Part-Time Development Coordinator

The Community School for Place Based Education

Opening posted: 05/06/2024 | Expires: 07/31/2024

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About Us:

The Community School (TCS) for Place-based Education is a small and passionate non-profit,  independent elementary and middle school committed to making a positive impact on the lives of students by inspiring a sense of self, place, and community through a meaningful, Place-based learning and teaching model. Students engage with the natural world and the greater community on our 77-acre campus and surrounding Downeast communities on a daily basis, and engage as citizens and stewards of the places where they learn and play.  The school was founded in 2014 and currently enrolls 40 students and employs 10 faculty/staff. 

TCS is seeking a dedicated and motivated Development Coordinator to join our small and dynamic team to help expand the school’s reach and ensure a bright and sustainable future for the organization.  Engaging with our present capital campaign, Place-People-Future, and a recent million-dollar matching challenge will be a central part of the role. The Development Coordinator will be responsible for planning, organizing, and executing fundraising efforts to support our mission and programs, in collaboration with the School Director and board, in addition to helping coordinate campus events. This position is perfect for individuals who are passionate about education, conservation, and community and have experience with non-profit fundraising and development work.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate and strategize to meet capital campaign benchmarks
  • Identify potential funding sources, donors, and partners
  • Develop and maintain relationships with donors and sponsors
  • Plan and execute fundraising campaigns, events, and initiatives
  • Write grant proposals and applications for funding opportunities
  • Manage and maintain donor databases and records
  • Coordinate with the board and staff to align fundraising efforts with the organization’s goals
  • Create and update promotional materials to support fundraising efforts
  • Monitor and report on the progress of fundraising efforts
  • Assist in the preparation of reports for grantors and stakeholders
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and fundraising best practices


  • A strong passion for education and the mission of the organization
  • Previous experience in fundraising, grant writing, and development work 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency in Google Suite and fundraising software tools is an advantage
  • Experience with graphic design and ability to convey the aesthetic of the organization in development materials
  • Flexible and willing to adapt to the needs of a small organization

Working Conditions:

  • Part-time position with flexible hours
  • Candidate must live in Maine (MDI-Ellsworth area preferred) in order to attend in-person meetings and events
  • Remote work may be an option
  • Occasional evening and weekend work is required for fundraising/advancement  events
  • Works collaboratively with and reports to School Director

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about education, community, and conservation and have a desire to make a difference in the lives of students and help The Community School continue to thrive and grow, we look forward to hearing from you!  Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are interested in working with The Community School, including your past experience with fundraising, development and grant writing. Please send your application to with “Part Time Development Coordinator” in the subject line.  

The Community School (TCS) is committed to providing equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals and employment decisions at TCS will be based on factors such as merit, qualifications and abilities.  TCS does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.