Job Opportunities

Looking for a job you can feel good about? MPA is hiring

Currently Hiring:

 
Community Organizer - Bangor

MPA is currently accepting inquiries for a Community Organizer located in Bangor, Maine.

Responsibilities will include:
•    Recruitment, training and leadership development of new and existing volunteers (with particular attention paid to indigenous, immigrant, and migrant populations, people directly impacted by the opioid epidemic, low wage workers, people benefitting from safety net programs and other disenfranchised communities)
•    Developing and supporting local, volunteer leadership team(s)
•    Grassroots fundraising
•    Planning campaign events and trainings
•    Leveraging social media (Twitter, Facebook) to enhance on-the-ground organizing efforts
•    Leadership role in issue campaigns

A qualified applicant should possess:
•    Self-motivation and an ability to successfully work independently, as part of a team, and as a team leader.
•    Ability to inspire others to action
•    Ability to multi-task and prioritize
•    Ability to think creatively and leverage available resources to overcome challenges
•    A willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and occasional weekends

Experience that is helpful but not necessary:
•    Experience in door-to-door organizing
•    At least one year of community organizing experience or community-building work
•    Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
•    Strong persuasive writing skills

This position is based in Bangor and will report to MPA’s Organizing Director, Jennie Pirkl.
 
MPA is an equal opportunity employer. The position is full time and unionized, with salary ranging from $30,000 to $45,000, dependent on qualifications.
 
Please send a one-page letter of interest, resume, and three references via e-mail to MPA Organizing Director Jennie Pirkl: Jennie@mainepeoplesalliance.org. Please title your email “Bangor organizing position: (your name)”.


Phone Organizers
Phone Organizers are responsible for acting as a communications and fundraising liaison between MPA and our members. Responsibilities include updating members on current issues and campaigns and negotiating contributions. 

Potential candidates must possess strong communication skills and a commitment to MPA's mission of achieving social, economic, environmental, and racial justice.

Please email resume to Lindsey at lindsey@mainepeoplesalliance.org or call 207-797-0967. 

 

Field Canvassers

MPA is hiring field organizers in Portland, Saco, Lewiston and Bangor to make a difference on issues that matter to everyday Mainers. Our success hinges on our ability to engage everyday people in a powerful and strategic grassroots campaign. Field organizing is the foundation of our grassroots infrastructure, allowing us to recruit members, raise money, generate grassroots action and build political power amongst key constituencies.

Qualifications: Excellent communication skills.

Our field organizers will have the opportunity to talk with hundreds of Maine people, organize press conferences, lobby our state and national representatives, and learn what it takes to be a great organizer.  Current campaign positions are focused on identifying and mobilizing voters to support progressive economic policies like raising the minimum wage, but there are also opportunities for employment beyond the current campaign and for career-building advancement. We have leadership/career opportunities available for those that demonstrate the commitment and skills to excel at the job. Pay ranges from $480 per week.

Interested candidates should contact:

Blake in Portland
207-797-0967
blake@mainepeoplesalliance.org

Jonathan in Lewiston
207-797-0967
jonathan@mainepeoplesalliance.org

Megan in Saco
megan@mainepeoplesalliance.org

Sam in Bangor
207-990-0672
sam@mainepeoplesalliance.org

MPA Internships and Fellowship Program

MPA is committed to an internship and fellowship program that develops our organization and involves new people who are committed to social change and interested in learning a variety of skills in the work. The program is open to seniors in high school, community college students, students enrolled in 4- year colleges or graduate school, recent graduates and people interested in social justice careers.

About the programs:
The internship and fellowship program starts with participants going through a one day orientation. During the training participants learn about and practice building power, doing one on ones and recruiting leaders, the campaigns MPA is currently engaged in, and more. Following training, participants will be assigned an  MPA staff person as their supervisor and work on individual work plans and goals for their time in the program. Participants will receive day-to-day supervision, ongoing training, and mentoring from their assigned staff member. Participants will also journal and meet regularly for reflection.

Maine People’s Alliance has multiple opportunities available:

Organizing program:
The spring organizing program coincides with the Maine legislative session and will involve organizing grassroots activists to engage in state and federal policy work. Fall organizing interns/fellows will get hands on experience during election season. All organizing interns/fellows will work in targeted regions to recruit, train, and develop the leadership of community members and engage them in current campaigns.  Organizing interns/fellows will work closely with a local organizer. Activities will include: door to door canvassing, phone calls, meetings, trainings, writing, planning, lobbying, and more.

Policy program (January- June only)
Policy interns/fellows will work closely with the Political Director during the Maine legislative session in the State House learning the ins and outs of how a law gets passed and how grassroots pressure can influence law making. Interns/fellows will track bills as they make their way through the legislative process; monitor committee work; conduct policy research;  recruit volunteer lobbyist; and help lead actions, trainings, and other events with MPA members at the State House.

Communications program:
Communications interns/fellows will work closely with MPA’s communication staff and staff of The Beacon. Interns/fellows will have an opportunity to learn how communication through both traditional and emerging new media can impact social change. Communications interns/fellows will work with communicatons staff using a variety of skills and tools such as managing a social media presence, graphic design and video production, establishing press relationships, staffing public media events, writing for public communication, investigative journalism and more.

We offer:
Fellowships: The MPA fellowship is a paid program with an expectation of 560 completed hours for the fall (September-December) and Spring (January- May), and 280 completed hours in the summer (June- August). There is only one to three fellowships available each season, and the application process is competitive. Fall fellows will have an opportunity to apply to extend their fellowship through the spring semester (ending in May).

Unpaid For-Credit Internships:  Students can apply to the program and get credit from their college or university. We will work with you to fulfill the requirements for credit.

College-funded Internships:  If your college or university has funding for internships, you may apply to be a Maine People’s Alliance intern, bringing your own funding.  In addition to the internship application form, please let us know what kind of funding you are applying for at your school, how much you might receive, what the decision date is, and when you need a decision about acceptance from us (we will try to accommodate the need for earlier decisions in this program).

Ideal candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Must have a have a passion for social justice and be able to demonstrate how you’ve participated in social justice activities & want to learn solid skills in the field of organizing.
  • Knowledge of current events and comfort with social media
  • Highly organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Fearlessness – not afraid to be a bold and outside the box thinker
  • Honesty and integrity in fulfilling your commitments
  • Ready to work hard and take on new challenges and responsibilities
  • Fluency in Spanish, Somali, Arabic, and French or other languages relevant to recent immigrants is a plus.
  • Ability to commit 10-20 hours per week for 10 weeks

To apply, download our application form, paste it into the body of an email according to the instructions in the form, and send your completed application to jennie@mainepeoplesalliance.org.

MPA strongly encourages women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.

2019 Important Dates:

 

Application Deadline

Orientation day

Length of program

Spring Semester

November 30th, 2018

January 15th

January- May

Summer Semester

April 30th

June 18th

June- August

Fall Semester

July 30th

September 10th

September- December