Program Developer – Climate Justice and Environmental Resilience

Company: Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Location: Brunswick, ME

Job Function: Business Development


Who we are: 


Headquartered in Maine, CEI is a community development finance institution that is a national leader in rural economic and business development. CEI’s mission is to build a just, vibrant, and climate-resilient future for people and communities in Maine and rural communities across the country. We do this by integrating finance, business expertise, and policy solutions in ways that make the economy work more equitably. 


Over 70 percent of our financing and advice go to businesses that are expanding opportunities for low-income communities, communities of color, and others who have been left behind by our economy. Learn more about working at CEI here. 




What we believe:  


Stewardship: As careful, responsible managers of the resources entrusted to us, we recognize that our decisions and actions have near – and long-term impacts on people and the planet  


Equity: We work to ensure that all people, especially those facing individual or systems barriers to opportunity, can secure a livelihood that enables them to build assets and share prosperity.  


Diversity: We engage diverse staff, board members, and partners who bring lived experience, community connections, and know-how to the problems we aim to solve.   


Innovation: We foster creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit at CEI, through our networks, and in the communities we serve.  


Collaboration: We share knowledge, practices, and resources, and partner with people and organizations to deepen our mission impact.   


In this role: 


You will create, strengthen, and deliver climate justice and environmental resilience-based programming that enables CEI’s clients to adapt to meet equity and environmental goals.  


You will grow the resilience and profitability of Maine’s small businesses, with a focus on natural resource industries, in the context of climate disruption and structural barriers to capital access. 


You will provide proactive, responsive support to CEI’s Lending and Investment team and meet with clients during the underwriting process to discuss environmental and equity practices. 


You will develop, facilitate, communicate, and advocate for CEI’s climate justice and environmental resilience strategy. 


You will build flow of green loans and investments and develop sustainability roadmaps with interested borrowers. 


You will ensure CEI’s climate justice and environmental resilience mission impact measurement is relevant, actionable, and inclusive of equity. 


Who we are seeking: 


You have a passion for upholding business and community economic development in true partnership with those seeking opportunity by providing business expertise and best practices. 


You work independently and as part of a team. You are experienced and self-directedtake initiative, and hold yourself accountable. 


You have an established reputation as an advisor, influencer, or coach. 


You thrive when working on multiple tasks with multiple clients simultaneously and are enthusiastic about helping to build an economy that works for everyone.  


You bring diverse perspectives and approaches to the team, enjoy the opportunity to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds, sectors, and identities, and foster strong relationships with clients and colleagues.  


You have lived experience as a part of authentic and accountable relationships with people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.   


Preferred candidates will have:  


Associate’s degree with a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant professional experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred with 3-5 years of experience. 


Expertise in business management, including business planning and financial statement analysis. 


Knowledge of key trends, best practices, and theories related to climate justice and environmental resilience, especially as it relates to Maine. 


Effective written, presentation, and communications ability appropriate to a wide variety of audiences. 


Strong problem-solving, analytical skills, and critical thinking ability, including the capacity to distill and connect information from a variety of sources to create accessible content 

Compensation and Benefits

Other details:   


This is a full-time 40-hour-per-week position with excellent benefits and generous time off. We work in a hybrid model, two days in the office, and three days at home. This position is based out of our headquarters in Brunswick, ME.   


Salary Range:$75,000.00 To 81,000.00 Annually


CEI’s compensation philosophy is to attract, motivate, and retain high-performing employees who are committed to the mission, values, and business success of CEI. While maintaining fiscal responsibility, we pay our employees fairly and consistently relative to the market, reward the achievement of individual, team, and organizational goals; and provide an environment for people to engage in impactful, mission-driven work. The range posted for this role indicates the minimum and maximum we’d offer for a qualified candidate, dependent on experience and qualifications. 

How to Apply

To learn more and to apply, please visit our current openings page

If you require any assistance during your application process, please reach out to Diana LeBlanc at