Founded in 2006, Emerge Maine is the premier political leadership training organization for Democratic women in Maine. Our mission is to recruit, train, and inspire Democratic women to pursue public office at the local, state and national levels through our 6-month campaign-training program. Emerge Maine is an affiliate of Emerge America, a national organization currently working in 17 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  


We are seeking a highly motivated, talented, and entrepreneurial individual to serve as the Executive Director (ED).  The ED reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors and works with state board members to achieve organizational goals.  The primary responsibilities include but are not limited to: fundraising and budget management, program implementation, class recruitment, board management, and support for program members and alumnae. 


The Executive Director will organize and facilitate Emerge Maine’s flagship training program and is responsible for building and maintaining the organizational infrastructure. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Program & Communications

  • Recruit, train, and inspire Democratic women to run for office;
  • Execute our flagship 6-month campaign training, including managing all training logistics, scheduling, and preparing trainers;
  • Support and engage Emerge Maine alumnae to further our mission;
  • Serve as spokesperson for the organization;
  • Manage all external communication for the organization;
  • Represent the organization at coalition meetings and with partner organizations;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders.

Fundraising & Administration

  • Manage day-to-day operations for the organization;
  • Direct all fundraising efforts, with Board involvement, including: event management, donor solicitation, Board and Advisory Council efforts, regular email solicitation, and our end of year mailing;
  • Cultivate and maintain relations with donors;
  • Administer the organization’s database.

Organizational Development

  • Build and manage relationships with the Board of Directors and oversee all board governance, including scheduling and preparing for board meetings, participating in board recruitment, development, and training, and managing all board committees;
  • Develop a vision and strategic plan to advance the organization’s mission to train
  • Ensure that Emerge Maine is actively participating with our national affiliate, Emerge America;
  • Identify opportunities to expand programmatic offerings to support the mission of Emerge Maine.


  • Bachelor’s Degree is required;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Democratic ideals; 
  • Strong fundraising skills and organizational skills;
  • Passion for and knowledge of women’s political leadership issues and political campaigns; 
  • Comfort with public speaking and excellent written and oral communications; 
  • Experience working on a political campaign;
  • Minimum of 6 years relevant professional work experience; 
  • Ability to develop trusted and effective working relationships with diverse constituencies, including boards of directors, staff, donors, elected officials, volunteers and a diverse array of supporters and stakeholders; 
  • Effective multi-tasking abilities and time management;
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivate;
  • Ability to oversee the strategic planning process, including the development of measurable goals, and implementation of the strategic plan; 
  • Non-profit management experience in some of the following functions: boards of directors, budgets, administrative functions, program development and fundraising. 


  • Based in Maine - work from home (location negotiable)
  • In-state travel is required, as well as annual out of state travel 

  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle required 
  • Flexible work hours, including weekend and evenings hours

For consideration, please submit a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and three professional references by the close of business on March 15, 2017 to Board Chair, Gabrielle Bérubé Pierce at contact@emergemaine.org. No phone calls, please. 

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