Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

Executive Director

Posted: September 04, 2019
Location: Great Falls, Montana
Time Commitment: Full-time


The Executive Director of the LCTHF is the key leader, manager, and advisor to the Board of Directors of this national non-profit organization.

Independently oversees the operation of the headquarters office in Great Falls, Montana and supervises 1-2 staff, 1-2 contractors, and numerous volunteers who implement the organization’s primary programs and policies, including:

  1. Member recruitment and services;
  2. Coordination, administration, and management of grants;
  3. Program development and fundraising;
  4. Chapter services and assistance;
  5. Partnership outreach;
  6. Publication of the Trail Heritage Foundation’s flagship publication, We Proceeded On and The Orderly Report newsletter and;
  7. Stewardship of the William P. Sherman Library and Archives.

Acts as the business manager for the LCTHF and is independently responsible for the operational and managerial effectiveness of the headquarters staff, the overall program, and the development and execution of an annual budget in cooperation with the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee.

Provides leadership to grow membership and to unify the organization’s chapters and partners across the 4,900 mile long congressionally designated Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail route.

Serves as its primary point of contact with state and federal agencies, partners, non-profit and volunteer organizations associated with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (www.nps.gov/lecl) and the Partnership for the National Trails System (www.pnts.org).

Job Responsibilites

Major Duties include: (Note: % represents the general time allocation anticipated by the Director but not the critical importance of each major duty.)

  • Serves as the nationally recognized program leader of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. a 501 3(c) organization-(30%)
  • Financial management - including budget development and execution, performance, and overall program viability-(20%)
  • Mission and strategic responsibilities-including recruiting members, growing chapters, soliciting and administering grants, and oversight of the production of the LCTHF’s journal We Proceeded On and The Orderly Report newsletter- (30%)
  • Supervisory responsibilities and operation of the headquarters office and the William P. Sherman Library and Archives-(20%)

Required Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job. Prospective candidates are expected to possess a significant number of these skills, knowledge, and abilities but no one is required or expected to possess all of them. Prospective candidates would be expected to acquire absent listed skills, knowledge, and abilities through on-thejob training once they become an employee of the Foundation.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in a related field from accredited educational institution is required; and 3-5 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with a nonprofit organizations preferred. Strong connection to historic and natural resource preservation, education, and public administration is considered important. Proven experience in budgeting and financial management including successful experience with recruiting members, writing and obtaining grants and fund raising.
  • Ability to perform financial analysis and budgeting commonly found in business transactions. Accounting knowledge of all facets of business operations such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, and budget preparation/analysis. Use of software tools, such as Quickbooks, desirable. Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Microsoft Office, including word-processing, spreadsheets, email. Other specialized software applications including, in part, membership databases, grant management, donor management, and social media.
  • Communications skills and experience to include strong oral, written, and presentation skills. Ability to explain data in clear, concise and understandable ways, the ability to listen actively. Ability to develop strong and positive relationships with the Board, supporters, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible and adaptable, possess conflict management skills and understand the political process.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is in a typical office environment, use of computers, for word processing and financial management (Microsoft Office and Quickbooks) and email communications are required. Occasional long distance travel to chapter, partnership, agency, and Board meetings is required and may include evening meetings. Occasional field trips involving walking in natural settings or boating on rivers is part of the job.

Salary and Benefits

Full time salaried position. Wage: In the $50,000 range commensurate with experience. Benefits: Paid vacation, sick leave, and contribution toward health insurance.

Application Process

To view the full job description and complete list of SKA’s; see the full job description at http://www.lewisandclark.org/jobs/index.php
For Further Information Call Lou Ritten, President at (708) 354-7778 or Margaret Gorski, HR committee Chair, at 406-552-2072.