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National Campaigns Director
Develop and lead national issue campaigns to persuade manufacturers and retailers to eliminate toxic chemicals from use in food packaging, processing, and preparation. Grow grassroots leadership among those most vulnerable, including pregnant women, children, communities of color, and lower income consumers. Provide support over time to related campaigns for safe drinking water and toxic-free consumer products.
What You’ll Do: Building on our 15+ year history of advancing public policy and market-based solutions to protect people from toxic chemicals, you will lead development and execution of market-based campaigns focused on national brands. This includes all aspects of campaign development and management, coalition engagement, and execution of appropriate tactics to persuade decision-makers. In the near term, you’ll help lead our Food Fight! Campaign to eliminate toxic chemicals from food processing and packaging (learn more at www.KleanUpKraft.org). Over time, and with input from our leadership team, you’ll develop additional campaigns to achieve our broad environmental public health goals.
Who We Need: We’re looking for someone who knows how to, and has had proven success at, leading issue-campaigns, with a preference for experience in executing market-based campaigns to drive corporate change. You know how herd cats and work collaboratively, yet can also roll up your sleeves and complete tasks on your own. You are comfortable engaging corporate leaders and working in partnership with industry leaders willing to model good. In addition to having a passion for our work and topic areas, you are committed to progressive values and social change, and share our commitment to focusing on reducing the environmental and health inequities from exposures to toxic chemicals faced by minority or low-income communities.
- Campaign Planning & Development – Develop and execute nationally significant and scientifically grounded campaigns to win action on toxic chemicals in water, food and products.
- Grassroots Campaigning – Apply a variety of public campaign tactics including grassroots media actions to generate consumer pressure on corporate decision makers.
- Leadership Development – Recruit, develop, and engage grassroots leaders among affected communities as public voices for positive change.
- Coalition Building – Nurture existing partner relations to leverage campaign work and grow the coalition to advance shared priorities.
- Corporate Engagement – Assist and coordinate with other teams members responsible for research, communications, and negotiations to engage and persuade business leaders.
- Minimum five years professional experience and proven success in issue campaign organizing, management, and leadership, preferably with market campaigns at a national scale
- Necessary skills include: outstanding oral and written communication abilities; excellent people skills; organizing acumen and comfort in working with health-impacted individuals and communities; coalition management; understanding of the drivers of corporate decision making; capacity to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations; 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 campaign asks and comfort with translating it to a lay audience.
- Experience with market-based campaigns and driving corporate change is preferred, but candidates without issue campaign experience 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.
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 may work out of your home anywhere in the US reasonably near an air hub, with frequent travel to campaign locations and our office. Or we’d be glad to welcome you 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. It’s your choice.
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.
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 at https://jsco.re/2e2pg
Application Deadline: Application review will take place as applications are received and until a hire is made. Please check our website to confirm 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, 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.
- 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.