Job Description

Development Director

Adventure Cycling Association

Missoula, MT

Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, well-organized, and goal-oriented person

to serve as our leader in fundraising and development. This is a unique opportunity to grow

the resource base for North America’s largest bicycling membership group, at a time when our

members and donors are becoming more supportive than ever of Adventure Cycling’s mission

and program work. We seek a team player who loves to raise (and help others raise) financial

resources for good causes – in our case, bicycling and bicycle travel. The position is based at

Adventure Cycling's headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana.

General Summary

Plans, coordinates, and implements development and fundraising activities for Adventure

Cycling Association. Duties include managing major donor cultivation and solicitation, grant

research and writing, overseeing annual fund activities such as quarterly appeal letters, email

solicitations and monthly giving program, and promoting and managing planned gifts. The

director will work with a Development Committee, made up of members of the Adventure

Cycling Board of Directors and select volunteers. The director supervises two full-time staff

and occasionally an intern and/or work study student.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic and budgetary direction

● Establishes and refines the Development Department’s strategic direction and plans

and implements a development program to raise financial support for Adventure Cycling.

● Implements the resulting annual development plan with the Executive Director, the

Board of Directors, and the Development Committee.

● Works with the Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer on preparing and

adhering to the annual Development Department budget.

Donor management

● Develops strategies and techniques for continual expansion and cultivation of

prospective donors through giving programs with an emphasis on growth of donations.

● Directs research to identify donor prospects and to obtain information concerning

financial capacity, special interests, past history and relationship with Adventure Cycling.

● Assigns major gift prospects to appropriate individuals (staff leadership, Board

members, volunteers, Development Committee members or others as appropriate).

● Seeks out and facilitates major donor meeting opportunities with leadership staff,

Board members or volunteers.

● Establishes and oversees donor recognition programs, including thank you

calls and letters, the annual report, articles in Adventure Cyclist magazine.

● Makes direct asks to donors or donor prospects, where appropriate.

● Helps train and advise staff, Board members and other volunteers in fundraising

techniques such as gift solicitation and cultivation.

Grant research and solicitation

● With development and project staff, coordinates grant research, and submits

proposals for special funding from private and public funding entities.

● Tracks progress on project work related to grants and oversees and participates in

preparation of reports.

Planned Giving and Campaigns

● Solicits estate gifts and promotes Adventure Cycling’s Legacy Society, in order to grow

Adventure Cycling’s endowment.

● Plays a primary role in special fundraising campaigns to grow support for special

projects or possibly a capital campaign to support improvements in Adventure Cycling’s

physical plant and /or growth in the endowment.

Supervisory and internal responsibilities

● Supervises a team of two, the Development Manager and Development Coordinator,

per the employee policies and annual work plan of Adventure Cycling.

● As a staff director of Adventure Cycling, attends regular management team meetings

and all-staff meetings.

● Maintains a positive, energetic, and harmonious working relationship with Board

members, volunteers, department directors, and staff.

● Works with administrative personnel, especially on database and information

technology management, to develop and maintain systems that support the development


● Collaborates with the Membership Department to insure that donation programs and

membership recruitment and renewal programs are well aligned.

● Establishes and maintains an internal reporting system on fund development progress.

● Works with appropriate staff to establish an ongoing effective communication and

marketing program for Adventure Cycling’s development program.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Outstanding interpersonal and management skills. Excellent team player; enjoys working with

others to achieve great outcomes. Relishes raising financial resources for good causes.

Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Able to spin details into coherent

narratives. Outstanding ability to write clearly and concisely for various audiences -- from

members to philanthropists. Understands and knows how to work with databases and track

performance metrics. Well-organized and able to meet deadlines. Unquestionable

commitment to setting and meeting goals. Ideally enthusiastic about the outdoors, recreation,

and bicycling.

Education and Experience

Completion of a four year degree program from a college or university. Coursework in

fundraising and affiliation with professional fundraising associations are a big plus. Top

candidates will have at least 4-6 years of professional experience in development or related

fields. Management and supervisory experience are important assets. Special note will be

made of candidates' experience working with mission-driven non-profit organizations. Of

course, attention will be paid to candidates' bicycling experience and ability to bring humor

and good spirits to the job and workplace.

Compensation and Workplace

The position will be competitively compensated in the Northern Rockies region. Excellent

benefits include paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, an additional fully-paid one

week bike vacation, full medical and dental coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We

have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with a friendly and committed staff. Adventure

Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample directly to Submittable. The writing

sample will preferably be something related to fundraising activities, such as a short grant

proposal, a solicitation letter or appeal, or an annual report with a focus on donors.

Application deadline: The position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing resumes and

requesting interviews on January 10, 2020.

About Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling's mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to travel by bicycle.

Adventure Cycling was founded in 1974 and is the largest bicycling membership organization

in North America, with 50,000 members. Our work includes producing the best bicycling

routes and maps in America, publishing Adventure Cyclist (one of the top cycling magazines

in North America), managing more than 100 bicycle tours and leadership trainings, and

achieving better bike travel conditions through advocacy at the federal, state and local

levels. For more information, visit

Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist magazine. We accept queries and manuscripts on a rolling basis year-round. However, since our very small staff is primarily focused on producing each Adventure Cyclist, we'll be reviewing them on a roughly quarterly basis. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us.

