Community Development Officer - Blue Economy

Community Resources · Rockland, Maine
Department Community Resources
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $58,000 - C1



                                                                                                   COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

                                                                                                                     Blue Economy

STATUS: Exempt, Full-Time (C1)

LOCATION: Flexible, in community and remote work location

Summary: The Island Institute seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Community Development Officer (CDO) to serve on the Blue Economy team. The term “blue economy” is a flexible one that includes almost anything related to the ocean: energy, shipping, tourism, recreation, aquaculture, support services, and much more.  While lobster remains Maine’s primary and most well-known export, our state’s blue economy includes fishing, aquaculture, life sciences, value-added processing, boatbuilding, distribution, clean energy, tourism, and other waterfront businesses.


We are searching for a candidate who has experience managing projects that facilitate change at the community level, as well as working knowledge around the blue economy and marine businesses. This position serves as a project implementer for the Blue Economy team, focused on climate and business resilience work within the marine sector.


Candidates for the Community Development Officer position will demonstrate strong project management and community engagement skills as well as the ability to create links between external stakeholders and individual and community needs.  Successful candidates will also be team-minded and self-aware, able to give and accept constructive and consistent feedback, and committed to the Institute’s organizational values. Most importantly, applicants must be able to carefully allocate their time and organizational resources while working across multiple projects.


  • An undergraduate degree; advanced degree preferred
  • At least five years’ experience working directly or indirectly with public, nonprofit, and private-sector enterprises, with proven success in the areas of project management and community engagement
  • Working knowledge of the blue economy, business operations and climate change
  • Demonstrated success aligning a group of stakeholders around a common cause
  • Professional interests that align strongly with the goals and mission of the Island Institute
  • The ability to deploy educational and facilitation tools, both instructing and collaborating, with community members
  • Exceptional written communication skills; able to effectively convey the organization’s mission, priorities, and programs to diverse audiences in a variety of formats
  • Outstanding oral and interpersonal communication skills; able to speak about the organization’s work in an articulate, professional, and compelling manner (one-on-one and with groups)
  • The ability to understand island and rural communities and how change happens locally
  • The ability to listen in communities and in partnerships to inform, develop, and implement responsive programming
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail in planning and overseeing project work
  • Experience in running effective meetings that meet clearly identified objectives
  • The ability to give and receive constructive and helpful feedback with staff colleagues and community partners
  • Interest in shaping experiences for community members that inspire them to act and solve problems
  • Proven ability to sustain project work in and with communities and motivate colleagues in teamwork
  • Comfort with technology, including IT systems, specifically Office 365 applications
  • The ability and willingness to travel and work some nights and weekends

Essential Functions:

  • Serve as a member of the Blue Economy team and complete the tasks assigned by and within teams in a timely and professional manner
  • Serve as the primary implementer of work with identified marine businesses
  • Provide internal and external support around project management and community engagement
  • Seek and participate in professional development opportunities to build cross-sector and essential skills to be shared across teams
  • Promote the Institute’s work by representing the organization before external audiences as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands: The employee is required to sit, enter data using computer keyboard and mouse, stand, walk, bend over occasionally, and move about the office space as well as between building floors. There is no requirement to lift and/or move weights of more than 15 pounds. The employee will be expected to travel on occasion by boat and ferry to various island and remote coastal locations. There will be times when working long hours in the evenings and weekends will be required.
  • Travel: Must be comfortable traveling for extended periods of time by any mode of transportation in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.


The Community Development Officer—Blue Economy is a full-time, year-round salaried position starting immediately.  Pay is dependent on experience and starts at $58,000 plus benefits.


There is no deadline, but preference will be given to candidates whose materials are received by September 23, 2022.  Electronic applications are accepted. and to apply, visit  Island Institute is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals.  In keeping with our commitment, Island Institute will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Deb Bartol at  


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 and our work along the Maine coast, please visit                                                                  

Thank You

Your application was submitted successfully.

  • Location
    Rockland, Maine
  • Department
    Community Resources
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $58,000 - C1