126 Sewall Street
Maine Equal Justice Partners seeks a passionate, mission-driven individual for a full-time Community Organizer. This position works with directly impacted communities to make positive change through story collection, community outreach, advocacy, one-on-one meetings, and trainings. MEJP is a nonprofit legal aid provider located in Augusta, Maine that represents the interests of people with low income in the state legislature, before the courts and administrative agencies, and through outreach and education in the community. MEJP strives to find solutions to poverty and improve the lives of people with low income, ensuring that people can access adequate health care, food, and income security, supports for working families, and higher education and training.
Job Summary: The Community Organizer works under the direction of the Organizing Director to develop effective campaigns with directly impacted community members, MEJP’s statewide action network, and ally organizations. The community organizer works with MEJP staff and Equal Justice Partner’s Circle members to identify the issues that matter most to low income communities in Maine, develop relationships in those communities, and build a leadership team of passionate advocates ready to work for change.
MEJP is committed to building an inclusive workplace that values diversity and inclusion and reflects the diversity of our communities. We strongly encourage people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.
· Identify, recruit and develop community members impacted by poverty, economic injustice and the broken health care system to get involved in efforts to pass just policies.
· Support and grow our Equal Justice Partner’s Circle, a team of low-income advocates working for change, with a focus on recruitment in Kennebec County and with intentional outreach to immigrant communities, people of color, LGBTQ communities, and those most marginalized;
· Coordinate story collection, development, and distribution of stories using traditional, social, and digital media. Community organizer to maintain and manage a database of stories.
· Plan and carry out events, trainings, and activities that forward our mission and build our organizing work;
· Identify and engage potential advocates from contacts made through our direct legal aid services;
· Effectively communicate with our network of community members and ally organizations through one-on-one meetings, group meetings, phone conversations, email, and social media;
· Work with the Communications and Campaign Coordinator to increase the organization’s traditional and social media presence with messages that educate the public about key issues and change the conversation about the root causes of poverty in Maine;
· Support the efforts of the Maine Equal Justice Racial Justice Planning team. Goals include organizing with accountability, working for racial justice and equity through public policy advocacy, and providing services that are culturally and linguistically competent;
· Work with the MEJP Action Network, Equal Justice Partner’s Circle, and other allies to engage in voter engagement, education, and registration;
· Administer all aspects of the position such as managing volunteer engagement through the Maine Equal Justice and Voter Activation Network databases.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
· A demonstrated commitment to social justice, basic understanding of systemic oppression based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and an understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate-income families.
· Strong organizational skills.
· Must be ready to take initiative to develop deeper analysis of the intersections of systems of oppression at work in Maine.
· Driver’s license and vehicle required; must be able to travel throughout the state as needed (mileage reimbursement provided).
· A high level of self-motivation and a proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
· Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations.
· Dedication and ability to work flexible hours in a fast-paced environment.
· Capacity to engage community members, run meetings and organize trainings; must be comfortable meeting with community members one on one, as well as in groups;
· Familiarity with story sharing through multiple outlets (audio, visual etc.). Experience using Adobe suite and producing content for the web helpful
· Strong and effective written and verbal communications skills and computer competent.
· The ideal candidate is passionate about community organizing, and racial and economic justice. Previous organizing experience required.
· Bilingual/Multilingual capabilities a plus.
Minimum qualifications: A minimum five (5) year combination of education and experience in storytelling, outreach, organizing, or advocacy work.
Generous benefits offered including health, dental, retirement, paid holidays, and vacation.
Level of Language Proficiency
English plus one more a plus: Somali, French, Arabic, Spanish.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply: Submit a letter of interest and a resume addressed to Robyn Merrill, Executive Director, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to Maine Equal Justice Partners, 126 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine 04330. (If submitting via email, the letter and resume must be sent as attachments [pdf’s preferred] links will not be opened.) Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2018. More information about Maine Equal Justice can be found on the website: www.mejp.org