NRCM currently has 2 job openings:
- Senior Director of Philanthropy
- Climate & Clean Energy Program Director
Climate and Clean Energy Director
The Natural Resources Council of Maine, the state’s leading environmental advocacy organization, is seeking to hire a new Climate and Clean Energy Director. This senior policy position has substantial responsibility to promote policies that address climate change and clean energy development in Maine and in the Northeast region. Responsibilities include advocacy before the Legislature and administrative bodies, communications with the media and general public, collaboration with staff colleagues and coalition partners, supervision of other climate and clean energy staff, and program planning and implementation. The Climate and Clean Energy Director develops and maintains expertise on all key policy issues in NRCM’s Climate and Clean Energy Program and uses this knowledge as the basis for persuasive advocacy and sound strategic and political judgment. This is full-time permanent position based at NRCM’s office in Augusta, Maine. The Climate and Clean Energy Director reports to NRCM’s Senior Director of Advocacy.
Application Deadline: By March 31, 2020, interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least one writing sample to email@example.com.
- Provide leadership for NRCM’s Climate and Clean Energy Program, including policy development; program planning, management, and implementation; developing and delivering testimony and analysis of pending legislation, permit applications, and rules and regulations; public speaking and media engagement; and strategic decisions.
- Help design and implement issue campaigns that involve outreach, media, policy analysis, lobbying, public communications, and coalition-building.
- Represent NRCM on program issues to external audiences, including the Maine Legislature and administrative bodies.
- Identify and develop support from legislators, business and community members, NRCM members, and the general public
- Produce advocacy communication materials in support of the organization’s agenda
- Develop annual program plans, an annual program budget, and manage and track workplan progress and expenditures.
- Work with an internal team of colleagues on policy work, and with NRCM’s development staff on grants and fundraising strategies.
- Well-established expertise in energy policy, utility regulation, energy economics, climate change policy, and/or environmental law.
- Master’s degree and/or law degree preferred.
- At least five years professional experience, with a demonstrated record of excellence and accomplishments.
- Commitment to and passion for environmental issues and NRCM’s mission.
- Demonstrated leadership skills, including ability to think strategically and motivate others toward common goals.
- Excellent communications and advocacy skills across a range of settings, including lobbying legislators, responding to the media, and delivering public speeches.
- Experience in program development, planning, project management, and evaluation.
- Ability to learn policy issues quickly and communicate complex issues in simple and persuasive terms.
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be held accountable.
- Ability to work with diverse constituencies, including legislators, staff from other nonprofits, business leaders, and the general public.
- Ability to work in coalitions and through team-based approaches.
- Enterprising, motivated, entrepreneurial, and undaunted.
About the Natural Resources Council of Maine
Started in 1959, the Natural Resources Council of Maine is the state’s leading environmental advocacy organization. NRCM has a strong legacy of accomplishments across a broad range of policy areas, including river restoration, protecting Maine’s forests and wildlife, clean energy and climate advocacy, addressing plastic pollution, and much more. NRCM works statewide to improve the quality of Maine’s environment, working in coalition with other nonprofit organizations, business and community leaders, elected officials, NRCM members, and the public at-large. Over the past 60 years, NRCM has led efforts to keep Maine a special place. NRCM’s office is in Augusta, with a staff of 28.
Senior Director of Philanthropy
The Senior Director of Philanthropy will be a champion for NRCM’s role as Maine’s leading organization working to protect Maine’s environment. The individual is responsible for managing all aspects of revenue generation for the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), including the membership development, foundation grants, planned giving, and major gifts programs. The individual also serves in a leadership capacity for NRCM’s annual budget, management, and planning.
Please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at NRCM, 3 Wade Street, Augusta, ME 04330. Position open until filled.
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten years of nonprofit experience, with at least three years in fundraising and three years in a senior position.
- Proven ability to manage a multi-person staff, including direct supervision of several staff.
- Ability to create and implement long-range plans, including budgets.
- Experience facilitating volunteer board members and major donors in philanthropic roles.
- Substantial experience with personal solicitation of major donors and a proven track record of success in increasing revenues for a nonprofit organization.
- A strong understanding and commitment to the work of NRCM and the ability to effectively communicate NRCM’s programs to members/donors.
- Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills. Proven leadership and decision-making skills as well as an ability to work closely with others.
- Experience soliciting estate gifts preferred.
- Active participation in at least one capital campaign preferred.
Supervisor: Chief Executive Officer /CEO
Status: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt
- Planning, Budgeting, Management: Develop and implement long range and annual plans for NRCM’s philanthropy program, including income and expense projections for the program and for the organization as a whole. Oversee a philanthropy team of 8+. Directly supervise grants manager(s), membership director, and major donor staff.
- Major Donor Program: Manage the major donor program, which includes two major gifts officers and the CEO. Maintain a personal portfolio of at least 30 NRCM major donors and conduct solicitation calls and visits. Help create solicitation strategies for top donors that encourage increased giving. Participate in writing individualized proposals.
- Board Fundraising Program: Serve as the primary staff contact for board involvement in fundraising. Ensure that there is a plan and goals with board members, motivate and track board progress, accompany board members on visits as needed, and provide fund raising training to board members.
