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Job Description

Executive Director for Maine Citizens for Clean Elections/League of Women Voters of Maine


After sixteen years of Clean Elections and a recent successful Citizens Initiative to strengthen the original Maine Clean Election Act, MCCE is cooperating with the League of Women Voters of Maine to create a new Democracy Hub, building on the League's decades of work to improve government and engage citizens in the decisions that impact our lives.

Together we seek an experienced executive director to build on our mutual successes, transition the League from a primarily volunteer organization to a staffed one, pursue joint projects, and provide nonpartisan leadership in issues relating to voting rights, money in politics, and voter education.

Read our joint press release here.

The successful candidate will have a passion for political reform, demonstrated nonprofit or senior management experience, strong fundraising and communication skills, and the ability to lead two independent groups of board members and volunteers into an effective collaboration that strategically addresses unprecedented threats to American democracy.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Organizational management experience in the nonprofit sector, including planning, financial oversight, staff recruitment, management, staff development, conducting effective meetings, and setting and managing short- and long-term priorities.
  • Fundraising skills and success, especially in raising major gifts ($1,000+) from foundations and individuals.
  • Compelling communications skills + both written and oral - to articulate our case to diverse audiences using a variety of media.
  • Leadership skills that demonstrate confidence, diplomacy, and integrity; and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Further, the ideal candidate is:
  • Deeply committed to our mission
  • Mature and confident
  • Organized
  • Self-motivated
  • Flexible
  • A team player, team builder, and collaborator
  • Personable and diplomatic
  • Optimistic

Duties of the Executive Director

Fundraising and Development (35%)

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a growing portfolio of major donors (foundations and individuals).
  • Write and submit grant applications and requisite reports.
  • Develop and execute integrated letter and electronic appeals.
  • Develop and execute membership campaigns. Support and foster development of local chapters.
  • Identify opportunities for and support special events as appropriate.

Management and Administration (30%)
  • Provide support and guidance to both boards and their respective committees. Effectively leverage volunteer expertise and capacity of both boards and organizational members and volunteers.
  • Oversee and manage employees and contractors, maintain personnel files, and comply with federal and state employment laws.
  • Oversee and manage bookkeeping, financial reporting (both internal and external), and compliance with all laws and regulations.
  • Work with finance committees to develop annual budgets for board approval.

Communications and Outreach (20%)
  • Develop annual communications plans for board approval.
  • Prepare content to implement communications plans.
  • Maintain websites and other social media with up-to-date material.
  • Support outreach activities that include speaking engagements, panel discussions, public presentations, and earned media.

Public Policy (15%)
  • Develop deep knowledge and understanding of Maine's Clean Elections law, Maine's election laws in general, and other democracy issues.
  • Develop relationships with legislators and Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.
  • Coordinate, apply, and support MCCE and LWVME policy positions.

Location: Portland or Augusta Start Date: January 1, 2018 Salary: Competitive with Maine nonprofits of similar size.

To Apply: Send an application by November 15th that includes cover letter, resume, references and two writing samples (one should be a fundraising appeal or grant application) via email to: gary@garyfriedmann.com. Please use "MCCE/LWVME ED application" as the subject. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and the League of Women Voters of Maine welcome a diverse pool of applicants.