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Chief Advancement Officer

Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Maine, United States
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May 22, 2024

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Chief Advancement Officer

Southern Maine Agency on Aging


The Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) seeks an experienced, dynamic, and aspirational chief advancement officer (CAO) to join a committed and growing team during an exciting time of organizational growth and importance as SMAA’s annual giving revenue is expected to double by 2025 and triple by 2027. The CAO will ignite and sustain a sophisticated and inclusive culture of philanthropy among the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council, staff, and volunteers of SMAA. 


The Southern Maine Agency on Aging is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to planning and implementing social services for adults age 60 and older, prioritizing those with the greatest economic and social need, including low-income individuals, BIPOC communities, and individuals residing in rural areas. SMAA programs include Meals on Wheels, the Sam L. Cohen Adult Day Center, Agewell exercise and wellness workshops, caregiver support and respite services, and an active Information & Referral phone line that connects older adults and caregivers to the resources they need.


Serving in a vital leadership role within SMAA, the CAO is presented with a unique opportunity to evolve and lead a strategic, creative, and entrepreneurial development program. Reporting to Megan Walton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CAO will set organizational fundraising goals and objectives that build upon the strengths of the current development program to meet and exceed SMAA’s needs, now and into the future.


The CAO will oversee a staff of three across all areas of fundraising and engagement, including individual giving; institutional giving; donor engagement and stewardship; marketing and communications; development operations; and board relations. By aspiring to new levels of excellence and possibility, the CAO will strategically grow and enhance the development function into a philanthropic enterprise of unsurpassed effectiveness through the implementation of creative fundraising tactics; innovative engagement strategies; robust donor pipeline development, including the diversification of funding sources, and an emphasis on growing individual giving; clear and achievable goals; and data-informed decision making. The CAO will also demonstrate success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts from individuals and foundations, as well as the ability to guide and support senior leaders in their fundraising efforts, serving as an advisor and co-strategist for soliciting transformational gifts.


The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of fundraising success; and the enthusiasm, drive, and professionalism to achieve organizational goals. As a leader and manager, the CAO will promote a culture of excellence, collaboration, and professional growth and set clear direction, priorities, and measurable goals for the advancement team. The CAO will also provide the highest level of support to SMAA’s Board of Directors and its Advancement Committee, with an emphasis on further cultivating and stewarding the philanthropic generosity of the Board and assisting the CEO in the identification and recruitment of new Board members, as appropriate.


With superior written and oral communication skills, the CAO will demonstrate the ability to champion the impact, strategic priorities, and vision of SMAA, adopting the organization’s message and voice and translating it to diverse audiences. To this end, the CAO must also demonstrate an ability to fully immerse themselves in the life of the organization to serve as a spokesperson to prospective and existing donors effectively. Importantly, the CAO will bring a passion for SMAA’s mission, with a strong understanding of and appreciation for the organization’s history, impact, achievements, and vision.


The Southern Maine Agency on Aging has partnered with Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to help with this recruitment. Confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent via electronic mail to:


Rebecca Kennedy, Partner (she/her)

Becky Piper, Senior Associate (she/her)

Elizabeth Arvanitis, Search Coordinator (she/her)


SMAA considers applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, religion, color, gender, disability, national origin, sexual preferences, or any other legally protected class.


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