TCS is seeking a dedicated and motivated Development Coordinator to join our small and dynamic team to help expand the school’s reach and ensure a bright and sustainable future for the organization. Engaging with our present capital campaign, Place-People-Future, and a recent million-dollar matching challenge will be a central part of the role. The Development Coordinator will be responsible for planning, organizing, and executing fundraising efforts to support our mission and programs, in collaboration with the School Director and board, in addition to helping coordinate campus events. This position is perfect for individuals who are passionate about education, conservation, and community and have experience with non-profit fundraising and development work.

Key Responsibilities:
-Collaborate and strategize to meet capital campaign benchmarks
-Identify potential funding sources, donors, and partners
-Develop and maintain relationships with donors and sponsors
-Plan and execute fundraising campaigns, events, and initiatives
-Write grant proposals and applications for funding opportunities
-Manage and maintain donor databases and records
-Coordinate with the board and staff to align fundraising efforts with the organization’s goals
-Create and update promotional materials to support fundraising efforts
-Monitor and report on the progress of fundraising efforts
-Assist in the preparation of reports for grantors and stakeholders
-Keep abreast of industry trends and fundraising best practices

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-A strong passion for education and the mission of the organization
-Previous experience in fundraising, grant writing, and development work
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships
-Highly organized and detail-oriented
-Self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively
-Proficiency in Google Suite and fundraising software tools is an advantage
-Experience with graphic design

Required Skills:

-Part-time position with flexible hours
-Candidate must live in Maine (MDI-Ellsworth area preferred) in order to attend in-person meetings and events
-Remote work may be an option
-Occasional evening and weekend work is required for fundraising/advancement events
-Works collaboratively with and reports to School Director

About The Community School for Place Based Education

Located along a tidal creek and 7o acre preserve in Somesville, Maine, the school occupies a historic farmhouse, barn, yurts, and a series of outdoor classroom spaces. We are a state-certified independent school, incorporating a variety of teaching methods in our Place-Based model, cultivating a sense of self, place and community.
Connection to one another and to the place we live is important to us and our learning. We are a highly collaborative teaching community that practices mindful listening and makes decisions together. Both teachers and children are caretakers of the schoolhouse and property. Additionally, we extend our stewardship to the surrounding landscapes and communities of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park and local land trust preserves.

Application Instructions

How to Apply: If you are passionate about education, community, and conservation and have a desire to make a difference in the lives of students and help The Community School continue to thrive and grow, we look forward to hearing from you! Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are interested in working with The Community School, including your past experience with fundraising, development and grant writing. Please send your application to info@thecommu