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, with any additional questions.

Current open positions

Major Gifts Officer
Mount Desert Island/Downeast Region

The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for the role of Major Gifts Officer for the Mount Desert Island (MDI)/Downeast region. The successful applicant will be passionate about the mission of the Island Institute and eager to contribute to the organization by growing philanthropic revenue from individual donors.

The Major Gifts Officer—MDI/Downeast will work as an integral member of the Development team, meeting both individual and team fundraising goals. Key responsibilities will include the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of individual donors towards the attainment of the organization’s annual and long-range fundraising goals. This position will be focused on the MDI region, but will work with other prospective donors in other regions, as assigned. In addition, the Major Gifts Officer will play a critical role in organizing and extending the volunteer fundraising activities of those who are committed to the organization in their region.

For more information, including application details, view the full job description here:

Major Gifts Officer—MDI/Downeast

Community Development Officer
Education and Broadband

The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for the new, full-time position of Community Development Officer to serve on the Education and Broadband teams. On the Education team, the Community Development Officer will primarily provide support for student and adult college and career readiness programs. On the Broadband Team, this role will work to refine our digital inclusion work, which includes providing support to adult learners, and with the team working with local communities to increase connectivity to 21st century, high-speed internet service.

For more information, including application details, view the full job description here:

Community Development Officer—Education and Broadband

Chief Operating Officer

The Island Institute seeks experienced, visionary, and creative candidates for the position of Chief Operating Officer. The person in this position will build the Institute’s capacity to sustain effective processes over the long term and will bring the skills, guidance, and mentoring needed to implement a flexible, team-based operating model. Successful candidates will bring significant operations experience and wisdom to the organization, based on a career working in operations with similarly sized or larger organizations.

The Chief Operating Officer will be a “hands-on” business leader who will make recommendations to enhance the current processes, procedures, systems, and business disciplines necessary to allow staff to focus on their impact and achieve excellence in their work.

The ideal candidate is a collaborative, energetic leader capable of driving efficiencies and providing management guidance, direction, and support to employees at all levels of the organization. He or she will be flexible in their management approach, proactive in their interaction with others, and will partner with leaders throughout the organization to ensure that they have highly functioning, cross-organizational systems that can help them meet or exceed their impact targets.

The Chief Operating Officer position reports to the president of the Island Institute and is based in Rockland, Maine.

We have retained Robert Half Executive Search as our partner in this search.
For the full job description or more information on how to apply for the Chief Operating Officer position, please contact Erica O’Shaughnessy at

Senior Development Officer

The Island Institute seeks a passionate, mission-driven, strategic leader for the full-time position of Senior Development Officer

The Senior Development Officer will lead and coordinate a team of development officers and major gift officers, consultants, and volunteers to implement our comprehensive fundraising efforts at Island Institute. This role will also work closely with teams throughout the organization to develop and implement both short- and long-term strategies for philanthropic revenue growth. Successful candidates will be able to work cross-functionally to build-out the development infrastructure to meet the needs of the organization’s overall strategic initiatives.

The Senior Development Officer will report to the president, serve on the management committee of the organization, work closely with the Institute’s board of trustees, and serve as staff support for the board’s development committee. Responsibilities will include designing and executing the Island Institute’s fundraising plan; leading the development, execution and reporting of fundraising campaigns; managing the Development team, ensuring that staff have the resources and support needed to meet development targets; and managing key staff in cultivating and stewarding individual, foundation, corporate and other donors. 

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree (master's degree preferred) with 10+ years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization and demonstrated success in a lead development function; expertise managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources; tangible experience in expanding and cultivating existing donor relationships over time; demonstrated success leading a team of development professionals; and experience working with a board of trustees.

We have retained Robert Half Executive Search as our partner in this search.
For the full job description or more information on how to apply for the Senior Development Officer position, please contact Erica O’Shaughnessy at


There are no internship openings at this time.