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We have multiple volunteer, seasonal, and full-time opportunities to engage in our work. We invite you to be part of what we do!
We are currently recruiting for the following position:
State Advocacy Director - An opportunity to join us at our Portland office to lead our state policy work and represent us in Augusta.
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.
Develop and lead successful state-level campaigns in Maine (and beyond) for policies to protect children and families from toxic chemicals in food, water, and products while supporting sustainable biobased alternatives.
What You’ll Do: Building on our 15+ year history of advancing cutting edge policies in Maine to protect people from toxic chemicals and promote safer alternatives, you will lead development and execution of our state-level advocacy program. This includes all aspects of campaign development and management, political strategy, and, with the support of the leadership team, policy development. You will have a regular presence at the statehouse in Augusta, lobbying legislators and partnering with champions to advance helpful policies or defend against regressive bills. Coordinating with a national network of like-minded organizations, you will strategically advance state-level policies that have large impacts in Maine and potentially beyond.
Who We Need: We’re looking for someone who knows how to, and has had proven success at, making change through legislative action. You have mastered the various skills required to develop and lead highly effective campaigns that achieve results against long odds. You enjoy being an active, immersed participant in the legislative process and have the political acumen and savvy to identify emergent opportunities and pitfalls and respond accordingly. Outside of the legislature, you can identify and exploit opportunities to make positive gains through administrative advocacy and leverage other forms of state action. In addition to having a passion for our work and topic areas, you are committed to progressive values and social change.
- Campaign Management – Develop and execute state-level campaigns to win legislative or regulatory action on toxic chemicals in water, food and products, as well as to advance the growth of biobased material production.
- Legislative Advocacy – Provide a regular presence at the statehouse to advance and win legislation in Maine in support of our issues or defeat harmful proposals.
- Administrative Advocacy – Exploit opportunities to advance organizational goals through executive branch actions.
- Policy Development – Identify realistic opportunities to strengthen relevant statutes, regulations, and governmental procedures relevant to our topic areas.
- Media Relations – Strategically utilize media coverage to advance campaigns in coordination with our communications team.
- Political Engagement – With the support of its board of directors, identify opportunities for the strategic deployment of our (c)(4) advocacy partner and affiliated PAC.
- Shared Organizational Efforts – In conjunction with other staff members, support organizational fund development, strategic planning, and administrative activities while also occasionally supporting other program area priorities.
- Minimum five years professional experience successfully leading issue campaigns at a similar scale to our work and conducting direct legislative advocacy or lobbying.
- Necessary skills include: policy analysis; political acumen; outstanding oral communication abilities; excellent people skills; legislative/regulatory drafting; strong writing and editing ability; problem-solving and analytical skills; and strong facilitation skills.
- Strongly self-motivated and directed, with the capacity to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations.
- Ability to understand the science underlying our policy recommendations and comfort with translating it to a lay audience.
- Experience working with Maine’s legislature and its processes is preferred, but candidates with experience from other states will be considered.
- A bachelors or higher degree is strongly preferred, but relevant experience and proven success can be substituted.
Environmental Health Strategy Center is a public health organization working to ensure that all people are healthy and thriving in a fair and healthy economy. We work to ensure that everyone has access to safe food and drinking water, toxic-free products and good green jobs. Our 501(c)(4) advocacy partner, Prevent Harm, works to ensure our elected leaders will fight to fix our broken chemical safety system. We also work with a partner trade association, 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.
Location: You’ll join us in Portland, Maine, a New England gem where food is fab, local music is great, and craft beer is flowing! In a state known as “vacationland,” you’ll find hiking, biking, skiing, boating, and beautiful beaches are all close by.
Salary: Mid 60s, adjusted for experience over the minimum requirements (a relocation stipend would also be considered for out-of-state candidates)
Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401K; four weeks paid vacation, a generous number of paid holidays, as well as sick leave.
For More Information: A full job description is available on our website.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter highlighting your interest in the position and how your skills and background align with the qualifications, along with a resume using our online application.
Application Deadline: Application review will take place as applications are received and until a hire is made. Please see our website to confirm if we are still accepting applications.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.