126 Sewall Street
Maine Equal Justice Partners seeks a passionate, mission-driven individual for a full-time Associate Public Policy Director. This position is responsible for conducting research and analysis of federal and state laws and regulations and their impact on low-income populations; designing and assessing policy options and opportunities for systemic change to improve people’s lives and providing information to policymakers and other organizations toward that end.
MEJP is a nonprofit legal aid provider located in Augusta 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: This position collaborates with the Public Policy Director to assist in directing MEJP’s public policy initiatives, providing policy analysis and representation at the legislature, with state agencies, and in the community. This person co-leads MEJP’s legislative and administrative advocacy, providing direction to other policy staff, as necessary. The position guides the work of MEJP’s other policy analysts. Work is performed under the direction of the Public Policy Director and the Executive Director.
The successful candidate may transition to become Director of Public Policy as our current policy director and founder gradually reduces her role with MEJP.
· In collaboration with the Public Policy Director, oversees and directs the policy team so that work is manageable and ultimately accomplished in a timely, effective, and efficient manner.
· Analyzes laws and regulations and evaluates opportunity for policy changes, and monitors policy activity around the country to identify trends and opportunities.
· Contributes to strategic discussions and priority setting within the organization.
· Works in coalition with other partners to strengthen advocacy efforts that will benefit impacted communities.
· Drafts legislation; co-directs MEJP’s lobbying efforts.
· Analyzes and prepares comments on proposed rules.
· Helps to evaluate possibilities for litigation.
· Oversees and coordinates research, the collection of data, the preparation of original research and policy briefs that contribute to MEJP’s advocacy efforts.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
· Commitment to and clear analysis of economic and racial justice issues and the ability to incorporate that analysis into their work.
· Knowledge of issues and initiatives that affect low-income people.
· Knowledge of various areas of poverty law, including health, welfare, and food assistance.
· Knowledge of administrative procedure and rulemaking.
· Ability to analyze federal and state laws and policies.
· Ability to write and speak clearly, logically, and persuasively.
· Ability to assess potential for success in policy forums and identify strategic opportunities.
· Ability to work in a collaborative, rapid-paced environment. Ability to work with low-income community members in an effective and sensitive manner and to gain their trust.
· Ability to work with other groups of allies and to work effectively with people of differing opinions.
· Ability to secure the most benefit for MEJP’s clients, and to know when to compromise.
Minimum qualifications: An eight (8) year combination of education, training, and/or experience in advocacy, policy analysis, or working on issues affecting low-income people.
Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements: None. Law degree is a plus but not required.
Special Requirements: Ability to work extended and evening hours when necessary, particularly during the legislative session.
Salary: Mid-60’s with generous benefits package. MEJP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Health, dental, long term disability, SIMPLE IRA with employer match, generous vacation and holidays.
Level of Language Proficiency
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 April 6, 2018. More information about Maine Equal Justice can be found on the website: www.mejp.org.