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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:

Executive Assistant

Help us create a world where all people are healthy and thriving, with equal access to safe food and water, and products that are toxic-free and climate-friendly. That’s the mission you’ll help advance when you join the team at Environmental Health Strategy Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit public health organization.

The Executive Assistant will provide high-level administrative support that helps the Executive Director cultivate important relationships, manage a complex workload, and schedule priority activities. The person in this position will function as a partner to and ambassador from the Executive Director in leading a team of ten staff to advance our mission at the state and national level.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Organizing – Help maintain and cultivate relationships with many important people, including donors, funders, directors, allies, policymakers, and other key stakeholders, through systematic organization and helping to ensure regular meaningful contacts.
  • Communications – Aid in maintaining and expanding private and public communications from the Executive Director that demonstrate thought leadership, build relationships, and advance achievement of our strategic goals and priorities;
  • Workload Management – Assist in timely sorting of all incoming demands for immediate action, delegation, scheduled work, future reference, or rejection, with regular review and ongoing maintenance of a good workload management system;
  • Scheduling – Maintain the Executive Director’s calendar, timely responding to important requests and invitations, scheduling priority meetings, while balancing the urgent with ample time for other important, non-urgent work activities;
  • Administration – Provide administrative support to help process time sheets, expense reimbursements, travel arrangements and to timely meet other logistical and administrative needs.

Qualifications:

  • Must be highly organized, with excellent initiative, persistence, and follow-through
  • Three years of prior work experience that’s demonstrably relevant to the position
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including clarity and conciseness
  • Exceptional people skills that temper direct firmness with real compassion
  • High administrative competency with record keeping, reporting, logistics, etc.
  • Intermediate-level capability with a full suite of office software
  • Cultural competency in effectively engaging with very diverse constituencies

Strong preference will be given to candidates who also demonstrate:

  • Previous experience as an executive assistant to a CEO or senior executive
  • Prior use of the GTD method or comparable workload management systems
  • An understanding of fundraising practices and principles
  • Experience in working with high net worth individuals
  • Prior experience with organizing people to take individual and collective action
  • Familiarity with persuasive communications and issue advocacy
  • Proven commitment to progressive values and social change

Environmental Health Strategy Center is a dynamic, creative, growing 17-year-old nonprofit organization that advances state-based policy solutions and leads national issue 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 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.  

Salary: Starting salary range of $48,000 to $58,000, depending on experience over minimum requirements.

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

For more information:  A full job description is available.

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter highlighting your fit to this position, your current resume, and a writing sample that reflects the nature of writing this position demands on our JobScore.com portal at: https://jsco.re/3-1dg

Application Deadline: Application review will take place as applications are received and until a hire is made.  If the posting is still on the application portal above, 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.

 

 

 

Researcher/Analyst

Help us make the persuasive case to eliminate toxic chemicals while moving away from petrochemical plastics. The problems are well documented – increased rates of cancer, increased rates of learning disabilities, the pervasive plastic pollution of our waterways and the increasing percentage of carbon emissions associated with them.  Help us promote solutions and convince both the public and decision makers of the need for action. 

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 generate compelling, science and fact-driven written material to help advance the Environmental Health Strategy Center’s programs. You will synthesize and summarize information from sources ranging from scientific studies and industry fact sheets to government databases in order to generate reports, fact sheets, blogs, and other content that is easily understood and appealing to audiences ranging from moderate to non-existent technical background. You will work directly with raw data and perform basic statistical analyses and matching with other data sets to help uncover trends or identify new avenues for our advocacy work.  The topics you work on will change rapidly and regularly as you work across all of our program areas. Over time, the position could grow into a high level position with supervisory responsibility as we seek to develop a research team.

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 government databases to pull out the key elements as well as the advocacy sensibility and writing skills to succinctly present the key information in a way that grabs attention and interest.  The successful candidate will not be afraid of a blank sheet, and will be a prolific generator of quality written material under tight deadlines. We need an individual who is familiar with basic data manipulation and analysis, able to take a comma delimited download from a state database and combine it with other data sources to develop insights helpful to our work using basic tools such as Access, Excel, or R. In addition to having a passion for our mission and topic areas, we look for individuals who are committed to progressive values and social change.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Action Oriented Research – Help to ask and answer the questions that will inform our work, drive our programs forward, and make change.
  • Analysis and Synthesis – Summarize information from scientific studies, government publications, and other sources. Utilize basic data analysis tools to generate relevant information from data sets.
  • Persuasive Communications – Develop thoroughly researched and documented memos, reports, and presentations that convey complex technical information in ways relevant and persuasive to key audiences and decision makers.
  • Information Monitoring – Develop subject matter expertise in our program area topics and share with program staff key developments and emerging trends.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum three years directly relevant professional experience, preferably in a closely related topic area.
  • Exceptional written communication skills with proven ability to generate technically informed persuasive writing under deadline.
  • Demonstrated ability to master complex technical and scientific information and synthesize information across multiple disciplines, with exceptional ability to summarize and translate it to a lay audience.
  • Experience in data analysis and ability to use general tools such as R, Access, or even Excel to combine multiple data sets and extract relevant information.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with basic statistical concepts.
  • Strongly self-motivated and directed, with the capacity to work effectively in a team with extensive amounts of feedback and revision to work products.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, with a masters or higher preferred.

Environmental Health Strategy Center works to create a world where all people are healthy and thriving, with equal access to safe food and drinking water, and products that are toxic-free and climate-friendly.

We're a dynamic, creative, growing 17-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 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.  

Salary: $48,000 to $58,000, depending on experience over minimum requirements.

Benefits:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401K; four weeks paid vacation, a generous number of paid holidays, as well as sick leave; potential for flexible schedule.

For more information:  A full job description is available on our website at http://www.ourhealthyfuture.org/work-us.

To Apply:   Please submit a cover letter highlighting your fit to this position, your current resume, and a writing sample that reflects the nature of writing this position demands on our JobScore.com portal at: https://jsco.re/3-19j

Application Deadline: Application review will take place as applications are received and until a hire is made.  If the posting is still on the application portal above, 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 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.