Penobscot Marine Museum seeks Director of Development

29 May 2014 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, ME seeks an experienced professional to lead our fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy, and guide staff and trustee participation in various campaigns. This position has primary responsibility for the annual appeal and donor stewardship to build our donor base and strengthen our major gifts pipeline; grants management and foundation relations, especially grant research and support to program staff in writing successful grant applications; and support for our trustee fundraising efforts. The Director of Development will work closely with our External Relations Director to coordinate membership and corporate sponsorship campaigns with our fundraising efforts, and will be a key member of the team to plan and manage our biennial gala auction.

A strong candidate will have prior work experience in a mid-size nonprofit organization, a track record of meeting fundraising targets, and demonstrated ability to guide other staff, trustees, or volunteers in successful fundraising campaigns. She/he will have broad functional knowledge of fundraising principles and practices and the ability to plan and manage annual and long-term fundraising programs. Familiarity with coastal Maine and the Maine philanthropic community is preferred. Experience with GiftWorks and auction software would be a plus. Facility with Microsoft Office and use of the internet is essential.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s staff works together in a team model rather than a strict hierarchy, with a high level of individual accountability. The Director of Development will combine the characteristics of a committed team player, a confident self-starter, and a leader-from-within.
The position is 30 hrs/wk, salaried exempt with benefits. A flexible work schedule will include some evening and weekend attendance at meetings and events. Reliable transportation and willingness to travel primarily in the coastal Maine area are necessary.
The mission of Penobscot Marine Museum is to preserve, interpret and celebrate the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education, and community engagement. Our campus has more than a dozen buildings, most dating from the first half of the 19th century, to authentically recreate the look and feel of a seaport village from the Great Age of Sail. Our collections include small craft, marine art, historic photographs, ship models, and domestic furnishings of our historic homes. We encourage applicants to review our website at and our Guidestar entry to familiarize themselves with the museum’s activities.

To apply, send a resume and letter of interest as attachments in an email to, or mail to Catherine Moore, Penobscot Marine Museum, PO Box 498, Searsport, ME 04974. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.
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