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Maine Labor Climate Council

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HIRING ANNOUNCEMENT: Maine Labor Climate Council Director

The Maine Labor Climate Council (MLCC) seeks a dynamic and passionate Director to coordinate our work to jointly tackle inequality and climate change. The Director will work to build out and formalize this labor-led coalition, develop and implement campaigns, oversee staff and fundraising, support efforts to organize key sectors of the renewable energy economy and more.

About Maine Labor Climate Council
The Maine Labor Climate Council (MLCC) is a coalition of labor unions working to combat climate change and reverse economic inequality. We see the climate and inequality crises as interrelated crises that demand a comprehensive response. We seek to develop the labor movement’s vision for how to tackle these crises in a way that creates good Maine union jobs, reduces carbon emissions and economic inequality, raises standards and organizes workers in the renewable energy economy and strategizes and fights for justice in any economic or community transitions.

A group of 15 – 20 unions have been meeting since early 2020 to develop this work together. We are excited to hire a Director to take our efforts to the next level. Maine Labor Climate Council is an affiliate of the National Climate Jobs Resource Center.

Overview of Job Responsibilities
The Maine Labor Climate Council Director coordinates the coalition’s organizational development, education programs, development and implementation of campaigns, and support for organizing strategies and communications work.

Description of Duties

  • Coordinates coalition organizational development and supports building out and formalizing the MLCC. Outreach to unions to formally join as dues paying members. Support the development of the MLCC Board.
  • Support educational work within the labor movement about the climate and inequality crises, how it impacts workers lives and our response. Work to build a participatory popular education program to engage local unions, labor bodies and union members.
  • Coordinate campaigns to win legislative changes to address the climate crisis, raise labor standards and create good union jobs at the state and federal Level. Work with board, staff and allies to develop comprehensive state legislative campaigns to attach labor and equity standards to renewable energy projects and ensure that efforts to decarbonize take labor and job quality standards seriously. Similarly support federal efforts on federal climate jobs initiatives.
  • Support the organization’s external-facing communications, including online communications and traditional media. Support the release of our Maine Climate Jobs report.
  • Support MLCC fundraising work to become a sustainable long-term coalition. This would likely involve work with national partners, having supportive unions contribute coalition dues and grant fundraising.
  • Work with MLCC unions to build a comprehensive organizing strategy. Support the research and strategy development to organize workers in the renewable energy economy in Maine.
  • Supervise other MLCC staff and support their professional development.
  • Build and maintain relationships – and work together – with allied organizations outside of our labor coalition.
  • Work together with any other MLCC staff and members on aspects of organizational development, fundraising, organizational campaigns, special projects, trainings and meetings.

Qualifications and Skills
The Maine Labor Climate Council Director should be an experienced, passionate advocate for a progressive economic agenda, a deep believer in the power of unions to lead on economic and climate issues, and committed to meet the existential threat of both global climate change and economic inequality with bold, transformative solutions.

In addition, the Director should have:

  • Substantial experience in labor, grassroots and/or community organizing, campaigns, or related experience;
  • Proven ability to think strategically and analyze power dynamics, and to incorporate those factors into plans for action;
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience, with non-profit management a significant plus; an understanding of sound nonprofit business and financial practices; demonstrated financial and budgeting skills;
  • Strong experience with legislative and policy advocacy at all levels of government, preferably in Maine;
  • A working knowledge and demonstrated commitment to the labor movement, with knowledge of the Maine landscape for social and political movements a plus;
  • Excellent communication skills: verbal and listening, writing, outgoing presentation, and the passion and presence to be a dynamic leader;
  • Successful track record in fundraising/development and experience engaging donors of all levels;
  • Commitment to racial justice and challenging oppression;

Compensation:
Starting salary is $50,000 – $70,000 commensurate with experience with a strong benefit package including employer provided health insurance and a retirement plan.

How To Apply:
This is a full-time position based in Maine. To apply please send a cover letter, résumé and three references to Matt Schlobohm at: matt@maineaflcio.org, with Maine Labor Climate Council in the subject line. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday October 8, 2021.

The Maine Labor Climate Council is an equal opportunity employer.

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