• DREAM Adaptive Recreation Inc.

    Development & Special Events Manager

    Job Description

    DREAM Adaptive Recreation, Inc. is based in Whitefish, Montana and is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA. DREAM’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by providing year-round outdoor adaptive recreational opportunities. Current programs serve over 300 athletes annually with the support of over 100 volunteers. DREAM is looking for a Development and Special Events Manager who wishes to use his/her skills in fundraising to advance our mission.

    Job Title

    Development and Special Events Manager

    Job Summary

    Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Development and Special Events Manager (Manager) will spearhead fundraising efforts as DREAM continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the Manager will have the opportunity to provide thoughtful input as we build on the existing strategies in place.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Manage the daily development activities, working with the senior leadership on donor recruitment, cultivation and activation

    • Maintain ongoing relationships with major donors


    • With the support of the ED, create and execute a multi-year strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors and corporate sponsors

    • Plan, administer and monitor fundraising programs, special events and activities

    • Coordinate all aspects of events including but not limited to: timeline, agenda, budget, costs, marketing,

      sponsors, event committees, venue, deĀ“cor, food, volunteers, vendors, etc.

    • Maintain all data associated with special events, including gifts, donor information, corporate and individual


    Develop and prepare high quality donor communications and marketing collateral, including but not limited to donor solicitations, website, and social media program

    • Maintain donor records including donation input, donor tracking and acknowledgement

    • Process all contributions and reconcile gifts with bookkeeper

    • Draft follow-up reports and other materials for internal record keeping

    • Prepare cost-benefit analysis on DREAM’s fundraising expenditures versus results

    • Meet annual fundraising objectives, evaluating results and developing corrective strategies as needed

    Grant Writing

    • Identify grant sources and opportunities, track deadlines

    • Prepare grant applications

    • Draft proposals, letters, grant reports and other materials

    Minimum Qualifications and Experience

    Individual must be enthusiastically committed to our mission, adaptive recreation background a plus

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

    • Minimum of 3 - 5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on development / fundraising

    • Proven track record of raising significant dollars for a nonprofit organization

    • Demonstrated competence in planning, budgeting, and forecasting

    • Demonstrated ability to interact in a professional manner with various stakeholders

    • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors,

      foundations and corporations

    • Ability to multi-task, meet crucial deadlines, and work with a variety of people in different situations

    • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, email marketing software, mass mailings and direct

      mail, experience in Giftworks a plus

    • Extremely organized, detail-oriented and self- motivated


    Wages based on experience.


    To Apply

    While the position will remain open until filled, applicants are encouraged to apply before September 10th, 2018 to receive full consideration. Send your resume with a cover letter and three professional references to Julie Tickle, jtickle@dreamadaptive.org.


    Contact Information

    Business Name: DREAM Adaptive Recreation Inc.
    Contact: Julie Tickle
    Street: PO Box 4084
    City/State/Zip: Whitefish, Montana 59937
    Local Phone: (406) 862-1817
    Email: jtickle@dreamadaptive.org
    Website Address: http://www.dreamadaptive.org