Director of Individual Giving, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Portland, Maine
Feb 28, 2019
Mar 30, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level



Portland, Maine


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Gulf of Maine Research Institute in the search for a Director of Individual Giving.

The Director of Individual Giving will devise strategies and manage programs that strengthen individual engagement and giving at Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). Primary responsibilities include the design and execution of strategies to maximize annual giving by individuals; the development of long-term relationships with prospective major donors through portfolio management; strategy and execution of recognition and annual stewardship programs for individuals; and strategy development and support for both fundraising and friend-raising events. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with a variety of Development team members and GMRI program staff and supervise one staff member, the Donor Engagement Specialist.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute pioneers collaborative solutions to global ocean challenges. Its scientists explore dynamic ocean systems from marine life to environmental conditions to coastal economies. GMRI infuses its discoveries into the policy arena and designs solutions with fishermen and seafood businesses to protect fishery resources, harvest them responsibly, and market them as premium quality food. It shares its discoveries with the public and nurtures a culture of leadership in communities that depend on the sea. GMRI's education programs cultivate science literacy and build a foundation of collaborative problem-solving among the next generation of leaders, scientists, citizens, and stewards. Each year, GMRI serves over 25,000 stakeholders from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia.

GMRI is locally focused and globally relevant. GMRI is dedicated to the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. It supports solutions that will broadly benefit the bioregion and its diverse communities over generations to come. GMRI leverages the Gulf of Maine’s significance as a testbed for adaptation to environmental change and responses to global opportunities and challenges. GMRI is committed to the principles of independence and objectivity. It engages deeply in complex and often controversial marine issues. GMRI's research is evidence-based, transparent, and nonpartisan. GMRI convenes diverse and often competing stakeholders to solve complex problems. It works with partners and networks to leverage knowledge, relationships, and resources to increase shared impact. GMRI's commitment to excellence ensures that thoughtful, entrepreneurial, and persistent staff who aspire to high levels of impact are recruited and empowered.

A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree is required for this position as is a minimum of seven years of work experience with a background in fundraising (or a very closely related field), preferably involving a mix of donor cultivation/solicitation and events planning. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.