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January 2024: See current job postings below. All applicants should send application information to [email protected] to be considered; the posting(s) will be taken down once the job is filled.
Community Organizer, January 2024
We are seeking to add an experienced and versatile full-time Community Organizer to our team to work on our programs, build relationships with and develop leaders among our members, volunteers and allies. This position is based in Brewer, Maine. The Community Organizer is an integral part of our small staff team, and reports to the Executive Director.
Key responsibilities include:
- Develop and implement meetings, one-on-one outreach, surveys, events and the like to involve FAM’s constituency of workers, unions, farmers and low-income people as volunteers and leaders in programs and as active FAM members generally.
- Organize and empower members to attend events, share their story, reach out to allies, speak to the media, attend committee meetings, volunteer, and otherwise become more involved in the organization.
- Identify, develop and empower leaders among members and volunteers.
- Facilitate members’ consciousness of and foster analysis of obstacles to low-income communities’ access to basic necessities in relation to broader social issues and systemic inequality.
- Contribute to fundraising activities including grant research and writing, phone banking, database updating, membership fundraising and the like.
- Contribute to organization-wide annual events such as Legislative Breakfast, Labor Day Celebration and Solidarity Harvest.
- Contribute to our electoral and civic engagement, public transportation and/or collective gardening programs.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Minimum two years experience in grassroots community or union organizing strongly preferred.
- Familiarity with grassroots and/or union organizing strategies and techniques, and willingness to learn.
- Three years’ relevant experience in staff supervision and/or volunteer management preferred. Demonstrated leadership and organizing skills at work, on campus, or in the community, with experience as a union or community organizer preferred.
- Experience or familiarity with politics, the electoral and legislative process, especially as it relates to issues affecting low-income people and workers.
- Comfort with making phone calls, canvassing, surveying or encouraging people to become involved, complete surveys or sign petitions.
- Excellent project management skills, including planning, delegating, and overseeing tasks and keeping to deadlines.
- Highly self-motivated, self-sufficient, and self-directed, yet comfortable taking direction and working as part of a team. The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and to complete assigned projects under deadlines is critical.
- Excellent attention to detail and follow-through. Ability and commitment to do long-haul, sometimes gritty, organizing.
- A commitment to FAM’s mission, values and approach, which focuses on grassroots organizing, leadership development, and social and economic justice in Maine. The capacity to work with diverse communities and to develop and maintain collaborative relationships.
- Ability to follow directions, and anticipate or suggest appropriate and creative next steps.
- Ability to adapt to changing situations mid-stream, and to comfortably interact with and build relationships with all types of people.
- Proficiency with current social media platforms, online fundraising/marketing tools and strategies for nonprofit organizations.
- Strong writing skills, and the ability to represent FAMs goals, objectives and outcomes for programs and projects, both verbally and in writing.
- Preferred experience in non-profit fundraising and development including grant-writing, solicitation and event planning.
- Strong computer, problem-solving and analytical skills. Comfortable working with a variety of office software, internet and email environments, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive and others.
- Physical requirements include ability to spend hours listening and talking; working via computer and telephone; driving frequently to meetings and events; light lifting of equipment and materials.
- Willingness to work occasional long days; night and weekend meetings or events is a normal part of this work.
- A collaborative working spirit and desire to explore ideas, test assumptions, and find solutions as a team.
Timeline: Search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applications will start to be reviewed immediately and the position will be hired as soon as an appropriate candidate is selected.
How To Apply: Interested applicants should send all of the following: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) at least three references, and (4) a writing sample to [email protected]. Inquiries can be directed to [email protected]. FAM is an equal opportunity employer. Women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, low-income, people of color, working class and people with lived experience in poverty are particularly encouraged to apply. Compensation/Benefits: Salary range is competitive for the region and depending on experience, $41-47K/year. Benefits include employer paid health insurance, dental, and vision benefits, a retirement plan with match, compensatory time and generous paid time off covered under a union collective bargaining agreement. Our staff are members of UAW.
Bangor Peer Workforce Navigator
Food AND Medicine (FAM) is a progressive grassroots community organization working for food justice, worker rights, affordable public transportation, civic engagement and political education, especially around issues causing and resulting from poverty. Founded in 2002, our work and name is based on the belief that no one should have to choose between food, medicine and other basic necessities. We use a hybrid of direct service and community organizing to build power among working class and low-income people, and see our work as Solidarity, not charity. We work closely with local labor unions, including the Eastern Maine Labor Council, as well as many partner organizations and allied groups.
