Director of Advancement
  • Advancement

Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, ME

Accredited by NEASC

Founded in 1886, MCI engages a multicultural student body with diverse abilities and interests in a rigorous and comprehensive college and career preparatory experience.  In a safe and nurturing environment, students develop self-esteem, academic skills, and social responsibility to be thoughtful global citizens and lifelong learners.  A town academy, our core values center on community and family, comprehensiveness, diversity, focus on the individual, independence, and a high standard of excellence.


Under the general direction of the Head of School and working closely with the MCI Administrative Team, lead the design and implementation of programs and practices that will improve short and long-term fundraising results, strengthen connections with alumni and friends, and enhance MCI’s reputation and visibility among all stakeholders, in order to ensure that MCI has the resources and support needed to meet the school’s educational mission and objectives.

 Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the Head of School, MCI administrative team and faculty to identify needs and develop the funding/marketing/communications strategies to meet those needs.
  • Plan and execute successful and timely Annual Fund activities, including one-year and multi-year goals, with timeframes and metrics to monitor growth.
  • Plan and execute a Major Gifts program (identify/cultivate/solicit major gift prospects) including Legacy Gift opportunities.
  • Plan and execute activities and events that help locate alumni, connect alumni with each other and with the School, and increase their interest in and support of MCI, including annual events such as the Alumni Reunion and other awards ceremonies.
  • Seek opportunities to build relationships with local/regional businesses or other organizations in order to increase support of all types, e.g., financial, gifts-in-kind, student activities and internships, speakers, mentors/tutors, etc.
  • Work closely with CFO/Business Office to ensure compliance with all regulations, policies and procedures related to fundraising/stewardship of funds.
  • Provide direction and training to volunteers of all types and across situations.
  • Manage the department budget.
  • Serve as a resource to Trustee Advancement Committee

 Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and expertise.
  • 10+ years’ experience in nonprofit Advancement, preferably in education and/or arts
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with donors/prospective donors, solicitor teams, class agents, faculty/staff, alumni, trustees, local community members, Foundations, vendors and consultants.
  • Proven ability to:
    • Manage successful Annual Funds
    • Plan and manage successful Capital/Comprehensive Campaigns
    • Plan and execute creative Alumni activities (Reunion, etc.)o   Capture gifts from individuals (alumni and others) and foundations
    • Write internal and external communications (i.e., press releases, social media, speeches, magazines, etc.)
    • Prepare/control budgets and achieve objectives in a cost-conscious, limited-resource environment
  • Demonstrate evidence of creativity, commitment, ability to work collaboratively and influence others.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule with some evenings/weekend events and travel.
  • Familiarity with Advancement software and database management for all components of advancement, in particular, Blackbaud (Raiser’s Edge)
  • Other tasks as may be assigned by Head of School or/and Board of Trustees Advancement Committee

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to MCI Head of School, Christopher McDonald at: