Employment - Development Director



Position Description

The Development Director reports directly to, and works closely with, the Executive Director. It is a full-time, hands-on position that offers the flexibility to work from 30-40 hours per week.

The ideal candidate has nonprofit development experience, topflight written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and a collegial work ethic.

Primary responsibilities are to plan and implement the school’s fundraising efforts through capital campaigns, the annual appeal, planned giving, and grant applications. Working as part of an administrative office team, the Development Director handles his or her own clerical duties such as data entry, pledge tracking, and gift acknowledgement, as well as executive duties such as campaign planning and management. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Planning and implementing capital campaigns, starting with an endowment campaign that is currently in the quiet phase
  2. Planning and implementing the annual appeal, which last year received $214,800 from 385 contributors
  3. Originating grant applications for both program-related and capital projects
  4. Building relationships with CFC’s major contributors, alumni, donors, and volunteers
  5. Managing the school’s Teaching the Teachers scholarship program

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nationally prominent, nonprofit woodworking school in Rockport, Maine. Our mission is to provide the best possible education for people who want to design and build functional, beautiful, and expressive work out of wood to the highest standard of craftsmanship. At the heart of the Center’s mission is the belief that design and craftsmanship are deeply meaningful expressions of the human spirit. They contribute to individual fulfillment and, by extension, to the advancement of society.

With an annual operating budget of $1.5 million and a full-time administrative staff of seven, the Center offers five distinct educational programs that range in length from a weekend to a year, and also operates an on-campus gallery. Each year, approximately 400 students travel from across the U.S. and around the globe to study with more than 45 outstanding designer/makers in the fields of furniture making, turning, carving, and related arts such as marquetry and finishing. The Intensive, Comprehensive, and Fellowship programs, which account for three-quarters of our programming, primarily serve professional-track students. Participants in shorter one-week and two-week workshops are mostly passionate amateurs.

Founded in 1993, the Center is fiscally and operationally healthy. Program-related revenue covers 78% of operating expense, the annual appeal offsets 11%, and the remaining 11% is generated from a $6 million endowment.  The next stage of the school’s growth is to leverage its strengths for greater societal impact. To that end, a primary responsibility for this position will be to manage a recently launched endowment campaign to fund fellowships that foster the creative growth of emerging and professional makers, scholarships for vocational teachers at Title I schools and service organizations, and scholarships for students in the school’s longer, professional-track courses, among other goals.  


Hands-on experience in fundraising management, including capital campaigns, annual giving, donor relations, major gift solicitations, and event planning

Excellent writing, proofreading, and verbal communication skills

Proven ability to manage concurrent projects

Competence with word processing, databases (ideally FileMaker), and spreadsheets in a PC environment

Facility with social media

Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive


Salary (with benefits) commensurate with experience.  

To apply:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references by email to development@woodschool.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.