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Communications and Outreach Director

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Communications and Outreach Director

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is seeking a dynamic, energetic and creative individual to join its senior management team as Communications and Outreach Director.  The successful candidate will help to raise the profile of one of the country’s longest established statewide organic certification, education and advocacy organizations.  

Primary Responsibilities: To manage MOFGA’s communications, marketing, public relations and outreach.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Work Week: 40 hours -- Monday through Friday, and additional evening and weekend hours as needed for events.

Position: Salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Deep understanding of organic farming, gardening and/or homesteading
  • Appreciation for the depth and breadth of MOFGA’s programs and constituents
  • Proven track record in the field of communications, PR and media outreach.  Ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years experience at a nonprofit or for-profit organization.
  • An understanding and awareness of the media landscape in Maine and nationally
  • Demonstrated aptitude with both traditional and new communication channels
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Basic understanding of web design, user experience, digital content, digital ads
  • Familiarity with content management systems and managing online communications
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing goals and objectives
  • Experience with crisis management
  • Experience with volunteer management, campaign management, or advocacy campaigns
  • Experience managing a team
  • Excellent detail-oriented project management
  • Impeccable follow-through and self-motivation on assignments
  • Commitment to promoting and advocating for organic farming, gardening and consuming

Responsibilities:

  • Establish a strategic communications plan, budget and editorial calendar to advance MOFGA’s mission.
  • Be MOFGA’s first point of contact with the media and develop relationships with print, broadcast and new media journalists.
  • Represent MOFGA at events and engage comfortably with MOFGA’s varied constituents.
  • Supervise communications and outreach staff.
  • Manage the writing, editing and creation of all of MOFGA’s publications and written communications.
  • Ensure consistent use of AP style and fact checking in all of MOFGA’s written communications.
  • Develop and run online engagement campaigns to tell our story, engage our supporters, advance our goals, grow our email list and promote the MOFGA certified organic brand.
  • Coach, train and develop leaders, spokespersons and senior staffers as media spokespeople.
  • Help write fundraising communications.
  • Transform information into audio (radio shows, podcasts), visual (video, photo, and graphic) and interactive media; facility with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.), video-editing software (Final Cut, etc.), photo sharing apps a plus.
  • Update and maintain our social media presence, including daily monitoring, posting, scheduling, reporting and social media platform updates.
  • Produce detailed reports of communications activities for staff and leadership.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position can be based in Unity or Portland, although regular travel to Unity will be required for anyone based in Portland.  Occasional travel elsewhere in the state will be required in either case.  MOFGA’s success depends upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. MOFGA has an excellent benefits package with paid medical, dental and vision insurance and paid maternity/paternity leave. Employees have four weeks of annual vacation, 12 sick days, three personal days, and 14 paid holidays annually.

Interested parties should submit a resume, cover letter, and communication portfolio including three writing samples to Sarah Alexander at hiring@mofga.org.  Review of candidates will begin on January 25, and position will remain open until filled.

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Director of Membership and Development

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is seeking a dynamic, energetic and creative individual to serve as the Director of Membership and Development. In this role you will help create a sustainable fundraising plan to support MOFGA’s mission to advocate for and promote organic agriculture in Maine.

Primary Responsibilities: This position will oversee all aspects of membership and development department including implementation of fundraising activity, supervision of development staff and coordination of efforts with other key MOFGA departments and the Fundraising Committee.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Work Week: 40 hours – Monday through Friday, and additional evening and weekend hours as needed for events.

Position: Salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Proven experience in all aspects of fundraising: grant writing, donor cultivation and solicitation, major donor management, general funding appeals, membership recruitment and retention, online fundraising, planned giving and donor events
  • Five or more years experience in fundraising for nonprofit organizations
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Experience organizing complex, fast moving projects and events, and ability to manage concurrent projects
  • Proven experience in conducting online research, tracking data and writing fundraising reports
  • Strong interpersonal communication and excellent writing, proofreading, and communications skills
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Ability to use word processing, databases, spreadsheets and online fundraising database systems
  • Experience with web-based communications in a development context including website, social media, email and other electronic communication channels

Responsibilities:

  • Create the blueprint for organizational sustainability that will fully engage the organization's current and future members and donors in the mission.
  • Supervise Development staff to meet fundraising and membership goals.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with key donors.
  • Develop annual fund program and coordinate giving opportunities for members and donors.
  • Develop membership recruitment, communications, and renewals to grow MOFGA’s membership.
  • Help in establishing the direction and action plan for the Comprehensive Campaign.
  • Partner with key staff and Fundraising Committee members in major gifts outreach.
  • Oversee grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Coordinate and support activities of Board-appointed Fundraising Committee.
  • Report on fundraising activities and progress to senior staff members and the Board.
  • Oversee planning and implementation of fundraising events.
  • Direct production of annual report and other fundraising materials.
  • Oversee the use of the fundraising database and tracking systems.
  • Manage fundraising and membership activities associated with MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Carry out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, goals, and philosophy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

Position can be based in Unity or Portland, although regular travel to Unity will be required for anyone based in Portland.  Occasional travel elsewhere in the state will be required in either case.  MOFGA’s success depends upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. MOFGA has an excellent benefits package with paid medical, dental and vision insurance and paid maternity/paternity leave. Employees have four weeks of annual vacation, 12 sick days, three personal days, and 14 paid holidays annually.

Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to Sarah Alexander at hiring@mofga.org.  Review of candidates will begin on January 25, and position will remain open until filled.

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