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Lifespan Opportunities in Washington and Hancock Counties

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Location: Ellsworth

Downeast Community Partners is seeking an Accounting Manager to work from their Ellsworth, Maine office.  

Requirements of the Accounting Manager:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business administration or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in an accounting role with increasing responsibility and scope.
  • Proven knowledge and experience with all aspects of accounting (AP, AR, account reconciliation, general ledger). Knowledge of Federal/State program funding contracts and compliance helpful.
  • Demonstrated success documenting and improving processes and creating efficiencies in accounting workflows.
  • Ability to lead and manage staff of 3 to meet organizational requirements for timely and accurate reporting, month-end close and compliance.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and experience working with accounting software (DCP uses Abilia’s/MIP). Advanced skills with Excel. Strong understanding of using technology to improve processes and the ability to help others use technology to improve their workflows and support decision making.

Benefits of the Job:

  • Full-time, exempt position with pay between $70,000 and $80,000 per year, depending on experience.
  • Health Insurance (employee only) is 90% Employer paid with a $3,500 Employer funded Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) and $500 Employer funded Flexible Spending Account (FSA). $750 Opt-Out insurance payment.
  • 403(b) and Roth Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan with generous employer match (percentage increases with years of service). Employee contributions are pre-tax.
  • Employer paid Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance and Life Insurance. Supplemental Life Insurance available.
  • Holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO).
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • 20% Child Care Discount for Centers in Ellsworth, Machias, and Calais.
  • Tuition Reimbursement, Training, and Conference Fees – for approved activities.
  • Group Dental and Group Vision Insurance.
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Account.
  • Perks: AAA Membership, Gym/Wellness Reimbursement. 


Responsibilities of the Accounting Manager:

  • Reporting to the Director of Finance, this role is responsible for creating a strong accounting department foundation to ensure timely and accurate accounting to meet internal and external reporting and audit requirements. As a strong foundation is built, this role will have more opportunity to partner with the Director, Financial Analyst, leaders and managers on budgeting, planning, and other organization initiatives.
  • Document current departmental processes and identify process improvements and efficiencies to optimize finance department workflows, delivery of service to internal department managers and leaders, and implement sound internal controls to protect the organization. Bring understanding of required process inputs and department outputs to develop effective workflows in partnership with process stakeholders.
  • Oversee staff performing all accounting and payroll functions to ensure work is done timely and accurately and provide coaching and feedback as needed to support performance.
  • Ensure that financial reporting is prepared timely and in accordance with GAAP, and that all contract reporting is completed in compliance with program regulations (e.g. Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200, Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 75 and Maine Auditing and Accounting Principles (MAAP)).
  • Review and approve General Ledger journal entries and reconciliations. Reconcile balance sheet accounts, including cash accounts and submit to Finance Director for review and approval.
  • Assist Finance Director with annual budgeting and audit process.  

Downeast Community Partners (DCP) was formed in 2017 when two of the most venerable organizations in the region, Child and Family Opportunities and the Washington Hancock Community Agency merged. With a mission to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities, DCP is committed to creating and delivering services and programs that treat community members with dignity and compassion and offer them the possibility of achieving their goals and dreams.


Downeast Community Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, familial status, domestic violence status, or any other status protected by law.  

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Location: Ellsworth

Pay Range - $16.27 - $18.72 per hour

DCP is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant II to work in its transportation department. This position provides general support to the Transportation Department with compliance, preparation of reports, cross training and assisting the Transportation Director with day-to-day functions of the department.


  • Responsible for ensuring Transportation Department compliance with brokerage, state and federal laws, rules, and guidelines. Stays ahead of compliance requirements with Complicore. Ensures Drivers (Staff and Volunteers) are compliant with vehicle inspections, insurance cards, registrations, and license requirement. Ensures drivers remain compliant with all required trainings.
  • Responsible for processing reports, or collecting data, as required.
  • Is a back up to all office staff functions including Intake, Dispatch and Fleet Coordinator including proficiency in the respective software platforms. Trains new hire office staff.
  • Responsible for following the new hire process (for Staff and Volunteers) by collecting and processing all required documents. Ensures all required new hire training is completed.
  • Responsible for scheduling new hire and random drug and/or alcohol screenings in a timely basis as required for new hires or requested by Human Resources.
  • Reports vehicle accidents promptly to supervisor, Executive Director and Human Resources Director as required. Completes initial accident report as needed.
  • Assists drivers with directions, breakdowns, and emergency situations as needed.
  • Reports employee accidents, incidents, or injuries to the Human Resources Director.
  • Responsible for the DHHS, low income and TAP programs by receiving the application, determining eligibility, entering data, and maintaining client files.
  • Notifies drivers of all Transportation and agency policy changes.
  • Follows procedures defined by Transportation division.
  • Performs functions of specific activities and projects as assigned by Transportation Director.
  • Performs general office duties as required.
  • Maintains positive internal and external customer service daily.



