Maine Aquaculture Recruiter

Maine & Company | Portland, ME

Posted Date 1/12/2018


Aquaculture has been identified as one of Maine’s economic sectors poised for significant growth. To capitalize on this potential growth, a number of organizations have come together to develop a strategy to help attract new investment to Maine in this sector. Funded by FocusMaine - a private-sector led initiative dedicated to developing and growing the agriculture, aquaculture, and biopharma sectors within the state - public and private organizations within Maine are working together to implement this new strategy that will lead to new aquaculture investment in Maine. 

With significant competitive advantages that include high quality aquatic environments, proximity to large markets, significant working waterfront infrastructure, and world class aquaculture research facilities and expertise, Maine is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the tremendous market opportunity for high-quality, healthy, and safe seafood. Although the Maine aquaculture sector is diverse and has experienced significant growth in the last ten years, Maine is increasingly competing with other jurisdictions for investment from large scale aquaculture companies.

This targeted economic development position will lead efforts to attract new leading aquaculture firms as well as to help expand existing aquaculture companies and industry investment to Maine through a public/private partnership between FocusMaine, Maine & Company (Maine & Co,), The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD), The Maine Aquaculture Association (MAA), and The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). 

Position Description

This position, employed by Maine & Company  will coordinate closely with the project partners to proactively help to grow the aquaculture sector.  In conjunction with an oversight team, the individual will develop a Maine aquaculture recruitment strategy and associated recruitment collateral.  Significant domestic and international travel for recruitment trips is required.

The ideal candidate will be energetic, highly motivated, creative, and an outstanding communicator.  A fundamental understanding of business formation and proven track record of successful business development and relationship building is a must.  Knowledge of Maine’s aquaculture sector and aquaculture-specific business formation is a plus. The individual must be a team player that is comfortable operating both independently and as part of a team.

Key Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with an oversight team comprised of the partnership members, develop and implement a targeted, systematic investment and business recruitment plan for the aquaculture sector in Maine.
  • Working with Maine & Company and DECD, develop a comprehensive recruitment package designed for distribution to potential investors, businesses who might relocate to Maine, and Maine-based businesses looking to expand.
  • Develop a target list of investors and businesses for recruitment.
  • Identify and build relationships with companies and investors who are likely candidates to invest in Maine.
  • Identify and engage with external resources and programs that would support the implementation of the recruitment plan.
  • Attend national and international aquaculture conferences and meetings to connect with and pitch potential companies.
  • Develop education materials and delivery mechanisms designed to support recruitment efforts.
  • Coordinate with other FocusMaine partnership organizations to support the development and growth of the state’s aquaculture sector.

 Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated track record of successful business recruitment or development.
  • Aquaculture operations experience strongly desired.
  • Understanding of aquaculture-specific business formation strongly desired.
  • Understanding of Maine’s aquaculture sector is a plus.
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills are essential.
  • Strong presentation, marketing and sales skills.
  • Ability to work both with a team and work independently; experience managing an advisory or oversight committee.
  • Ability to research, analyze and summarize information.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Degree in Economics, Business, Marketing or Aquaculture preferred.

How to Apply

To submit your cover letter and resume CLICK HERE.  All applications are being collected by GMRI, and will be reviewed by the FocusMaine Partners.  If you have questions, you may contact GMRI Chief Operating Officer, Ellen Grant,

This job will be posted until filled.    

Job Type
Geographic Region
Greater Portland/Casco Bay
Business Services | Business Development | Fishing - Aquaculture | General Business

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