Organization Overview

Maine Votes (MV) is a state-based 501(c)(4) “table”, or coalition, formed to build durable progressive power in Maine through improving long-term, data-driven electoral planning, research, coordination, and communication among progressive political organizations. Maine Votes is an affiliate of America Votes.

Maine Voices Network (MVN) is a state-based 501(c)(3) civic engagement “table,” or coalition, where partner organizations work together, particularly to leverage organizing, advocacy, and research to achieve larger gains than any one group could on its own. Our core work is supporting our partners’ efforts to increase civic engagement – through policy advocacy, movement building, voter education, and voter turnout. MVN is part of the State Voices Network. MVN coordinates to the extent permitted by law with Maine Votes, the state’s 501(c)(4) “table.”

Maine Votes, Maine Voices Network, and partner organizations work toward a vision of a just, equitable, and prosperous society that treats every single one of us with dignity and fairness; in which government reflects the race, class, and gender diversity of our communities and is a vehicle for addressing those challenges that need to be resolved collectively; and in which vulnerable communities are able to exercise all of their human rights without fear, discrimination, or retaliation.

Maine Votes and Maine Voices Network (together, MV/N) support, coordinate, and strengthen the ecosystem of non-profit organizations working to achieve progressive electoral wins, greater voter engagement across the state, and policies in the Legislature that will improve people’s lives. MV/N works with leaders, organizations, and campaigns doing some of the most exciting work to advance people-powered change at the statewide and local levels.

Position Overview

The Communications Director will play a vital role in shaping a bold vision to protect and promote MV/N’s mission in the 2022 election cycle and beyond. The right candidate will drive initiatives for communications, research, and digital strategy, building a small team, and working closely with partner organizations to educate our audiences on our shared values and how we can achieve a Maine that works for all of us. The role requires a strategic thinker with skill in applying communications and/or digital tactics to reach short and long-term goals across organizational and partner priorities. This position is an opportunity to apply storytelling skills with a purpose-driven impact lens to drive meaningful change in the world.

Primary Functions

  • Coordinate and lead a coalition of partner organizations in communications efforts and programs.
  • Create and execute communications strategy for Maine Votes/Maine Voices Network. Lead the development of a progressive message framework for both 2022 electoral programming and long-term movement building.
  • Build relationships and collaborative culture with communicators across our partner organizations including information sharing, tactical and strategic support, training, and other capacity-building activities.
  • Collaboratively create an annual communications plan and budget aligned with the organization’s mission. Continuously monitor and communicate progress and learnings to relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure that all aspects of MV/N’s communications use an anti-racist lens and are developed and vetted to avoid reinforcing harmful race, class, and gender narratives.
  • Work with Data & Targeting Manager to align research plan and polling design with the overall message and narrative development.
  • Hire and project manage staff, vendors, consultants/contractors.
  • Partner closely with colleagues across departments to build the organization’s capacity to use data to inform communications strategies.
  • Provide support to the Executive Director to manage internal communications with partner organizations and donors.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5-7 years experience with the creation and management of digital and/or traditional communications programs.
  • An understanding of communications and digital strategies and best practices with an eye toward innovative approaches to values-based communications and mobilization.
  • Knowledge of the Maine political landscape.
  • Experience working with research/polling firms and implementing findings related to message development.
  • A track record of working in coalition doing advocacy, electoral, or organizing campaigns.
  • Experience contributing to and executing strategic communications plans, creating campaigns, engaging audiences via email and social media, and catalyzing stakeholder engagement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Ability to apply race, class, and gender equity analyses to strategic decision making and program execution.
  • A demonstrated ability to project manage, prioritize, and execute at a high level with keen attention to detail and minimal direction.
  • Demonstrated leadership, collaboration, and relationship-building skills inside organizations and externally with media, partners and stakeholders.
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills with adaptable style for different audiences and a keen eye for proofreading and editing.
  • Strong comfort with and fluency in technology platforms including Microsoft Office, print/web publishing, social media platforms, and/or CRM databases.

*If you do not meet all the criteria above, but feel your experience could be a good fit for the role, please apply! We recognize that candidates who don’t check every box can still add great value to our team.

To Apply

  • Please use our application portal to submit your cover letter, resume, and references.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and this position will be filled as soon as possible.

Compensation: The salary range for this position is $70,000-$90,000 (commensurate with experience) plus a generous benefits package that includes medical/dental/vision insurance, retirement benefits, paid vacation, sick, and medical leave.

Terms of Employment: This is a salaried, exempt position.

Location: We expect this position will eventually need to be in-state with regular commuting to Portland (where our office is located), but remote work is possible as we evaluate travel and remote work policies in response to COVID-19.

Maine Votes/Maine Voices Network is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a more equitable workplace. We value diversity and are dedicated to the recruitment, inclusion, and retention of people of color, LGBTQ, women, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.