Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Maine Community Foundation seeks Program Officer

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Maine Community Foundation seeks a program officer to facilitate grantmaking, donor services, and outreach activities in the assigned counties/regions and coordinate other assigned grant programs. Person will staff competitive grant programs and support selected donors. Person will report to Director of Gantmaking. This position requires strong meeting facilitation skills and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of people and organizations. It also requires the ability to learn quickly and continuously about a range of topics. The ideal candidate has experience managing projects and a team-oriented work style. We’re also looking for candidates with a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and an understanding of the strengths and challenges of under-resourced communities. The person in this position will work remotely and in one of MaineCF’s offices (Ellsworth or Portland), when it can be done safely, and must live in Maine. Statewide travel is central to the work, particularly in the MidCoast region. Salary range of $60,000-$62,000, with competitive benefits. Review our website for more information about MaineCF

Essential duties and responsibilities

Grantmaking services (65%)

  • Build and maintain relationships with nonprofit organizations and provide technical assistance to grant seekers
  • Conduct outreach activities, as needed, to increase visibility of grant programs to nonprofits
  • Stay current and research local and regional issues
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteer advisors for grantmaking committees
  • Review grant proposals and ensure grantmaking committees’ reviews and decisions follow MaineCF practices, policies, and values
  • Continual learning and understanding of racial equity and the strengths and challenges of under-resourced communities

Donor services (25%)    Implement advancement and outreach activities including

  • Share knowledge of local and regional issues
  • Assist committee members to build charitable resources for the region and/or focus area
  • Build relationships with current and prospective donors, as time allows
  • Share information about organizational priorities and activities that align with donors’ interests
  • Match proposals from competitive grant programs with donors’ interests
  • Develop and implement donor service plans

Other duties and responsibilities (10%)

  • Perform other duties as assigned and assist with special projects and assignments

General expectations

  1. Be committed to the mission of Maine Community Foundation
  2. Be committed to serving donors, nonprofit organizations, and grantmaking volunteers
  3. Maintain open and effective communication with all departments within the Foundation and work as a member of the team in the performance of duties
  4. Understand and work within Foundation policies and procedures
  5. Be reliable and trustworthy
  6. Be well organized
  7. Be punctual and use time efficiently
  8. Perform duties in a conscientious and cooperative manner
  9. Perform work in a timely fashion with minimal errors
  10. Maintain confidentiality for all information concerning MaineCF business, its employees, and its donors, as well as other appropriate information

Qualifications needed for position

The following are required for this position:

  1. Demonstrated ability and experience in building relationships across different social groups
  2. Excellent communication skills
  3. Knowledge of nonprofit organizations or other community-based organizations
  4. Project management skills and experience, including creating goals and processes and ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines
  5. Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding of racial equity and the strengths and challenges of under-resourced communities
  6. Strong meeting facilitation skills
  7. Experience managing volunteers or other groups
  8. Knowledge of Maine communities and skills and/or experiences developing expertise in new areas of interest
  9. Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  10. Willingness and ability to travel statewide
  11. Willingness and ability to attend meetings and events outside regular work hours as needed
  12. Skills or experience working in a professional office setting, such as answering phones, scheduling meetings, and using email, Excel, and Microsoft Word

How to apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume that explains how your skills and experience fit this job. Deadline for applications is October 1, 2021.

Forward resume and cover letter by October 1, 2021, to Jana Robinson at

MaineCF is an equal opportunity employer.

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