- Capital Campaign: Plan and implement all aspects of any major capital campaigns including hiring/planning campaign counsel and staff, coordinating feasibility study, and active involvement in campaign solicitation.
- Planned Giving: Oversee NRCM’s planned giving program, including identifying prospects, conducting planned giving calls/visits, and ensuring that there is a go-to person at NRCM for planned giving information.
- Organization Management: Participate in NRCM’s management team with other senior departmental leaders and the CEO. Provide input for organization-wide policy, personnel decisions, the annual budget and long-range planning.
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Cover letters, resumes, and other requested information should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to NRCM, 3 Wade Street, Augusta, ME 04330
Working at NRCM
As Maine’s leading environmental advocacy organization, the Natural Resources Council of Maine attracts dedicated, knowledgeable, and dynamic people committed to leading efforts to keep Maine a special place.
Our work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and fast-paced as we work in coalition with other nonprofit organizations, business and community leaders, elected officials, NRCM members, and the public at-large to improve the quality of Maine’s environment.
NRCM is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff. We are also committed to ensuring that our staff members actively work on diversity and inclusion in the field. This work is supported by staff policy, training, and mentoring, and through fostering an organization that prioritizes fairness and respect.
Common NRCM Job Responsibilities
NRCM is committed to a positive work culture where diversity is honored and respected. To this end, all employees are expected to:
- Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all NRCM staff members, NRCM’s members, external partners, policymakers, and the general public. This includes proactive work on understanding and addressing issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; providing and receiving constructive feedback; and a willingness to resolve conflicts constructively.
- Participate in organizational meetings and activities as requested, such as monthly staff meetings, trainings, and ad hoc planning committees.
- Complete all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports, and planning documents.
- Be familiar with and follow organizational protocols and policies.
Physical Requirements of the Job
The job requires working at a computer station for substantial lengths of time; performing office duties such as phoning, filing, and copying; and the ability to lift objects up to 10 pounds. NRCM will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
NRCM strives to provide a supportive work environment through fair and competitive compensation and benefits, up-to-date equipment and IT support, adequate supervision, and ongoing professional development. The work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and very fast-paced. Staff members must be able to work independently and adapt to changing priorities.
NRCM is committed to providing fair and competitive compensation to its employees. We base our compensation decisions on:
- A biennial market survey of comparable organizations and localities.
- An evaluation of employee qualifications that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, physical/mental ability, sexual orientation or national origin.
- High employee performance that advances our strategic plan and other organizational priorities.
- Availability of financial resources for the organization.
NRCM pays 100% of the premium for the employee and 60% of the premium for additional family members. The employee is eligible for this benefit the first of the month following employment.
Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
All employees that participate in NRCM’s health insurance plan are eligible for the HRA, a healthcare plan paid by NRCM, that reimburses medical expenses approved through our health insurance provider.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Employees may contribute, through payroll deductions, on a pre-tax basis to a health and childcare reimbursement account program.
NRCM pays life insurance premiums for each eligible employee for coverage up to one time annual salary with a maximum coverage of $50,000. The employee is eligible for this benefit three full months after the date of employment.
Short- & Long-term Disability
NRCM employees are covered for short- and long-term disability through the UNUM Life Insurance Company of America. NRCM pays the premium for this coverage for all eligible employees. This coverage goes into effect three full months after the date of employment.
NRCM offers a tax-deferred 403(b) plan to allow employees to plan for retirement. After a six-month provisional period, NRCM will contribute 4% of an employee’s annual salary, with an additional 2% matching component to employees contributing at least 2% of their annual salary to their retirement fund.
During their first year, employees accrue three weeks of paid vacation time. This increases to four weeks in subsequent years. Starting at year five, employees accrue another day a year for five years, reaching a total of five weeks (25 vacation days) annually.
NRCM employees also receive generous time off for sick days, parental leave, sabbatical, and more.
YMCA membership, professional development, computer equipment loans, energy efficiency loans, and more.
Environmental Policy Internships
The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is seeking applicants to work as interns to assist the organization on a broad range of environmental policy issues currently facing Maine and the nation. NRCM attempts to place interns year-round, and the internships may be less than full-time to accommodate academic schedules. Internships generally are unpaid positions. However, NRCM does have funding for 1-2 paid internships annually (see details below under “Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship”).
NRCM provides interns with meaningful work and an excellent training experience. Interns will contribute to and learn from activities such as:
- Policy Research for legislation dealing with water quality, renewable energy, climate mitigation, land conservation, and waste management;
- Legislative Action (when the Legislature is in session) including attending legislative hearings, meeting lawmakers, watching policy debates, and mobilizing activists; and
- Advocacy Strategy including attending internal NRCM policy meetings, coalition strategy sessions, and advocacy events.
Environmental policy interns work under the supervision of NRCM’s Advocacy Director, who works to ensure that interns receive extensive opportunities to witness internal operations of NRCM and the environmental policy process.
Applicants should have strong writing and communication skills, a strong interest in environmental policy, and ability to work on multiple projects with varying deadlines. Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint preferred; GIS skills not required, but may be of use.
Candidates may apply at any time. Resume and cover letter should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship
NRCM provides a $1,000 stipend for 1-2 interns annually. Generally, this intern serves from early June to early August.
Candidates interested in being considered for an internship should send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Candidates not selected for a paid internship may still be considered for an unpaid internship.