Maine Service Fellows Coordinator

Seeking candidates for this position. To be considered, submit resume and cover letter using instructions in sidebar.

OVERVIEW OF DUTIES: Volunteer Maine, the state service commission, and the Maine Volunteer Foundation are sharing the Maine Service Fellows Coordinator in order to complete development and implementation of the Maine Service Fellows program.

The successful candidate will be staff support to the Commission work group that is completing policies and procedures essential to implement the program. The person will conduct outreach to potential host communities, receive host proposals, recruit candidates to serve as fellows, and set up the selection, onboarding, training, and administrative processes for the program. In addition, the person will work with the foundation to secure private funding that may be from grants or direct contributions.

The Maine Service Fellows program is a new service corps initiative established formally in statute in June 2021. Details about many aspects of Maine Service Fellows can be found in the final enacted version of LD1010, passed by the 130th Maine legislature. Its purpose is to provide additional service opportunities that will support rural Maine communities with implementing their plans for COVID recovery and community resilience. This is an opportunity to make a significant statewide impact and expand the impact of service.

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (These are required to successfully perform the work.)

  • Knowledge of the fields of volunteer service and civic engagement, program development, and community development.
  • Ability to effectively and collaboratively work with community representatives serving on program development advisory committee.
  • Knowledge of the structure and functions of government and the nonprofit sector.
  • Knowledge of the State of Maine and the issues affecting its various communities.
  • Knowledge of basic research principles, practices, and techniques
  • Knowledge of grant/contract procedures
  • Knowledge of grant research tools and elements of strong proposals.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, strategies, and measurements for government planning and communications.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and strategies for cultivating potential funders.
  • Knowledge of modern office software and technology platforms (e.g., Zoom, Teams, Survey Monkey).
  • Ability to accomplish agressive timeline for milestones that demand both leadership and administrative tasks.
  • Ability to compose, review, and edit complex and/or technical business documents
  • Ability to effectively plan and adjust work operations to meet planned and unexpended change.
  • Ability to use discretion and judgement in dispensing information
  • Ability to communicate the needs of Maine communities to potential funders.
  • Ability to evaluate research activity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to create and present informative and educational materials.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and accomplish work that meets deadlines.
  • Ability to develop grant proposals and contracts.
  • Ability to take and/or transcribe notes into written minutes and/or reports.
  • Ability to post to, amend, and/or update web pages using established content
  • Ability to evaluate proposed plans for encouraging public participation.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum bachelors degree in relevant field with 3 years additional experience in program management that includes human resource management and grant/financial resource development.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Primary work location is Augusta Office with option to work one day remotely after 6 months. Position is funded initially for a year and extention beyond that time is dependent on the person's ability to develop resources. This position is available in partnership with a temporary services agency and not direct employee. Hourly rate is $25 for 4 days/week. Anticipated start date is late October 2021.