Job Opportunities

Program Officer/Southern Maine

Maine Community Foundation seeks a program officer to facilitate grantmaking, community relations, and donor services. The ideal candidate has knowledge of communities and nonprofit organizations (especially in southern Maine); experience managing complex projects; and excellent strategic thinking, interpersonal, communications, and group facilitation skills. Prior grantmaking and development experience preferred but not required. This position, located in Portland, requires statewide travel. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and relevant work experience; advanced degree preferred. Competitive compensation and benefits, EOE. FMI:  

Forward resume and cover letter by July 7, 2017, to: Helen McCain at

Position Summary

Reports to: Senior Director of Grantmaking Services
Anticipated start date: September 1, 2017
Full time

The program officer facilitates grantmaking, donor services, and outreach activities in southern Maine, with a focus on York County. The program officer will also support other select grant programs and donors as needed.

Primary Responsibilities

Grantmaking Services: 60%

  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteer advisors for grantmaking committee
  • Review grant proposals and facilitate assigned committees with review and selection of grant applications, in compliance with MaineCF practices, policies, and values
  • Build and maintain relationships with nonprofit organizations and provide technical assistance to grant seekers
  • Conduct outreach activities, as needed, to increase visibility of grant programs to nonprofits
  • Stay current and research local and regional issues
  • Assist with other special projects as requested.

Donor Services: 20%

  • Implement advancement and outreach activities including:
    • Share knowledge of local and regional issues
    • Assist committee members to build charitable resources for the region and/or focus area
    • Build relationships with current and prospective donors, as time allows
    • Share information about organizational priorities and activities that align with donors’ interests
    • Match proposals from competitive grant programs with donors’ interests
    • Develop and implement donor service plans.

Other: 20%

  • Assist with special projects as requested.


  • Knowledge of Maine communities, especially those in southern Maine, as well as state and local government and issues that have long-term impacts on community strength
  • Knowledge of nonprofit organizations, community development, and/or grantmaking
  • Meeting facilitation and group dynamic skills
  • Excellent communication, critical thinking, interpersonal, and team skills
  • Ability and commitment to work as member of a team and promote cross-functional team approach
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and individuals
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Willingness to travel within Maine
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and relevant work experience; advanced degree preferred
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, can-do attitude.