Major Gifts Officer

Philanthropy · Rockland, Maine
Department Philanthropy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $74,700

The Island Institute, Maine’s advocate for coastal communities, has an exciting opportunity for a Major Gifts Officer focused on an existing portfolio of donors from the Mount Desert Island and Blue Hill regions. 


The Island Institute is a non-profit organization, that works alongside Maine’s island and coastal leaders to build community sustainability in island and coastal communities and share solutions for addressing our coast’s most critical issues. 


The Major Gifts Officer (MGO), reporting to the Chief Philanthropy Officer, will be passionate about the mission of the Island Institute and contributes to the organization by growing philanthropic revenue from individual donors and family foundations. The MGO works as an integral member of the Philanthropy team, meeting both individual and team fundraising goals through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of individual donors with the capacity to make five- to seven-figure gifts, towards the attainment of the organization’s annual and long-range fundraising goals. In addition, the MGO plays a critical role in organizing and extending the volunteer board fundraising activities of those who are committed to the organization. 


This position can be a hybrid work schedule based in your home office and will need to work out of the Rockland, Maine office once a week.

  • The Major Gifts Officer position is a full-time, salaried position, starting immediately, with a competitive salary of $74,700 depending on experience plus benefits. 
  • A unique opportunity to contribute to a mission to further the sustainability of communities. 
  • Flexible hybrid work schedule 
  • A comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision  
  • Matching 403(b) Retirement Plan 
  • Paid holidays and 4 weeks paid time off  
  • Parental leave 
  • Cell phone reimbursement, store discounts and more… 


We’re growing and building our teams to further strengthen our focus on climate action, the coastal economy, and investments in community infrastructure and leadership. We are committed to helping our islands and coast meet the challenges ahead and working with these communities to build resilience along the Maine coast. 


Based in Rockland, Maine, the Island Institute is a nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity "at-will" employer committed to providing equal employment opportunities based upon an individual's ability and qualifications. We do not discriminate against people on the basis of race, citizenship, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, mental or physical disability. For more information about the Island Institute, please visit  

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