Employment at FAM

 

Now hiring June 2022:

Community Organizer

Job Description:

Founded in 2002, Food AND Medicine is a progressive grassroots community organization working for food justice, worker rights, affordable public transportation, civic engagement and political education, especially around issues affecting worker rights and the root causes of poverty. Our work and name is based on the belief that no one should have to choose between food, medicine and other basic necessities. We work closely with local labor unions, including the Eastern Maine Labor Council, as well as partner organizations, agencies and faith-based entities.

We are seeking an experienced and versatile full-time Community Organizer to work on our programs, build relationships with and develop leaders among our members, volunteers and allies. The ideal candidate will be based in, or willing to relocate to, 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 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 and Solidarity Harvest.

 The ideal candidate will have:

  • 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 all types of people.
  • Proficiency with current social media platforms, online fundraising/marketing tools and strategies for nonprofit organizations. 
  • 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.  
  • 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; occasional night and weekend work, long days and overnight travel.
  • A collaborative working spirit and desire to explore ideas, test assumptions, and find solutions as a team.

Application Process:

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 fam@foodandmedicine.org. Inquiries can be directed to fam@foodandmedicine.org or (207) 949-0708. FAM is an equal opportunity employer. Women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, low-income, people of color and working class people are particularly encouraged to apply.

Compensation/Benefits:  Salary range is competitive for the region and depending on experience, with a range of $37-45K/year. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision benefits all paid at 100%, a retirement plan, and generous paid time off covered under a union collective bargaining agreement.