Job Postings

Natural Resources Council of Maine
Donor Engagement Manager
(posted 05/18/2020)

Augusta, ME

Job Description
The Donor Engagement Manager is responsible for all in-house logistics related to running NRCM’s Katahdin Circle ($1,000+ donors). This is a project manager and leader with an eye on multiple deadlines at once who demonstrates strong follow-through and accountability.

They are responsible for planning, drafting, and executing mailings, organizing the annual President’s Luncheon, communicating the impact of NRCM’s work to major donors, and tracking and analyzing donor giving. Additionally, they are a team member, helping to support the Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Giving Director, and other fundraisers and participating in NRCM’s communication with members.

Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to The position will be posted until filled.


• Manage annual Katahdin Circle program workplan and 5-year calendar for reaching goals established by the strategic plan, and including quarterly status reports.
• Draft written communications to Katahdin Circle members, including monthly renewal letters, quarterly news updates, annual impact assessment, event-related communications, and other program materials.
• Manage data entry protocol enforcement and analysis for Katahdin Circle activities and metrics; execute segmented testing and surveys of membership as needed.
• Lead annual luncheon event planning and lead or support on multiple small and mid-sized events throughout the year.
• Manage the pipeline identification process for prospective Katahdin Circle members.
• Manage proposal and reporting calendar for mid-level and major donors under proposal management.
• Create, update and implement an annual donor stewardship calendar.


• Five years or more in a donor-centric fundraising role or other position with transferable skills. Experience with managing an annual fundraising calendar and/or annual fund fundraising is preferred.
• Highly effective written and oral communication skills.
• Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge NXT or other CRM.
• Team player.
• Strong project management and administrative skills.
• Demonstrated project management experience is a plus.
• Willingness to occasionally travel throughout the state and work weekends.
• Commitment to environmental values.

Organization Description
Working at NRCM

As Maine’s leading environmental advocacy organization, the Natural Resources Council of Maine attracts dedicated, knowledgeable, and dynamic people committed to leading efforts to keep Maine a special place.

Our work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and fast-paced as we work in coalition with other nonprofit organizations, business and community leaders, elected officials, NRCM members, and the public at-large to improve the quality of Maine’s environment.

NRCM is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff. We are also committed to ensuring that our staff members actively work on diversity and inclusion in the field. This work is supported by staff policy, training, and mentoring, and through fostering an organization that prioritizes fairness and respect.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

Last Day to Apply
The position will be posted until filled.

Dempsey Center
Development Director
(posted 05/18/2020)

Lewiston, ME

Job Description
Are you a creative, strategic leader, passionate about non-profit work? If so, we want you on our team! The Dempsey Center is a dynamic and growing non-profit organization providing a unique opportunity to serve and support cancer impacted communities in Maine and beyond. The ideal candidate has strong strategic skills in fundraising, relationship cultivation and stewardship, major gifts, and grant management.

As the Development Director, you will supervise, execute, and evaluate all development activities and strategies for the organization including but not limited to annual fund, major gifts, corporate and foundation giving and planned gifts, online giving, fundraising, and other special events including our Dempsey Challenge. You will also research and identify new revenue sources and oversee grant writing.

The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and oversees four staff. The Development Director also serves as staff liaison to the Development Committee of the Dempsey Center's Board of Directors.

Required - Minimum of eight years of experience in non-profit fundraising and donor solicitation with progressive responsibility; experience leading capital campaigns and major gifts programs, with an understanding of the Maine, Regional, and National markets; experience working collaboratively with and managing a team of employees to complete tasks in a timely manner and in a fast-paced environment.

Desired: Experience with celebrity fundraising strategies and planned giving a plus. Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and its New England Chapter.

Bachelor’s or advanced degree in business, health services, social services, non-profit leadership, or communications.

Valid Maine driver’s license is required.

