Community Engagement Coordinator: Southwest Harbor, Maine


About IRW

Island Readers & Writers, a Maine non-profit, grew out of the belief that children who are inspired to be strong readers, and to learn through reading and book-related experiences, will be more engaged in their own education, and will achieve a broader understanding of the world and their own potential.

For ten years, Island Readers & Writers (IRW) has been bringing book-centered enrichment programs to predominately remote and under-resourced communities in Hancock and Washington Counties and across coastal Maine. Our school and community programs augment the quality of children’s education by sparking imaginations, developing critical and reflective thinking skills, and expanding worlds through hands-on learning in natural history, science, literature, writing, and art. IRW works closely with teachers, school administrators, community and non-profit leaders, Maine authors and illustrators, scientists, historians, and volunteers to ensure that our programs meet the individual needs and interests of our constituents – the children, teachers, and families in the communities we serve.


The Role

As IRW continues on its strategic plan to grow and broaden its funding base and geographic reach and increase awareness of IRW’s mission and programs, it seeks an experienced and creative professional to serve as its full-time Community Engagement Coordinator. S/he will manage outreach and messaging through community events, social media, print materials and other media. The Coordinator will develop and maintain an active and rewarding volunteer program and assist the Executive Director in donor recruitment and stewardship as well as management of an engaged Board of Directors.


Key Responsibilities and Challenges

The Community Engagement Coordinator will:

  • Develop, organize, and promote engaging and well-coordinated community activities and events to advance IRW’s mission and strengthen relationships with partner communities, supporters, and other constituencies.
  • Support the development and design of new collateral material for marketing and outreach.
  • Develop and lead a vibrant volunteer program - attract, train, retain, and recognize our volunteers. Track metrics and manage communications with volunteers.
  • Assist the Executive Director in developing a robust stewardship program to keep IRW partners and donors informed of our activities, acknowledge their interest and support, and help organize opportunities to deepen their level of support and engagement.
  • Track donor relationships through a database (Little Green Light) and help design, prepare, and implement the fall and spring appeals.
  • Continuously develop and update IRW’s website to be engaging and informative, and to motivate and inspire supporters to action.
  • Promote IRW to supporters through social media and print media - write press releases, newsletters, program descriptions, and blog copy for the website.
  • Assist the Executive Director in preparing and implementing Board of Directors meetings and planning summits.


Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Enthusiasm for enhancing the learning environment for children in remote communities and the firmly held belief that broadening perspectives enhances an individual’s opportunity to achieve personal success;
  • Demonstrated detail orientation and ability to manage multiple priorities and adapt to change in a fast-moving environment; a flexible, adaptable, accessible work style;
  • Experience with publication development, public relations, and events management;
  • Outstanding ability to communicate effectively across multiple channels – in person and in writing, and to adapt messages to different audiences;
  • Excellent follow-through, time management, and project management skills;
  • A management style that embodies respect, teamwork, flexibility, and transparency; an active listener; the highest levels of integrity, discretion, and respect for confidentiality;
  • Proficient in digital technology including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media networks;
  • Bachelor's Degree and minimum of three years of work experience;
  • Self-motivation with a willingness to roll up your sleeves, travel, and commit to occasional weekend/evening work; a sense of humor; and
  • Must love books!


To Apply

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to:


Island Readers & Writers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.