Founded in 1886, MCI engages a multicultural student body with diverse abilities and interests in a rigorous and comprehensive college and career preparatory experience. In a safe and nurturing environment, students develop self-esteem, academic skills, and social responsibility to be thoughtful global citizens and lifelong learners. A town academy, our core values center on community and family, comprehensiveness, diversity, focus on the individual, independence, and a high standard of excellence.
Under the general direction of the Head of School and working closely with the MCI Administrative Team, lead the design and implementation of programs and practices that will improve short and long-term fundraising results, strengthen connections with alumni and friends, and enhance MCI’s reputation and visibility among all stakeholders, in order to ensure that MCI has the resources and support needed to meet the school’s educational mission and objectives.
Work with the Head of School, MCI administrative team and faculty to identify needs and develop the funding/marketing/communications strategies to meet those needs.
Plan and execute successful and timely Annual Fund activities, including one-year and multi-year goals, with timeframes and metrics to monitor growth.
Plan and execute a Major Gifts program (identify/cultivate/solicit major gift prospects) including Legacy Gift opportunities.
Plan and execute activities and events that help locate alumni, connect alumni with each other and with the School, and increase their interest in and support of MCI, including annual events such as the Alumni Reunion and other awards ceremonies.
Seek opportunities to build relationships with local/regional businesses or other organizations in order to increase support of all types, e.g., financial, gifts-in-kind, student activities and internships, speakers, mentors/tutors, etc.
Work closely with CFO/Business Office to ensure compliance with all regulations, policies and procedures related to fundraising/stewardship of funds.
Provide direction and training to volunteers of all types and across situations.
Manage the department budget.
Serve as a resource to Trustee Advancement Committee
Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and expertise.
10+ years’ experience in nonprofit Advancement, preferably in education and/or arts
Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with donors/prospective donors, solicitor teams, class agents, faculty/staff, alumni, trustees, local community members, Foundations, vendors and consultants.
Proven ability to:
Manage successful Annual Funds
Plan and manage successful Capital/Comprehensive Campaigns
Plan and execute creative Alumni activities (Reunion, etc.)
Capture gifts from individuals (alumni and others) and foundations
Write internal and external communications (i.e., press releases, social media, speeches, magazines, etc.)
Prepare/control budgets and achieve objectives in a cost-conscious, limited-resource environment
Demonstrate evidence of creativity, commitment, ability to work collaboratively and influence others.
Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule with some evenings/weekend events and travel.
Familiarity with Advancement software and database management for all components of advancement, in particular, Blackbaud (Raiser’s Edge)
Other tasks as may be assigned by Head of School or/and Board of Trustees Advancement Committee
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three letters of reference to MCI Head of School, Christopher McDonald at: email@example.com
About Maine Central Institute
MCI pledges to provide a rigorous, comprehensive educational program to a multicultural student body with a wide range of abilities and interests. In a safe and caring atmosphere, students will acquire knowledge, self-esteem, social responsibility, and the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for global citizenship and lifelong learning. - MCI's Mission Statement
MCI is located in a rural, picturesque region of central Maine in the town of Pittsfield, appreciated for being a safe, family-oriented community. It is located within 30 minutes of Waterville and Bangor, and 90 minutes from Portland, conveniently accessible by Interstate 95. MCI serves a multicultural population of residential students representing many different states and several foreign countries. The school also serves 300+ day students from the towns of Burnham, Detroit, Pittsfield and other surrounding communities. The progressive educational program serves a wide range of abilities and interests.
* MCI, founded in 1866, has a rich educational tradition
* we offer a comprehensive educational program serving students in grades 9-12, PG with a wide range of abilities and interests
* we... provide a safe, caring, supportive atmosphere
* we are proud of our diverse student body
* we offer extensive choices for athletic, extracurricular and academic enrichment opportunities
* Maine Central Institute provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.