Media & Public Affairs Director
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. Since 1982, we have engaged everyday Mainers in campaigns for social, economic, environmental and racial justice. Read more about MPA’s recent work and campaigns at https://www.mainepeoplesalliance.org
MPA is currently accepting inquiries to hire a Media & Public Affairs Director, a full-time salaried position in MPA’s communications department. The Media & Public Affairs Director will:
- Develop and manage MPA’s earned media program;
- Coordinate press events with allies and MPA staff (writing press releases and advisories, working with speakers to draft remarks, developing topline messages, etc.
- Work with MPA members and allies on opinion editorial drafting and placement
- Cultivate robust reporter relationships
- Maintain the organization’s press list
- Develop training programs for MPA members and other impacted people on how to powerfully share their personal stories with the press
- Train a broad set of MPA staff in serving as spokespeople for the organization
- Represent MPA in coalition efforts where allies are working to develop shared media and messaging strategies;
- Serve on a dynamic communications team that includes a Digital Director and a news reporting team at MaineBeacon.com, and work to ensure media programs are part of a larger strategy for advancing MPA issues on social media and other digital platforms; and
- Provide leadership to the development of organizational messages; working with other MPA communications staff, and drawing on expertise of state and national allies, the Media & Public Affairs Director will ensure there are message strategy documents and talking point memos for all major MPA campaigns.
- Strong commitment to progressive values, especially racial justice;
- Excellent judgment in a fast-moving, complex, political campaigns context;
- Team-oriented with superb relational and communications skills;
- Proficient in creating powerful, compelling written and oral communications;
- An ability to meet deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced work environment;
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and Facebook/Twitter;
- A willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and occasional weekends; and
- Some experience in the realms of policy, communications, or field organizing for advocacy organizations or political campaigns preferred.
The position is unionized and full-time, with extensive benefits and a salary in the range of $37,000-$55,000, depending on experience. Open until filled. 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.
Job posted: 2021-01-28