Development Office

06 Dec 2021 10:03 AM | Anonymous member

Development Officer


Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to celebrating Maine’s vibrant maritime culture. Because this vibrant culture includes different backgrounds, perspectives, and voices—and because our museum welcomes visitors from around the world—our institution is firmly committed to inclusion, accessibility, diversity, and equity.

If you believe in museums’ important role to reveal the past, to inform the present, and to shape the future, we invite you to join our team. You will join us on the beautiful banks of the Kennebec River, on a twenty-acre campus where collaboration and creativity are encouraged.


As a key member of the philanthropy team and working under the Director of Development and with assistance from the Development Assistant, the Development Officer supports all aspects of the museum’s philanthropic programs. In addition to directly managing the museum’s corporate membership program, the Development Officer also works to advance membership, planned giving, special events, Annual Fund, major giving, and the grant-writing work of the organization. Key to the success of this position is the ability to build strong relationships with individuals and organizations in community and a passion for championing the work of MMM.


Manages the corporate membership program, working with museum staff, trustees, and volunteers to identify prospects and solicit and cultivate support. Forms strong and mutually beneficial relationships with business leaders. In addition to financial support, seeks gift-in-kind donations to offset operating and project expenses.

Works with the Director of Development to identify and solicit individual and corporate gifts of cash or donated goods/services to support all museum activities via membership, planned giving, annual giving, major giving, and boat donations.

Works with the Director of Development to solicit grants from private foundations and federal organizations for project support. Collaborates with other museum staff to maximize funding opportunities, matching projects to potential funders.

Works with the development team and other museum staff to fundraise for, plan, and implement the annual July gala and other stewardship events, including exhibit opening receptions.

Acts as a passionate ambassador for the museum. Develops strong and effective relationships in the community and actively shares stories of positive outcomes to build support for the museum’s mission and steward donors.

Performs other related duties as required.


Holds a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, with at least three years of experience in philanthropy, sales, or related experience—preferably with a non-profit.


- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with donors, board members, and leaders in the community.

- An open-minded, strategic thinker and team-player with a sense of humor who can work both independently and with others to achieve specific financial and operational goals.

- Experience researching, cultivating and soliciting individual and/or corporate donors as well as grant writing.

- Adherence to standards of donor confidentiality and ethics.

- Excellent oral and written communication skills, comfort meeting new people, enthusiastic and personable demeanor.

-Experience with donor management software, especially Raiser’s Edge and/or Altru, is a plus.


The Development Officer position is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with full benefits. Starting salary is $45,000-$60,000 per annum, commensurate with experience.


MMM is an equal opportunity employer and does not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, protected genetic information, status as a parent, marital status, political affiliation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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