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Employment - Development Director



Position Description

The Development Director is a full-time position that reports directly to, and works closely with, the Executive Director.

This is a hands-on position that requires significant nonprofit development experience, topflight written and verbal communication skills, initiative, excellent interpersonal skills, and a collegial approach to the work environment.

Primary responsibilities are planning and implementing of the school’s fundraising through capital campaigns, the annual appeal, planned giving, and grant applications. As part of an administrative office team, this position handles its 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 a new endowment campaign that is currently in the quiet phase
  2. Planning and implementing the annual appeal
  3. Originating grant applications for both program-related and capital projects
  4. Building alumni, donor, and volunteer relationships
  5. Managing the Teaching the Teachers scholarship program
  6. Managing the development operations of the school in alignment with industry best practices

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

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 80% of operating expense, the annual appeal offsets 10%, and the remaining 10% 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 managing a Board-approved endowment campaign to expand scholarships for professional-track students and for teachers in vocational programs nationwide, support fellowships that foster the creative growth of emerging and professional makers, and broaden audiences for Messler Gallery exhibitions, among other goals.


  • A minimum of seven years’ work experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Significant experience in fundraising management, including capital campaigns, annual giving, donor relations, major gift solicitations, and event planning
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, and communications skills, both written and verbal
  • 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


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.