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 ( and the Partnership for the National Trails System (

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

  1. Serves as the nationally recognized program leader of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. a 501 3(c) organization-(30%)
  2. Financial management – including budget development and execution, performance, and overall program viability-(20%)
  3. 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%)
  4. Supervisory responsibilities and operation of the headquarters office and the William P. Sherman Library and Archives-(20%)

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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-the-job 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 non-profit 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.

Financial Acumen

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.

Computer/Technical Skills

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.

Terms of Employment and Working Conditions

Full time salaried position.

Wage: In the $50,000 range commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Paid vacation, sick leave, and contribution toward health insurance.

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.

About the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (

The LCTHF is a national organization dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition and protecting the cultural and historic integrity of the landscapes through which the expedition travelled from 1803-1806. We currently have 1,100 members organized in 25 active chapters across the country. Members come from many walks of life and share a common passion for passing along to future generations the lessons that can be learned from this era of our nation’s history.

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is one of 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails that comprise our National Trails System. The Congressionally designated trail extends 4,900 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Fort Clatsop, Oregon. The LCTHF is the primary non-profit organization that works in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve and administer this national historic trail.

Where it’s Located

The office of the LCTHF is located on the Missouri River in the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, 4201 Giant Springs Road Great Falls, Montana 59405.

Great Falls has a population of approximately 58,000 and is the third largest city in the State of Montana. The city is located in Cascade County which has a population of 82,000 and takes its name from the series of five waterfalls located along the upper Missouri River basin. The Lewis and Clark Expedition portaged around this ten-mile stretch of river in 1805. 

The city houses the C. M. Russell Museum Complex, the University of Providence, Great Falls College Montana State University, and is adjacent to Malmstrom Air Force Base. The greater Great Falls area is served by a local newspaper, the Great Falls Tribune.


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