Careers

At the Island Institute, we work alongside Maine’s island and coastal leaders to catalyze community sustainability. Our commitment to the islands of Maine includes sharing what works among these diverse locations, so that other island and coastal communities can meet the unique challenges they face.

This work wouldn't be possible without a talented staff that brings a wide range of experience, skills, and passion to everything we do. If you are interested in working with us, please continue to check this site or the Maine Association of Nonprofits Job Board—we post open positions as they become available across all of our project areas. Please refer to each job description for application guidelines, and contact Karen Burns, Chief Talent Officer, at kburns@islandinstitute.org, with any additional questions.

Current open positions

Senior Community Development Officer – Business

Strengthening Community Economies

The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Senior Community Development Officer – Business to design project work across a portion of our Strengthening Community Economies strategic priority area. These teams include Aquaculture, Small Business Support, and Lobster Strategy. The Senior Community Development Officer will also participate in the development of a newly formed community impact fund.

We are seeking a mission-driven leader who will deploy significant skill in business development to maximize the Institute’s contribution as a dynamic, world-class community development organization. Successful candidates will bring leadership and vision to the Strengthening Community Economies strategic priority area by designing projects that are highly impactful to the Institute’s constituents and by working collaboratively with staff, funders, and external partners to create change that will shape the future of the coast of Maine.

Full job description and application details available here:
Senior Community Development Officer – Business 

Senior Community Development Officer –
Community Infrastructure

Strengthening Community Economies

The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Senior Community Development Officer – Community Infrastructure to design project work across a portion of its Strengthening Community Economies strategic priority area. The teams focused on this work include Broadband, Energy, and Sea Level Rise. The Senior Community Development Officer will also participate in the development of a newly formed community impact fund.

We are seeking a mission-driven leader who will deploy significant skill in building community infrastructure to maximize the Institute’s contribution as a dynamic, world-class community development organization. Successful candidates will bring leadership and vision to the Strengthening Community Economies strategic priority area by designing projects that are highly impactful to the Institute’s constituents and by working collaboratively with staff, funders, and external partners to create change that will shape the future of the coast of Maine.

Full job description and application details available here:
Senior Community Development Officer – Community Infrastructure

Campaign Manager/Major Gifts Officer

The Island Institute seeks a passionate, mission-driven, strategic leader as its next Campaign Manager/Major Gifts Officer.

This role will report directly to the President and work as a collaborative member of the Funder Relations team, developing campaign strategies to execute a multi-year fundraising plan. The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of the Maine coast and a proven track record in securing major gifts.

The Campaign Manager/Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for developing and executing targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a range of prospects; managing the writing and development of campaign print and electronic collateral materials in collaboration with the Funder Relations team; overseeing campaign communications; advising on cultivation and recognition events; scheduling and supporting campaign leadership meetings; and managing a portfolio of approximately 50 individual major gift prospects. 

The ideal candidate will have five to eight years of professional experience in fundraising with a proven track record of success, as well as specific experience developing and managing the implementation of campaign strategy, volunteer engagement, individual giving and/or major gifts, organizing data to measure progress toward benchmarks, and advising on campaign event strategy.

We have retained Robert Half Executive Search as our partner in this search. If you are interested in applying for the Campaign Manager/Major Gifts Officer position, please send your resume to Erica O’Shaughnessy at erica.oshaughnessy@roberthalfes.com.


Internships

There are no internship openings at this time.