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Public Policy Coordinator

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) is seeking a team member to join our creative, supportive, and energetic team. The Public Policy Coordinator will collaborate with MECASA’s Executive Director and a wide range of stakeholders to create social change through survivor-centered public policy initiatives. Key responsibilities include issue identification and analysis as well as public policy education and advocacy. The ideal candidate will have a background in public policy advocacy and/or anti-violence work and will be excited about building programs and tackling complex problems as part of a dynamic team. We are hopeful that both attorneys and non-attorneys will apply. A position description can be found here.

MECASA represents and serves Maine’s local sexual assault support centers and children’s advocacy centers, and provides training, technical assistance, and support to a wide range of sexual violence-related partners and community members. Our efforts include initiating and advocating for victim-centered public policy; providing expert training, technical assistance, and resources for providers and partners; and funding sexual assault service providers.

At MECASA, we are passionate about our public policy work. We are proud to advocate for the interests of victims/survivors, their families and communities, as well as for Maine’s sexual assault support centers both on the state and national level. Our positions are informed by the experience and expertise of Maine’s service providers and the communities they serve, the best available evidence, and our many trusted statewide partners. We are a strong voice for victim-centered, evidence-based sexual violence policy at a wide range of public policy tables, at the State House and with our congressional delegation. Specifically, we seek to expand, improve, and protect public policy which:

  • Meaningfully contributes to the prevention of sexual violence
  • Ensures high quality response to victims across systems
  • Promotes victims’ rights, protections, and victims’ access to justice
  • Increases community safety, and
  • Is responsive to the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to issues of sexual victimization
  • Experience analyzing public policy issues and drafting policy
  • Public policy advocacy experience
  • Proven ability to engage with team and partners through direct, honest, and respectful communication
  • Experience working independently, while knowing when to engage team members
  • Commitment to intentionally seeking, receiving, and integrating the input of others
  • Skills to meet our programmatic goals effectively and efficiently
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in a range of settings through knowing the audience and their role as well as engaging in clear messaging.
  • Preferred: Member of the Maine Bar, in good standing.                                                       

ACCOUNTABILITY: Accountable to the Executive Director

Our organization is committed to work/life balance and supporting the individuals with whom we work. The position’s starting salary is $58,000 with flexibility based on tenure and experience. The starting salary may be adjusted for successful candidates who are attorneys. This is a full-time, non-exempt position, based on 40 hours per week. However, the number of hours a week is negotiable as is the location. Most staff work remotely for at least part of the week. We offer paid holidays, vacation, sick time, and a retirement package in keeping with industry norms, as well as a flexible schedule. We offer generous paid family medical leave. Individual health insurance is currently paid 100% by MECASA.

Diversity and inclusion are part of our organization’s core values; MECASA is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status.

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Ideally before November 1, 2021
Augusta Area

Application Details

Please submit a cover letter (address the job duties, minimum qualifications, and specific demonstrated experience) and resume or CV by September 1st to info@mecasa.org and include “Public Policy Coordinator” in the subject line. First round interviews (and possible second round interviews) are planned for early September 2021. The ideal start date for this position is before November 2021, but we can be flexible.
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