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Sustainable Economy Program Associate

Help make Maine a destination for cutting edge businesses using renewable resources to create everyday products!  We are seeking a Program Associate to work in our Sustainable Economy program area.  The associate must have a strong analytic mindset, be proficient at working on multiple projects and balancing priorities, possess business experience and acumen, and be fluent in some basic scientific concepts.

What You’ll Do:

You will help advance the emerging biobased manufacturing sector in Maine. Biobased manufacturing means making everyday products, chemicals, and fuels with renewable raw materials instead of petroleum. We believe biobased manufacturing is an opportunity to ensure safer products, reduce risks associated with climate change, and create good jobs in rural Maine to sustain healthy families.

Reporting to our Sustainable Economy Program Director, and coordinating as appropriate with other staff, you will help advance the goals of our Sustainability Economy program, develop information for and help conduct analyses of emerging biobased manufacturing technologies and companies, promote Maine’s assets and opportunities at national and international industry conferences, attend meetings with and document learnings from industry stakeholders throughout the supply chain, and provide project coordination and assistance with multiple projects.

Under contract, the Environmental Health Strategy Center provides staffing to the trade association Biobased Maine. The Program Associate will support Biobased Maine’s membership recruitment, administrative work, and maintaining relationships with member companies.

Who We Need:

We’re looking for someone who has experience with business, science, economic development, green technology, and/or renewable energy. You need strong analytic capability, technical competence, and familiarity with business concepts, but also understand the mission-driven aspects of this work and how it relates to public health.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Technical Analysis – read, analyze, and summarize (or present the results of) technical documents, economic development plans, business plans, and consultant reports. Effectively translate this information to a lay audience, which may include community members or policy makers.
  • Marketing – prepare for and present before national and international audiences to market Maine’s assets that can be repurposed for a growing biobased economy.
  • Site Visits – help assemble and document the findings of teams of technical experts to visit technology companies around the country (and the world), with the ultimate goal of vetting emerging technologies that might be good fits for Maine. Perform site visits at companies who are members of the trade association Biobased Maine.
  • Membership Development – maintain the Biobased Maine membership list, work with members of the Development department to prepare renewal appeals, help recruit new members, and ensure continued strong relationships with current members.
  • Stakeholder Engagement – meet with key industry, community, and nonprofit stakeholders in one-on-one meetings, group meetings, or committee meetings.
  • Project Coordination & Assistance Support the Sustainable Economy Program Director with coordinating and completing program projects, including consulting projects.
  • Events Management – Support the annual event put on by Biobased Maine, including soliciting exhibitors and sponsors, identifying venue, and coordinating event details with other staff.
  • Fundraising – identify grant opportunities, prepare grant applications, attend meetings with potential donors and funders, and participate in occasional phone banks to solicit program funds.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum two years professional experience in business, economic development, green tech, renewable energy, or natural resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience in business, economics, or related field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of business concepts, including the ability to critically evaluate the business plans of a startup/innovative new company.
  • Familiarity with basic science concepts, particularly chemistry.
  • Strong oral communication skills including comfort with and demonstrated proficiency in public speaking.
  • Excellent written communicate skills and proven ability to translate technical materials for understanding by a lay audience.
  • Ability to prioritize demands from competing internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the goals of the Sustainable Economy Program.
  • Willingness to work independently and also as part of a team.
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness and ability to travel, including substantial road travel within Maine (3-5 day trips per month), short trips around the U.S. several times per year, and less frequent international travel (4-5 day duration) no more than 1-3 times per year.
  • Organized, detail oriented, and deadline driven.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google systems.

Environmental Health Strategy Center is a 16-year-old Maine-based nonprofit 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. Learn more at www.ourhealthyfuture.org. Biobased Maine promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the biobased manufacturing sector and the good-paying jobs and safe products it creates.  Learn more at www.biobasedmaine.org.

Location: This position will work out of our office located in downtown Portland, Maine.

Salary: Upper 30s to Low 40s, adjusted for experience over the minimum requirements.

