Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Mitchell
Institute in the search for a Director of Development.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of
Development will develop and execute strategies that drive
sustainable program growth across the Institute. The Director of
Development will lead the cultivation of new philanthropic
opportunities and optimize current funding across revenue streams,
including annual appeals and events, major and principal gifts,
corporate partners and foundations, and planned giving.
The Mitchell Institute’s guiding tenet—that no Maine student with
the qualifications and ambition to pursue a college education
should be denied that opportunity due to limited financial
resources—is as important today as it was when Senator George J.
Mitchell established the Institute. From its inception, the
Mitchell Institute has made financial investments in deserving
students from every community in Maine.
Since its founding, the Mitchell Institute has awarded more than
$24 million in scholarship funds, representing an enormous
investment in Maine communities. More than 25 years since the
Institute started awarding scholarships, its mission—and Senator
Mitchell’s vision—are more important to Maine’s vitality than ever.
The Mitchell Institute unlocks the potential of Maine college
students so they can contribute to the vitality of their
communities. Scholarships are awarded each year to graduating
students from Maine’s public high schools as they pursue higher
education. Recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship represent public
high schools from every community in Maine. Mitchell Scholars are
selected based on academic promise, community impact, and financial
Once Scholars are selected, the Mitchell Institute helps them
navigate college and the world beyond through personal and
professional support. In addition to offering financial scholarship
support, the Mitchell Institute offers a wide array of personal,
academic, and professional support programs, as well as a network
of Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and partners—all of which amount to
much more than a check. Since 1995, more than 3,600 Mitchell
Scholars have received funding and support.
The Mitchell Institute offers Mitchell Scholars a suite of programs
and resources that encourage a partnership with each Scholar, every
step of the way, allowing the Institute to meet and help Scholars
where they are. Today, Scholars and Alumni alike say that the
combination of financial and personal support makes a world of
difference for them and their families, and data shows that the
more a Scholar is engaged, the more likely they are to graduate on
time in their post-secondary education. The Mitchell Institute’s
approach works: 89% of Mitchell Scholars complete college and
achieve a degree, compared with 62% of students nationally.
Eighty-nine percent of Mitchell Scholar Alumni are working in
career-related jobs—nearly two-thirds of them in Maine—and 40% have
completed or are pursuing graduate degrees.
The Mitchell Institute is poised for growth. By scaling its proven
program design and support network, the Institute can impact the
lives of more deserving young people across Maine. With a sustained
track record of exemplary outcomes—high degree completion, low
student debt levels, deep community engagement, early career
success, and social mobility—the Institute is increasing the reach
of its program to more talented high school graduates who are at
the critical tipping point of pursuing a college education and
realizing their aspirations to build a better future for themselves
and their communities.
Consistent with its mission to increase the likelihood that people
from every community in Maine will aspire to, pursue, and achieve a
college education, the daily work and program development of the
Mitchell Institute is rooted in equity. The Institute
continually engages at all levels of the organization in formal
practices and channels, and with external expertise, to continually
audit and strengthen its commitment to diversity, equity,
inclusion, and belonging.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Mitchell
Institute as well as the responsibilities and qualifications
presented in the prospectus. A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent
combination of education and experience and at least eight years of
fundraising experience is preferred for this position. The Mitchell
Institute will consider candidates with a broad range of
backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you
can contribute to the Institute, but your experience does not
exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage
you to apply.
The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $120,000
The Mitchell Institute is committed to the inclusion of all
qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in
completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the
selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts
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