About the Democracy Partnership
The Democracy Partnership brings together the strengths of the League of Women Voters of Maine (LWVME) and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) behind efforts to empower Mainers of all backgrounds to discover shared values while pursuing concrete solutions to some of the deepest challenges facing our state and nation. LWVME has a long tradition of volunteer leadership and activism, established through its nationally federated organization and flourishing in Maine for almost a century. For twenty years, MCCE has spearheaded the fight for Clean Elections and campaign finance integrity here in Maine, leading two successful statewide citizen initiative campaigns to establish and enhance the first-in-the-nation system of public funding for state elections. The two organizations have been close collaborators since MCCE’s inception more than twenty years ago. Together in 2018 we’ve led voter education efforts on Ranked Choice Voting, defended Clean Elections, and developed programs to increase civic engagement for youth and marginalized communities. We retain a strong commitment to nonpartisan engagement and to achieving the full potential of democratic self-government enshrined in our nation’s founding principles, yet to be fully realized.
The full‐time Communications Director supports MCCE and LWVME’s internal and external communications. They work with staff and volunteer teams to develop effective messages and systems that reach members, donors, the media, and the general public.
The ideal candidate brings the following skills:
- Strong project management skills, including maintaining attention to detail while managing multiple issues, brands, and platforms
- Excellent writing skills, in both formal and informal contexts
- Comfort working on teams with consensus-based decision-making
- Experience with email and social media strategy, and list management
- A deep commitment to the values of inclusion, fairness, opportunity, and nonpartisanship described in MCCE and the LWVME’s missions.
Further, the ideal candidate is:
- Personable and diplomatic
- A team player, team builder, and collaborator
- Aware of how diverse identities and lived experience impact feelings about democracy and elections.
Core Duties and Responsibilities of the Communications Director
- Ensures consistent, up-to-date, on-message content on websites, social media, emails, newsletters, etc.
- Develops strategy for the rebranding and launch of the MCCE/League collaboration
- Coordinates volunteer and staff spokespeople, and ensures volunteer leaders and staff participate in messaging and communications strategy
- Builds and maintains relationships with key in-state and national reporters, bloggers, and communications staff at partner organizations
- Tells the story of our issues and the impact we make to major donors, grassroots donors, and foundations through reports, appeals, online fundraising, grant reports, etc.
- Ensures email data and lists are maintained and expanded according to best practices
- Establishes and maintains the infrastructure and protocols that allow staff and volunteer team members working around the state to fully collaborate in the execution of media outreach
Location, Compensation and Start Date
Our office is located in Portland. This is a full-time position with compensation based upon experience. Health, vision, dental, short term disability and earned time benefits are offered to all employees. We aim to have our Communications Director start as soon as possible.
How to Apply
Please send a one-page cover letter, resume, and three references by email to MCCE/LWVME Operations Manager Nadya Mullen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line ‘Communications Director.’ Applications received by October 26th will be given priority.
We are an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applicants of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate in employment against persons based on color, race, religion, age, ability, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran or marital status. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.
Major Gifts Officer
About the Democracy Partnership
The League of Women Voters of Maine (LWVME) and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) are both profoundly committed to building an empowered, engaged, and informed citizenry to meet the challenges of 21st century democracy. To that end, we are embarking on a close new relationship with the exciting promise of creating a powerful new center of gravity for efforts to improve the function of our democratic self-government at every level. Combining the professional staff of MCCE and its track record of legislative and ballot success, with the volunteer-driven, consensus-based, chapter model of the League, we will create a movement with true grassroots-based power and policy clout. Our Democracy Partnership will have the power to meaningfully address the deep crisis currently facing our democracy in a uniquely nonpartisan and sustainable joint effort.
The Major Gifts Officer is a new position created to address a vital need – building a robust network of engaged individuals committed to defending our democracy. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for implementing a strong and innovative fundraising strategy to solicit and secure major gifts from a portfolio of donors who support the organization with an annual gift of $1K+. The position will be responsible for building a pipeline of new and prospective major donors and will work closely with the Executive Director and Board Development Committee to support these efforts. The Major Gifts Officer will significantly contribute to the organization’s revenue goals by soliciting and securing major gifts.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops and manages a portfolio of major donors and prospects to hit forecasted revenue goals.
- Maintains a fast-paced schedule with face-to-face visits to steward current donors and engage new major donor prospects.
- Manages and tracks all stewardship strategies and solicitation activity using a moves management system in the organization’s CRM.
- Summarize face-to-face visits, outreach and communication, and proposal details via contact reports on donor record.
- Writes individualized cultivation, solicitation and stewardship letters, proposals and reports.
- Coordinates major donor cultivation events including small house parties and donor receptions
- Strategically oversees and facilitates donor engagement efforts for the board of directors and senior leadership, including trip planning and management, securing, and staffing principal level donor meetings for current, lapsed and prospective funders.
- Liaises with other team members e.g. Communications Director for seamless messaging and Operations Manager for financial processing and reporting.
- Performs additional development-related activities/efforts as needed.
Skills and Experience
- At least 2-3 years of experience with major gifts fundraising and/or direct donor relationship experience.
- Excellent working knowledge of personal solicitation, fundraising strategies, and cultivation and stewardship for high-end donors.
- A demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects and a capacity to perform independently in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
- Work with organizational leadership and current supporters to find connections to prospective donors with the capacity to make major gifts.
- Outstanding oral, written, communication and presentation skills - including the ability to listen and target communication to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term relationships to achieve fundraising success.
- Outstanding analytical, strategic planning, time management, and organizational skills.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills and ability to create proposals
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with fundraising CRMs required
- Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills
Location, Compensation and Start Date
Our office is located in Portland. This is a full-time position with compensation based upon experience. Competitive benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, short term disability insurance, vacation and paid holidays.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume, cover letter and three references to Nadya@mainecleanelections.org with “Major Gifts Officer” in the Subject line for consideration.
Diverse Candidates are Encouraged To Apply. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.