Organization Overview

Montana Voices is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to providing infrastructure for like-minded, socially responsible organizations to expand collaborative civic engagement across the state. Montana Voices believes that by building consensus around collaborative goals, facilitating the use of state-of-the-art data tools, and executing collaborative programs in the field, partners can empower leaders to enact policies that better reflect the demographic makeup of the state.

Montana Votes is a 501(c)(4) organization committed to advancing a progressive agenda in the state of Montana by managing Independent Expenditures, coordinating political work on the ground between issue advocacy groups, and providing data and targeting tools for all partners and allies.

Position Description

The Director runs Montana Votes and Montana Voices, providing vision and leadership to facilitate collective action between partner organizations. With support from national affiliates, the ED oversees development and execution of strategically coordinated state plans that maximize the priorities, resources and effectiveness of all partners, and reduce duplication of efforts in the areas of voter outreach, education, persuasion, and turnout. The Director identifies resources for Montana’s political and civic engagement programs, manages staff and vendors, oversees data collection, facilitates regular meetings of the Montana Votes and Montana Voices coalitions, and maintains strong relationships with key allies. Finally, the Director is responsible for the smooth operations of both Montana Votes and Montana Voices, including budgeting, Leadership Team management, and organizational development.

The Director reports to the Leadership Team, made up of three members from the Montana Votes coalition, three members of the Montana Voices coalition, and one standing position for the C3 fiscal sponsor.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide Strategic Vision and Facilitation of Coalition Program: Plan and facilitate regular meetings for Montana Votes and Montana Voices organizations to create, negotiate, and share plans as well as progress toward goals; Work with partners to design & execute statewide voter education and political plans to achieve long-term priorities, evaluate program outcomes and monitor progress toward goals; Provide technical assistance and access to training; Identify opportunities & advocate for effective cross-partner programs; Actively work with national affiliates America Votes & State Voices to identify potential national partners to coordinate within the state and opportunities to expand in-state programs to meet goals.

Development & Cultivation of Funding: Develop & execute an annual fundraising plan; Collaborate with A Better Big Sky donor table to align resources to key program goals; Work with America Votes and State Voices to identify funding opportunities; Manage grants and donor relationships.

Admin & Management: Manage staff – currently a Data Director and a Voting Rights Coordinator – to ensure that staff provides quality tools and resources to Montana Votes and Montana Voices partners; Work with the Leadership Team develop governance documents, organizational operating plans, operational budgets and joint-program budgets, fundraising plans to reach those budgets, and meeting agendas; Represent Montana at appropriate national & in-state meetings.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following background and abilities, which include:

  • Demonstrated ability to independently prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously while also successfully working in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate, build consensus and strategically disagree; while creating a shared space between all partners in a team environment, regardless of budget size or political power.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) while maintaining legal compliance.
  • Experience in field program management, staff management, and an understanding of legislative and electoral processes.
  • Experience cultivating both individual & institutional donors & successfully raising funds for an organization or campaign.
  • A self-starter, willing to work long and irregular hours and to travel as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

These qualities are not required, but will make a candidate’s transition into the position more successful.

  • A respected profile among Montana Votes & Montana Voices partners who is trusted to both serve and lead.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, VAN, and social media.
  • 6 years of campaign and/or non-profit management experience.

To Apply:

Please email a copy of your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Lauren Caldwell, Chair of the Hiring Committee, at lcaldwell@mfpe.org. Applications must be received by 5:00pm ET on Monday, March 4, 2019.

Compensation: Salary range is commensurate with experience, from $55,000-70,000 per year. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, employer-paid health insurance, a cell phone stipend, and retirement options.

Montana Votes and Montana Voices are equal opportunity employers. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.