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President- Bar Harbor, Maine


Bar Harbor, ME, USA


The Maine Seacoast Mission (MSM) is a 113-year old organization serving the coast and islands of downeast Maine. MSM manages a variety of programs oriented toward education, health, and community well-being. MSM was founded by two Congregational ministers, and while it is nondenominational and no longer affiliated with any particular church, it continues to honor and value the spiritual principles upon which it was founded.

MSM’s education programs encompass in-school, after-school and summer programs focused on improving student performance in academic and social skills. These programs provide high school mentoring and scholarship support for post-secondary education.

The 74-foot ship “Sunbeam” travels to many of the outer islands off the coast of Maine delivering services to address the physical and mental health needs of island residents, including substance abuse and eldercare. The Sunbeam’s five person crew includes a registered nurse who manages a telemedicine connection to shore-side care and a counselor who provides outreach services and pastoral care. The Sunbeam also supports an extensive outreach program intended to mitigate the effects of isolation on the island communities, especially in the winter.

MSM also offers social and nutritional programs, with a “Table of Plenty” for community meals downeast, a Christmas program to brighten the holiday season for low-income families, and meals, games, music, art shows and other events on the Sunbeam.

MSM funds its activities through a draw on a $40 million endowment, a robust annual giving program, foundation grants and annual fund-raising events. MSM actively communicates with current and prospective donors and local communities.


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. MSM 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 MSM reports to a Board of Directors comprised of approximately 25 committee 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 MSM.
  • 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 underserved populations.


Personal Attributes

  • Charisma, creativity, vitality, compassion, sense of humor.
  • Initiative, adaptability, high energy, decisiveness, perseverence.
  • 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 MSM’s founding Christian values.


This position description is based upon material provided by the Maine Seacoast Mission, an equal opportunity employer.


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