Legislative Director - Maine People's Alliance

Posted: 9/19/19

Maine People's Alliance (MPA) is Maine’s largest progressive community organizing group with 32,000 members across Maine.  Since 1982, we have engaged everyday Mainers in campaigns for social, economic, environmental and racial justice. Read more about MPA’s recent work and campaigns at MaineBeacon.com.

 

MPA is currently accepting inquiries for Legislative Director, a full-time, salaried senior-level position that reports to MPA’s Deputy or Co-Director.

 

A core responsibility of this position is to serve as MPA’s primary state legislative lobbyist, a role that includes:

  • guiding the formulation and execution of strategies and tactics to advance MPA legislative and policy priorities (coordinating closely with allied organizations and MPA’s communications, field and organizing teams);
  • growing new and deepening existing relationships between elected officials and MPA;
  • overseeing regular communication with elected officials, legislative leadership, and their staff;
  • overseeing the drafting, editing and analysis of legislative language;
  • overseeing the researching and drafting of informational materials and public statements/testimonies related to MPA legislative and policy priorities;
  • maintaining up-to-date awareness and deep knowledge of all relevant legislative initiatives and policy developments;
  • speaking with the press and coordinating with MPA’s Communications Director on press strategies to enhance legislative goals; and
  • overseeing voter education programs during times the legislature is adjourned (production of MPA’s legislative scorecard, design/execution of voter contact programs for candidates and ballot initiatives, etc.)

Qualifications:

  • At least three years of relevant legislative advocacy experience;
  • Strong commitment to progressive values;
  • Excellent judgment in a fast-moving, complex, political campaigns context;
  • Team-oriented with superb relational and communications skills
  • Proficient in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications;
  • An ability to meet deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and Facebook/Twitter
  • A willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and occasional weekends;
  • Some experience in the realms of fundraising, communications, or field organizing for advocacy organizations or political campaigns preferred; and
  • Legal expertise a plus.

The position is unionized and full-time at a competitive wage in the range of $50-$75,000, depending on experience.  Open until filled. MPA is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to equity and inclusion. Core to our work is an understanding of the multiple ways in which society is constructed to disadvantage and marginalize people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, native peoples, women, low-income people, people with disabilities, and others.  We believe that underrepresented and marginalized communities must be centered in the work we do and we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or from these communities. 

 

Please send a one-page letter of interest, resume, and three references via e-mail toben@mainepeoplesalliance.org.   Please title your email “Legislative Director Application: (your name)”.