The President is responsible for the overall operation of the Maine Seacoast Mission by providing vision and guidance to fulfill the mission of the organization.

The President is responsible for the overall operation of the Maine Seacoast Mission by providing vision and guidance to fulfill the mission of the organization. The President is charged with providing strong directional leadership and will discern, prioritize, and act on the challenges facing the organization. Critical components of this position include: strong administrative skills, execution of the strategic plan inclusive of program assessment, development/fundraising goals, community outreach, building partnerships within the local and non-profit community, and maintaining fiscal stability while building a common culture with supporting goals that bridge the board, senior management, staff, and volunteers.

The President represents the spiritual tradition of the organization offering hope, encouragement and help to strengthen families and communities. The position represents an outstanding opportunity to lead a financially healthy, programmatically sound and highly respected agency to continue its work with people’s strengths and to honor the capacity of individuals to choose their own course in life. The Mission seeks a leader who possesses the creative energy, knowledge, and experience to bring 21st-century relevancy to a diverse faith-based nonprofit organization without losing the essence of its 113-year legacy with outer island, coastal, and downeast communities.

The President of the Maine Seacoast Mission reports to a board of directors comprising 21 community members located throughout its service area. Reporting directly to the President are directors of finance, administration, development, and service programs.


Board Governance:

  • Works with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission as defined by the Board.
  • Communicates effectively with the Board and provides in a timely and accurate manner all programmatic, financial, and other information necessary for the Board to properly function and make informed decisions.
  • In collaboration with the Board, leads the process of short and long term strategic planning to include appropriate research, formulation of goals and objectives, implementation of action plans, allocation of resources, assurance of accountability, and measurement of progress; regularly communicates goal achievements and challenges to the Board.
  • Interprets and enforces board policy statements, recommending any changes necessary to maintain sound operation.


  • Ensures that the mission of the organization is implemented and sustained in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Represents the organization’s leadership as the president in all interactions with other non-profit institutions, community organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, regional economic development associations, and the general public.
  • Manages the day to day operations and affairs of the Mission including oversight  of sound human resource policies and procedures.
  • Leads, motivates, supervises, and assesses the senior management team.
  • Monitors the recruitment, termination, training, evaluation and professional development of the Mission’s staff.
  • Develops, implements, oversees and evaluates Mission programs.

Financial Management (Budget & Property):

  • Oversees preparation of, executes and generally operates within an approved annual budget.
  • Ensures maximum resource utilization and maintains the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Maintains sound financial policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Ensures organizational compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Oversees the maintenance of the physical properties of the Mission to ensure they are in good condition and repair.

Community Relations & External Communications:

  • Acts as principal spokesperson for the organization with various constituencies.
  • Seeks partnerships with other non-profit/community service organizations and/or government entities in order to maximize benefit to the community and enhance organization’s standing in the community.
  • Fosters the organization’s spiritual tradition; establishes an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust with the constituencies served by the Mission.
  • Educates the public about the work of the organization and issues facing the region.


  • Champions the Mission with existing and newly identified donors, communicates regularly with funders and builds new relationships and revenue sources; works to increase unrestricted gifts and identify major gift donors.
  • Formulates and executes fundraising strategies that meet budget goals.
  • Develops relationships with foundations, corporate, and governmental funds.


The successful candidate must have:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience managing an organization, preferably a non-profit with a similar mission.
  • Track record of organizational management skills, including: financial management, budget preparation and oversight, staff oversight and supervision.
  • Proven experience in identifying competent hires and managing staff in collaborative but decisive fashion.
  • Ability to think strategically and to effectively implement strategic goals and objectives.
  • Nonprofit fundraising experience including successful track record in interacting positively with a sophisticated donor base.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Commitment, ability, and mobility to serve a rural service area; local, regional, and national travel required; flexibility to work on a basis of “available as work demands” in addition to a fixed schedule and availability to meet the needs of the institution, regardless of time of day or day of week.

The successful candidate will ideally have:

  • Maine/New England connection/rural experience.
  • Creative leader who can relate to culturally diverse groups of people.
  • Experience working with boards and committees.
  • Good computer skills with ability to identify and direct implementation of computer upgrades that support Mission programs.
  • Social media familiarity/competence.
  • Human services background with reputation as leader who commands respect.
  • Background working with under-served populations.

Personal Attributes

  • Charisma, creativity, vitality, compassion, sense of humor.
    Initiative, adaptability, high energy, decisiveness, perserverence.
  • Superior interpersonal, listening, and team-building skills.
  • Well organized with ability to plan and prioritize.
  • Integrity and highly ethical character.
  • Empathy for spiritual concerns, and appreciation for the personal standards commensurate with the Mission’s founding Christian values.

The Maine Seacoast Mission is an equal opportunity employer.
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