We are Hiring an Assistant Development Director

6 January 2020 , Posted in: Our Work

The Maine Justice Foundation, the state’s largest of funder of civil legal aid, seeks a talented professional with annual campaign and/or major gift fundraising experience. The Assistant Development Director will support and take part in the Foundation’s range of fundraising activities: an annual giving campaign of $600,000+ for legal aid agencies; unrestricted support for the Foundation’s annual operations; planned giving; and stewardship, including donor recognition.

The successful candidate will: have at least three years’ frontline fundraising experience; work flexibly with a small team; have a commitment to social justice and equality under the law; be expert in database and spreadsheet management; and work well with volunteer fundraisers, Board members and donors.

The position is full-time and based in Hallowell, Maine. Flexible hours and some remote work are negotiable. Travel, mostly in southern Maine, is required. This position reports to the Foundation’s Development Director.

Experience, knowledge, and skills of the ideal candidate:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Three or more years of relevant, successful experience in a development office managing and growing annual giving campaigns.
  • Experience with best practices in cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of annual gifts, preferably with management of major gifts.
  • Knowledge of best practices in donor acquisition, retention, and growth.
  • Strong aptitude for the use of spreadsheets and donor databases in planning, analysis and reporting.
  • Success working with and motivating volunteer leaders and solicitors, current and prospective donors, and committees.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Belief in social justice and the right of every person to access the justice system.
  • Ability to share tasks and roles with colleagues in a productive and efficient manner.

Job responsibilities will include:

1. Serving as a key staff person for the Campaign for Justice and supporting the Development Director’s coordination of the Campaign. In 2004, leaders among the Maine Bar asked the providers of civil legal aid in the state to create a collaborative fundraising campaign. At that time, none of the providers had development staff, and they collectively were raising $83,000 from the legal community. The campaign now raises over $600,000 each year from the Maine Bar.

The Maine Justice Foundation is the home of the campaign. Money raised by the campaign directly supports six non-profits: Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Maine School of Law; Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project; Legal Services for the Elderly; Maine Equal Justice; Pine Tree Legal Assistance; and Volunteer Lawyers Project.

The Assistant Development Director, commensurate with skills and experience, will be a critical part of most aspects of the campaign: campaign planning, extensive database and spreadsheet management, generation of reports, solicitation mailings, email appeals, donor events, website maintenance and social media, and all campaign communications. The ideal candidate has experience soliciting gifts personally and is skilled at interacting with volunteer solicitors, committees and major donors. The Foundation’s administrative staff provides data entry, reporting, donor communications, and other campaign support.

2. Assisting the Development Director and Executive Director in the Foundation’s other fundraising programs, which consist of:

  • General operating support: Rapidly increasing the foundation’s unrestricted annual support from the general public, businesses and other funders. These efforts include donor renewal, direct mail solicitation, proposal writing and all aspects of donor cultivation and stewardship.
  • Planned giving: Growing the foundation’s planned giving society by communicating about and soliciting bequests, charitable gift annuities and other vehicles for deferred gifts.
  • Endowments: Building the foundation’s permanent, invested funds for the support of legal aid providers and our mission by soliciting major gifts.
  • Bar Fellows: Growing and stewarding the Bar Fellows, a professional recognition and donor society by helping to nominate and solicit potential Fellows; hold events; and communicate with the Fellows.
  • Taking part in foundation events, committee meetings and general communications as needed.

How to apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mathew Scease, Development Director, Maine Justice Foundation, by email (mscease@justicemaine.org). No phone inquiries please. Review of resumes will begin on January 21, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.


About the Maine Justice Foundation:

The Maine Justice Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) corporation that supports civil legal aid for poor and vulnerable Mainers. The Maine Justice Foundation has a 35-year track record as an effective, trusted steward of funds for access to justice. Incorporated in 1983 as the Maine Bar Foundation to fulfill the charitable goals of Maine’s Bar, our mission remains the same: to “ensure the adequate provision of justice for all Mainers.” Today we manage over $5 million in assets and are one of the 20 biggest grantmaking foundations in Maine. Each year we grant about $1.5 million to six Maine nonprofits who provide civil legal aid to Mainers who cannot afford a lawyer. These nonprofits serve over 30,000 Maine families every year.