Maine Philanthropy Center

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Maine Initiatives seeks Community Organizing and Engagement Director

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Maine Initiatives is a community-based foundation located in Portland, ME that advances social, economic, and environmental justice through informed, intentional, and collective philanthropy. We seek an energetic, creative, and team-oriented individual to join our growing team as the Community Organizing and Engagement Director.

Maine Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce at all job levels, and we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We encourage Black folks, immigrants, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, women, formerly incarcerated people, and members of any other group that may experience adversity in hiring to apply.

Our vision

We believe it is possible for our communities to be more just and equitable. We believe all members of our community have a unique and indispensable contribution to make to justice and equity in our community, including knowledge, lived experience, expertise, wisdom, voice, values, relationships, time and money. By bringing people together around the shared values of justice and equity, we create opportunities to:

  • Engage and connect people with each other and with their core values
  • Foster individual and collective learning about issues of justice, equity, and power
  • Position people to take independent and collective action in support of greater justice and equity in Maine communities.

In so doing, we identify, mobilize, and leverage the fullest range of our community’s assets and resources and use them in the service of making our state more just and equitable.

About the position

Community Organizing and Engagement: Community organizing and engagement are essential elements of Maine Initiatives’ theory of change. We create, design, and implement a wide range of community programming and activities that engage, connect, inform, and inspire individuals about our mission and work. Through this work, we move people to a deeper level of understanding of and commitment to the themes of our mission, in particular the work of racial justice, and provide clear avenues and opportunities for direct action, both individual and collective. Our radically participatory approach to grantmaking is rooted in our commitment to  community organizing and engagement. Other examples of recent community organizing and engagement programming include our annual Changemakers events, the “Racial Justice &…” series, speakers series, annual Racial Justice Fairs and Social Justice Street Fairs, etc.

Grantee and Donor Organizing and Engagement: Within our broader community organizing and engagement work, we also prioritize specific organizing and engagement with and for Maine Initiatives’ grantees and donors. Our grantee organizing and engagement creates opportunities for self-care, networking, relationship building, peer learning, and professional development within and among our grantee community. Our donor organizing is rooted in the Leveraging Advantage program, a peer learning community of high net-worth individuals committed to becoming more proactive agents of justice and equity in our community.

Specific responsibilities of the Community Organizing and Engagement Director include

  • Community Organizing and Engagement Strategy and Implementation: Articulate specific program goals and objectives for the community organizing and engagement portfolio; and propose, design, and implement programming in this area to achieve these goals and objectives.
  • Grantee Convening and Capacity Building: Collaborate with other Program Directors to design and implement programming in support of the grantee convening and capacity-building priorities.  
  • Leveraging Advantage: Take a leadership role in Leveraging Advantage, giving greater structure and programmatic definition to this program.
  • New Community Organizing and Engagement Programming: Assess and propose opportunities for new program development.
  • Donor-Directed Grantmaking: Be the primary relationship manager for all new donor-advised, donor-directed, or other donor-driven or pass-through grantmaking.
  • Peer and Partner Relationships: Work closely with the ED and other team members to identify and prioritize the key peer and partner relationships. Defining Maine Initiatives’ engagement with and approach to advocacy will be a key part of this portfolio.
  • Other Program Support: Provides support for other programs as assigned.

Qualifications and skills

  • Three (3) or more years of experience working on issues of racial justice and racial equity, either as a paid staff or volunteer
  • Five (5) or more years working or volunteering with nonprofits and/or community organizations
  • Experience with community organizing and/or movement building
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build trusting relationships across lines of difference
  • Ability to balance and prioritize a complex portfolio, collaborate to achieve group goals, and meet deadlines.
  • Proven experience managing complex processes, including designing and implementing long-term, time-sensitive projects step-by-step
  • Excitement about creative thinking, brainstorming, and exploring new ideas
  • An openness to feedback and community input, a high risk tolerance, and willingness to try new things
  • Some familiarity with the nonprofit fundraising process, including applying for foundation grants

Note: prior experience at a foundation or grantmaker is NOT expected or required

At this time, our staff is working in a hybrid model (part remote and part in person). We are committed to fostering a work environment that supports all members of our team.

Compensation

This role is a full time, salaried position with benefits. The salary range for this position is $60,000 – $75,000. Benefits include 30 days of paid time off, 10 paid holidays, individual employer-provided health insurance, long-term disability insurance, and a defined contribution retirement plan with employer match.

How to apply

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter sharing with us why you are a good match for this position to info@maineinitiatives.org. Include “Community Organizing and Engagement Director Job Application” in the subject line. If you need assistance, you may contact us at 207-607-4070 or info@maineinitiatives.org.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We hope to have the position filled by October 1, 2021.

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