Benefits:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401K; four weeks paid vacation, generous number of paid holidays and sick leave.

To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and three professional references to Shawn Hunt, Operations Manager, at shunt [at] preventharm.org with the subject line "Sustainable Economy Program Associate." In your cover letter, please address how your experience matches the qualifications and skills listed in the job description. 

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 11, 2018, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – BOARD TREASURER

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is seeking a talented individual with an interest in nonprofit financial management to fill the position of Board Treasurer.

WHO WE ARE:  The Environmental Health Strategy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes human health and safer chemicals in a sustainable economy.  We have two program areas that operate within the State of Maine and nationally. Our Environmental Health Program prevents cancer, learning disabilities and other harm by advocating chemical policy reforms to replace dangerous chemicals in everyday products. Our Sustainable Economy Program spurs job creation and a healthy economy by promoting demand for and production of safer alternatives, such as biobased plastic made from Maine forest resources. We have a staff of eight and offices in Portland and Bangor. Our ten member Board of Directors includes philanthropic, community, and scientific leaders.  

SEEKING BOARD TREASURER: We are currently seeking a motivated individual to join our board as Treasurer, as the incumbent wishes to step back from an officer role. The Strategy Center has an annual budget of approximately $1 million, with funding derived primarily from grants, contracts, and individual contributions (we do not currently have an endowment or other investments). We have a contract bookkeeper and management staff with experience in nonprofit finances, and are looking for a Treasurer who can provide review and critical evaluation of our financial reports and operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing monthly financial reports provided by staff.
  • Participating on the Board’s Executive Committee, which meets by phone as needed (currently monthly).
  • Regularly report to board on key financial events, trends, concerns, and assessments of fiscal health.
  • Leading the board in review and approval of the annual budget.
  • Representing the board in our annual audit process.
  • Leading the board in discussion of major financial policy decisions.

Additional expectations of all board members include:

  • Regularly attend quarterly board meetings and special events as able.
  • Make an annual financial contribution to the organization that is personally significant.
  • Maintain knowledge of the organization’s mission and activities and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Represent the organization publicly in a positive manner, serving as an ambassador for the organization's work and values to the community.
  • Help the organization understand and reach diverse communities and grow its membership.
  • Participate in long-term strategic planning and review annual program plans to ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission and ability to sustain operations.
  • Work with the staff to help develop financial resources to ensure organizational sustainability.
  • Set procedures and policies to ensure that the organization is organized and managed in an accountable, fair and systematic manner and in compliance with applicable law.

Qualifications

  • Understanding of and interest in financial accounting for nonprofit organizations.
  • Passion for issues surrounding environmental health, safer products, and green economic development.
  • Belief in the power of the government to protect consumers and improve our lives.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email the Strategy Center’s Deputy Director Patrick MacRoy at pmacroy [at] preventharm.org.

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Volunteer opportunities with the Strategy Center include: 

Office: Help with data entry, mailings, and general office tasks. 

Outreach and Education: Help plan and prepare for events, identify new events and education opportunities, and assist with presentations to community organizations.  

Political Action: Collect petition signatures for advocacy campaigns, contact supporters, help plan and prepare for rallies and media events; meet with decision-makers about environmental health concerns. 

Writing and Research: Write letters to the editor for local newspapers, read and write about environmental health news and consumer safety tips, write blog posts, and collect personal stories. 

Photography and Media: Document events by taking photos or video that can be used for online and print materials.

Please contact us via info [at] preventharm.org (email) or call 207.699.5795 to talk about how you can get involved. 

Are you interested in exploring a career in public health, social justice, or environmental health? Each year, the Strategy Center seeks talented, hardworking, passionate interns for our summer team.

Summer interns work on local and national campaigns to protect communities from toxic chemicals linked to cancer, asthma, and other health problems. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, collaborative, science-based policy organization to build skills in community organizing, advocacy, and communications.

 The application window for internship opportunities is generally between January and March.  For more information, contact us via info [at] preventharm.org (email) or call us at 207.699.5795.