Job Opening: Development Manager

Reports to: Development Operations Manager

Schedule: Full-time, year-round with the need for occasional weekend and evening work

Friends of Acadia seeks an experienced, organized, and creative development professional to manage the annual fundraising programs, including membership, annual fund, and business support campaigns.

This position develops and manages a matrix of development and communication strategies in collaboration with the Communications and Marketing Team focused on building a sustainable tradition of annual support. The Development Manager identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards relationships with individuals and businesses, securing gifts for annual support, as well as identifies opportunities for future campaigns and planned giving.

The successful candidate will have skills in project management and collaboration, data management and analysis, volunteer supervision, research, and the ability to craft compelling and inspiring messages. A love of Acadia and an understanding of conservation makes candidates for this position most competitive.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plans, implements, and manages the goal-oriented membership and annual fund campaigns including direct mailings, e-mails, social media postings, and personal solicitations; writes solicitation letters, brochures, inserts, and gift acknowledgements. Both the membership and annual fund campaigns have specific annual growth goals for which the incumbent is leading in collaboration with the Communications and Marketing Team and other key staff.
  • Plans, implements, and manages the business support program which includes identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding annual business memberships and sponsorships; ensures that Business Members receive appropriate benefits and recognition. Collaborates extensively with the Communications and Marketing Team.
  • Plans, implements, and manages the volunteer-driven summer Membership Table program, as well as other volunteer opportunities in the office, ensuring volunteers are well trained, recognized, and equipped for success.
  • Works proficiently in the donor database (Raiser’s Edge NXT) including data entry, retrievals, reports, and analysis (training provided).
  • Serves as an active member of the development staff and other cross-departmental efforts, open and eager to develop and implement new fundraising strategies and membership growth goals.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Success Factors:

In conjunction with position-related skills, the successful candidate will become an integral member of the Friends of Acadia team with these criteria:

  • Serves as part of a cross-departmental team that drives membership and promotes the Friends of Acadia mission in print, online, and at in-person opportunities, such as the Membership Table and other local events.
  • Develops, maintains, and promotes positive and professional relationships with internal staff, volunteers, members, vendors, contractors, media, and the general public in order to achieve departmental and organizational goals.
  • Maintains a commitment to, and ability to convey, the Friends of Acadia mission with genuine passion, and the willingness to continually learn about the programs and mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Three to five years of relevant experience in a non-profit organization in annual giving, advancement services, development, or related experience.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal; sense of humor appreciated!
  • Strong project management, planning, and implementation skills.
  • Creative problem solver, and strategic, organized thinker.
  • Excellent time-management skills to handle a variety of assignments simultaneously under a variety of deadlines and other constraints.
  • Ability to understand and interpret instruction to work effectively and efficiently independently with minimal supervision, as well as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy with regard to handling data and executing reports.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft office programs with emphasis on Word and Excel; donor database experience and proficiency essential, particularly Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT
  • Results driven; ability to manage and measure work, balancing multiple projects and goals.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to lift 20 pounds.

To Apply

Friends of Acadia is an equal opportunity employer. Founded in 1986, the organization’s mission is to preserve, protect, and promote stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and the surrounding community for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.

It is the policy of Friends of Acadia to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees in compliance with all applicable laws. This policy applies in all aspects of the employment relationship including (but not limited to) recruiting, selection, placement, supervision, working conditions, compensation, training, promotion, and termination.

Friends of Acadia does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, reproductive health decision-making, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in connection with any aspect of employment at Friends of Acadia.