days of paid annual leave, 12 days of paid sick leave
  • Employer paid health insurance after 60-day probation period
  • Employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance after 60-day probation period

Hiring Details
Please submit a Letter of Interest, Resume, three Professional References to Sophie Albert, Executive Director at Complete packets only, please. 

Position is open until filled. We will start to schedule interviews on July 26, 2024.

For questions about the position or application process, email call Sophie Albert at or call 406-862-5863. Applicants may submit a written request for any accommodation needed to participate in the application and selection process. North Valley Food Bank will consider any reasonable accommodation.