The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is seeking a highly
motivated and skilled Director of Development to lead the
organization’s fundraising effort in partnership with the Executive
Director and Board of Trustees. Primary responsibilities include
soliciting and cultivating philanthropic support for CMCA. This is
a terrific opportunity to join a dedicated and passionate team
presenting the highest quality contemporary art in a
state-of-the-art facility in one of the most beautiful regions of
Specifically, the position will spearhead key donor relations,
communications and solicitation; secure sponsorships for annual
exhibitions, educational offerings, and events; manage donor
database(s); strategize annual donor and membership campaigns; and
research and submit grant applications among other funding
opportunities. The Director of Development will be the managing
partner working closely with the Executive Director, who is chief
spokesperson for CMCA.
Overview of Qualifications and
The position reports to and works closely with the Executive
Director and serves as a staff liaison to board committees,
including Development, Marketing and Events. The position works
collaboratively with CMCA’s Development and Membership Associate,
and also interfaces with all CMCA staff. The position requires
close collaboration with the Executive Director.
- Provide strategic operational planning and leadership for all
Museum development activities.
- Serve as an active and collaborative member of the CMCA’s
- Facilitate communication among development team members and
between development and other Museum departments.
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, be an effective
partner with the CMCA’s Board of Trustees keeping them informed
with regular reports, analysis and projections regarding
- Be a passionate, visible and informed advocate for CMCA and
serve as one of its key spokespersons, actively seeking
opportunities to engage with the broader community and to
participate in events that position CMCA for improved fundraising
Fundraising and Stewardship
- In partnership with the Executive Director, identify, cultivate
and successfully solicit major gifts from a diverse group of
individuals, foundations and businesses.
- Strategize and execute annual fundraising plans to ensure
sustainable support, including developing communication and
- Manage a targeted portfolio of top donors and prospects; assist
and support the Director with his meetings and communications with
top donors and prospects.
- Collaborate with CMCA’s Membership & Development Assistant
to strategize and develop annual membership campaigns to ensure
- Develop and implement strategies that attract, welcome and
engage diverse donors, growing CMCA’s public reach.
- Work collaboratively to develop annual fundraising initiatives
that are integrated into key annual events.
Planning and Management
- Align development activities by creating a comprehensive,
written annual development plan and calendar with clearly defined
goals, objectives, timelines and responsibilities.
- Oversee and evaluate all processes and procedures related to
prospect identification, donor engagement and stewardship
activities, and contributions management.
- Work collaboratively with CMCA’s Membership & Development
Assistant and Communications Manager to ensure effective marketing
Compensation & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. CMCA provides a
competitive health care plan through the state of Maine.
Diversity & Inclusion
CMCA is an EA/EO employer and actively encourages candidates
with diverse backgrounds to apply. It does not discriminate against
any candidate or employee based on race, national origin, gender,
marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Tim
Peterson, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted through March 15, 2022. The position is
open until filled.
Minimum of Bachelor’s degree with at least 3-5 years of
professional development experience. Excellent oral, written and
interpersonal communications. Ability to work with a broad range of
regional and national supporters. Proficiency with Sales Force is
preferred; however, training will be provided to those who are new
to Sales Force.
Founded in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is
located in downtown Rockland’s vibrant arts district in a
12,000-sq. ft. building designed by architect Toshiko Mori. It is
the state’s longest running and leading non-profit contemporary
The mission of CMCA is to advance contemporary art in Maine
through direct engagement with artists and the public, creating
exceptional exhibitions and education programs that communicate the
transformative power of the art of our time. CMCA fulfills its
mission by supporting and exhibiting the work of Maine and
Maine-connected artists; by providing engaging learning
opportunities that open new possibilities for artists and the
public; and by serving as an essential platform for making art an
accessible and vital part of our communities.
Rockland and the Region
Rockland is a seaside community of ca. 8,000 permanent residents
that attracts prominent summer residents from New York City, Boston
and beyond, and thousands of seasonal tourists. It is situated
along the spectacular Maine coast and is the commercial center of
the Mid-Coast region. Rockland has a rich history dating to the
early 18thcentury with shipbuilding, fishing, mining and quarrying.
In recent times tourism has become the dominant industry and the
region boasts a rich variety of cultural organizations, ranging
from the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand
Theatre, Maine Media, the Camden International Film Festival, among
others. Rockland and other nearby towns and villages offer
comparatively affordable costs of living and housing.
Rockland is located 1.5 hours north of Portland, ME and Boston
is 3 hours away. Four-season recreation includes virtually
unlimited hiking, and cross-country and downhill skiing at several
world-class locations. The coastal waters of Maine offer hundreds
of miles of spectacular seaside experiences, including boating and