Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate & Outreach Coordinator

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking candidates for a Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate & Outreach Coordinator. This position involves advocacy across a number of policy areas, including support for community-based efforts to reduce local environmental impacts, increase recycling, and promote sustainability. Responsibilities include communications with schools, community groups, and members of the public; grassroots organizing; and development and implementation of project initiatives and local advocacy campaigns that are part of NRCM’s Sustainable Maine project.  Send cover letter and resume by Monday, April 30, to the attention of Leisa Hodgkins, NRCM, 3 Wade St., Augusta, ME  04330, or e-mail to lhodgkins@nrcm.org.

Job Summary:

The Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate & Outreach Coordinator will help advance NRCM’s mission across a number of policy areas, including advocacy for local sustainability and food recovery programs and community initiatives that foster creative approaches to economic development and natural resource conservation. Responsibilities include communications with K-12 schools, community groups, and members of the public; grassroots organizing; and development and implementation of Sustainable Maine project initiatives and local advocacy campaigns.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Strong communication skills including writing and public speaking.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and as a member of a team or coalition.
  • Two or more years of prior experience as an advocate on issues to advance. sustainability at the local level; or prior work with schools, municipal government, or policy preferred.
  • Ability to travel and work evening hours as needed (e.g. for presentations, meeting/trainings away from the office).
  • Strong computer skills, including data management and social media.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines in fast paced environment.
  • Commitment to Maine’s environment.

Supervisor: Sustainable Maine Project Director

Job Responsibilities:

  • Build and strengthen groups of supporters for NRCM’s environmental policies and positions, focusing primarily on efforts to promote sustainability initiatives at the community level.
  • Work closely with K-12 schools and other large institutions to adopt successful food waste reduction programs.
  • Write materials for our members and the general public, including advocacy emails, blog posts of positive sustainability actions taken in communities across Maine and quarterly newsletters
  • Generate social media content (NRCM Facebook, Twitter), draft op-eds, letters-to-the-editor, and other media materials to build or maintain high profile of major initiatives in the news.
  • Create factsheets, informational materials, outreach and campaign plans, and input for periodic staff reports on outreach status.
  • Provide input and updating to appropriate NRCM web pages.
  • Provide a field presence for NRCM in key communities, including through regular travel for meetings and events.
  • Develop and deliver presentations to targeted audiences, and recruit activists, allies and supporters.
  • Serve as outreach and information contact with activists and members, coalition members, and potential allies.
  • Recruit new activists and members through tabling at events and in one-on-one conversations.
  • Work with activists and members to help them make their voices heard through meetings, hearings, and written materials.

Common NRCM Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all NRCM staff members. This includes providing and receiving constructive feedback.
  • Participate in building productive relationships with NRCM’s members, external partners, policymakers, and the general public.
  • Participate in organizational meetings and activities as requested, such as monthly staff meetings, trainings, and ad hoc planning committees.
  • Complete all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports, and planning documents.
  • Be familiar with and follow organizational protocols and policies.

Physical Requirements of the Job

The job requires travel throughout the state; working at a computer station for substantial lengths of time; performing office duties such as phoning, filing, and copying, and the ability to lift objects up to 20 pounds. NRCM will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Workplace Environment

NRCM strives to provide a supportive work environment through fair and competitive compensation and benefits, up-to-date equipment and IT support, adequate supervision, and ongoing professional development. The work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and fast-paced. Staff members need to be able to work independently and adapt to changing priorities.

Compensation

NRCM is committed to providing fair and competitive compensation to its employees. We base our compensation decisions on:

  • A biennial market survey of comparable organizations and localities
  • An evaluation of employee qualifications that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, physical/mental ability, sexual orientation or national origin
  • High employee performance that advances our strategic plan and other organizational priorities
  • Availability of financial resources for the organization