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Job Opening: Part Time Executive Director – Main Street Bucksport

Main Street Bucksport, a Maine Downtown Center and Main Street America Affiliate Program is a non-profit organization located in Bucksport, Maine. We are a volunteer organization dedicated to building a more vibrant and sustainable downtown Bucksport. We are in need of an outgoing, personable, organized, enthusiastic individual who can coordinate, recruit, and lead a group of volunteer citizens as they work towards the organization’s mission.

The work is stimulating, challenging, and rewarding as Bucksport continues its progress into the future. Experience in any of the following is desired; economic development, event management, grant writing, organizational fundraising, website maintenance, marketing, and nonprofit administration.

This is a part time position with a flexible, mostly self-determined schedule. The Executive Director is expected to maintain a work schedule that averages 20 hours per week over the course of a year. A detailed job description can be found on our website, mainstreetbucksport.org.

The salary is $25,000 annually and does not include health insurance. Please submit a resume to info@mainstreetbucksport.org or Main Street Bucksport, PO Drawer P, Bucksport, Maine 04416.

Job Opening: Town of Bowdoinham – Planning & Development Director

The Town of Bowdoinham is currently seeking qualified applicants for the full-time position of Planning & Development Director. This is a professional and administrative position responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the Town’s planning, economic and community development goals and objectives. This position works closely with the community, Town committees and community organizations to support Bowdoinham businesses, coordinate community events, create Town plans and manage projects. Work includes grant administration and budget management. This position is also responsible to maintaining the Town’s website and Facebook page and producing The Bowdoinham News.

The Town is seeking an individual with considerable knowledge of ordinances, planning processes and project management. Candidates should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrated leadership ability, and a collaborative and team-oriented management style. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in planning, community development or a related field is preferred. The Town offers a competitive wage based on qualifications and experience and an excellent benefits package.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and employment application to: Nicole Briand, Town Manager, Town of Bowdoinham, 13 School Street, Bowdoinham, Maine 04008 or townmanager@bowdoinham.com, by noon on Friday, March 12, 2021. For a complete job description and employment application, please visit www.bowdoinham.com/employment.

Bowdoinham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Opening: Town of Lisbon – Part -Time Summer Event/ Moxie Festival Coordinator

This is a part-time temporary position reporting to the Parks and Recreation Director, while working in
collaboration with the Town of Lisbon Departments and Moxie Committee. Working with internal staff and
community members, the Coordinator handles all event planning, volunteer coordination, and administrative
duties for the Moxie Festival.

The successful candidate will provide energy, creativity and community relations expertise that will make a
substantial impact on the Summer Event Series and also the Moxie Festival while enhancing the image and
positive relationships of the Town of Lisbon.
The summer event series coordinator will work with local businesses, volunteers, and Town staff to plan, and
implement a range of events at a variety of locations.

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:
• Experience in marketing, public or community relations, event planning
• Experience in planning and implementing events including expertise in attracting sponsorships; proven track
record in developing and implementing promotion plans; print production expertise associated with
fundraising events.
• Extensive experience facilitating committee meetings.
• Extensive experience working with local businesses and donors, as well as managing, supervising and
orienting volunteers for events. Media relations experience is an asset.
• Project Management, organizational and prioritizing skills; problem solving and organizational skills; attention
to detail is imperative.
• The ability to work well independently and multi-task, as well as the ability to work with a diverse group of
individuals in a team environment (ranging from the moxie committee, corporate leaders, staff and
volunteers).
• Must possess excellent written and oral communication, organizational, customer service and creative thinking
skills to ensure a professional execution of all related special events. Software proficiency in Microsoft Word,
Excel, Power Point.

To Apply: This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Interested applicants should
forward cover letter and resume detailing all applicable experience and references by March 1, 2021 to:

Subject Line: Event Coordinator

E‐mail: mlavigne@lisbonme.org

Mail:
Megan Lavigne, Human Resources Assistant
Town of Lisbon
300 Lisbon Street
Lisbon, ME 04250

The Town of Lisbon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Opportunity – Program Director – Saco Main Street

Saco Main Street is hiring,,,

Saco, Maine is an incredible Southern Maine coastal city with a historic downtown, miles of trails, a beautiful beach and the Saco River. It is a wonderful place to call home. Saco Main Street is looking for an individual leader who is entrepreneurial, visionary, energetic, innovative, imaginative, motivated, flexible and has a good sense of humor. We are now accepting resumes for the positon of Program Director. It is the organization’s intent for this position to transition to the Executive Director role by the end of 2021.

