We're growing!

We’re growing and hiring for new positions to build our teams and further strengthen our focus on climate action, the coastal economy, and investments in community infrastructure and leadership. We are committed to helping our islands and coast meet the challenges ahead and working with these communities to build resilience along the Maine coast.

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 see our open positions below and continue to check this site or the Maine Association of Nonprofits Job Board for new opportunities as they become available.

Please refer to each job description for application guidelines, and contact Karen Burns, Chief Talent Officer, at kburns@islandinstitute.org, with any additional questions.




Island institute president

The Island Institute, a dynamic community development nonprofit based in Rockland, Maine, seeks an experienced, visionary, and engaging leader to serve as its president.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the president is the chief executive officer of the Island Institute and responsible for setting its direction, stewarding and growing its resource base, and leading its talented senior team and staff. With a new organizational infrastructure and focus on impact and outcomes assessment in place, the president will be charged with implementing a strategic plan to reach the Island Institute’s fullest potential as a world-class community development organization and a leader among organizations that serve coastal and island communities. The president is the face of the Institute and will engage in significant external work across a wide array of stakeholder groups. They must be both comfortable and compelling in telling the story of the Island Institute to donors, civic leaders and policy makers, waterfront workers, partner organizations, and community leaders in Maine’s coastal and island communities.

The Island Institute has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important recruitment.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications, with resumes and cover letters, may be submitted here.


Senior Community Impact Fund Officer

We are searching for a strategic and creative finance professional, with a depth of experience in impact investment, to help bring a series of key business and infrastructure investments to fruition and enhance the economic resilience of the coast of Maine.

Reporting to the COO, the Senior Community Impact Fund Officer will work to maximize the deployment of the Tom Glenn Fund Community Impact Fund, a community development catalyst fund that seeks to build a more diverse coastal economy through targeted grantmaking, loans, and equity investments. Working with staff and community leaders, this role will focus on financial modeling, identifying other traditional and/or creative funding opportunities to leverage, and risk assessment for a pipeline of projects and potential investors.

There is no application deadline, but preference will be given to candidates whose materials are received by April 30, 2021.

Learn more and apply here.


Community Development Officer – Community Leadership and Marine Economy

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.

There is no deadline, but preference will be given to candidates whose materials are received by May 10, 2021.

Learn more and apply here.



Database Cleansing Summer Internship

The Island Institute’s Salesforce team is currently working to identify and correct errors, redundancies, and outdated content on Salesforce, the most widely used customer relationship management (CRM) platform in the world, providing customer relationship management service as well as a complementary suite of enterprise applications focused on customer service, marketing automation, analytics, and application development. For a student interested in database management and integrity, this internship will provide significant opportunities to gain valuable experience and hone career development skills, including the opportunity to take the Salesforce Trailhead course. Specific projects will include, but are not limited to:

  • Working alongside a development officer and a database administrator to identify errors, duplicates, omissions, and other issues of data incompleteness in the newly developed customer relations management database
  • Gathering information from Island Institute staff and community members through emails and phone calls to improve and correct database content

Learn more about this internship and apply here.


Marketing Summer Internship

The Island Institute’s Marketing team is working on several new website projects and is looking for an intern to help support and build out these assets to include stories, data points, and connectivity to other program work after the project’s launch. The intern will also help create content for use in social media, emails, and other communications to expand our general audience and drive web traffic to these new pages and resources. Strong writing skills and experience in website management tools a plus.

Learn more about this internship and apply here.

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