July 9, 2019
Job Description: Executive Director
Position Status: Full-time, exempt
Location: Missoula, Bozeman, or Billings (with travel between offices)
Position Reports to: Forward MT & Forward MT Foundation Board of Directors
Compensation: $64,000-68,000 plus benefits, including 100% of health insurance premium covered, retirement, and generous holiday and paid time off.
Forward MT Foundation (FMF) Mission: We educate, engage, and organize young Montanans to shape their democracy to improve their lives and the lives of fellow Montanans.
Forward Montana (FMT) Mission: We build political power with and for young Montanans by driving a culture of civic engagement, and electing leaders and passing policies that are representative of the needs and vision of our generation.
Forward Montana/Forward Montana Foundation seek an Executive Director to lead a vibrant and dynamic organization into its next chapter of its work to create a government that reflects the diverse voices and vision of young Montanans.
US Senator Jon Tester said, “Some organizations are good. Forward Montana is great.” And our achievements as leaders on voting rights, LGBTQ equality, investment in education, and the fight for a fair, sustainable future back up that claim. Forward Montana’s work to create a culture of civic engagement with and by young Montanans in high schools, universities, and workplaces, and creative partnerships with Patagonia, Pearl Jam, LogJam Presents, and local artists and businesses, have resulted in national leaders taking notice of what’s happening in Montana. From 2014-2018, Montana’s youth voter turnout more than doubled in the past midterm. That’s the largest youth voter increase of any state in the nation and Forward Montana’s efforts have been lifted up as the force behind the change.
The next Executive Director will build on a strong foundation, carrying forward the organization’s current three year strategic plan while also shaping the future of our work throughout the state. The Executive Director works directly with the Board of Directors and manages the responsibilities listed below.
Lead strategic planning, implementation and vision — 20%
- Lead staff and board in creating annual program goals, relevant strategies, and staff work plans to achieve the organization’s long-term vision.
- Monitor progress towards operation, program, and development goals, stepping in, and re-directing when off-track.
- Support the program team in identifying and prioritizing new program opportunities to accomplish our mission, while also evaluating programs.
Spearhead external leadership and visibility — 20%
- Strengthen organizational visibility through relationship development, speaking engagements and other external opportunities.
- Act as the lead conduit with our national affiliate, the Alliance for Youth Action, acting as part of a broader, national movement while also communicating the organization’s interest and experiences.
- Build strategic relationships between staff and key elected officials, community leaders, school leaders, partners, media, and thought leaders.
- Support and oversee the Development Manager in creating and implementing an organizational communication plan.
Manage and direct fundraising and finances — 20%
- Lead the organization in developing and implementing the annual budget.
- Work with accountant, operations staff and board to track and oversee the budget, tracking and alerting board of fiscal solvency.
- Support and oversee the Development Manager in creating an annual development plan.
- Build relationships with foundations and other institutions, overseeing the Development Manager in the grant writing and research process.
- Build and maintain relationships with major donors and stakeholders, aiming for institutional relationship building and cultivation.
Drive board development — 20%
- Work with board chairs to ensure a positive, thriving culture, values, and best practices at the board level.
- Coordinate with the board to ensure board members have clear roles, responsibilities, and expectations that are communicated to them at the onset, and monitored regularly.
- Support board in the creation, facilitation, and staffing of board committees, including Governance, Capacity, Program, Executive, and Political.
- Ensure regular communication between board members and staff, so that they are aware of successes and challenges, opportunities to be involved, and are empowered to act as knowledgeable ambassadors.
Lead overall accountability and management— 20%
- Manage the program, development, and operations departments, providing supervision, feedback, and troubleshooting challenges, to ensure staff have access to resources and support to execute their job duties well and goals are on track.
- Regularly evaluate direct reports, to determine professional training and development opportunities, and develop improvement plans if not meeting expectations.
- Oversee legal compliance of the organization, reaching out for expert advice and board opinions when necessary.
- Ensure Forward Montana’s culture and values are represented throughout our organization.
Gotta-Have Skill Sets: Must be present for a candidate to move forward in the hiring process.
- Management experience (Is able to manage multiple people and departments, providing leadership space and development to staff, while also ensuring proper implementation of fundraising, communication, accounting, and program.)
- Commitment to leadership development (Experience or demonstrated investment in centering, supporting, and making space for young, historically marginalized leaders, and growing skills of and opportunities for staff, volunteers, and board members.)
- Facilitation & decision-making skills (Can facilitate feedback and buy-in from multiple stakeholders on major organizational decisions; can problem solve complex and uncertain situations.)
- Fundraising experience (Experience and demonstrated enthusiasm for grant writing and management, membership building, and/or individual donor solicitation.)
- Exemplifies Forward Montana’s values (Inclusive, progressive, fun, innovative, young person-led, power-building.)
- A deep understanding and desire to implement a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice framework throughout an organization.
Nice-to-Have Skill Sets: Not required, but having these skills would make a candidate’s transition into the job more seamless for the individual and the organization.
- Montana experience and relationships
- Budgeting and financial management experience
- Issue work lens, experience, and passion preferably in voting rights, climate/conservation, and/or economic justice.
- Field or program experience with voter registration, voter turnout, or canvassing
- Passion for working within democratized decision-making structures
Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. All ages are encouraged to apply.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to the Hiring Committee at Hiring@forwardmontana.org with “Executive Director Application” in the title line. Applicants are encouraged to apply by August 15th.