Director of Development

Pro Search, Inc | ME

Posted Date 10/11/2018

Our Client Maine Seacoast Mission has stayed a trusted friend along the Maine coast for more than 100 years.

"From flu shots for fishermen to food for families and life-changing opportunities for kids, the Maine Seacoast Mission makes lives better Downeast. Based on Mount Desert Island, Maine, near Acadia National Park, the Mission is a highly respected, 113-year-old nonprofit providing educational, medical, social services, and nondenominational spiritual support to the people of this exceptionally beautiful region of the eastern United States. Many of our services are delivered via the Sunbeam V, a 74-foot, steel-hulled ship equipped with the latest telemedicine technology. Many land-based services are offered from our 60-acre campus in Cherryfield. We have an operating budget of $3.3 million, a large endowment, and 23 full-time and 83 part-time staff members. Most of our part-time employees work in the EdGE program, providing afterschool, in-school, and summer programs for children in seven Washington County schools. "

"We have always been committed to our work for the long haul, and island and coastal residents know they can rely on us. While our presence is steady, we are responsive to the needs of individuals and communities, and our programs adapt to meet changing conditions.

We are deeply attentive to those we serve and are guided by their input and participation. We believe in the capacity of individuals and communities to determine their own futures."

We are seeking a Directorof Development to lead and manage all functions of the Maine Seacoast Mission that relate to resource development, including marketing and communications. The development director is a key member of the senior management team and reports to the president.

The successful candidate will have the skills and experience to meet the criteria of the job description below, as well as the demonstrated leadership skills to successfully and sustainably support these rural Maine communities.


  • Set fundraising priorities, in concert with the president and development committee leadership
  • Develop and monitor fundraising strategies, annual plans of work and budgets
  • Oversee marketing and public relations plan, including print communications such as the Bulletin and program-specific material, website, social media, media relations, external events and appearances
  • Identify, cultivate, and steward key donor relationships
  • Work to increase unrestricted gifts
  • Manage and execute the Annual Fund program including all mediums, from direct mail to social media to fundraising events such as the Sunbeam Award Gala and EdGE Tennis Tournament
  • Works to increase unrestricted gifts and identify major gift fundraisers.
  • Provide progress and summary reports, e.g. board reports
  • Seek counsel from development committee members, who support and guide development efforts
  • Lead and supervise development staff and contractors
  • Develop relationships with foundations, corporate and governmental funds, procuring foundation and government grants that support operations and special projects
  • As future plans and resources allow, build out deeper plans to secure planned gifts and bequests


  • Demonstrated organizational management skills, including: financial management, budget preparation and oversight, staff oversight and supervision.
  • Ability to think strategically and to effectively implement strategic goals and objectives
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience including: demonstrated ability to interact positively with a sophisticated donor base.
  • Understanding of Rural Maine culture


  • Advanced degree
  • 5+ years successful development / philanthropy experience leading fundraising efforts in an organization (preferably non-profit with a similar mission)
  • Experience and success in securing financial and other assets for a nonprofit organization, including annual and major fundraising
  • Poise and comfort with social exchanges, both one-on-one and in groups
  • Ability to write well
  • Understands research and its relation to plans and outcomes
  • Knowledge of methods to track, analyze and report data
  • Tech savvy
  • Knowledge about data management, especially development software, e.g., Abila Fundraising 50
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including valuing working as teams
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of the Maine Seacoast Mission.


  • In- and out-of-state travel
  • Asset development is often deadline driven, which sometimes requires flexibility schedules and longer work days.
  • In addition, the position includes attending external events related to the position that are often ‘after hours’, either the Mission’s own or those of others that would benefit the Mission.


Compensation will be determined by a number of factors including demonstrated fundraising experience, industry experience, internal equity and skills brought to the job.

Interested applicants please submit your resume to Pro Search, Inc. for consideration.

Andrea Gleason

Project Consultant, Recruiting Services

Pro Search, Inc.

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