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Communications and Outreach Assistant

Maine Children's Alliance

SUMMARY: The Communications & Outreach Assistant is a full-time position that supports the Maine Children’s Alliance through strategic communications, story banking, and community outreach.


 COMMUNICATIONS: Support MCA’s work through strategic communications.

  • With MCA staff, develop and implement both short and long-term strategic communications plans to ensure clear and consistent messaging across all MCA channels from print to digital (e.g. website, blog, social media, newsletters, policy reports, fact sheets and development materials).
  • Draft testimony, one-pagers, action alerts, talking points, and other needed advocacy materials designed to target specific audiences including lawmakers, constituents, and organizational partners.
  • Draft, coordinate, and publicize production of online and print publications, including Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Products.
  • Manage media outreach and press strategy by developing relationships with media personnel, maintaining media contact lists, drafting and coordinating placement of letters to the editors, OpEds and press releases.
  • With other staff, organize MCA media events. This could include reserving the space; identifying and preparing speakers; creating press kits and related materials; determining and monitoring embargo times.
  • Write and provide editing support for promotional materials and other general organizational materials.
  • Listening to and gathering stories from children and families and empowering them to share them in different formats.
  • Help draft and edit development materials (appeal messaging, general funders’ packet, grant proposals).

 OUTREACH & ADVOCACY: Support policy staff on state and federal advocacy work through strategic community engagement 

  • Engage and mobilize supporters to participate in advocacy efforts through the creation, execution and promotion of action alerts using Every Action, a digital advocacy tool.
  • Engage parents, providers, teachers and other child-serving professionals through outreach events in communities across the state.
  • Collect stories that support our policy work from families, teachers, child care providers and other child-serving professionals.
  • Participate in appropriate coalition and community meetings to organize and achieve policy and organizational goals.

ADMINISTRATIVE: Support the ongoing operations of MCA

  • Assist project directors with the development and implementation of project work plans and identify the communication needs to facilitate project implementation.
  • Assist project directors with meeting and event logistics and participant communications, including agendas and material development, production and dissemination.
  • Support the organization on other projects as needed.



  • Demonstrates understanding of policy issues related to child and family well-being (economy, poverty, education, health).
  • Demonstrates organizational, work management, and group process skills, ability to take initiative to identify and propose new tasks and procedures.
  • Demonstrates experience in working on multiple priorities consecutively and sequentially and meeting quality standards for accuracy, attention to detail, and timeliness.
  • Highly proficient user of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and MS Office products (Excel, Word, Access, Publisher & Outlook).


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to proofread and edit for punctuation, grammar, spelling, and clarity.
  • Ability to function effectively both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize tasks, producing quality products within tight time constraints.
  • Comfort with and sensitivity to communities of varying backgrounds, including economic, geographic, educational, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.
  • Some in-state travel (reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license a must).
  • Some night and weekend hours as necessary.

Degree/experience required: Minimum of a BA/BS in a field requiring communications and some public policy coursework. (BA/BS in another field when combined with work-related experience).

Physical Demands: The ability to sit and write, to operate a computer and printer, photocopier, and use telephone communication devices. Must be able to drive a car to attend external meetings. Must be able to do light lifting.

 Work Environment: The primary location of this position is a typical office environment. However, the responsibilities may require running errands, traveling to meetings, conferences, trainings, etc. that require an individual to be in various public places.

 This full-time position offers competitive pay and benefits. The Maine Children’s Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, familial status, veteran status, marital status, or disability status.

Additional Job Information

Please send in PDF format a one-page cover letter, resume, and three references to MCA Director of Finance and Administration Bonnie Colfer at bcolfer@mekids.org. Please use the subject line Communications and Outreach Assistant.
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