Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Maine College of Art

Portland, Maine

For more than 135 years, Maine College of Art (MECA) has been committed to educating artists for life. The MECA education is rooted in artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship and civic engagement. Located in the heart of Portland, Maine’s thriving Downtown Arts District, it’s perfectly situated at the center of one of America’s most livable cities.

Maine College of Art is one of 42 private, nonprofit, degree-granting professional art colleges in the country. Founded in 1882, MECA awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in 11 studio majors. The student body is currently comprised of approximately 512 BFA, MFA and MAT degree students.  MECA’s interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on models of creative practice, ensuring that students will graduate with a solid understanding of how to most effectively use their passions, talents and education to make a living as a professional artist and designer. MECA believes that art and culture make communities better. It is committed to empowering a new generation of creative, problem-solving Artists at Work. MECA provides an incomparable, individualized foundation for a successful career in the arts. 

The Opportunity

The Vice President for Institutional Advancement will be responsible for creating, directing and executing a comprehensive donor development and fundraising program. Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement will manage MECA’s fundraising, alumni relations, Artists at Work, marketing and communications. S/He will have a demonstrated ability to generate Major Gift donations, cultivate high capacity donors, and close major gifts. The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurially inclined with an ability to create a strategic plan for development with diverse revenue streams, as well as to set and manage priorities to execute the plan. A minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in development is required.


​Jon Derek Croteau

To apply or nominate qualified candidates, contact ​Jon Derek Croteau, Vice President for Client Relations or complete and submit the form below.

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