Please make sure to thoroughly read our submissions information. Note: We only accept submissions through this Submittable portal.

Time Frame: If a story idea is accepted, the typical period of time until publication is approximately 12-18 months from the time of acceptance.

Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle-travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service organization for bicyclists. Adventure Cyclist is dedicated to publishing stories about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects.
Adventure Cyclist generally uses two types of stories from freelancers: 

  1. Feature-length stories. These should be about specific areas and must be accompanied by high-quality photos, both in terms of content, composition, and size.
  2. The Final Mile. These are essays less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip. These run at 1,200-1,500 words and don't require accompanying photos. Note: we do not buy Final Mile essays based on queries, we want to see the full manuscript.

What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.25 to $.50 per word, depending on various factors. We buy first rights and will consider simultaneous submissions as long as we are informed of the other publications considering your manuscript. Your manuscript should be typed with single returns between paragraphs — no indentations — and single-spaced.

Photos: Feature submissions should be accompanied by electronic images (300 dpi is standard) or color transparencies. Special focus and humor pieces do not require photos, but if you have something good, by all means, send it. And remember, we are always looking for stunning verticals to go on the cover. (See more about photos here). When you send us photos through Submittable, you are only allowed to upload three files, however, if you create a .zip file from your collection, this will only count as one single file. If you don't know how to create a .zip file, use the links below or simply Google it:
4 Ways to Zip a File on a Mac - wikiHow
4 Ways to Compress Large Files - wikiHow

Adventure Cyclist staff does not guarantee that you will receive a response concerning your story nor will we guarantee the return of unsolicited materials.

For further and more detailed information, visit
Editor-in-Chief, Alex Strickland
Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT 59802

Thank you for submitting your photos and videos from the recent event you attended. 

By submitting your photos, you are giving Adventure Cycling Association permission to publish your photos. Please provide the highest quality photos possible and include a name for photo credits. 

This category is for stakeholders involved in the U.S. Bicycle Route System to use for uploading large files such as maps and other resources. 
Have you had a great experience along a U.S. Bicycle Route? We want to hear about it! Whether you're riding a route, helping to designate a route, or managing a business along a route, your stories will help us illustrate the impacts of the U.S. Bicycle Route System and continue to grow and expand the network.

Please share any and all pertinent details through this form, and be sure to tell us which route you're describing and what location. If you have photos you would like to share with us, you'll find a handy tool below to upload those image files. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the USBRS team at: Thanks!

This category is for files sent by Adventure Cyclist magazine advertisers only. It is not for story inquiries, submissions, or images. Thanks.

Interested in Becoming a Adventure Cycling Guest Blogger? Here's What You Need to Know...

Thank you for your interest in the Adventure Cycling blog. We will review submissions as quickly as possible and keep you updated on our review status. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us. 

We only accept submissions through our Submittable portal.


The Adventure Cycling blog covers touring tips and gear, places to ride, and adventure stories.

The Adventure Cycling blog generally uses five types of posts from guest bloggers:

  1. Inspiring posts: An inspiring story about someone achieving something. The main message here is “if he can do it, so can I.” Click here for an example.
  2. How-to/tutorial posts: This is one of the most popular post types and one that arguably brings the most value to our community. The most important thing to focus on while writing it is to give some specific information on how to do/perform/attain/reach whatever is promised in the title of the post. Videos and images work very well as additional resources for how-to posts. Click here for an example.
  3. Stories: There’s nothing like a good story of a bicycle trip or bike overnight. Click here for an example.
  4. Standard list posts: A list post is another popular post type. The basic idea is that you take a topic or a problem and you try to come up with a number of separate solutions to it. List posts are so popular because they are extremely easy to follow. Each point is usually not related to the other ones, which means that even a distracted mind can get a lot of value from the whole post. Click here for an example.
  5. Photo essay: A set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story. Please include captions with all photographs. 

No length requirements: Posts should simply be high quality and comprehensive. 

Not-So-Fine Print:

  1. We prefer a well-written and high-quality original article (we all know how Google hates duplicate content).
  2. We prefer an article that reflects the writing style/tone of the Adventure Cycling blogs.
  3. Include a short author bio including a maximum of 1 anchor text link to your own website. 
  4. To adhere to Google's guidelines for guest blogging, articles that are clearly intended as a link building scheme will be rejected. So please be thoughtful about any links you include in the articles you submit for consideration.
  5. Include proper attribution of photos, data, quotations, and other third-party content referenced in the article.
  6. Submissions must meet the Adventure Cycling blogging team's quality standards in order to get published.
  7. Please avoid being self-promotional in the body of your article. Save that for your author bio.
  8. The Adventure Cycling blogging team reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
  9. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Adventure Cycling content, including but not limited to email newsletters, ebooks, and other downloadable content.
  10. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to promote posts on its social media channels. If you'd like to be tagged, please include your platform and handle.

Inbound Marketing Manager, Jessica Zephyrs
(406) 721-1776 

Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT, 59802

Adventure Cycling Association