Other Information
• Exceptional communication skills (speaking, reading, writing, active listening, presentation, etc.)
• Effective analytical, financial and budgetary skills, including proficiency with spreadsheet software
• Demonstrated organizational entrepreneurialism, foresight, and innovative thinking experience necessary for strategic plan execution.
• Ability to manage and complete complex projects with multi-month timelines and competing priorities.
• Demonstrated experience building cohesive teams
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
• Ability to assess organizational, team, and individual needs and to assist in identifying and recommending appropriate action plans to meet those needs.
• Ability to engage and motivate staff, volunteers, and board members.
• Works regularly with highly confidential information. Utmost discretion and integrity are required for the job.

How to Apply
To learn more and apply for this job, visit our website at:

All applicants must apply through the Dempsey Center website using our web application in order to be considered.

Lake Winnipesaukee Association
Director of Development
(posted 04/30/2020)

Manchester, NH

Job Description
The Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) is looking for an experienced, creative, and energetic Development Director to lead fundraising programs to support the critical work of the association in protecting the natural resources and water quality of Lake Winnipesaukee and its watershed.

As the leading nonprofit focused solely on protecting and improving the water quality of Lake Winnipesaukee, the LWA leads the effort to address the threats and contaminants that stress the lake’s natural ecosystem and degrade its water quality. Our strategies focus on conducting watershed and water quality analyses that identify sources of pollutants to the lake, informing and engaging the public and stakeholders on these threats and pollutants, and developing action plans that include specific remediation steps, expected efficacy, estimated costs and timelines.

We are seeking a Development Director to develop, manage, implement and oversee strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of current and prospective donors to the Lake Winnipesaukee Association.

Key Responsibilities
• Build and execute a diversified development program that emphasizes hands-on solicitation efforts, major gifts, grants, and ongoing fundraising campaigns.
• Strengthen and expand existing donor relationships and build new public and private donor relationships.
• Strengthen and expand our grant writing process and relationships.
• Promote the LWA to create a broad membership base.
• Track and report progress using specific metrics

Requirements—the ideal candidate will have:
• An engaging presence and consultative approach that generates enthusiasm and confidence
• A track record in securing annual funds of $200,000 and over.
• Experience in development, sales or public relations/communications preferably in the nonprofit sector.
• Successful grant writing experience.
• Demonstrated strong influencing, interpersonal, written and electronic communication skills.
• Experience and comfort with relevant software tools for relationship management, social media, and graphics
• A strong desire to work closely with volunteer Board to grow association’s awareness, educate constituents and further the cause.
• Ability to manage a wide variety of fundraising activities with only minimal supervision and support normally present in a start-up environment.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume describing their qualifications and interest in the position, as well as salary history, and three to five references to:

Last Day to Apply
This position will remain open until filled.

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
Director of Development and Communications
(posted 03/11/2020)

Salisbury, MD

Job Description
The Director of Development and Communications is a member of the management team and responsible for driving vital revenue streams which allow Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) to achieve its mission and maximize its impact in the community. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), this role will create and execute on all fundraising, communications and marketing strategies.


• Create and execute on a comprehensive annual development strategy designed to meet/exceed budgeted fundraising goals.
o Grow the base of donors and increase the level and frequency of giving.
o Identify mid-level donors with propensity for increased giving and work with the ED and Board of Directors (BOD) Development Committee to create donor-specific strategies for cultivation and stewardship.
o Identify and build relationships with new major gift prospects.
o Direct fundraising campaigns including but not limited to:
 Spay/Neuter Appeal (February)
 Fiscal Year End Appeal (Spring)
 Holiday Appeal (December)
 Annual Appeal (Year End)
o Provide comprehensive capital campaign support.
o Develop and maintain relationships with local businesses related to fundraising.
o Research grants, write and submit grant proposals for funding of specific projects.
o Analyze key growth metrics and provide monthly progress reports to ED and BOD.

• Optimize effectiveness of historical fundraising events (Strut for Strays, Fur Ball Gala, Kitten Shower, Whisker Wonderland, etc.) and make recommendations on new initiatives, as appropriate. Implement all aspects of major fundraising events including budgeting, agenda and activities, auction solicitation, volunteer management, vendor coordination and event follow up.

