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Montana Career Opportunity – Executive Director – The Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC)

Date Posted: Feb 28, 2019

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Job Description

The Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) is seeking an executive director to lead a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to forming and supporting new cooperative enterprises.  The organization receives both state and federal funding to fulfill its mission, which is “to promote and develop cooperatives to meet the economic and community needs of rural Montana”. 

Summary of Responsibilities: The executive director serves as the executive manager and primary spokesperson for a 20-year old, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with a research and educational mission focused on cooperative development.  This person is accountable to a nine-member board of directors whose members are appointed by supportive Montana organizations for the purpose of creating new cooperatives and advancing the co-op business model. The executive director supervises a four-person staff and administers up to 10 annual contracts with regional economic development organizations to deliver statewide cooperative development services.  The successful candidate must efficiently administer MCDC’s financial, personnel and operational systems while ensuring compliance with all applicable ethical and legal standards for nonprofit organizations. The ultimate role of the executive director is to grow the organization’s capacity to fulfill its stated mission through general fund development; quality programming for its constituents; and excellence in client and public communications.


Employment Terms: This is an executive-level, full-time salaried position based in Great Falls, Montana, that must be filled no later than September 1, 2019. The executive director reports directly to MCDC Board of Directors and maintains close communications with the MCDC Board President.  In addition to serving MCDC, the executive director also contracts as executive manager of the 60-year old Montana Council of Cooperatives, an 80-member, multi-industry trade association. This dual position thus requires a significant amount of year-round, statewide travel – often to isolated regions of Montana – including occasional weekend and evening assignments.  Some national-level, extended travel also should be anticipated. 

Desired Qualifications:  

  • A four-year degree in nonprofit management, organizational development, economic development, community development, or related fields. An advanced degree is not required.
  • At least five years of experience working within the nonprofit arena is expected, with at least three of those years working with rural communities of less than 50,000 in population.
  • Experience serving as a cooperative developer or applying the cooperative business model is desirable
  • Demonstration of successful grant writing and fund development for a nonprofit organization
  • Working knowledge of federal and Montana state programs designed to support rural communities
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills; ability to present a positive image for MCDC
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of people and industries, particularly in small towns and Indian reservations with struggling economies. Experience in facilitating public meetings will be helpful
  • Standard PC competencies; experience using the Salesforce CRM database would be advantageous

Desired Competencies

  • Adaptability
  • Business Acumen
  • Change Management
  • Cooperative Knowledge
  • Courage
  • Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Engagement
  • Good Judgment
  • Grant Writing Skills
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Performance Management
  • Planning
  • Quality Orientation
  • Relationship Building
  • Results Orientation
  • Self-Development
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Talent Development

Compensation: The starting salary range for the executive director position is $60,000-$75,000/year depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include 12 paid holidays plus a full holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s Day; accrued vacation with personal/sick days; health/dental/vision insurance; and a 403B retirement plan (offered after one year of service).  Continuing education opportunities also are promoted following the required six-month probationary period.



How To Apply

How to Apply: Please review the full job description available on the MCDC website. All applications must be submitted electronically in one pdf file. Include in your application a two-page resume, three work-related references, and a one-page letter/essay that explains why MCDC should consider you for the executive director position. Submit the file to [email protected]  Applications received by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019, will receive priority consideration in the initial screening process.


To learn more about this statewide, nonprofit organization, visit The Montana Cooperative Development Center is an equal opportunity employer supported by federal funding from USDA Rural Development and a statutory appropriation from the State of Montana.









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