MFOA hires a new Executive Director and Office Manager


Much of what Maine Friends of Animals has accomplished over the last 25 years has been the extraordinary efforts of an active Board of Directors with founder Robert Fisk, Jr. serving as president and Executive Director. But as MFOA has grown increasing successful in its mission, so has the need for more paid staff. In January MFOA hired Jane Delson of Newport as Executive Director and Maggie Woods of Yarmouth as the Office Manager. Their additions will greatly increase the operational capacities of the organization in moving MFOA to the next level — a level with greater capabilities in our operations, programs, fundraising, legislation, and volunteer involvement. MFOA is very excited with the addition of Jane and Maggie who are already finding bigger and better ways to increase MFOA’s impact, influence and corporate value in the community at large in being Maine’s voice for animals. General responsibilities covered:

  • Implement the corporation’s mission, objectives and tenets, code of behavior (and directives in the Robert Fisk, Jr. Endowment Fund).
  • Provide organizational leadership and develop operational structures and policies in transitioning the corporation to a larger staff driven model.  
  • Meet regulalry with the founder / President to discuss organizational matters and develop board meeting agendas.
  • Administer and provide operational oversight of the organization, office and staff. 
  • Oversee fundraising strategy, development, implementation and management; develop a comprehensive plan to increase financial resources and capacities in accordance to achieving short- and long-term funding goals.
  • Create, implement, manage, and access a donor relations plan that will assist to identify, cultivate, solicit, and expand the number of new donors; articulate corporate mission to donors in a way that both educates and compels them to give.
  • Build upon MFOA’s history and success to increase its visibility, impact, reputation and corporate value to the community with increased attention to marketing. 
  • Learn and understand the Legislative Committee role and work with the members of that standing committee in developing and executing MFOA’s  legislative agenda.
  • Develop public relations strategy and media contacts; maintain media list. 
  • Facilitate and develop current and new programs promoting humane education while building community goodwill of the organization.  
  • Provide information to the public about the corporation, including its mission, objectives and agenda; suggest website content updates to webmaster, the Board President; be a MFOA goodwill Ambassador. 
  • Serve as the primary contact / liaison to other animal associations,  organizations, state agencies and political supporters unless otherwise delegated; seek collaborative strategies and partnerships. 
  • At the annual meeting, with the President’s consultation, provide the Board a plan of action for the next year in conjunction with the on-going corporate strategic plan; provide an annual budget for Board approval.
  • Oversee and manage all fiduciary responsibilities of the organization and provide monthly financial reports to the Board.  
  • Be knowledgeable and prudent in compliance with non-profit principles  and practices.
  • Organize the selection and implementation plan for the annual Robert Fisk, Jr. Animal Protection Scholarship.  










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