Executive Director

Job Description


The Executive Director is responsible for directing and managing the day-to-day operations of Island Connections, including personnel and fiscal management; is the primary spokesperson for the organization, and leads fundraising and grant writing efforts including the annual fund drive and other special events. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and shall be an ex-official member of all standing and working committees


  • Hires, trains, develops and evaluates all
  • Fosters a climate of mutual respect and teamwork.

  • Assures that the operation of Island Connections is conducted professionally and in a businesslike manner.
  • Works directly with the Treasurer and bookkeeper to ensure the financial integrity of the organization. Participates in setting the fiscal budget
  • Acts in a fiscally responsible manner and pays close attention to the budget and keeps abreast of the financial condition of the organization.
  • Attends state and regional not-for-profit conferences and seminars to enhance skills necessary for the position.

  • Seeks opportunities and executes fundraising and grant writing to maintain continued program funding. Identifies available local, state, and federal grants.
  • Works with the board on implementing long-term funding and planning goals. Develops and sends annual appeal letters, meets with community businesses, churches, and other organizations that provide financial support to programs such as Island Connections.
  • Maintains records of all in-kind and monetary donations to the program. Develops and sends recognition letters to the appropriate donors.

  • Develops and maintains good working relationships with local newspapers and radio stations; keeps the community abreast on program activities and events.
  • Develops, maintains, and disseminates a program brochure, letterhead, and promotional materials as directed by the board.
  • Provides presentations to civic organizations and other groups.
  • Assists in maintaining program identity while helping to foster community ownership of Island Connections.

  • Networks with the community and area agencies that have clients needing services.
  • Responds to requests for service within Island Connections mission guidelines.
  • Monitors the satisfaction of volunteers and Island Neighbors.
  • Develops and implements an Island Neighbor information form which includes a release.


 Education/Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum of three years related and progressively more responsible work experience in not-for-profit management/organizational structures and budget management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

 Important Skills and Characteristics:  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Well-developed interpersonal skills and a positive, professional attitude. Excellent organizational and management skills and a working knowledge of fundraising and grant writing.  Ability to work either independently or as a member/leader of a team.  Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet/email software.  Ability to work well under pressure and to multi-task and prioritize duties.  Ability to maintain flexibility and interact with diverse project participants.  Willing to enhance skills to meet project needs. 

Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing and able to travel around the Island. 

Desirable: A strong knowledge of the Mount Desert Island Community.