The MDI Biological Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, is
a 125-year-old independent biomedical research institution
specializing in understanding the biology of aging and
regeneration. As an organization, we are passionate about the role
of basic research in improving human health and care deeply about
the wellbeing of our community of scientists, students, staff, and
The Office of Development and Communications seeks an energetic,
goal-oriented and creative self-starter, with talent for building
strong and productive relationships with private foundations and
corporate partners. The Foundations & Corporations Officer
plays a vital role in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and
stewarding grants, gifts, sponsorships, and in-kind donations.
This is a full-time, exempt position with excellent benefits.
Interested applicants should review the complete position
description and required qualifications at mdibl.org/careers and
submit a cover letter and resume via the online portal.
As a key member of the Development and Communications Team, the
Foundations and Corporations Officer is responsible for cultivating
and soliciting support to implement and sustain the scientific and
educational programs of the MDI Biological Laboratory. The
candidate will research and identify sources of support,
proactively seek opportunities to generate new proposals and
maintain effective communication ties with foundation and donor
prospects. This position also collaborates with faculty, finance,
and senior leadership to build and develop a robust portfolio of
institutional funders and carefully integrated grant proposals.
The Foundations and Corporations Officer will work under the
supervision of the Director of Development.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Develop and implement a comprehensive foundation and
corporation fundraising program which will generate gifts from
private sector foundations, family foundations and
- Create and maintain an active pipeline of 100+ corporate and
foundation prospects through identification, qualification,
cultivation, and stewardship efforts, delivering on all aspects of
relationship management and funder engagement including timely and
accurate submissions, on-site visits, reporting and management of
proposals and grant reports.
- Develop letters of inquiry, presentation decks, proposals, and
gift agreements with special attention to managing the overall
quality, accuracy and timeliness of all written correspondence and
- Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with the
president, key faculty, and staff to foster their involvement in
the proposal creation and prospect identification process.
- Partner with colleagues across the institution to ensure all
reporting including stewardship reports are submitted to donors in
a timely manner.
- Utilize the department’s CRM system frequently to manage and
track all donors and prospect engagement and communications.
- Maintain familiarity with issues and trends in the fundraising
- Maintain confidential financial and personal information with
discretion and the highest ethical standards; and
- Support the Development and Communications department with
other fund-raising activities as needed.
- A Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent record of
professional achievement and qualifications with a demonstrated
track record of success.
- At least 3 years’ experience in professional fundraising, grant
writing or grants management positions or equivalent in business
development or external relations experience.
- Demonstrated success in the cultivation, solicitation and
stewardship of corporate sponsors and grant writing.
- Authentic passion for the MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission
and desire to foster practices incorporating diversity, equity,
inclusion and belonging.
- Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends as the
fundraising calendar requires.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills –written and
verbal – with internal and external audiences.
- Advanced written communications, analytical skills,
collaboration, and project management skills
- Proven ability to effectively articulate clear and compelling
- Strong organizational and time management skills; must meet
- Ability to understand and utilize fundraising databases,
software, and Internet search engines to identify funding
- Ability to manage confidential and proprietary information with
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office software package
- Ability to create and maintain good working relationships with
a variety of diverse internal and external team members.
- Strong commitment to teamwork
- Ability to travel locally and out of state as required.
- Ability to pass a criminal background and credit check
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
- A valid driver’s license a plus
This is a full-time, exempt position with excellent benefits,
including health, dental and life insurance, and a generous
retirement matching plan. Hours may be variable.