Send us your resume, a letter outlining your interest, a list of three people to tell us how awesome you are and a 2-3 minute video on why you would like to join us by 3/15/21. Send all information to sacomainstreet3@gmail.com. The search will remain in effect until the position is filled.

Working with the Saco Main Street Executive Director the Program Director coordinates activities within downtown Saco and the downtown historic district for revitalization, business vitality and community engagement programs as an integral foundation for overall economic development. The Program Director is responsible for coordinating all program activities and volunteers, as well as representing the community regionally and nationally as appropriate. In addition, the Program Director should help guide the organization as its objectives evolve. As mentioned above it is the Saco Main Street’s intent that this position will transition to the Executive Director role by the end of 2021.

Saco Main Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2002. Since that time the organization has worked to spearhead revitalization of the downtown area. Saco Main Street is one of ten certified Main Street programs in Maine and is aligned with the Maine Downtown Center’s Main Street Program, the National Main Street Center and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Rural Business Development Grant Program Applications

The Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the FY21 Rural Business Development Grant program has been released. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. Applications involving construction or ground disturbance should be submitted sooner to allow time for the environmental review. Late applications will not be accepted for competition and will be returned. Awards will be made subject to funding availability.

The Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 Million in revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

Below you will find the NOSA and a PDF with some general information about the grant: who is eligible, examples of eligible projects, etc:

Application materials are located on our website: USDA RBDG link. The materials are located under the “To Apply” tab.

 

Efficiency Maine Funding Opportunity Aims to Help Municipalities Accelerate Conversion to Efficient Heating and Lighting Solutions

Augusta, Maine – Feb. 2, 2020 – Maine municipalities with 4,000 residents or fewer have an opportunity to apply for enhanced incentives from Efficiency Maine for high-performance heat pumps and LED lighting projects in municipal buildings. By launching this limited-time offer, Efficiency Maine aims to accelerate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning upgrades and lighting conversions in municipal buildings.

Eligible buildings that qualify for this enhanced incentive are community centers; fire stations; police stations; public safety buildings (combined fire and police services); public works facilities (office garages, bus garages); and town halls, libraries, sewer districts, and water districts. Outbuildings, such as sport, storage, and playground buildings; schools; pump stations; and modular nonpermanent structures are not eligible.

Funds for eligible accepted projects are provided by Efficiency Maine’s Commercial and Industrial Prescriptive Program with an additional contribution from The Nature Conservancy in Maine.

“Small municipalities are especially susceptible to budget constraints that would prevent them from upgrading municipal buildings,” said Rick Meinking, senior program manager for Commercial Initiatives at Efficiency Maine. “We’re pleased to be working with The Nature Conservancy in Maine to help these municipalities improve energy efficiency and lower energy costs.”

The heat pump incentives are $2,600 per single-zone system with a maximum of three systems, or $7,800. Efficiency Maine is contributing $1,600 of the $2,600 and The Nature Conservancy is contributing $1,000. This limited-time offer will support the installation of 100 heat pumps. Lighting incentives, provided solely by Efficiency Maine, include a fixed price per kilowatt hour saved in the first year and are subject to a cap of 90% of the total cost.

“The Nature Conservancy is committed to supporting Maine communities’ transitions to clean, efficient sources of energy,” said Kate Dempsey, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. “We’re excited to collaborate with Efficiency Maine on this initiative to help small municipalities reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs.”

The limited-time offer began on December 29, 2020. The application deadline is March 31, 2021. Accepted projects must be complete by June 1, 2021. Interested municipalities can get more information about this funding opportunity on the Efficiency Maine website.

Efficiency Maine’s Commercial and Industrial Prescriptive Program offers fixed incentives to reduce the cost of projects and to improve energy efficiency for various sectors, including businesses, municipalities, schools and higher education facilities, manufacturing and other industrial facilities, as well as other non-residential facilities, and multifamily and condominium buildings with five or more units.

To learn more about the Efficiency Maine Prescriptive Program and how to maximize its benefits visit https://www.efficiencymaine.com/at-work/ci-prescriptive-incentive-program/.  

About Efficiency Maine Trust

Efficiency Maine Trust is the independent administrator for programs to improve the efficiency of energy use and reduce greenhouse gases in Maine. The Trust does this primarily by delivering financial incentives on the purchase of high-efficiency equipment or changes to operations that help customers save electricity, natural gas and other fuels throughout the Maine economy. The Trust is a quasi-state agency governed by a Board of Trustees with oversight from the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Visit www.efficiencymaine.com for more information.