We seek to add a dynamic and passionate Bangor Peer Workforce Navigator to our team to coordinate FAM’s work connecting workers with good jobs, registered apprenticeship and training programs, unemployment benefits and support services necessary to obtain and maintain employment. The Navigator will coordinate outreach, develop expertise in job placement, the Unemployment Insurance process and other support services, and work to develop the leadership of workers and to identify and address systemic issues. The Navigator will be part of a team that connects to other agencies in Bangor to build a network of support and greater efficiency in supporting workers with these services.
About the Peer Workforce Navigator Program
For the past three years, FAM has worked with community, labor and immigrant organizations across Maine to help workers access Unemployment Insurance, other critical services and good quality jobs and union apprenticeship programs. This network of organizations passed legislation in 2021 to establish and fund Peer Workforce Navigators rooted in community, labor and immigrant organizations throughout Maine. Six organizations, including Food AND Medicine, have hired Peer Workforce Navigators and have worked together on a shared work plan to organize and connect Maine workers with good jobs, training opportunities, unemployment benefits and other support services. The project also works to identify and solve systemic problems and barriers that prevent workers from gaining dignity and economic security.
Owing to the success of this statewide project, along with great needs in Bangor, FAM applied for and received ARPA funding from the City of Bangor to establish a Bangor-specific Peer Workforce Navigator program.
Overview of Job Responsibilities
The Navigator will work as part of a broader team of organizers at Food AND Medicine, as well as the team of the Peer Workforce Navigator project. Job responsibilities include:
- Develop a deep understanding of the intricacies of the Unemployment Insurance process and other services, workforce development, registered apprenticeship and job placement opportunities.
- Dig in and work to solve sometimes complex and difficult issues related to obtaining services and employment, such as Unemployment denials or overpayment claims.
- Participate in and lead a variety of outreach and organizing strategies including door-to-door canvassing, text-banking, phone-banking, meetings, one to one discussions, events, digital outreach.
- Develop a comprehensive outreach plan to expand and maximize engagement.
- Develop communications efforts about the Peer Workforce Navigator program to highlight successes, educate people and organizations about the program, share people’s stories and to encourage others to be involved.
- Build relationships with key stakeholders in Bangor: career center staff, workforce development organizations, key people at state or local agencies, social service providers, apprenticeship directors, union leaders, organizations working with directly impacted populations and others.
- Recruit people we support to become active participants in our navigator network and to refer others who can benefit from our support; build an active network of volunteer navigators who will learn to conduct referrals and high level navigator assistance.
- Identify potential leaders among community members. Work to develop the leadership of people and to bring them into the broader work that FAM does.
- Rigorous tracking and entering of data.
- Participate in or lead the creation of a training program to expand the Peer Workforce Navigator and volunteer navigator processes to other organizations in Bangor.
Qualifications and Skills
The ideal candidate will have:
- Organizing experience working with people and moving them to action. Experience working with community, immigrant and labor organizations. Strong relational organizing skills.
- Ability to understand the intricacies of key programs – workforce, apprenticeship, unemployment, support services – and help people successfully access and navigate these programs.
- Ability to do effective one on one listening sessions, training with community members, train groups of people and develop training and curriculum.
- Demonstrated ability to build teams and work effectively in a team environment in both a lead and a support role.
- Ability to identify systemic or pattern problems and work with people to address them.
- Commitment to social, economic and racial justice and FAM’s overall mission and programs.
- Demonstrated leadership, collaboration and relationship-building skills inside organizations and externally with partners, stakeholders and state agency staff.
- Ability to work independently within the context of a plan. Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, and demonstrated experience in developing personal work plans and goals.
- Impressive attention to detail, follow through, organization, diligence, motivation and problem solving skills.
- Computer proficiency is required, including databases, Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive (sheets and docs), social media platforms, etc. Salesforce experience is a plus.
- Ability to travel to meetings and events in the Bangor region and occasionally other parts of the state.
- Lived experience with the Unemployment Insurance system or other supports is a strong plus.
Reporting and Job Details:
The Peer Workforce Navigator works under the direct supervision of FAM’s Executive Director and works in close collaboration with the Peer Workforce Navigator Project Director. This is a full time position with a 40 hour work week, based in our offices in Brewer, Maine.
This is a three-year grant funded position, though we hope to make it ongoing. Salary is commensurate with experience. Salary range: $40-48K. We offer a strong benefit package including 100% employer paid health, vision and dental insurance, a retirement plan with match, mileage reimbursement for travel, paid time off and holidays. Our employees are members of the UAW.
How To Apply:
To apply please send a cover letter, resume and at least three references to [email protected] with Peer Workforce Navigator in the subject line. The position will be posted until a suitable candidate is selected.
Food AND Medicine is an equal opportunity employer. Women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, low-income, people of color, working class and people with lived experience in poverty are particularly encouraged to apply.