Maine People’s Alliance (MPA) is a community of Maine people, from all different backgrounds, who believe that we can live in a world where everyone has what they need, everyone contributes what they can, and nobody is left behind.
We are currently accepting applications for a Faith Community Organizer. This is a full-time community organizing position (location flexible within Maine), with responsibilities including:
Conducting regular one-on-one meetings with people of faith to build relationships of trust, take action, and develop their leadership;
Maintaining key relationships in the community, including funders, elected leaders, community partners, and clergy;
Engaging people of faith in local, statewide and federal campaigns for justice on issues including the opioid crisis, health care, climate change, immigrant rights, and fair taxes (among others);
Conducting regular outreach to recruit a broad base of people of faith committed to action;
Providing training and coaching to empower volunteers to help lead our campaigns;
Developing a steering committee of core leaders of faith; and
Leveraging online communications and social media (Twitter, Facebook) to enhance on-the-ground organizing efforts.
A qualified applicant should possess:
A commitment to social justice and building the power of regular people to make change;
An understanding of the challenges that Mainers face;
Demonstrated ability to build relationships of trust and mutual respect that move people into action;
Problem-solving perspective and ability to work well in teams;
Ability to navigate obstacles, set priorities, and move forward multiple projects; and
A willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and occasional weekends, and to travel statewide.
Experience that is helpful but not necessary:
Direct, lived experience with injustice (of any kind) that anchors a desire for progressive social change;
Experience in door-to-door organizing, or with building rapport with members of the public (on the street, over the phone, at their doors, in customer service, etc.)
Comfort working across lines of difference including race, class, and religion;
Conversational Spanish, French, Arabic, or Somali;
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
The Faith Organizer reports to MPA’s Campaigns Director, Rachel Ackoff. The role is part of the MPA staff union (see union contract here) and offers a competitive benefits package and a salary range of $36,000 – $55,000, depending on experience.
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.
About Maine People's Alliance
The mission of Maine People’s Alliance is to create a world where everyone has what they need, contributes what they can, and no one is left behind.
By forming community with people from all walks of life, we build power, inspire new leaders, heal divisions—particularly across lines of race—and win campaigns that change what is politically possible.
With more than 32,000 members across Maine, MPA is the state's largest community action organization.
Over the past three decades, MPA has worked to build a powerful statewide grassroots movement for progressive social change, serving as a leader in state campaigns for expanded health care access, toxics use reduction, affordable housing, universal home care, clean elections reform, racial justice, immigrant rights, a higher minimum wage and tax fairness, among others.
MPA is dedicated to providing Maine people with the tools, knowledge, skills and opportunity to become involved in the decision-making processes that affect their lives.