• Develop and implement a communication strategy to promote the mission and activities of MRFRS and support development goals.
o Maximize website, blog and social media presence.
o Create and manage organization’s internet fundraising program and online donor cultivation and stewardship.
o Design and production of annual Fact Sheet outlining MRFRS’ accomplishments.
o Craft official messages for public/press including crisis management.
o Oversee the design and production of newsletters.

o 5+ years of fundraising experience (specifically annual fund development) with a track record of meeting/exceeding fundraising goals
o Strong knowledge of organizational marketing and branding
o Bachelor’s degree in business management or a related field
o Must be a creative, self-starter who can marshal resources and drive for results
o Strong organization, problem-solving, management and interpersonal skills
o Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to present and speak publicly.
o Ability to operate as part of a team and work well under pressure in a fast-paced work environment.
o Candidate must have a love of people and pets and have no allergic condition that might be aggravated by exposure to animals.

Organization Description
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) is a nationally recognized, non-profit, volunteer driven organization with a mission to improve the lives of all cats and provide support and education for the people who care about them. Founded in 1992, MRFRS prides itself on the profound and measurable effect they have had on feline overpopulation, the care and management of cat colonies and the welfare of cats. Their innovative programs and committed staff have impacted the lives of more than 128,000 cats. For more information about the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, please visit

How to Apply
Email a one-page cover letter and resume to In the subject line, please mention: MRFRS DODC Search Committee. Acknowledgment will be emailed upon receipt of your application materials.

Last Day to Apply
April 6, 2020

Castle in the Clouds
Director of Development
(posted 03/11/2020)

Moultonborough, NH

Job Description
Castle in the Clouds seeks a Director of Development to join our passionate, collaborative team. We are looking for a fundraising leader who can embrace our mission, engage meaningfully in our culture, and facilitate our continued growth for the future. The Castle seeks a trailblazer who can build on our success and move us to the next level so we can expand the programs we offer to our community.

The Director of Development will serve as a critical member of the Castle in the Clouds senior management team. Reporting to the Executive Director, he or she will be responsible for planning, organizing, directing and significantly expanding all CPS fundraising initiatives. Additionally, he or she will take a leadership role in deepening community engagement and outreach, as well as working closely with marketing staff members on the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing and communications plans to promote and enhance the Castle in the Clouds brand. As a member of the senior management team, the Director will routinely provide guidance and oversight to other members of the Castle team.

The ideal candidate will bring passionate energy, vision, and resourcefulness to this position and will be an organized self-starter dedicated to implementing the CPS mission. Familiarity and experience with community relations and fundraising techniques is required, especially as regards major gift fund raising and creating a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. The ability to prioritize and make decisions in a fast-paced environment is key.

The Director of Development will be responsible for helping assure that the CPS staff, board and volunteers receive the support they need to establish deep, meaningful relationships with the stakeholders who will create fundraising success. The ideal candidate will be a talented fundraising professional with a solid track record of building deep donor relationships, using a hands-on approach to cultivate and steward donors so they are inspired to give generously and consistently. The candidate must be able to carry a portfolio of donors of their own and facilitate corporate and foundation relationships. This crucial work is necessary to move the CPS forward to a sustainable future.

Excellent communication, decision making, and leadership skills are essential, particularly the ability and personality to motivate staff, board, and volunteers. Must have a working knowledge of nonprofit or museum management principles and practices, as well as experience developing and managing a budget. Proficiency with computer software related to the position, in particular experience with Microsoft Office products and donor management databases is also necessary.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker, able to see the big picture, while simultaneously assuring operational effectiveness to create success.

A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a minimum of five years’ experience in fundraising with a track record of success, or equivalent, is required.

To see full listing of essential job duties please see the position posting on our website:

Other Information
Salary range $70,000-$75,000, DOE, plus benefits package.

Benefits package includes:
Medical Insurance – 60% of premium covered by employer, including family members if applicable
401-K plan with 4% employer match
Accrued time off for personal or vacation use
9 paid holidays
30% discount on purchases in the Carriage House Restaurant, Castle Gift Shop, and Café in the Clouds
An annual membership to the Castle
Affiliate membership in the New England Museum Association

Organization Description
Castle in the Clouds is one of New Hampshire’s most visited historical and natural attractions. Our mission is to interpret and share the buildings and landscape of the Castle in the Clouds as a cultural resource for the benefit of the public. A dedicated board, engaged volunteers and committed donors help us restore, preserve, and share this beautiful New Hampshire icon for generations to come.

