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

Community Health Worker – Maine Mobile Health Program

Community Health Worker 2: The Maine Mobile Health Program seeks an individual with bilingual skills in English and Haitian Creole for a unique outreach position during the 2018 blueberry harvest and wreath-making season in August and again in November-December to facilitate access to care and services for Maine’s migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFWs) and their families. The CHW2 is a respected member of their community who acts as a bridge between medical providers and individuals to promote health, reduce health disparities, and improve access to care as well as to advocate for individual and community needs. MMHP is Maine’s only farmworker health program and provides mobile clinics to farmworkers across the state to reduce the barriers that they face to accessing medical care. 
 
Applicants may apply for: 
A) The 5-week blueberry harvest position (end of July through August), 
B) The 8-week wreath-making season position (end of October through mid-December) or 
C) A combined 6-month position for both the above (end of July through mid-December 
 
The CHW will provide health outreach services to MSFWs in DownEast and MidCoast Maine with a focus on supporting the Haitian migrant workers from Ellsworth to Calais. 
 
Responsibilities to include: 
• Interpretation on behalf of patients and clinicians during evening and weekend clinics 
• Driving of the Mobile Medical Unit (a large RV)
• Care coordination to assist with understanding the health care system in Maine (including transporting patients and interpreting for them in a clinical setting) 
 
Ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with strong interpersonal skills, able to empathize with patients, and have a commitment to supporting seasonal farmworkers in Maine with their access to health care. This individual should have an understanding of the farmworker community either because of prior work, relationship in/to the community and/or other life experience such as shared language or culture. The candidate should be comfortable working in mobile settings and flexible work-plans. This position will be full-time (30-40 hours per week) for the duration of the position as outlined above, with an evening schedule and some weekend or daytime hours. Reliable transportation/clean driving record, basic computer skills, and an ability to speak, read and write in Haitian Creole at an advanced level are a must. MMHP is an equal opportunity employer. 
 
Applications must be received by 3/31/18
 
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Ben Kohler, at bkohler@mainemobile.org.

Toxics Action Center: Community Organizers

Toxics Action Center, a New England-wide non-profit public health and environmental organization, seeks dynamic and hard-working community organizers who knows that it takes an engaged and active citizenry to make our democracy work, hold polluters accountable, and win real results for our health and the environment. Corporate polluters will go to great lengths to avoid responsibility for their messes, and government bureaucracies are slow to act. Building powerful local organizations and empowering communities to take action are critical for us to win against powerful special interests. Community organizers for Toxics Action Center organize with communities to tackle environmental threats, bring residents together to achieve proactive, positive change, and develop long-term leaders to broaden the environmental and social change movement.

Background:

At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. For the last 30 years, our mission has been to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats to build their capacity and power. We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements. Our work has helped groups win hundreds of local victories: we prevented radioactive waste dumps from being built across Massachusetts, won fights against incinerators and landfills and for zero waste across the region, won retirement of three coal-fired power plants in Massachusetts, we won an 86% reduction in pollution from the six dirtiest power plants in Connecticut, and organized with citizens in South Portland to stop Exxon Mobil’s plans to bring tar sands into Maine.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Campaign development: You’ll identify the biggest local environmental threats, enter the threatened communities, and build relationships with key local leaders. You’ll work with local leaders to identify solutions to local environmental problems and develop creative strategies to win.
  • Community organizing training and leadership development: You will organize with 10-15 community groups each year, conducting group training consultations on campaign skills and running one-on-one coaching and leadership development sessions with community leaders.
  • Coordinate coalitions: You will work with the traditional environmental community, volunteer activists, and unlikely allies to build public support to influence decision-makers.
  • Communications: You will work to increase the organization’s media presence and name recognition through events, news releases, campaign materials, and online organizing.
  • Fundraising: You will identify and cultivate donors, assist with grant-writing, and participate in other grassroots fundraising tactics including door-to-door canvassing and planning other fundraising events.

Qualifications:
Candidates must be ambitious, have leadership experience, strong written and verbal communication skills, a track record of accomplishment, and an ability to work effectively with all different types of people. The ideal candidate is passionate about community organizing, movement building, and racial and environmental justice. We value previous organizing experience.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience. Toxics Action Center offers a competitive benefits package. Eligible staff receive health insurance, paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, and the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) programs. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Locations:
Community organizers can be based in Portland, Maine, and will report to the Deputy Director.

To apply: https://toxicsaction.org/job/community-organizers/

Toxics Action Center Maine State Director

At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has a right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. Our mission is to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats. We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements. Our work in Maine over the last eighteen years has led to countless victories including:
● After helping the community group, Protect South Portland, in halting Exxon’s plan to bring tar sands through Northern New England and Maine, they passed the strongest city-wide ordinance in the country banning use of toxic pesticides on public and private lands.
● Helping local residents and lobster catchers join together to prevent Conoco-Phillips and Trans-Canada from building a massive new liquefied natural gas facility in Harpswell.
● Convincing the three largest blueberry growers in Maine to abandon aerial spraying of pesticides.
● Halting a proposal to build a massive coal-burning power plant on the banks of a river and lobstering hub in Wiscasset.
● Working with community groups in Camden, Scarborough, and Brunswick to ban toxic pesticide spraying on public lands and sparking a regional movement to limit pesticides.

Job Description:
We are seeking an experienced community organizer to direct Toxics Action Center’s programs and campaigns in Maine. Key responsibilities include:
• Strategic planning and program development: Set the organization’s agenda in Maine. You’ll identify the biggest local environmental threats in Maine, enter communities, and build relationships with key local leaders. You’ll work with local leaders to identify solutions to local environmental problems and develop creative strategies to win, including building coalitions.
• Community organizing training and leadership development: You will conduct group training consultations on campaign skills as well as having one-on- one coaching and leadership development sessions with group leaders.
• Communications and organizational visibility: You will work to increase Toxics Action Center’s media presence and name recognition by organizing events, news releases, holding one-on- one meetings, and doing online outreach and visibility.
• Fundraising: You will build lasting relationships in the funder community and build resources for your work through foundation grants, cultivating major donors, door-to- door canvassing, event fundraisers, and other grassroots fundraising opportunities.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate is passionate about community organizing, movement building, and racial and environmental justice. Candidates must have at least three years of post-college professional experience, such as community organizing, campaign coordination, environmental advocacy, or coalition building. . If you have less experience, you can apply for our Community Organizer job at http://toxicsaction.org/page/tac/apply.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate possesses. We offer a competitive benefits package including health care, 401(k), education loan assistance, and paid vacation and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel and additional training are available.

To apply: https://toxicsaction.org/job/maine-state-director/