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

Chief Development Officer

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

The Chief 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 Chief 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 Chief Development Officer position, please contact Erica O’Shaughnessy at

Available Internships

Our 2019 Summer Internship Program is full, and there are no internships available at this time. Thank you for your interest.