Project Communications Manager

Job Locations US-ME-Portland
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/12/2022 9:27 AM)
Job ID
2022-2067
# of Openings
1
Category
Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Maine Food Strategy

Overview

The Maine Food Strategy (mainefoodstrategy.org) is an organization that facilitates collaborative projects and partnerships to bolster Maine’s food system. Through an inclusive and participatory process, the initiative developed four value areas that a food system should embody: A robust food economy; a healthy and sustainable environment; healthy food access for all Mainers; and community support of positive food production and enterprises. Maine Food Strategy works through partnerships to advance these values. One example is the New England State Food System Planners Partnership, which is a regional collaboration, organized to encourage investments and policies that strengthen food value chains. 

 

Maine Food Strategy is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org). 

 

Project Purpose: 

The Maine Food Convergence is a collaborative project, which aims to strengthen relationships, information sharing and partnerships between community groups working on food-related issues in Maine, with a focus on advancing social and racial equity and environmental sustainability. Over the coming year, the Convergence will organize its second statewide convergence event, support a collaborative cross sector work group looking at challenges for local food processing and processing for schools and institutions, and develop a shared communications platform to amplify the work of the convergence, its partner groups and allies. The Convergence is also exploring a second cross sector work group focused on issues related to food and livable wage. 

The position reports to the Maine Food Strategy Project Director, Tanya Swain and a committee of Network Partners composed of representatives from 5 partner initiatives  (Maine Climate Action NOW!, Maine Gleaning Network, Maine Food Strategy, Maine Network of Community Food Councils, and Maine Farm to Institution)

 

Responsibilities

The Project Communications Manager will manage the development and implementation of communications materials and strategies to promote Maine Food Convergence events and updates, share policy, education and other information of interest to groups working on food systems issues. 

 

Messaging

  • Lead development of messaging for social media posts, events and other communication directed at groups and organizations working on food system issues in Maine.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that communications materials are sensitive to and support messaging around inclusivity and diversity in Maine Food Convergence and the food system at large.

 

Design Communications Content

  • Design content for a quarterly Maine Food Convergence e-newsletter.
  • Design MFCP communications materials including but not limited to social media posts, e-newsletters, sponsorship letters, and infographics.
  • Design and distribute communications materials to promote Project events.

 

Manage Overall Communications

  • Manage MFCP website content and communications accounts.
  • Build relationships and partnerships with other communications channels including other food system organizations and media outlets.
  • Create systems and processes for creating, developing and distributing shared communications materials for Network Partner messaging, activities and events.

 

Other

  • Support the Events and Outreach coordinator in communications with committees and work groups.
  • Participate in Food Solutions New England’s Communications Community of Practice and share out relevant resources with Project Network Partners.
  • Support MFCP grant writing and fundraising, including researching and coordinating collaborative grant applications in partnership with Network Partners.
  • Assist with additional MFCP administrative and organizational support as needed.

Qualifications

We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a relevant area of study to this project is desirable but not mandatory. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion coursework, also a plus!
  • Three to five years’ communications experience with a focus on event promotion and movement building.
  • Experience managing websites and social media accounts.
  • Experience working with event planning or advisory committees.
  • Experience in designing fundraising campaigns and materials.
  • At least three years’ experience designing materials for diverse audiences and/or cross sector stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of components and issues related to community food systems.
  • Able to take initiative and work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and facilitative leadership skills—team-oriented, personable, and professional.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills (ability to move multiple project components forward simultaneously).
  • Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, Google Apps, Zoom, Squarespace website management, and marketing materials development using Canva or similar software.
  • Ability to represent the organization effectively at meetings and conferences and at other public engagements.

Desired Attributes

  • Aligned with values and mission.
  • Passionate about building sustainable, equitable and resilient community and regional food systems.
  • Passionate about finding effective means of communicating food systems issues with various audiences.
  • Creative, with a good sense of humor.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Enjoys and is able to work remotely, yet stays connected to core team members.
  • Quick learner and thrives in a multi-task / content heavy environment.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.

 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction.
  • Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls.
  • Sit (usually for longer periods) Ascend/Descend; and position self (to), move.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards.
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight.
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Regarding COVID-19: TSNE considers the health and safety of our employees of the utmost importance, and due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and subject to your state and local laws, our policy requires that all employees performing in-person work at a TSNE designated office are fully vaccinated. For the purpose of this policy, fully vaccinated indicates that you have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Certain exemptions may be requested and will be considered by Human Resources.

 

Compensation and Benefits

 

Location: Work will be primarily performed in Portland, ME. Work is eligible for 100% remote work.

Compensation: The hourly rate for this position is $27.00/hr and is commensurate with experience. FLSA status will be determined based upon standard weekly hours (25-32) worked. 

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff.
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim.
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care.
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance.
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA.
  • ...and more!

TSNE/MFS strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

 

All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/MFS prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/MFS celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.

 

TSNE/MFS's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.

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