  • 3-5 years of related experience, such as Office/clerical experience.
  • Mandated reporting within 30 days of hire
  • HIPAA training
  • Customer service training
  • Must be able to pass background checks.


Education/Skill Requirements: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent


Location: Ellsworth

This position has a $500 sign on bonus!

Paid 90 days after hire.

The Ellsworth Early Care and Education Center, located on Avery Lane, is seeking an assistant preschool teacher. This is a 40-hour-per-week full year position. 


  • Assists the preschool teacher to plan and implement an early childhood education program for children in accordance with agency practices, policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for promoting school readiness, parent engagement and ensuring the health and safety of children in our care.
  • Performs under the direction of the preschool teacher to ensure program operations are carried out in a manner supportive of the agency goals and intended program outcomes. 

Education and Experience:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • One year of experience in a preschool classroom setting required

Location: Hancock and Washington Counties

Pay Range - $16.69 - $17.50 per hour

DCP is seeking a full-time Early Care and Education Center Assistant. The Center assistant is responsible for assisting Head Start center staff with data entry, monitoring and management of data systems, reporting any missing or inaccurate data to CAMs, Center Coordinators and ECE director, inputting and uploading information into the electronic records system, obtaining releases, and follow up on releases and requested health information. The Center Assistant is also responsible for following up on nutrition plans, labs, immunizations, outside agency plans for children, assisting with hearing and vision screenings, tracking and conducting any follow up from these screenings, such as releases for health providers to ensure follow up occurred and requesting records to document follow up,  performing and uploading quarterly health and safety checking, training new staff on basics related to their role in child plus and other data systems, and conducting retraining when needed.  When asked, the center assistant will be responsible for creating repair requests and ordering supplies as needed. The Center Assistant may be asked to perform other duties as needed, as assigned by supervisor. 


  • Experience in data entry and data management
  • Be flexible and able to work with and maintain positive relationships with multiple staff members.
  • Ability to manage being given direction and tasks from multiple people
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills required. 
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines required. 
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license and have the ability to drive between multiple program sites
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office, budgets, and budgeting systems) and have ability to learn and use a variety of programs. 
  • Must pass background checks


  • High School diploma or the equivalent
  • Education or experience in business administration a plus

Location: Ellsworth, ME


Infant/Toddler Caregiver for the Ellsworth Early Care & Education Program, located at 18 Avery Lane.

This is a full-time year round position.

  • The successful candidate will be responsible for developing meaningful relationships with parents and their young children that will enhance the bond between parent and child.
  • Also responsible to plan and implement, in partnership with families, a responsive curriculum and classroom environment that promotes optimal growth and development of infants and toddlers in a full-day, full-year program.
  • Must have at least 12 months experience working with infants/toddlers in a childcare facility.

We offer flexible schedules and a generous benefits package.

Location: Machias, Maine


Pay Range $16.20 - $18.63

DCP has a janitorial position available at the Flaherty Center—116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias. This is a year-round position, 10 hours per week.


  • Perform janitorial, maintenance and yard work functions at the Early Care and Education Center daily.  Work needs to be completed after childcare service hours. 
  • Perform a thorough cleaning of the agency facility including classrooms, hallways, and entrance. 
  • Gather and dispose of trash.
  • Wet mop, buff, strip, wax, and polish floors as needed.
  • Clean and disinfect bathrooms.
  • Shampoo rugs and furniture as directed by supervisor.
  • Clean vents, fixtures and high dust windows and doorframes
  • Move furniture and other heavy objects as required.
  • Performs daily inspection of the facility and grounds for health, safety, and hazardous conditions.  Reports findings to the center coordinator
  • Maintain an adequate supply of cleaning products and paper goods in coordination with center coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned by the center coordinator.



  • High school diploma and work experiences related to facility upkeep and maintenance.
  • Must pass background checks.

Location: Hancock and Washington counties

This position offers a sign on bonus of $1,000 paid in two lump sums; half after 90 days of work and the other half after 120 days of work.

We are seeking part-time drivers in the following areas Machias, Milbridge, Calais, Eastport, and Ellsworth. We provide transportation for low-income people, the elderly, as well as the general public. 

Our vehicles are easy to operate and require no special license, just a good driving record and a desire to provide safe and pleasant transportation to the people we serve.

Flexible schedules are available.

Candidates must have a clean driving record, pass a criminal and child protective background check, meet drug and alcohol testing requirements, and not have an active record on the System for Award Management (SAM) website.

