Vice President of Development

Maine College of Art

Portland, Maine

With a ranking as #1 Most Livable City (Forbes), Foodiest Small Town (Bon Appetit Magazine) and Top 10 Art Towns in America, Portland, Maine is definitely a destination city. Located on the south coast of Maine, minutes from beaches, lakes and forests and a train ride from Boston, Portland has earned a reputation as a creative hotspot. Maine College of Art has been an important part of this evolution.

Evolving from a Portland Society of Art program in the early 1900s, the school awarded its first Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 1975 and was officially named Maine College of Art (MECA) in 1992. Located in a historic building in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA is intimately sized (approximately 450 students) but offers a demanding educational environment with degree programs for BFA (11 majors), MFA in Studio Arts and MA in Teaching, as well as studio space available 24/7. The school offers a low-residency MFA that is among the first of its kind nationally and a pre-college intensive program for high school students. It is one of just 42 private, non-profit degree-granting art colleges in the United States and it is home to the Institute for Contemporary Art at MECA, a cutting edge museum with works by living artists, and one of the largest independent libraries in northern New England.

MECA is under the direction of a new President, Laura Fried, Ed.D., a passionate and proven arts and education advocate who was most recently CEO and Executive Director of The Silk Road Project at Harvard University. Previously she was Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and University Relations at Brown University and Communications Officer at Harvard University.

The Opportunity

Maine College of Art is seeking a Vice President of Development to continue to build on the growth trajectory of the school’s annual fund. The Vice President will create and execute a comprehensive donor development and fundraising program, including the infrastructure, operational plan, and donor pipeline. This experienced fundraising professional should be prepared to implement signature fundraising events, donor recognition activities, and Board relationship initiatives. Strategic planning, project management and strong organizational skills are critical. The ideal candidate should have at least ten years of development experience, particularly in major and principal gifts and nonprofits.