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Land & Garden Preserve-Development and Communications Director-Mon, 09/25/2017 - 2:35pm

Development and Communications Director


Land & Garden Preserve
Seal Harbor, Maine
PO Box 208
Seal Harbor , ME 04675

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The Mt. Desert Land & Garden Preserve in Seal Harbor, Maine, began when David and Peggy Rockefeller formed the Island Foundation as a means to provide in perpetuity for the private gardens and lands they so deeply cared about. In 1970, at the request of the Town of Mount Desert, the Island Foundation incorporated in order to take on the additional management responsibilities of the Asticou Azalea Garden. In 1999, Thuya Garden and Lodge, Asticou Terraces and Asticou Landing also came under the management of the Foundation, and in 2007 its name was changed to the Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve. A donation of 1,022 acres of land around and including Little Long Pond by David Rockefeller, Sr., in 2015 was the latest addition to the Preserve. This fall, as a part of David Rockefeller’s will, the Preserve will receive the historic Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, McAlpin Farm and Greenhouses, and over 400 acres of natural lands. Starting in 2018, the Preserve will consist of over 1,600 acres, including three historic gardens, and approximately 30 full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff.

In order to better adapt to the expanded role of the Preserve, we are seeking a Development and Communications Director (DCD) to lead these critical programs, which directly support our mission. This Director will serve as a key member of the Preserve’s management team reporting directly to the CEO that includes:

• Development and Communications Director
• Facilities Director
• Finance Director
• Natural Lands Director

In addition, the DCD will work closely with the Asticou, Thuya, and Abby Garden Managers on donor connection as well as implementation of existing and expanded revenue opportunities.

DESCRIPTION: The Development and Communications Director is responsible for leading all aspects of revenue generation and fundraising for the Preserve. This position is also responsible for leading all communication from the Preserve, both print and digital. The Development and Communications Director reports directly to the CEO, supervises the Development and Communications Assistant and seasonal administrative personnel involved with development and communications. All tasks of the position are performed in alignment with the mission and values of the Preserve. This is a full-time, year-round, salaried (exempt) position with benefits. The position is based in Seal Harbor, Maine, requiring the Director to be willing to live on or near Mount Desert Island year-round.

• Supports and partners with the CEO, Development Committee, and board directors on all fundraising initiatives
• Collaborates with the CEO and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy to include revenue, memberships, grants, planned giving, annual appeal, special events, etc.
• Provides continued analysis of effective methods for generating diverse streams of revenue from donations, memberships, grants, planned giving, annual appeal, special events, etc.
• Coordinates the research, development, and execution of all grant proposals. Archives and tracks all proposals to develop a long-term cultivation approach
• Manages all donor information; provides statistical analysis and recommends cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for active donors and prospects to board directors and senior leaders.
• Leads the solicitation of identified gifts from current and prospective donors.
• Leads the development and implementation of a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with current donors
• Understands the interests of the Preserve’s individual board members. Connects these interests with development efforts.
• Continuously researches the field of development for innovative programs and processes for future implementation
• Leads the full-time Development and Communications Assistant

• Leads the effective brand of the Preserve, internally and externally
• Manages the publication of the Preserve’s annual report, newsletters, and any other print materials related to development
• Manages the Preserve’s electronic messaging including e-newsletter, website, and social media presence
• Manages the Preserve’s image database and facilitates any requests for image use
• Coordinates external contractors related to communications including graphic designers, photographers, and web developers

• Bachelor degree in non-profit management, communications or related field and seven to ten years of direct fundraising experience and/or training.
• Demonstrated ability to manage development programs, donor database systems, communications programs, and staff
• Proven track record for closing major and planned gifts
• Experience managing existing donor relationships as well as cultivating donor prospects
• Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives
• Experience managing digital and print materials necessary for communications
• General knowledge of graphic design and ability to match graphic aesthetics with the Preserve’s brand
• Experience developing and managing an organizational brand and style guide
• High energy and passion for the Preserve’s mission is essential
• Professional level written and oral communication skills
• Advanced computer and database management skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Pro and fundraising software required; proficiency with Blackbaud products desirable
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
• Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan
• Good judgment, commitment and follow-through
• Detail oriented, organized, able to multi-task
• High standard of integrity and confidentiality regarding staff, donors, and finances

Application Instructions 

Please send a letter of interest (1-2 pages) along with a current resume to:

In the subject line, please include “Development and Communications Director”

For any questions or additional information, please call the Preserve’s office at 207-276-3727 or email Rodney Eason at

Full Name 
Deb DeForest