Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Details: competitive



Start Date:


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United States


As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine’s only advocacy organization addressing the full range of issues affecting women and its education partner, the Maine Women’s Policy Center, seek a Director of Development.

Maine Women’s Lobby (a 501 C 4 nonprofit)

The Maine Women’s Lobby was founded in 1978 to advocate on behalf of Maine women and girls. For 40 years, the MWL has maintained a presence in the halls of the state capitol, speaking on freedom from violence, freedom from discrimination, access to the full range of health care, and the overarching issue, economic security. The MWL keeps Maine women informed about issues that affect their lives at both the state and federal level, and reports the voting records of state lawmakers.

Maine Women’s Policy Center (a 501 C 3 charitable nonprofit)

The Maine Women’s Policy Center was founded in 1990 to improve the social, political and economic well-being, and the empowerment of Maine women and girls. MWPC works for systemic change by organizing, training, and supporting women and girls to effectively participate in the policy-making process.

Position Summary

The Director of Development will advance the missions of these sister organizations through the strategic engagement of prospective donors, foundations, and sponsors, and manage the effective stewardship of its current donors, funders and sponsors.

This position requires a strong understanding of nonprofit fundraising protocols, strategies, and metrics. The Director of Development will be responsible for raising private funding, with a particular focus on the creation of an individual major giving and stewardship program. The ideal candidate will be a thoughtful, creative and relationship-focused fundraiser who has a proven track record of success in planning, initiating and sustaining successful fundraising strategies. The Director of Development will collaborate closely with the Executive Director, other staff, a passionate Board of Directors, and members of the statewide advocacy and policy community. Occasional weekend or evening work is required, related to volunteer committee support and special events.

Primary Responsibilities:

·        Develop and implement an overall development strategy and multi-year plans to secure funding to support the MWL and MWPC mission and programming;

·        Oversee all fundraising activities and communications, including major giving, planned giving, annual giving, events, business sponsorship and community engagement;

·        Develop and execute an individual major giving program, capitalizing on the MWL and MWPC’s existing relationships and building new ones;

·        Work closely with the Executive Director to identify, engage, cultivate and solicit individuals with the capacity to more than $1,000;

·        Execute research to support major gift outreach and solicitations, as well as corporate and foundation approaches;

·        Prepare foundation proposals in consultation with the Executive Director;

·        Develop and execute a planned giving program;

·        Develop and execute the annual giving campaign, including annual appeals, email and social media campaigns;

·        Manage all aspects of the donor database including constituent records, metrics-based analysis, queries and reports;

·        Oversee special events and/or campaign development plans, primarily through:

o   Executing and maintaining sponsorship solicitation, donor outreach, event invoices, payments, and follow-up;

o   Coordinating Web-based event and guest participation management, and ticket sales;

o   Organizing and supporting recruitment and coordination of volunteers;

·        Oversee processing donations, bank deposits, and donor acknowledgments; and

·        Work closely with the Board and coordinate the activities of the Development Committee.


Position Requirements:

·        A desire to be a part of an advocacy community working to support women and girls in Maine;

·        Passion for the mission of the MWL & MWPC - and the ability to serve as an ambassador for the organizations;

·        A minimum of five-years of experience and a proven track record of creating and cultivating a base of donors for a non-profit organization. Experience soliciting gifts of $5,000+ from both individuals and foundations;

·        Demonstrated ability to foster solid relationships with board members, volunteers, and community members;

·        Knowledge of fundraising best practices and moves management systems, including a deep understanding of fundraising software tools;

·        Proven ability to conceptualize and frame funding needs in a way that is compelling to prospects and donors;

·        Aptitude for metrics and the use of data to inform decisions and goal-setting.


·        Bachelor’s degree, and a minimum of five years’ experience in an administrative position related to fundraising;

·        Strong abilities in conducting excellent donor relations/customer service. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, and manage multiple priorities. Expert attention to detail;

·        Skill in working with committees and project groups including staff members, board members, and community volunteers;

·        Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;

·        Proficiency using web content management systems, e-mail marketing systems, and social media platforms (primarily Facebook, Twitter, Instagram);

·        Ability to quickly become proficient in fundraising management systems, or experience using similar nonprofit donor management and payment processing systems;

·        Ability using Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience using Adobe InDesign or other design software preferred.



Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and three references to Eliza Townsend at by March 26th.