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New Ventures Maine seeks Communications and Development Manager

Monday, March 22, 2021

UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.  

UMA is the third largest public university in Maine.  In addition to its main campus in the state’s capital, UMA also serves students at its campus in Bangor (UMA Bangor) and through UMA Centers around the state. With its multiple locations and long-term expertise in online and distance learning, UMA is generally considered the university of choice for Mainers of all ages who want to attend college without uprooting their lives.

New Ventures Maine (NVME) has an immediate opening for the full-time position of Communications and Development Manager. This position will coordinate multi-faceted external and internal communications and marketing, fund development, and alumni engagement and leadership development functions for a statewide organization. The position is based at NVME’s administrative office in UMA’s Handley Hall in Augusta and works with other Regions throughout the state. This position reports to the Executive Director, serves as a member of both the Administrative and Management teams, and work closely with other staff, Advisory Council members, program graduates, partners, and other key stakeholders.

New Ventures Maine is a statewide outreach and education program of the University of Maine at Augusta/University of Maine System. Our mission is to help Maine people succeed in the changing economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families. We achieve our mission by providing training and individual advising, both online and on-site, in planning careers, starting businesses, managing money and building assets, and developing leaders. For more information, visit our website at

The complete job description can be accessed here.

Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, evenings and weekends as necessary.

Salary:  A typical salary for this position is in the mid 40s, commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers an excellent fringe benefits plan. This is a soft money-funded position; continuation of the position is contingent upon University needs and funding external to the University.


Required Qualifications:

  •     Bachelor’s Degree (Business Administration, Communications, Organizational Development) or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  •     At least three years of experience and knowledge of marketing and communications, fund development, community and alumni engagement, and leadership development.
  •     Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences both orally and in writing.
  •     Highly organized and able to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced dynamic environment with flexibility and a sense of humor.
  •     Ability to effectively research, plan, organize, coordinate, and manage multiple projects with varied deadlines.
  •     Computer Information/Technology proficiency and ability to apply it to communications management, graphic design, and distance learning.
  •     Commitment to the mission of New Ventures Maine.

Preferred Qualifications:

    Master’s Degree in a related field (Business Administration, Communications, Organizational Development/Management) or equivalent experience.
    At least five years of experience with marketing and communications, fund development, community and alumni engagement, and leadership development, preferably in a higher education or nonprofit setting.
    Advance technology proficiency, with demonstrated experience working effectively with marketing and communications, advancement, and distance learning staff, systems, and vendors.
    Understanding of and commitment to inclusive education and policy development that contributes to economic security and addresses equity issues, including gender, race, and culture among other diversity, equity, and inclusion areas.

How to apply

Applicants must complete an online application and submit a cover letter and resume at Materials must be submitted via "Apply for Position." You will need to create an applicant profile, complete an application, upload a cover letter which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications, a resume/curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.  

Review of applications will begin April 12. Materials received after April 11, 2021 will be considered at the discretion of the university. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support. 


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