Working at CEI

CEI – A Leader in Making a Difference

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 help grow good jobs, environmentally sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and in rural regions across the country by integrating financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions. 

Over 70 percent of our financing and advice goes to businesses that are expanding opportunities for low-income communities, communities of color, and others who have been left behind by our economy. 

A Quality Employer

We don’t just help our clients grow good jobs at their businesses, we build them here at CEI.

What we believe: 

  • We believe that an engaging and supportive work environment advances our mission. 
  • We believe in utilizing the many varied talents of our staff and in providing continual opportunities for development. 
  • We believe in open communication, innovation, integrity and autonomy. 
  • We believe in equity and strive to create a culture where diverse people feel a sense of ownership and belonging. 
  • We believe in generosity, life balance and trust. 
  • We believe in a culture where people can be their most authentic selves.

Benefits at CEI

Our staff is essential to our mission. As a result, CEI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package for our permanent positions, opportunities for training/skill-building and a commitment to helping staff achieve a healthy work/life balance.

Benefits Include

  • Competitive pay
  • Health with health savings account (HSA) option
  • Dental
  • Wellness reimbursement and regular Be Well programming
  • Short and long term disability
  • Long term care
  • Life insurance
  • Medical and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with discretionary company contribution
  • Paid parental leave
  • No-cost wellness programming and fitness reimbursement
  • Travel reimbursement
  • Generous sick and vacation time in addition to 10 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday and 3 personal days per fiscal year
  • Remote work benefit


CEI continues to place a high priority on the health and safety of our staff, our clients, and our communities. We continue to monitor and follow guidance from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and the US Centers for Disease Control. Effective January 1, 2022, CEI will require that all CEI staff provide evidence that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they comply with once-a-week testing, in the form of a PCR test. (Full vaccination means two weeks after the second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the J&J vaccine. This may change as booster guidance is updated by the CDC.) 

For unvaccinated employees, the initial COVID-19 test must be completed in the prior week and negative lab results received by CEI before entering the CEI office for the first time after January 1, 2022. Thereafter, for all subsequent work weeks, unvaccinated employees must provide the written results of a negative COVID 19 test administered in the prior week before entering CEI premises. CEI is partnering with Walgreens to provide testing vouchers for those who need testing.

A Collaborative and Engaging Place Workplace

CEI Staff care about their clients, their communities, the climate and their colleagues, which is why we build in opportunities to contribute and connect.


Our staff-led community team puts together a full calendar of activities for staff engagement and to support community-members in need, which have included:

  • Annual Day of Service, assisting Brunswick area organizations like the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust & Community Garden.
  • Adopt-a-Veteran holiday drive
  • Chili, Soups & Stews Cook-off
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake

Climate Action at Work

CEI believes we all need to take action reduce the impact of climate change and protect Maine’s natural resources, which is why we built our headquarters to LEED Platinum standards. We also partner with We Compost It! to reduce office waste, offer CSA pickups in office and participate in the Way2GOMaine Business Commuting Challenge to reduce our carbon footprint.

Join us!

Header photo by Tim Greenway

The CEI offices remain closed to the public, but we're hard at work! Reach out or click here for a list of COVID-19 Business Resources.