Maine Brewers Guild – Executive Director – Craft Beer Job Listing

Executive Director, Maine Brewers Guild

The volunteer Board of Directors is seeking an individual responsible for achieving the Guild’s mission statement of ‘promoting and protecting Maine’s craft brewers’ and executing the strategic plan goals established by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is expected to implement the structure, process and finances to lead the organization to performance excellence and is responsible for managing all elements of the Guild including fundraising, membership, finances, events, media and marketing, support for legislative activity and administrative tasks. . This role will require a passion for the industry, working in a fast-paced environment, coordinating many different concurrent projects, and operating in a self-sufficient, public-facing role.


Support and assist the Legislative Committee, Board of Directors, and lobbyists with the execution of political awareness campaigns, outreach to legislators, and policymakers. Develop programs, documents, and initiatives that support the political affairs mission. Coordinate member participation in the legislative process. Inform, educate, and involve Guild members in the Guild’s legislative efforts. Speak with confidence about state and national legislative efforts impacting the craft beer industry and membership. Extend invitations and coordinate the participation of legislators in key union events.


Serve as the main spokesperson for the Maine Brewers Guild, positioning MBG as the “first call” for the media and the authoritative voice on beer in Maine. Manage all contracts and engagements for the communications/public relations firm. Oversee and manage the Guild’s online presence: website, social media, and press coverage. Publish a basic media kit to inform the media and the public about the latest statistics on the state industry. Develop content for newsletters, media roundups, and infographic creation. Facilitate and maintain relationships with legislators, economic development officials, and industry stakeholders. Work to position the industry and organization as a positive contributor to the local economy. Ensure Board members receive relevant information and talking points for media appearances.


Primary fundraiser for the organization. Responsible for driving top-line revenue for the Guild through donor management and cultivation, fundraising event management, and direct and indirect solicitation of support for the organization. Develop fundraising budget goals in partnership with the Board for inclusion in the annual budget. fundraising goals established in the annual budget and event budgets. Key contact for allied members: from the initial consultation to the donation commitment. Develop and maintain fundraising guarantees, including allied membership guarantees, sponsorship sell sheets, sales guarantees. Ensure all donor benefits are delivered. – from inclusion in the newsletter to discounted tickets to the annual Board/donor dinner.


Oversees the creation of the annual calendar of events in conjunction with the Events Committee/Board which will be published annually with quarterly updates to facilitate the widest possible member participation. Negotiates and signs all contracts for contractors and event venues. Ensures that the strategic goals of existing events are met. Events include: beer festivals, industry conferences, public meetings, beer school events, fundraisers, member and legislative happy hours, annual meetings, etc. Develop new events that balance consumer demand and strategic initiatives. they are made every year for recurring events. Determines the pricing structure, sponsorship plan, and develops and adheres to budgets for all Guild events in conjunction with the Events Committee.


The CEO should strive to visit member breweries weekly and report progress at monthly board meetings. Continued implementation of the non-medical benefits program and work to increase benefit offerings for members. Write and distribute regular communications to all members to provide updates on union issues, industry, regulations, and resources. Facilitates all member communication platforms (Facebook, email, etc.)


Create an annual organizational budget in conjunction with the Treasurer and the Board. Responsible for meeting the objectives of the annual budget. Responsible for effective A/R and A/P processes through Quickbooks. Oversee financial reporting (budget, cash flow, balance sheet, profit and loss, etc.) in conjunction with the treasurer and bookkeepers. Ensure delivery of financial reports to the Board prior to board meetings. Work with the Treasurer to develop the Annual Meeting presentation on organizational finance. Verify the responsibility of signing.


Facilitates the election process for board members, including nominations, elections, onboarding, and continuing education. Implements the organizational structure for the union and related personnel as approved by the board. He maintains regular and personal contact with the MBG board of directors and union committees. Schedule monthly board meetings with an agenda posted no less than 24 hours before the meeting. Maintains the organization’s website.

Minimum requirements:

3+ years working in the non-profit sector Excellent communication skills Strong organizational and time management skills Experience managing event logistics Proficient in MS Office, Google and Adobe applications Experience operating Zoom, Google Meet or other webinar platforms Experience with QuickBooks or other accounting software is a plus

Location: Maine

Hours: Full time

Compensation: Anticipated salary in the range of $70-$85K, depending on qualifications, plus a benefits package that includes paid time off, phone/internet stipend, and travel reimbursement.

The position can be work from home or hybrid. Requires occasional weekend or night work and frequent travel within the state. Some out of state travel may also be involved (trade shows, conferences, etc.)

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter as a pdf document with your first and last name as the file name to: [email protected]

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