Maine Voices Network (MVN) is a state-based collaboration that leverages resources and improves coordination among partner organizations working towards permanent social change in social and economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state. MVN is focused on working with underrepresented communities, engaging Mainers in the decision-making processes that impact their lives, and making sure that every Mainer’s voice is heard and state governance reflects the progressive values of its citizens. This coalition is one of 22 state members in the State Voices Network.
Maine Votes is a state-based collaboration formed to build permanent progressive power in Maine through improving long-term coordination and communication among progressive political organizations in Maine. Maine Votes is the local affiliate of America Votes.
Maine Voices and Maine Votes exist to coordinate and lead partner organizations in two important ways:
- Developing and executing a coordinated state plan that maximizes the resources and effectiveness of all partners and reduces duplication of efforts in the areas of voter outreach, education, advocacy and turnout.
- Developing and executing a coordinated state plan that helps nonpartisan civic engagement organizations best engage Mainers in the decision-making processes that impact their lives while growing state capacity for change, coordinating strategies between state and national partners, mobilizing funding and resources and making technology and data readily available to partners.
Poised to build upon a nearly 8-year track record of successful progressive advocacy, the organizations seek a joint Executive Director who will continue to elevate the influence and reach of their work and capitalize on the opportunities for new collaborations and initiatives to positively impact the people of Maine. The ideal candidate will be committed to racial equity and making progressive change happen; have the ability to raise money at the state and national level; understand c(4) and c(3) field and media program planning, data, and tools; and have experience building both strong staff teams and leading diverse coalitions at the state or national level.
In consultation with and reporting to the table Steering Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership in developing and executing the organizations’ collective vision, financial resources, and long-range strategies for pursuing their respective missions and enhancing the ability of partner groups to achieve shared goals.
The next Executive Director will join Maine Voices/Maine Votes at a time that is rich with opportunity for increased and sustained impact. The ED will engage the following challenges and opportunities:
Vision and Leadership
Provide strategic leadership to drive the development of an ongoing vision and strategy to increase the effectiveness and influence of the coalition. Work with existing steering committee organizations as well as other mutually agreed upon strategic partners to identify shared strategic goals and opportunities for collaboration and create and execute non-duplicative state work plans inclusive of all campaign elements. Engage steering committee and coalition partners in long-term and long-range planning and strategy development.
Staff and Operations Management
The Executive Director will be a natural mentor and coach, facilitating a culture in which staff feels valued and supported. S/he/they will also review current internal organizational needs and opportunities to help build momentum and capacity for the future direction of Maine Voices/Maine Votes. This will include overseeing effective operational management and fiscal responsibility.
Convene individual coalition partners and the collective table on a regular basis, facilitating discussions, decision making, and other critical work of the group. Assist local organizations in identifying resources and other technical assistance that can build capacity and improve their performance in education and mobilization. Ensure the security, development, and appropriate usage of state Voter File. Implement systems for ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of strategies. Direct all necessary administrative functions of the table.
Field, Media, and Program Data and Tools Management
A central role for the Maine Votes/Maine Voices Network ED and staff is to build the capacity of the individual and collective member organizations so they are best-in-class nationally when it comes to: building a strong statewide VAN; planning, designing, and executing field, digital, and media programs that advance progressive goals today and over time; building power to achieve progressive goals over time. The Executive Director will hire and or manage a small staff of experts in these fields and must be able to provide the vision and leadership required.
Develop and oversee or execute the appropriate shared communications functions of the table. Ensure that the Steering Committee, donors, and key allies are informed about the vision, plans, and progress of the table. Work directly with national staff and national partners to ensure smooth communication with state operations, while also learning from and sharing best practices with other states.
Fundraising and Growth
Proactively develop and drive a strategy to raise national and state funds required to fund a best-in-class state table with core staff excellence in data, program, digital, and communications functions to win progressive advances short, medium, and long term. The Executive Director should lead development, outreach, and track progress towards achieving national and state fundraising benchmarks and build a diverse funding base for the organization.
Equity and Inclusion
Facilitate ongoing conversations and collective steps toward greater clarity and measurable action toward equity in the work of the coalition and partner members.
While no one candidate will possess all the qualifications listed below, the ideal candidate will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- 3-5 years of experience working in a management role for political campaigns, union or community organizing, advocacy, or similar fast-paced environments;
- A strategic and comprehensive approach to organizational and coalition planning and decision making; the ability to lead through periods of political transition and membership expansion, requiring creative and innovative solutions to real-time, on-the-ground challenges. Ability to recognize and capitalize on political opportunities while staying mission-aligned;
- Commitment to social and economic justice, with demonstrated success in leading organizational and community conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- A successful track record in identifying and securing funding through diverse sources. A commitment to maintaining current funders and cultivating new funding relationships, and a history of achieving sustained financial support for an organization. Ability and enthusiasm to involve coalition partners in the fundraising process;
- Proven track record of exceptional staff management, support, and development, fostering a culture of collaboration, mentoring, and regular feedback;
- Demonstrated success working across internal and external teams and inspiring others to work towards shared objectives. Successful experience creating an inclusive environment working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds;
- Professional philosophy that places organizational and/or shared goals and objectives at the forefront of the work;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated success in convening groups and facilitating workplans and engage partners and stakeholders with a collaborative and energizing approach;
- Ability to understand and synthesize data, using it to inform strategy and problem solve;
- Solid understanding of state-level legislative processes and cycles. Experience with Maine legislative and political structures desired, but not required; and
- Experience in budget preparation and planning and financial compliance.
- Please submit a cover letter, outlining interest and qualifications, along with your resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.
- Maine Voices and Maine Votes is partnering with Allison Kupfer Poteet and Andres Marcuse-Gonzalez of NPAG on this search.
- Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Compensation: The salary range is estimated at $90K-$105K, commensurate with experience.
Maine Voices/Maine Votes is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.