Director of Development

The Mitchell Institute - Portland, ME
The Mitchell Institute seeks a Director of Development to develop and execute strategies that drive sustainable program growth across the Institute. The Director of Development will lead the cultivation of new philanthropic opportunities and optimize current funding across revenue streams, including annual appeals and events, major and principal gifts, corporate partners and foundations, and planned giving.

The Mitchell Institute’s guiding tenet—that no Maine student with the qualifications and ambition to pursue a college education should be denied that opportunity due to limited financial resources—is as important today as it was when Senator George J. Mitchell established the Institute. From its inception, the Mitchell Institute has made financial investments in deserving students from every community in Maine. The Mitchell Institute unlocks the potential of Maine college students so they can contribute to the vitality of their communities. Scholarships are awarded each year to graduating students from Maine’s public high schools as they pursue higher education. Recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship represent public high schools from every community in Maine.

Once Scholars are selected, the Mitchell Institute helps them navigate college and the world beyond through personal and professional support. In addition to offering financial scholarship support, the Mitchell Institute offers a wide array of personal, academic, and professional support programs, as well as a network of Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and partners—all of which amount to much more than a check. Since 1995, more than 3,600 Mitchell Scholars have received funding and support. Through both experience and evidence-based research, the Mitchell Institute has learned that college student success depends on more than hard work and financial aid. Additional support and guidance—both during and after college—increase Scholars’ chances of attaining a degree and finding meaningful employment in Maine.

Consistent with its mission to increase the likelihood that people from every community in Maine will aspire to, pursue, and achieve a college education, the daily work and program development of the Mitchell Institute is rooted in equity. The Institute continually engages at all levels of the organization in formal practices and channels, and with external expertise, to continually audit and strengthen its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

"Our next Director of Development will join the Mitchell Institute at a time of great progress and momentum and will be crucial to achieving our mission and taking our fundraising success to the next level. I am eager to partner with a highly skilled, experienced, and successful fundraiser, who has the proven ability to develop and execute a strategic major-gift fundraising plan as well as personally research, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors and foundations. I very much look forward to reviewing your application and learning how you can help grow support for the Mitchell Institute and the inspiring Scholars we serve." — Jared Cash, President and CEO

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.