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20 Aug 2019

Full-Time Renewable Materials Program Director (Remote Allowable)

Environmental Health Strategy Center – Posted by EHSC4SE Anywhere

Job Description

Let’s move away from petrochemical plastics. The problems are well documented –the plastic pollution of our waterways, the increasing percentage of carbon emissions associated with them, and the toxic chemicals used in their production.  Help us advance solutions by promoting the wide spread adoption of biobased and renewable materials to replace petrochemical plastics.

What You’ll Do: Building on our 15+ year history of advancing public policy and market-based solutions to both protect people from toxic chemicals and promote sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals, you will lead the development and execution of our renewable materials program. The Environmental Health Strategy Center has been leading efforts in Maine to utilize renewable and sustainable local resources, such as forest residuals, to develop replacements for chemicals and plastics made with petroleum. You will expand this work to better incorporate the climate impacts of petrochemicals, leverage the growing concern over plastic pollution, and support the growing national interest in the topic.

Who We Need: We’re looking for someone with both the analyst skillset of being able to dive into the minutia of regulations, scientific studies, and economic forecasts and pull out the key elements as well as the advocacy, communications, and people skills to successfully bring together disparate interests and sell the need for renewable materials to skeptical audiences.  The successful candidate will be equally at home in advancing the business and jobs case, documenting the climate benefits, applying a green chemistry lens to ensure chemical safety, and promoting zero waste. In addition to having a passion for our work and topic areas, you are committed to progressive values and social change.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Program Development – Set the strategic direction of the program and seize opportunities to advance our work through new relationships while securing new resources for our work in the renewable materials sphere
  • Analysis and Synthesis – Become a true subject matter expert and develop thoroughly researched and documented memos, reports, and presentations that convey complex technical information in ways relevant to key audiences and decision makers
  • Alliance Building – Develop a strong network and build informal alliances or formal coalitions as appropriate with businesses, labor organizations, other NGOs, expert academics and others to advance the program’s work
  • Advocacy – Convince key decision makers in business and government to invest in and support renewable materials


  • Minimum five years directly relevant professional experience, preferably in a closely related topic area.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to master complex technical and scientific information and synthesize information across multiple disciplines as well as comfort with translating it to a lay audience.
  • Proven success in building relationships and alliances amongst those with diverse and sometimes disparate interests
  • Excellent track record in successful program development, preferably in a nonprofit environment
  • Strongly self-motivated and directed, with the capacity to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations
  • A bachelors or higher degree in a relevant discipline is strongly preferred, but relevant experience and proven success will be considered
  • Business savvy, with a preference for direct experience in economic development and drawing private investment

Environmental Health Strategy Center works to ensure that all people are healthy and thriving in a safe environment where they have access to safe food and drinking water, and products that are toxic-free and climate friendly.

We’re a dynamic, creative, growing 16-year-old nonprofit organization, both advancing policy in our state and leading national campaigns in collaboration with groups across the country.  In the workplace and in the world, we are committed to diversity, inclusion, and environmental justice.

Location: We prefer a candidate who will join us at our offices in Portland, Maine, a Northeast gem where food is fab, local music is great, craft beer is flowing, and the city is growing! In a state known as “vacationland,” you’ll find hiking, biking, skiing, boating, and beautiful beaches are all close by.

For an exceptional candidate, we will consider the option of remotely working from your home anywhere in the US reasonably near an air hub, with periodic travel to our office.

Salary: Mid 60s, adjusted for experience over the minimum requirements and with some adjustment possible for those located in more expensive locations.

Benefits:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401K; four weeks paid vacation, a generous number of paid holidays, as well as sick leave.

For more information:  A full job description is available on our website at

Application Deadline: Application review will take place as applications are received and until a hire is made.  If the posting is still on the application portal above, we are still accepting applications.

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, disability, age, or national origin.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter highlighting your fit to this position on our portal at:

Job Categories: Business Development. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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