The Maine Association of Nonprofits is Maine’s leading membership organization and comprehensive resource dedicated to strengthening the leadership, voice and management effectiveness of the state’s nonprofit organizations and part of an active national network of state nonprofit associations through the National Council of Nonprofits in Washington D.C.
We are seeking an experienced Director of Advocacy to lead the organization’s advocacy initiatives and build the capacity of members to advocate legally and effectively for their missions.
This position includes a job-share arrangement with the Maine Philanthropy Center to manage MPC’s advocacy initiatives (6 hours/week) and coordinate MPC and MANP’s advocacy efforts, when appropriate.
The candidate will join a welcoming team with a passion for promoting, celebrating, and advancing the work of nonprofits and a deep commitment to creating a strengths-based work culture that values hard work, humor, and mutual care.
The director will:
- Direct the organization’s advocacy/public affairs activities with direction from the Executive Director, Advocacy Committee and/or Board.
- Research and develop policy positions and implement grassroots and/or lobbying strategies to advance issues/priorities identified by the Advocacy Committee.
- Manage MANP’s Advocacy Network, including planning special events.
- Cultivate relationships among nonprofits, philanthropy and government to address shared policy concerns.
- Develop and implement campaigns to strengthen the collective voice of the sector, including managing “Nonprofit Day at the State House,” and pursuing opportunities to speak publicly about the sector’s impact.
- Develop/compile resources/tools and coordinate and/or deliver training to educate nonprofit staff and volunteers about elections and legal and effective advocacy.
- Represent MANP at public events.
- Support the Executive Director to raise grant and sponsorship funds to underwrite the MANP Advocacy Program and other MANP operations.
Requirements: BA + 5 or more years’ experience in public affairs or related field.
Desired skills/attributes: Exceptional oral and written communications skills. Strong project management skills. Public policy and/or lobbying experience. Comfort with Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.