Career Opportunities

Development Director

Are you a creative, strategic leader, passionate about non-profit work? If so, we want you on our team! The Dempsey Center is a dynamic and growing non-profit organization providing a unique opportunity to serve and support cancer impacted communities in Maine and beyond. The ideal candidate has strong strategic skills including fundraising, relationship cultivation and stewardship, major gifts, and grant management. As the Development Director, you will supervise, execute, and evaluate all development activities and strategies for the organization including but not limited to annual fund, major gifts, corporate and foundation giving and planned gifts, online giving, fundraising, and other special events including the Dempsey Challenge. You will also research and identify new revenue sources and oversee grant writing. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director and oversees four staff. The Development Director also serves as staff liaison to the Development Committee of the Dempsey Center’s Board of Directors.

Minimum of eight years of experience in non-profit fundraising and donor solicitation with progressive responsibility required. Experience leading capital campaigns and major gifts programs, with an understanding of the Maine, Regional, and National markets. Experience working collaboratively with and managing a team of employees to complete tasks in a timely manner and in a fast-paced environment required. Experience with celebrity fundraising strategies and planned giving a plus. Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and its New England Chapter desired.

Bachelor’s or advanced degree in business, health services, social services, non-profit leadership, or communications.

Valid Maine driver’s license is required.


  • Exceptional communication skills (speaking, reading, writing, active listening, presentation, etc.)
  • Effective analytical, financial and budgetary skills, including proficiency with spreadsheet software
  • Demonstrated organizational entrepreneurialism, foresight, and innovative thinking experience necessary for strategic plan execution.
  • Ability to manage and complete complex projects with multi-month timelines and competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience building cohesive teams
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to assess organizational, team, and individual needs and to assist in identifying and recommending appropriate action plans to meet those needs.
  • Ability to engage and motivate staff, volunteers, and board members.
  • Works regularly with highly confidential information. Utmost discretion and integrity are required for the job.


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