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Development Manager

Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Maine, United States
$40,000.00 - $50,000.00
Closing date
Sep 30, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Membership, Planned Giving, Prospect Research, Special Events, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Program Administration and Management
Arts, Community Development, Museum
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is seeking a motivated Development Manager to coordinate the organization’s fundraising efforts in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees. Primary responsibilities include: donor communications; contribute to donor database(s); assist in coordinating donor engagement events with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee; draft grant applications and final reports.


This is a terrific opportunity to join a dedicated and passionate team presenting the highest quality contemporary art and arts education in a state-of-the-art facility in one of the most beautiful regions of the country.


The Development Manager will work closely with the Executive Director, who is chief spokesperson for CMCA. The position offers the potential for further growth, professional development and advancement.


About CMCA

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 arts institution.


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.


Overview of Qualifications and Responsibilities

The position reports to and works closely with the Executive Director and serves as a staff liaison to the board’s Development Committee. The position works collaboratively with CMCA’s Development and Membership Associate, and also interfaces with all CMCA staff.


  • Work collaboratively to manage annual fundraising initiatives that are integrated into key annual events.
  • Contribute to and expand donor database, tracking relationships, activities and touchpoints for major donors and prospects.
  • Create and maintain reports for development events and activities.
  • Facilitate communication among development team members and between development and other museum departments.
  • Conduct grant writing and research for statewide and national grant opportunities, as assigned.
  • Assist and support the Executive Director in scheduling and coordinating meetings with major donors and other supporters.
  • Collaborate with CMCA’s Membership & Development Associate to manage annual membership campaigns to ensure growth.
  • Work with the Executive Director and the board’s Development Committee in the development and implementation of strategies and planning for fundraising and donor acknowledgement initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and staff to ensure effective marketing efforts for fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Serve as an active and collaborative member of the CMCA’s team.



Minimum of Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 or more years of relevant experience. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communications. Ability to work with a broad range of regional and national supporters. Proficiency with G Suite, Adobe, and Sales Force is preferred; however, training will be provided to those who are new to Sales Force.


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 18th century 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 fishing.


Compensation & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. CMCA provides a competitive health care plan through the state of Maine. This is a full-time exempt position. Some nights and weekends are required.

Diversity & Inclusion

CMCA is an EA/EO employers and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workspace. We strongly encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply. CMCA does not discriminate against any candidate or employee based on race, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or veteran status.


How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Timothy Peterson, Executive Director, at Applications are accepted through October 15, 2022. The position is open until filled.

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