Job Opening: Economic Development Specialist – Thomaston, Maine

Community Concepts, Inc. is seeking an Economic Development Specialist to work with our affiliate, Community Concepts Finance Corporation (CCFC). The Economic Development Specialist is primarily responsible for supporting, and facilitating community/economic development, business retention, expansion along with measuring the impact of this work. The Economic Development Specialist will also work directly with business loan clients to increase their ability to understand business climate and how data measurement can positively impact the growth of their small business. The Economic Development Specialist is responsible for identifying new opportunities as well as managing assigned projects within this program area and developing the impact measurement and reporting documentation to be shared with internal staff, funders, and the public. Regular travel with use of personal vehicle is required, with agency mileage reimbursement. The position is 40 hours per week. For specific information about the job, contact Mia Purcell at 207-739-6543 or
mpurcell@community-concepts.org.

To Qualify: Bachelor’s degree in Economic Development or related field preferred, and/or 5 years of relevant professional experience. Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills. Must have the ability to work independently and to engage both business and community leaders as well as volunteers. Candidates must have the ability to identify and quantify relevant metrics to demonstrate service impact. Grant writing experience preferred. Proficiency in Excel and Word applications; social media platforms; database management; ability to write reports and professional business correspondence. Pre-employment SBI, DMV, DHHS, sex offender registry, federal debarment background checks and approval of the Small Business Administration. Must have and maintain a valid Maine driver’s license and a vehicle covered by liability insurance; must have a telephone.

Benefits: Community Concepts offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, life, short-term disability, hospital indemnity, accident coverage, critical illness coverage, paid time off, 12 paid holidays per year, 403(b) pension plan with agency match, and more.
Community Concepts, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. Please request any necessary accommodations to participate in the application process.

Maine Working Communities Challenge Regional Information Sessions

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and its partners invite you to learn more about the Maine Working Communities Challenge, a grant opportunity that supports local teams working together to improve economic outcomes for all people in Maine’s towns, cities, and rural communities. The Regional Information Sessions will provide information including principles of the initiative, how to apply, grant details, and time for questions and answers.

Please Register Here for a virtual Regional Information Session.

Feel free to share this invitation with others: successful community leadership teams will include individuals engaged in a range of work and from diverse backgrounds. We are eager to share the opportunity with people from many different organizations, places, and communities.

Aroostook, Piscataquis, Penobscot Counties Friday, November 6

9-10:30 AM

Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Sagadahoc Counties Friday, November 6

12-1:30 PM

Washington & Hancock

Counties

Monday, November 9

9-10:30 AM

Androscoggin & Kennebec

Counties

Monday, November 9

12-1:30 PM

York & Cumberland

Counties

Tuesday, November 10

9-10:30 AM

Oxford, Franklin, Somerset

Counties

Tuesday, November 10

12-1:30 PM

Note that while we encourage you to attend a session that matches the geography of your prospective team, you are welcome to register for a session that better fits your schedule.

Please reach out with any questions to peter.nalli@bos.frb.org

We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,
Peter Nalli

Director, Maine Working Communities Challenge

Municipal Solar Guidance

Municipal solar guidance. As a reminder, several Maine nonprofits, engineers, and solar developers have developed new resources to help Maine towns invest in and benefit from municipal solar. These materials were mailed to all Maine town managers and planning board chairs in early September. Another resource for municipal governments interested in investing in solar is the US Department of Energy’s SolSmart program. The program offers free technical assistance to communities who can become SolSmart designated by meeting certain criteria. The program team has also produced hundreds of resources that are perfect for local governments who are just trying to learn more about solar. To date, nearly 400 communities have been Solsmart designated, but Maine is one of just 7 states that have no designated communities. If you know of a community that you think might be interested in SolSmart, please refer them to Toyah Barigye at Tbarigye@solarfound.org.

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Help Build Maine’s STEM Workforce

GOOD NEWS for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professionals who want to live and work in Maine:

Applications are now being accepted through November 15, 2020 for up to $60,000 in student loan debt relief for professionals who live in or relocate to Maine and are employed by a Maine-based business in the STEM-related fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The program, funded by the Harold Alfond Foundation and administered by the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), is known as Alfond Leaders. It assists Maine employers in attracting and retaining talented STEM professionals by providing student loan repayment assistance of up to $60,000 per recipient. Payment of the debt relief award is made directly to a recipient’s student loan servicer. Payments are made once at the end of three years of qualifying residency and employment and again at the end of a subsequent three-year period of qualifying residency and employment.

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