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Renewable Materials Program Director (Remote Allowable)

Let’s move away from petrochemical plastics. The problems are well documented –the plastic pollution of our waterways, the increasing percentage of carbon emissions associated with them, and the toxic chemicals used in their production.  Help us advance solutions by promoting the wide spread adoption of biobased and renewable materials to replace petrochemical plastics.

What You’ll Do: Building on our 15+ year history of advancing public policy and market-based solutions to both protect people from toxic chemicals and promote sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals, you will lead the development and execution of our renewable materials program. The Environmental Health Strategy Center has been leading efforts in Maine to utilize renewable and sustainable local resources, such as forest residuals, to develop replacements for chemicals and plastics made with petroleum. You will expand this work to better incorporate the climate impacts of petrochemicals, leverage the growing concern over plastic pollution, and support the growing national interest in the topic.

Who We Need: We’re looking for someone with both the analyst skillset of being able to dive into the minutia of regulations, scientific studies, and economic forecasts and pull out the key elements as well as the advocacy, communications, and people skills to successfully bring together disparate interests and sell the need for renewable materials to skeptical audiences.  The successful candidate will be equally at home in advancing the business and jobs case, documenting the climate benefits, applying a green chemistry lens to ensure chemical safety, and promoting zero waste. In addition to having a passion for our work and topic areas, you are committed to progressive values and social change.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Program Development – Set the strategic direction of the program and seize opportunities to advance our work through new relationships while securing new resources for our work in the renewable materials sphere
  • Analysis and Synthesis – Become a true subject matter expert and develop thoroughly researched and documented memos, reports, and presentations that convey complex technical information in ways relevant to key audiences and decision makers 
  • Alliance Building – Develop a strong network and build informal alliances or formal coalitions as appropriate with businesses, labor organizations, other NGOs, expert academics and others to advance the program’s work
  • Advocacy – Convince key decision makers in business and government to invest in and support renewable materials 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years directly relevant professional experience, preferably in a closely related topic area.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to master complex technical and scientific information and synthesize information across multiple disciplines as well as comfort with translating it to a lay audience.
  • Proven success in building relationships and alliances amongst those with diverse and sometimes disparate interests
  • Excellent track record in successful program development, preferably in a nonprofit environment
  • Strongly self-motivated and directed, with the capacity to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations
  • A bachelors or higher degree in a relevant discipline is strongly preferred, but relevant experience and proven success will be considered
  • Business savvy, with a preference for direct experience in economic development and drawing private investment

Environmental Health Strategy Center works to ensure that all people are healthy and thriving in a safe environment where they have access to safe food and drinking water, and products that are toxic-free and climate friendly.

We're a dynamic, creative, growing 16-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: We prefer a candidate who will join us at our offices 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.  

For an exceptional candidate, we will consider the option of remotely working from your home anywhere in the US reasonably near an air hub, with periodic travel to our office.

Salary: Mid 60s, adjusted for experience over the minimum requirements and with some adjustment possible for those located in more expensive locations.

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 here.

To Apply:   Please submit your resume along with a cover letter highlighting your fit to this position on our JobScore.com portal.

Application Deadline: Application review will take place as applications are received and until a hire is made.  If the posting is still on our website, we are still accepting applications.

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, age, 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.