Location: Machias

This position has a $500.00 sign-on bonus to be paid after 90 days of employment

Pay Range - $17.18 - $19.77


DCP is seeking a full-time Preschool Teacher to work at our Flaherty Early Childhood Education Center in Machias.  The Preschool Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing an early childhood education program for preschool children in accordance with agency policies, procedures, and practices. The Preschool Teacher is also responsible for promoting school readiness, parent engagement and ensuring the health and safety of children in our care. The Preschool Teacher performs under the direction of the Center Coordinator or Teacher III to ensure program operations are carried out in a manner supportive of DCP goals and intended program outcomes and performs other duties as assigned by supervisor. Some evening and weekend work, travel and occasional overnight travel will be necessary. 

Required abilities:

  • Ability to be organized and meet deadlines
  • Ability to read, discern and implement agency policies and procedures
  • Ability to practice sound child development practices, keeping abreast of current research
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Must be able to pass background checks.

Required Education:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • A minimum of a Child Development Associates certificate or equivalent required (may obtain within first year of employment).
  • A degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with at least 18 credits in Early Childhood required for Teacher II and III.
  • DOE 081 Certification (provisional or permanent) required for public school collaboration Teacher III.

Location: Bucksport, ME


Pay Range - $16.20 – $17.20 per hour




DCP is seeking a Program Aide to work at the Bucksport Early Care and Education Center.  Responsibilities include working with children in a classroom setting, and providing additional support to the teaching staff.  This is a part-time position, 15 hours/week.

Must be at least 18 years of age, and have a High School diploma or equivalent and have prior experience working with preschool-aged children.






Location: Calais

This position has a $500 sign-on bonus paid after 90 days of employment 

Full-Time Position

Pay Range - $16.00 - $19.00 per hour

DCP is seeking a flexible, creative, and patient Ed Tech III to work with children in our preschool program! This position will work in collaboration with the classroom teachers and provide classroom support to children of all abilities. 

This is a 6 hour a day, 30 hour a week, academic year, benefits eligible position located at our St. Croix Early Care and Education Center on the WCCC campus.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing instruction or program modifications to children identified with developmental disabilities under the direction of a teacher
  • Supervising small groups of students in a center-based program.
  • Conducting one-on-one or small groups with indirect professional supervision
  • Introducing new learning, pre-planned in collaboration with a Special Education Teacher and/or Disability Services Manager.


  • A current Ed Tech III certification and a criminal history check are required
  • Obtain and maintain authorization as an Educational Technician with the Maine Department of Education
  • Successful background, criminal records, fingerprinting and reference check



Location: Trenton


Part-time – 15 hours/week – 40 weeks/year

$250.00 Sign-on Bonus to be paid 90 days after hire


DCP is seeking  a part-time program aide to assist teaching staff in carrying out group and individual activities in the early childhood development program.  This position must also carry out all duties in a manner supportive of the Executive Director’s administration of Downeast Community Partners. 



  • Becomes familiar with the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional characteristics of individual children.
  • Guides children through daily routines, creating a safe, healthy environment while providing experiences that build children’s enthusiasm and self-esteem for learning.
  • Participates in curriculum development as directed.
  • Assists staff in involving parents in the program and participates in parent involvement activities when appropriate.
  • Assists in handling special care concerns relating to preschoolers as directed.
  • Participates in basic nutrition and sanitation activities as directed.
  • Supports center staff in all center activities.
  • Shares janitorial duties with other staff.
  • Other duties as determined by the Center Director or Teacher.


Must be at least 18 years of age and have a High School diploma or equivalent and have prior experience working with preschool aged children.


Location: Ellsworth, ME

Pay Range - $43,034 - $51,641/year

DCP is seeking to hire a full-time Staff Accountant. The Staff Accountant position provides support for the CFO, and Senior Leadership in accordance with established fiscal procedures.  This position works regularly with internal fiscal and programmatic staff, and Senior Leadership.  The Staff Accountant will be responsible for DCP’s Accounts Receivable processes, DCP’s Insurance renewal application preparation, assisting in the preparation of monthly and quarterly contract financial reports as needed, calculating quarterly PTO liabilities, maintaining a variety of spreadsheets key to the operations of multiple DCP Departments.  This position serves a backup role for the Accounts Payable and Payroll Fiscal Specialists during their absences.



