Community and Economic Development Director

The Island Institute has announced a new position, the Community and Economic Development Director, responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of programming to address island and remote coastal communities’ priorities related to strengthening diverse community, economic, and workforce development initiatives.

The Community and Economic Development (CED) Director will manage several core community development programs and staff including Island Fellows, scholarships, internships and leadership programs as resources that are deployed with island partners.  The CED Director will facilitate the sharing of information, develop community connections across islands, and identify partnerships and prospective resources to further local goals across community and economic sectors.

The CED Director will be expected to track regional and national trends in community and economic development, specifically those that relate to rural community sustainability, and to bring relevant ideas into local discussions in Maine’s island and remote coastal communities.  The CED Director will report to the Vice President of Operations.

Basic Job Responsibilities:

1)      Oversee the Island Fellows program including: managing budget, staff, Fellows, site selection and recruitment processes, and implementation throughout the year;

2)      Oversee budget, staff and implementation of scholarship, internship, and leadership programming;

3)      Assist the Maine Islands Coalition in convening around what works on islands;

4)      Develop the biennial Island Indicator reports, analyzing island community data to highlight community demographic and economic trends;

5)      Facilitate discussions related to short- and long-term community and economic development opportunities;

6)      Develop and implement new programming to support island communities seeking strong and diverse economic opportunities.

This position requires the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and the flexibility to adjust to meet needs as they arise.


The successful candidate should have:

  • An undergraduate degree in a related field (master’s degree preferred), and at least five years of experience in a related role;
  • At least five years of  personnel management experience and the ability to handle conflict resolution, communication, recruitment and evaluation;
  • Budget and grant management experience with the ability to manage large and diverse budgets, and handle grantwriting, reporting and evaluation requirements;
  • Flexibility and the ability to travel extensively, including overnights, and working weekends occasionally ; requires early-morning travel, and air or ferry travel;
  • Training and event planning experience: the ability to organize and conduct training and orientation programs, and event coordination
  • The ability to work closely with community partners to assess needs and match personnel and resources to meet local requests
  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis skills, and the ability to gather, analyze and share data meaningfully;
  • Strong word processing skills, PowerPoint and spreadsheet experience;
  • Extremely strong organizational skills and the ability to work in a detail-oriented environment;
  • Extremely strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment;
  • The ability to work independently;
  • The ability to follow through on assignments in an accurate and timely manner.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with an excellent work ethic and time-management skills.

 The CED Director is a full-time position starting immediately, with competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Electronic applications are preferred. Please submit an application that includes a résumé, cover letter, and three professional references in PDF format.  The position will remain open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received prior to 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, April 15, 2013. 

Please send applications to:

Nancy McLeod Carter

Human Resources, Island Institute

or P.O. Box 648, Rockland, ME 04841


Based in Rockland, Maine the Island Institute is a nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity “at-will” employer committed to providing equal employment opportunities based upon an individual’s ability and qualifications. We do not discriminate against people on the basis of race, citizenship, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, because of an individual’s assertion of a Worker’s Compensation Claim or rights under former Title 39 or Title 39-A, or because of actions taken by an individual that are protected in the Whistle Blowers’ Protection Act, Title 26, Chapter 7, Subchapter V-B, in all aspects of employment, including hiring, employment, benefits, advancement opportunities, recruiting, training or transfers.

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