Since 2006, Castle Preservation Society (CPS) has been responsible for restoring and preserving Lucknow, built in 1914 as the retirement estate of shoe manufacturer Thomas G. Plant. Rechristened Castle in the Clouds and opened to the public in 1959, the estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018. Today visitors can tour the historic Lucknow mansion, dine in our Carriage House Restaurant, feed the trout in Shannon Pond, grab a sandwich or an ice cream at Cones in the Clouds, and hike or enjoy a trail ride on over 35 miles of trails maintained by our partners, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.
Castle in the Clouds’ focus over the coming three-five years is to build off of the momentum we have created and further expand our fundraising, as well as increase awareness of the Castle as a vital educational, cultural and natural resource in our region.

How to Apply
To Apply please forward resume, cover letter and three professional references to our search consultant:

Catherine Crooker
Crooker Consulting

Last Day to Apply
Review of application will begin March 24. Position open until filled.

Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Development Assistant
(posted 03/03/2020)

White River Junction, VT

Job Description
The Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) advances wildlife conservation across the Americas using the combined strength of scientific research, long-term monitoring, and citizen engagement. Based in Vermont, our focus on northeastern North America’s wildlife, including migratory birds, leads us to work across the western hemisphere to unite people and science for conservation.

VCE is comprised of a core group of conservation scientists, a small team of fundraising, communications, and accounting staff, a dynamic group of young biologists, interns, AmeriCorps members, and regular volunteers. A network of over a thousand active “citizen scientists” contributes significantly to our research and monitoring efforts.

We have a robust and growing fundraising program that generates approximately 75% of our operating funds (complementing grants and contracts from state and federal agencies). Our development team includes the Executive Director, Associate Director, Director of Communications, and Development Coordinator. Our work connects donors with the science behind conservation, educates and inspires them, and provides opportunities for them to see the work that their gifts make possible.

We are seeking a Development Assistant to support our efforts in fundraising and communications. This is a part-time position (16-20 hrs/week), based at our office in White River Junction, VT. Primary responsibilities include database management, event coordination, assisting with gift entry and acknowledgement, and fundraising appeals, donor communications, and mailings.

1. Work daily in Little Green Light (LGL), our contact management system database. Perform routine error-checks, data entry, list downloads, and event management. Proactively populate or update database fields. Create custom reports and donor lists as needed.
2. Help to organize special events, such as retreats, donor field trips, presentations, and meetings. Support staff conducting programs or donor visits by assisting with displays, information packets, and post-visit follow up mailings. Assist the Director of Communications with constituent communications through Constant Contact, and regularly reconcile LGL and Constant Contact lists.
3. Provide general support to other development and communications staff. Maintain progress on regular tasks and receive other assignments on a weekly basis. Adjust workflow to accommodate various needs throughout the year.
4. Provide general office support, including handling emails on the email address and loon project voicemail in the off-season, ordering office supplies, work as a team to print and mail appeals, and other miscellaneous duties as requested/required.

1. Steadfast attention to detail and commitment to accuracy and overall excellence
2. Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and manipulate LGL, including data entry, retrieval, and reports, and other electronic platforms (Constant Contact, MS Office suite, Adobe Lightroom, etc.), with an emphasis on Excel spreadsheets
3. Unwavering commitment to confidentiality and professionalism
4. Enthusiasm for our mission and investment in the success of our organization
5. Friendly, prompt, thorough, and clear communication skills (both oral and written)
6. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
7. Ability to manage multiple assignments and projects at once and to meet deadlines
8. Willingness to jump in and embrace new tasks with enthusiasm and competence
9. Experience organizing/managing events desirable but not required
10. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional and work experience. Minimum two years’ experience in development

Other Information
Supervisor: Development Coordinator

Location and Hours: Schedule is somewhat flexible within typical office hours, and may be negotiated with supervisor’s approval. Work will be conducted at the VCE office, located at 20 Palmer Court, White River Junction, VT.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Organization Description

How to Apply
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to

Last Day to Apply
March 25, 2020