Join us! Our Organizer will be a strong people-person, an excellent communicator, and a strategic thinker who specializes in developing relationships, mobilizing the grassroots and building leadership.
What You’ll Do
You will strategically identify and engage new and existing individuals and communities to build our network and drive our campaigns. Reporting to our Organizing and Outreach Manager, and coordinating as appropriate with program staff, you’ll implement community outreach activities, mentor and grow volunteer advocates, and work with our partners and coalitions to meet our campaign and organizational goals.
Who We Need
We’re looking for someone who enjoys effectively engaging individuals and mobilizing communities to take action. You have past experience in organizing (even if not professionally) and a passion for working on the grassroots level. You have a proven commitment to progressive values and social change and a familiarity with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and anti-oppression frameworks and values.
This is a unique opportunity to build a growing movement to tackle root causes of disease by protecting children and other vulnerable populations from toxic chemicals in food, drinking water, and products, while supporting a just and sustainable economy.
- Community Outreach – Deliver outreach programs to raise awareness (particularly in directly affected communities), identify stakeholders, recruit new supporters, and strengthen our environmental health and sustainable economy programs
- Grassroots Advocacy – Mobilize people to influence targeted decision makers through active participation in issue campaigns
- Leadership Development – Work closely with activists to build their leadership and develop their skills, level of engagement, and sense of ownership
- Organization Building – Build our base by actively recruiting new supporters and systematically plugging activists and business or community leaders into the activities and structures of our organizations
- Grassroots Fundraising – Support grassroots fundraising work
- Coalition Organizing – Support coalition building and membership development across the organization to advance our mission
- Equivalent of at least 2 years of organizing experience, including leadership development, outreach, and mobilization (Experience can come from professional, community, labor, volunteer, and/or student leadership experiences);
- Outstanding people skills & high level of sensitivity and empathy;
- Excellent communication skills with a strong ability to translate complex ideas to diverse audiences;
- Proven capacity to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations;
- Demonstrated writing and editing skills;
- Strong organizational, computer, problem-solving and analytical skills;
- High levels of self motivation, organization and direction;
Experience with advocacy, volunteer management, facilitation, coalition organizing, and working with a contact database strongly preferred. Experience in or passion for environmental, public health, or sustainable economic development or related areas ideal, but not strictly required.
The organizer must have a reliable car and a valid driver’s license. Physical requirements include sitting, talking, and listening for several hours at a time, the ability to spend many hours on the telephone and working with a computer, significant cell phone use, frequent driving to meetings, and some night and weekend work with occasional long hours.
Environmental Health Strategy Center is a Maine-based organization working to ensure that all families can thrive in a fair and healthy economy where they have access to safe drinking water, food, and products that don’t expose them to harm from toxic chemicals. Our action arm is Prevent Harm. We also work with a partner organization, Biobased Maine, to keep families healthy by promoting biobased manufacturing and the good-paying jobs and safe products it creates.
We’re a dynamic, creative, growing 15-year-old nonprofit organization, both advancing policy in our state and leading national campaigns in collaboration with groups across the country.
In the workplace and in the world, we are committed to diversity, inclusion, and environmental justice.
You’ll join us in Portland, Maine, a Northeast gem where food is fab, local music is great, craft beer is flowing, and the city is growing! In a state known as “vacationland,” you’ll find hiking, biking, skiing, boating, and beautiful beaches are all close by.
Salary: mid 30s, adjusted for experience over the minimum requirements
Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401K; four weeks paid vacation, a generous number of paid holidays, as well as sick leave.
To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Shawn Hunt, Operations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Organizer.” In your cover letter, please address how your experience matches the qualifications and skills listed in the job description.
Application Deadline: September 1. Application review will take place on a rolling basis, as applications are received.
The Environmental Health Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, disability, or national origin.