Development Manager, The Mountaineers

Seattle, Washington
Closing date: June 18, 2018

The Mountaineers is currently recruiting a Development Manager who loves the outdoors and is excited to help advance our mission through special events and corporate and foundation relations. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a positive, flexible approach to managing complex events and projects, a fierce attention to details and deadlines, and a proven ability to work well with a collaborative team. This is a full-time salaried position with excellent benefits.

About The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers was formed in 1906 to explore the wild areas and peaks in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. With 12,000 members and seven branches from Olympia to Bellingham, The Mountaineers enjoys an outstanding reputation in its field and in the community. Our dedicated staff, members, and volunteers are deeply committed to successfully accomplishing our mission.

Each year nearly 1,600 volunteers deliver outdoor skill courses to 2,500 students and lead 2,000+ recreational trips and courses. In addition, we advocate for access and protection of recreational lands. Last year we helped protect 30,000 acres of public land in Washington State. The organization has also published 300 outdoor recreation and conservation advocacy books. We have a full-time staff of more than 40 employees located in three sites, and a total annual operating budget of more than $7 million. For further information about The Mountaineers organization and our staff, programs and activities, please visit us at

About the Position

In partnership with the Development Director, the Development Manager will seek and secure funding from private foundations and corporate and government sources. The Development Manager is also responsible for the creation, execution and growth of The Mountaineers fundraising and donor stewardship events, including the annual 400+ person gala auction. Specific responsibilities will include the following (see complete job description for more details):

  • Manage all grants calendars, correspondence, application and reporting deadlines, materials, and other necessary work leading to single and multi-year funding from grant-making foundations and corporations and government entities to meet or exceed targeted revenue goals.
  • Develop a keen understanding of The Mountaineers programs, goals, strategies and financial needs with a focus on creative opportunities for securing funding through foundation resources and corporate budgets.
  • Work in conjunction with the board and staff teams to strategize, organize and plan for all aspects of the Mountaineers donor-related events that will result in $500,000+ in revenue across all special events.
  • Maintain responsibility for event success from conception to execution, including creating income projections, negotiations with vendors and service providers, creation of event collateral, managing and tracking in kind donations and auction item procurement, and the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate sponsors and event volunteers and donors.

The Development Manager reports to the Development Director and shares responsibility for a $1.25M fundraising goal. This position works closely with the 4-person development team, as well as staff across the organization, and organizational leadership to implement a broad suite of fundraising activities.  



We are looking for someone who brings commitment and enthusiasm to The Mountaineers mission and core values: Adventure, Education, Volunteerism, Advocacy, and Community. The following experience, skills, and attributes are required to be successful in the position:  

  • Bachelor's degree and at least three years of experience in planning and executing complex nonprofit fundraising events, securing foundation and government grants, and cultivating corporate relationships. An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may substitute for a degree.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including experience writing and editing clear and compelling proposals, reports, and other fundraising materials.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including the ability to work collaboratively on a team and communicate effectively and respectfully with donors, board members, volunteers, staff, and the general public.
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects with multiple deadlines and deliverables in a timely, organized way. Ability to stay focused, even-tempered, and to use good judgment in stressful circumstances.
  • Experience using Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge or similar data base system. Strong computer skills, including proficiency in searching professional grant source databases and 990 databases, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, etc.


Work Environment

This position will be housed at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center in Magnusson Park. This position requires a willingness to travel locally when necessary, and the ability to have regular and reliable transportation for local travel.  Occasionally the Development Manager will need to attend meetings or events on evenings or weekends. The Development Manager is sometimes required to perform physical tasks as part of event setup and tear down; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. See complete job description for more details.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Director of Development.  The salary range is $50,000 to $54,000, depending on experience.

The Mountaineers offers a generous benefits plan including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401k, and holiday, vacation, commuter benefit, and sick leave. We offer free parking, and you may bring your dog to work on Mondays and Fridays. Employees are given free membership to The Mountaineers, course benefits offered through The Mountaineers, and a complimentary copy of each new title from Mountaineers Books.

The Mountaineers provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, age, gender, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or any other basis protected by law.


to Apply:

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Online applications only, please no email or paper submissions. You will be asked to upload a resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please describe the experience, skills, and personal characteristics that qualify you for this position and why the mission and work of the Mountaineers appeals to you.

Applications will be accepted through June 18, 2018. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received; we encourage early applications. Interviewing will begin in June.


The search for this position is being facilitated by Clover Search Works, a search firm that provides a full range of search services to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Clover Search Works is honored to work with The Mountaineers to recruit a Development Manager to help The Mountaineers realize its important mission.

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Status: Open No of vacancies: 3 Job type: Full Time Job level: Mid level Years of experience: 2 Salary: $0 - $0 / Publish date: 15 Jun 2018

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