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Current opening: MCAN Executive Director

MCAN Executive Director Role Description

The Montana College Attainment Network is a diverse set of nonprofit, state government, higher and K12 education- based partners who work to support postsecondary attainment for all Montanans. The Executive Director is the primary contractor for this dynamic network and is responsible for advancing the mission of the network, identifying and cultivating partnerships, facilitating communication and collaboration within the network, and offering professional development opportunities including an annual statewide conference.  Identifying and securing funding opportunities through grants and other partnerships is also a primary duty of this role as the network looks to grow and provide more Montana students connections to postsecondary opportunities.  The Executive Director will report to and work collaboratively with the MCAN Board, made up of members and postsecondary attainment stakeholders. 


This position is very designed with an intentionally limited set of responsibilities in mind, and requires a professional who:

  • Is deeply committed to educational diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Is a strong communicator, both verbally and written

  • Can work over distance with a board, network, and other stakeholders

  • Has an excellent depth of knowledge about Montana’s educational, demographic, and cultural landscapes

  • Works diligently with no direct supervision, in an organized and strategic way

  • Can effectively lead a set of strategies that substantially grow MCAN’s organizational capacity, in both financial and human capital

  • Produces excellent results


Background This position is contracted at $35,000 per year. The Executive Director manages day to day operations while also carefully expanding the financial and programmatic capacity of MCAN through memberships, partnerships, and grants. The Executive Director will work with the Board and membership in leading efforts to maintain and expand programming, convene roles, and successfully expand the funding base for MCAN. This role will be expected to work approximately 30 hours per week on average and will be paid as an independent contractor.  It is expected that the time commitment necessary for successful completion of duties will vary somewhat throughout the year depending upon the events and initiatives occurring and being prioritized.  The individual is expected to have the workspace and technological capacities necessary to execute the duties and work tasks successfully. They will be evaluated for results routinely, and success will be measured largely on fundraising, membership expansion, and diversification of initiatives and programming. Performance will be reviewed informally once per month for the first three months. Pending successful monthly reviews, the position will be formally reviewed at six months and one year’s time.


ED’s Charge

It is the MCAN Board of Directors’ specific desire that MCAN’s Executive Director help develop the funding capacity for the currently limited position to turn into a full-time role and grow MCAN’s programmatic offerings. The ED will be responsible for the fund development and long-term strategic growth for the organization through expanded program offerings, memberships, donations, sponsorships, grants, etc. Once that funding base has been grown, the board is amenable to an expansion of time and commensurate pay, with the goal of building a traditional paid staffing structure.



Specific Tasks As the senior staff member in charge of the substantial task of growing MCAN’s funding base, and ability to carry out its mission, the Executive Director will be responsible for:

  • Significantly expanding MCAN’s affiliate memberships

  • Seeking and securing appropriate grant funding

  • Coordinating professional development offerings

  • Expanding events and initiatives

  • Leading conference and event sponsorships

  • General administration tasks including but not limited to business transactions, website maintenance, correspondence, budget monitoring, board meetings, and strategic planning

  • Seeking and expanding MCAN’s strategic partnerships.


Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years’ work experience in education, college access and attainment programs, non-profit administration, or a related field

  • Post-secondary degree in a relevant discipline

  • Experience in policy making/advocacy work

  • Demonstrated budget management experience and fiscal integrity

  • Proficient communication skills; and

  • Grant writing experience


Desired Qualifications

  • Established relevant relationships (e.g., with K-12, post-secondary, state government, nonprofit); and

  • Experience working with first generation/low-income students


Other combinations of relevant education and work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to
by November 27, 2022. For more information call 406-444-0708