• Development & Event Manager

    DREAM Adaptive Recreation Inc.
    Job Description

    Status: Full-time, year-round; 40 hours / week; non-exempt
    Reports To: Executive Director
    Salary Range: $40,000 - $58,500 depending on experience; opportunity for growth
    Benefits: Flexible schedule, generous PTO, paid holidays, health care benefit package, outdoor recreation passes and more!
    To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Julie Tickle, Executive Director at jtickle@dreamadaptive.org. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

    The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. DREAM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    About DREAM Adaptive Recreation:
    The mission of DREAM Adaptive Recreation is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing year-round outdoor adaptive recreational opportunities.

    Job Summary

    DREAM Adaptive Recreation (DREAM), based in Whitefish, Montana seeks a dynamic leader to join the management team in the position of Development Manager. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Development Manager will be responsible for planning and executing DREAM’s fundraising events and the strategic direction, management, execution, and evaluation of all annual development campaigns.

    About the Organization

    Founded in 1985, DREAM has improved access and inclusion in the outdoor recreation space for 35 years. DREAM programs empower individuals with disabilities and provide them with skill development opportunities that go well beyond sport; participants improve their physical and mental health, gain confidence, and increase their independence. Volunteers and staff focus on each participant’s strengths and leverage their abilities to help them focus on reaching their goals. DREAM serves 300 individuals annually through more than 1,275 opportunities/lessons. A team of committed and experienced professionals leads over 150 active and dedicated volunteers. By joining this experienced team, the Development Manager will capitalize on DREAM’s mission and financial success by expanding current fundraising efforts and building a culture of philanthropy to take the organization to a new level. The Development Manager will join at an exciting time for DREAM, as our strategic plan has us preparing for a Capital Campaign to build an adaptive center within the next five years. Our team is a tight-knit family, enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and works extremely hard to ensure everyone has access to the benefits of outdoor recreation.


    Primary duties include:

    Strategically creating, managing, executing, and evaluating DREAM’s annual development plan and

    fundraising budget

    Systematically identifying, cultivating, soliciting, stewarding and acknowledging individual,

    corporate, and foundation donors

    Planning, implementing and overseeing all signature fundraising events; creating a timeline,

    agenda, budget, marketing materials, soliciting and managing event sponsors, ticket sales, in-kind

    donations, venue, décor, volunteers, vendors, etc.

    Creating, planning, and managing fundraising campaigns such as Annual Giving Campaigns, a

    Planned Giving Program and a Major Gifts Campaign; Playing a major role in our Capital Campaign

    preparation and execution

    Assisting with the marketing, branding and communications for the organization, utilizing

    experience with marketing, public relations, direct mail, internet and social media solicitation

    Maintaining an accurate database of prospects, individual donor, foundation, corporate and donor

    related information for use to support all development campaigns

    Managing a grants program to research, submit, monitor and report on foundation, corporate and

    government grants

    Managing, evaluating, and reporting on development activities on a rolling basis and for monthly

    board meetings

    Collaborating closely with the Operations Specialist, Program Manager, and appropriate

    committees of the Board of Directors

    Supervising and coordinating volunteers for various projects and events

    Representing DREAM in a positive and professional manner

    Completing other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, which may include executive

    correspondence, outreach/awareness activities, public relations, marketing, social media and

    website management

    Qualification Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, Master’s degree preferred

    • Minimum three years of experience formulating and executing successful, comprehensive

    fundraising programs; Capital Campaign experience a definite plus

    • Residence in the Flathead Valley, Montana

    • Track record of building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents

    • Proven leadership in implementing the methodologies and best practices of philanthropy

    • Knowledge of adaptive recreation, and can both directly and passionately translate the

    organization’s mission and program delivery into fundraising initiatives that garner support

    • Demonstrated competence in planning, budgeting, and forecasting

    • Technology savvy; Ability to learn and utilize database software, fundraising event software, and

    other online tools; Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Adobe Creative Suite; Experience with

    Neon CRM a plus

    • Ability to connect with, engage, gain the respect and cooperation of both internal and external

    constituents; corporate and foundation executives, highly visible civic, philanthropic and business

    leaders, individual donors, board members, program participants, staff and volunteers

    • Possess established relationships with or the ability to effectively network with communityinvested

    individuals and businesses who can assist with broadening our support circle, identifying

    and introducing prospects

    • Outgoing personality with excellent interpersonal and professional communication skills

    • Strong strategic and operational leadership skills

    • A vision and passion for growing the organization

    • Excellent team building skills

    • Personal initiative and a strong work ethic

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