Organizational Overview: The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success. We offer a wide variety of free creative writing programs to Maine youth at our Writing Center downtown and at schools and community-based organizations all over the state.

Current openings:


Executive Director

The Telling Room Executive Director (ED) must have a deep belief in our mission and a highly-developed ability to communicate the organization’s vision to any audience. This individual guides and inspires a dedicated staff of 10 employees, as well as the Board of Directors and numerous volunteer instructors and mentors. The ED leads the entire Telling Room community in generating, implementing, and evaluating innovative programs and is responsible for guiding all revenue development efforts, ensuring our sustainability and ability to offer free programs to students. The ED is a strong writer, is able to work independently to meet tight deadlines, solves problems and multi-tasks with ease. This person is comfortable working with children, enjoys the role of mentor and teacher and recognizes the positive impact that strong adult role models can have on young people.

They are a long-term strategist who also understands that members of a small nonprofit staff, at all levels, must be ready to dive in at any moment to get the job done. The ED is kind, collaborative, thoughtful, and engaged with the work of the Telling Room.

Principal job responsibilities include:

Revenue Development and Communications

Working in partnership with the Board of Directors and Development Manager, the ED establishes fundraising goals and strategies, setting a clear and attainable vision and plan for growing the financial strength of the TR over the long term. The ED oversees all fundraising initiatives at the TR and must be highly-skilled in all aspects of donor outreach, cultivation, solicitation and management.

This person is the inward and external face of the organization and will collaborate with and build relationships with writers and artists, nonprofit organizations, community partners, schools, foundations, and corporations.


Planning and Program Development

The ED is responsible for inspiriting and guiding a long-term vision and plan for the TR.

Working with a consultant, our staff and Board of Directors, the ED will oversee the creation of a long-term strategic plan and the resulting implementation of the that vision and strategy.


Finance, Administration & Supervision

The ED is the chief financial officer for the organization, developing and closely monitoring the organizational budget in collaboration with the Board of Directors and Finance Committee. The ED oversees all human resources policies, and must be enthusiastic at leading a team of staff and volunteers. Most of all, this person should be passionate about empowering our staff, recognizing their strong skillsets and facilitating professional development internally and through external opportunities.



  • Bachelor’s degree/master’s degree in the arts, education or related field, preferred
  • Experience working with children as a teacher, mentor or counselor preferred
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in leading programs and teams at a nonprofit organization
  • Excellent communication verbal and written communications skills
  • The ability to create and/or enhance existing networks in schools, arts/educational non-profits, and community non-profits
  • An ability to think and act both strategically and tactically
  • Sound judgment and comfort with making difficult decisions
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Experience with, or comfort learning how to use a myriad of software systems and digital communications tools including, but not limited to QuickBooks, Salesforce, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google Apps, etc.

At The Telling Room, our student body is growing in diversity and we curate more stories everyday from underrepresented voices. We stand for equity, diversity, and inclusion and our new ED will also be dedicated to upholding these values. The Telling Room is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. We welcome and encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds.

The Telling Room values our team members’ expertise, dedication, creativity and individuality. We believe that seriously hard work, coupled with a good sense of humor and commitment to self care makes for a healthy work environment. We strive to provide team members with a caring and flexible work environment where they can achieve great success and develop their professional skillsets.

Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000, DOE. Full-time, Exempt, Generous Benefits Package.

Reports to Telling Room Board President.

To apply, please provide the following materials to the TR Search Committee at

  • Brief cover letter articulating your related professional experience
  • Resume/CV
  • A narrative biographical statement of no more than 250 words sharing more about your background, as well as your interest in this position and the work of the Telling Room

No phone calls please. Review of application materials begins in August, 2017.


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