COMMUNITY ORGANIZING DIRECTOR
At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has a right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. Our mission is to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats. We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements. Our work in Maine over the last eighteen years has led to countless victories including:
● After we helped Protect South Portland halt Exxon’s plan to bring tar sands through Northern New England and Maine, they passed the strongest city-wide ordinance in the country banning use of toxic pesticides on public and private lands.
● Helping local residents and lobstermen join together to prevent Conoco-Phillips and Trans-Canada from building a massive new liquefied natural gas facility in Harpswell.
● Convincing the three largest blueberry growers in Maine to abandon aerial spraying of pesticides.
● Halting a proposal to build a massive coal-burning power plant on the banks of a river and lobstering hub in Wiscasset.
● Working with community groups in Camden, Scarborough, and Brunswick to ban toxic pesticide spraying on public lands and sparking a regional movement to limit pesticides.
We are seeking an experienced community organizer to direct Toxics Action Center’s programs and campaigns in Maine. Key responsibilities include:
• Strategic planning and program development: Set the organization’s agenda in Maine. You’ll identify the biggest local environmental threats in Maine, enter communities, and build relationships with key local leaders. You’ll work with local leaders to identify solutions to local environmental problems and develop creative strategies to win, including building coalitions.
• Community organizing training and leadership development: You will conduct group training consultations on campaign skills as well as having one-on-one coaching and leadership development sessions with group leaders.
• Communications and organizational visibility: You will work to increase Toxics Action Center’s media presence and name recognition by organizing events, news releases, holding one-on-one meetings, and doing online outreach and visibility.
• Fundraising: You will build lasting relationships in the funder community and build resources for your work through foundation grants, cultivating major donors, door-to-door canvassing, event fundraisers, and other grassroots fundraising opportunities.
Candidates must have at least three years of post-college professional experience, such as community organizing, campaign coordination, environmental advocacy, or coalition building.
Salary and Benefits:
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. Toxics Action Center offers a competitive benefits package. Eligible staff receive health insurance, paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, and the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) programs. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.
Community organizers can be based in Portland, ME and will report to the Deputy Director.
Apply online at https://toxicsaction.org/jobs/job-form/. Direct your application to Lena Entin, Organizing Director. We’ll review your application, and if we are if we are interested in discussing your candidacy further, we will be in touch with you shortly.
The Community Voters Project is hiring Canvass Directors to help increase voter registration and ensure everyone’s voice is heard in our democracy this election. Canvass Directors will recruit and oversee a team of committed canvasser activists and help increase participation of underrepresented communities in the 2018 elections. Learn more here: https://communityvotersproject.org/jobs.
Toxics Action Center is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to a diverse workplace and a diverse movement. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
Toxics Action Center offers a competitive benefits package. Eligible staff receive health insurance, paid holidays, sick days, vacation days, and the opportunity to enroll in our college loan assistance and 401(k) programs.
Minimum Education Required