Food AND Medicine

Food AND Medicine
(members National Organization of Legal Services Workers NOLSW, UAW 2320)

Organizing Director

Based in Brewer, ME


Food AND Medicine (FAM) is a progressive grassroots member-based organization located in Brewer, Maine. We use a hybrid of direct service and community organizing to build power among working class and low-income people, and see our work as Solidarity, not charity. Our programs focus on issues causing and resulting from poverty, including food access, worker rights, affordable public transportation, civic engagement and political education. Founded in 2002, our work and name is based on the belief that no one should have to choose between food, medicine and other basic necessities. We partner closely with local labor unions, including the Eastern Maine Labor Council, as well as many partner organizations and allied groups.

FAM has enjoyed tremendous growth in the past few years, becoming a force for economic and social justice in Eastern Maine. Owing to this success, FAM is looking to add an experienced Organizing Director to our team to manage and further develop our staff.

Job Overview:
The Organizing Director will manage, support and develop our current staff of 4 organizers to implement and further grow FAM’s coordinated organizing efforts, which prioritize identifying and developing leaders and building power among FAM’s constituencies. The Organizing Director will also support our Peer Workforce Navigator program, by establishing training support with partners and helping to establish a more systematic approach to connecting people to public benefits and ultimately good jobs.

The Organizing Director will work closely with the Deputy Director and will report to the Executive Director. The position is located in Brewer, Maine, with opportunity for some remote work. The person in this position will need to be available to work some nights and weekends.

Key Duties:

  • Develop and coordinate work plans for each staff organizer, provide regular supervision and guidance to support organizers to succeed in their work and better engage and build power among our target population, while holding staff accountable to work plans and goals.
  • Train and support staff, FAM members and volunteers to develop leadership and organizing skills.
  • Identify professional and personal growth goals and training, fellowships, coaching opportunities, etc. for all staff.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records; produce timely written and verbal reports to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director and the Board as needed.
  • Along with the Executive Director, build relationships with allies and partner organizations in the greater Bangor area whose work aligns with FAM’s mission and values.
  • Develop a needs assessment with partner organizations along with training programs to increase their capacity in connecting people with public benefits and jobs.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in community organizing, union organizing or similar social and economic justice work; with specific experience in building power and leadership development
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience directly managing staff
  • Proficiency using computers and computer software required, including Google Workspace and Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience in and commitment to social justice work; belief in FAM’s mission and values
  • Knowledge of or experience in working for a membership organization preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as well as to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to work and relate with a diverse range of people and organizations
  • Ability to represent FAM in a professional manner to a wide range of partners, institutions and community-based organizations
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks and duties
  • Ability to organize and delegate work, problem solve and be persistent
  • Genuine enthusiasm to support and mentor staff organizers; and to motivate and involve our members in various community organizing activities

Compensation: This will be a full time position with competitive salary for the region, ranging from $55,000-60,000 depending on experience; 100% employer paid health, dental and vision insurance paid for the individual; retirement plan with match; generous holidays and paid time off.

To Apply:
Submit your résumé, cover letter and at least three references to Hello@foodandmedicine.org.

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