Community Development Officer- Leadership and Marine Economy

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The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Community Development Officer (CDO) to serve on the Community Leadership and Marine Economy Teams. We are searching for a candidate who has experience managing projects that facilitate change at the community level, as well as expertise in the area of leadership development. The CDO serves as the project lead of the Community Leadership Team, which includes project management, work planning, and budget management of the team. On the Marine Economy team, the CDO will bring leadership expertise to aid in the SEAMaine Marine Economy roadmap, as well as other projects looking at the future of the Marine Economy.

Candidates for the Community Development Officer position will demonstrate strong project management and community engagement skills as well as the ability to create links between external stakeholders and individual and community needs.

Successful candidates will also be team-minded and self-aware, able to give and accept constructive and consistent feedback, and committed to the Institute’s organizational values. Most importantly, applicants must be able to carefully allocate their time and organizational resources while working across multiple projects.


·      An undergraduate degree; advanced degree preferred

·      At least five years’ experience working directly or indirectly with public, nonprofit, and private-sector enterprises, with proven success in the areas of project management and community engagement

·      Experience working on leadership development initiatives

·      Experience with facilitation

·      The ability to deploy educational tools, both instructing and collaborating with community members

·      Exceptional written communication skills; able to effectively convey the organization’s mission, priorities, and programs to diverse audiences in a variety of formats

·      Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; able to speak about the organization’s work in an articulate, professional, and compelling manner (one-on-one and with groups)

·      The ability to understand island and rural communities and how change happens locally

  • The ability to listen in communities and in partnerships to inform, develop, and implement responsive programming
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail in planning and overseeing project work
  • Experience in running effective meetings that meet clearly identified objectives
  • The ability to give and receive constructive and helpful feedback with staff colleagues and community partners
  • Professional interests that align strongly with the goals of the Island Institute
  • Interest in shaping experiences for community members that inspire them to act and solve problems
  • Proven ability to sustain project work in and with communities, and motivate colleagues in team work
  • Deep knowledge of project budget planning and management
  • Comfort with technology, including IT systems, specifically Office 365 applications

·      The ability and willingness to travel and work some nights and weekends.


Essential Functions:

·      Serve as a member of the Community Leadership and Marine Economy teams and complete the tasks assigned by and within teams in a timely and professional manner

·      Serve as the Project Lead of the Community Leadership team, managing budgets, grants, and project deliverables for the team and coordinating with the Strategic Lead to align the workplan and budget with the overall program strategy

·      Provide internal and external support around project management and community engagement

·      Engage with community leaders and build relationships to work as a trusted, dependable partner 

·      Seek and participate in professional development opportunities to build cross-sector and essential skills

·      Promote the Institute’s work by representing the organization before external audiences as requested

·      Other duties as assigned

The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Community Development Officer (CDO) to serve on the Community Leadership and Marine Economy Teams. We are searching for a candidate who has experience…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    May 10, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$45,000 - $55,000


Full benefits package

Full benefits package


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Rockland, ME
Associated Location
386 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841, USA

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