January 28, 2020

We’re Hiring: Community Organizer Position

Job Title: Community Organizer

Organization: MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society

Position Type: Part-Time (30 hours), grant funded 30% Sugar Free Kids Maryland and 70% LOCAL Maryland

MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society is hiring a part-time Community Organizer for Sugar Free Kids Maryland, LOCAL Maryland.

The mission of Sugar Free Kids Maryland is to protect Maryland children from type 2 diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay by educating Marylanders about the role sugary drinks play in developing these diseases, in order to raise awareness, build a strong diverse coalition, and affect legislative change.

The mission of LOCAL (Let Our Communities Act Locally) Maryland is to engage community members and organizations across the state to improve the health and quality of life for all people by ensuring that local governments can pass laws that support healthy families, a clean environment and good jobs.

We are looking for a passionate, energetic and caring person who wants to make Maryland a healthier place for children and families to live and has the skills to communicate with, organize and mobilize at the grassroots level.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organizing Sugar Free Kids and LOCAL Maryland members, volunteers and community members in key communities to advance program goals and issue campaigns.
  • Developing, strengthening and nurturing alliances with communities of color, youth groups and other interest groups on key Sugar Free Kids and LOCAL Maryland issues.
  • Building and strengthening relationships and communications with other groups and coalitions who share our values, including both traditional and new allies. This will include recruiting support from unusual allies who may bring special expertise or credibility to our issues.
  • Producing, with assistance from the executive director, director of communications and lead partners, updated outreach materials (flyers, brochures, information packets and other publications).
  • Serving as a campaign spokesperson to a variety of audiences: community, business, labor and faith groups.
  • Identifying and recruiting potential witnesses for public hearings (both at local levels) and speakers for press conferences to influence policymakers.
  • Working with the executive director, director of communications, coalition lead partners and stakeholders to execute successful media events and hearings.
  • Assist with coalition communications and social media efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To be considered, you must have:

  • a passion for our work that results in healthier communities and stronger local government.
  • the ability to work independently, while also part of a larger team.
  • excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • a commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • the ability to manage several projects simultaneously, and adjust to frequently changing demands.
  • proficiency with Microsoft Office software, database management and various web platforms.
  • the ability to work irregular hours, to attend evening and weekend meetings and to travel across the state.
  • access to a vehicle with current insurance to travel to meetings within the state.
  • valid driver’s license.

These qualifications are a plus but are not required:

  • community organizer training through Midwest Academy, Wellstone or similar organizations.
  • experience as a public spokesperson and advocate.
  • knowledge of health policy.
  • experience in health care advocacy field and building coalitions.

Education

BS/BA required.

Compensation

Commensurate with experience.

Location

This position is based in Baltimore, although primary territory focus will be in Prince Georges, Montgomery and Howard Counties and Baltimore City.

MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, does not discriminate against any individuals on the basis of race, gender, color, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or physical disabilities, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

To Apply
Send resumes to Sugar Free Kids Maryland executive director Shawn McIntosh at smcintosh@medchi.org.