  • Works closely with other Agency Departments to ensure accurate coding and billing of invoices.
  • In cooperation with the CACFP (Child and Adult Food Program) Manager, ensures the accuracy of the monthly transfer & processing of the CACFP via a 3rd party software program and the AP module of the accounting software.
  • Calculates and enters Agency’s quarterly PTO liability into General Ledger.
  • Maintains AR Module of the accounting software through accurate entry of Client data, monthly reconciliation of AR balances to actual.
  • Accurately enters Agency’s contract payments, childcare parent fee activities, and other agency revenues into the accounting software.
  • Prepares contract related billings and submits to respective agencies (i.e., Maine Housing, CSBG).
  • Initiates Head Start funds drawdown from Federal Payment System after CFO provides amount of funds to request.
  • Maintains the Agency’s Childcare Payment log for shared use by teachers and the Enrollment Specialist for the ECE Department. 
  • Monitors and addresses overdue childcare accounts.  Works with parents in establishing Payment Arrangements to get unpaid balances back to current status.
  • Calculates and prepares timely billings to DHHS for childcare subsidies, tracks Agency internal childcare subsidies.
  • Participates in annual audit and/or funder monitoring as needed by CFO.
  • Assists CFO in various aspects of annual budget creation and entry into General Ledger.
  • Tracks and verifies Childcare Parent travel subsidies.
  • Prepares and distributes year-end tax statements for childcare payments made during the year.

Education/Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to comprehend and interpret rule, regulations, and procedures.
  • Ability to perform general mathematical computations, compute ratios, and interpret graphic information.
  • Computer proficiency, including familiarity with spreadsheet and word processing software.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively; organize, prioritize, and plan work related tasks.
  • Two years or more experience in accounting.
  • Must be able to pass background checks.

Location: Calais, Ellsworth, and Machias - Maine


The Head Start provider for Hancock and Washington counties is seeking enthusiastic substitutes for our Early Childhood Programs in Calais, Ellsworth, and Machias.

A substitute position at DCP is a great way to gain valuable, marketable skills in the Early Childhood field while exploring the rewards of a career in Early Childhood Education!


  • Ensure the health and safety of all children while assisting the teaching staff with implementing classroom curriculum and daily routine
  • Promote school readiness and parent engagement
  • Interacting with children at their level
  • Supporting learning opportunities
  • Encouraging the development of problem-solving skills

Qualification Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • Experience providing care to groups of infant/toddler and/or preschool children preferred
  • On-the-job training provided

Location: Ellsworth

$16.27 - $18.72/HOUR

Downeast Community Partners is seeking to hire a full-time Transportation Coordinator II. This position coordinates the most efficient means of transportation for clients, schedules and/or dispatches trips to volunteers and agency drivers, and inputs data in the computer.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Dispatch
  • Intake
  • Data Entry


  • Mandated reporting within 30 days of hire date
  • Pass national and state criminal background check
  • Pass review of national sex offender registry
  • Pass DHHS child welfare check
  • Pass pre-employment drug test
  • HIPAA training
  • Customer service training
  • Transportation Coordinator 1 training
  • Home internet


Education/Skill Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Office experience
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to comprehend rules and procedures
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to read a map and give clear directions to drivers as needed

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Join Us in Our Mission

Downeast Community Partners is a mission-driven organization, headquartered in Ellsworth, Maine which serves Hancock and Washington counties. We are a Community Action Program with a mission to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in our Downeast communities.

If you have questions, please reach out to the Human Resources department at (207) 610-5136 or resumes@dcpcap.org. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are many entry level and advanced career positions.

Downeast Community Partners offers competitive pay plus a generous benefits package for qualifying positions.

Benefits offered to full-time staff by DCP:

  • 90% Employer paid Health Insurance (employee only)
  • $3,500 Employer funded Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • $500 Employer funded Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • $750 Opt-Out insurance payment
  • 403(b) and Roth Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan with generous employer match (percentage increases with years of service) – contributions are pre-tax
  • Employer paid Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Employer paid Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employer paid Life Insurance
  • Holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 20% Child Care Discount for Centers in Ellsworth, Machias, and Calais
  • Tuition Reimbursement, Training, and Conference Fees – for approved activities
  • Group Dental Insurance
  • Group Vision Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
  • AAA Membership
  • Gym/Wellness Reimbursement.

Downeast Community Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Submit applications in person or via email:
Downeast Community Partners
248 Bucksport Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 610-5136 Email: resumes@dcpcap.org

Applications and resumes may also be mailed to:
Human Resources, Downeast Community Partners
PO Box 648
Ellsworth, ME 04605

For questions on a specific posting, please call Human Resources at (207) 610-5136.

You may also download the Employment Application at the link below. The application is a fillable PDF. Before attempting to print and/or complete the application, be sure to download it onto your device by clicking the download icon located at the top right of your web browser. This will ensure that all fields are accessible.  Use this application for any jobs posted to this site. For more information, please contact Human Resources.


DCP offers competitive pay and excellent benefits.

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Toll-Free: 800-834-4378

Bucksport Road Office

248 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-664-2424 | Email

Avery Lane Office

18 Avery Lane, PO Box 648 , Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-664-2424 | Email

Machias Office

7 VIP Drive, Machias, ME 04654
207-259-5015 | Email

Calais Office

11 Church Street, Calais, ME 04619
207-664-2424 | Email

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