The Maine Woodland Owners is the only statewide organization dedicated to supporting the interests and serving the needs of Maine’s family woodland owners, (those owning from a few to a few thousand acres).

     Originally known as the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Maine Woodland Owners is a non-profit organization established in 1975. Begun by a handful of dedicated woodland owners, we have grown and broadened our reach to include not only landowners, but anyone who has an interest in Maine woodlands. In 1990, we established a land trust program for working forest land.  We accept gifts of land, which we manage sustainably, and conservation easements on productive woodland.

     Today, Maine Woodland Owners has a paid Executive Director, a Deputy Executive Director and an Administrative Assistant.  Our experienced staff help landowners with any questions about owning and managing woodland, but we remain largely a volunteer organization of several thousand active members. There are ten regional chapters which organize and conduct local educational programs.   In total, the ten chapters hold more than 50 workshops and events per year. We are fully engaged at the State Legislature in a wide range of issues including forestland taxation, wildlife habitat and management, public access to private land, the changing wood industry, and environmental regulation. Members receive our 20 page monthly publication – Maine Woodlands.  Each edition contains a wide range of topics and the latest news of interest to woodland owners.    Our land trust has grown to include 8,600 acres of woodland owned in fee and more than 3,500 acres in easements.

     We are now in a position where development and fundraising are a critical need to sustain and grow the organization. 

     We began setting specific targets for our Annual Appeal 5 years ago, and have met or exceeded them every year. Recently, a development committee of the board was created, which set up basic policies and now is leading more systematic efforts, including getting to know our members and donors.  Initial wealth analyses have made clear the potential for significantly higher giving in the years to come; basic data is in place; and we are using Raiser's Edge development software.  At this point, the Executive Director, with a wide range of contacts in the field, wants to establish more formal relationships with the organization's many friends, but lacks the time to handle the basic research and logistics.  Members of the development committee stand ready to assist him in this process.  The potential for this position is great.  Our members are loyal, and our "green endowment" in the land trust provides steadily increasing levels of support, but our greatest hope for increased revenues comes from successful fund- and friend-raising.  

     We seek a contract consultant (15-20 hours/week) to provide development services. In partnership with the Executive Director, the consultant will lead development efforts as Maine Woodland Owners continues to grow. This is a new role in the organization; the consultant will have the opportunity to build the development function. Initial contract will be for 1-year, with renewals possible based on performance and funding.

1. Work with ED and board to secure major gift support for projects;
2. Develop and execute, in conjunction with the Executive Director (ED), a fundraising plan in

support of operational needs;
3. Work with ED to ensure timely correspondence related to fundraising appeals and  acknowledgements, including letters, thank yous, etc.; 

4. Coordinate fundraising appeals and donor cultivation efforts with board;
5. Plan, coordinate, and implement an annual individual donor campaign;
6. Manage Raiser’s Edge to improve information storage, analyze data, and support the development program overall;

7. Review and analyze information gathered through prospect research to identify and qualify major gift prospects;

8. Develop and implement effective strategies and procedures for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, corporate, and foundation donors, as well as government sources;

9. Plan and coordinate special events to motivate donors and enhance recognition of the organization; 

10. Create and/or assist with developing fundraising materials including ads, press releases, and displays;

11. Research and write foundation grants and reports to meet fundraising goals;
12. Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising; 
13. Assist ED and Deputy ED in developing project budgets and in identifying potential private and public funding sources; 

14. Plan, coordinate, and implement a corporate fundraising campaign;
15. Develop and recommend changes to policies and procedures required for the development program.

Desirable qualifications:
Experience in development work
Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge development software
Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills

To apply, please send email cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and why believe you would be the best choice along with a resume, list of three references, and contract rate ($/hr. for 15-20 hours per week) by January 10, 2019 to:

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