Job Description: Main Street Alliance Vermont State Director
Location: Vermont (Burlington or Montpelier Area)
General Purpose: The Main Street Alliance (MSA) seeks a state director to lead & manage the Vermont Chapter of the Main Street Alliance.
About the Main Street Alliance: Founded in 2008, the Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a growing national network of state-based small business coalitions working to ensure that the voices of small business owners are heard on public policy issues that are critical to their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Small business owners are a powerful constituency and serve as trusted messengers with public officials, the media, and the general public. MSA implements game-changing strategies that shift debates over critical economic justice issues, impacting public policy debates at the local, state and national levels.
Our Vermont chapter was founded in 2014 and has quickly become a leading voice on public policy in Vermont. The Main Street Alliance of Vermont works with more than 600 small business owner members around the state and has supported the passage of the Paid Sick Days law in 2015, Vermont's Green Mountain Secure Retirement Program in 2016, and is currently leading the Campaign for a statewide family and medical leave insurance program.
Job Description: The duties of The Main Street Alliance Vermont Director focus primarily on grassroots organizing and leadership development, campaign management, fundraising and partner and ally relationship building. The ideal candidate will be a highly energetic, creative self-starter with a proven track record of leading successful campaigns, community building, raising funds and staff management.
- Work with Main Street Alliance staff and local coalition allies to develop a coordinated small business outreach and organizing plan for the state, and participate in the development of the national Main Street Alliance network.
- Organize statewide and local tactics, action steps and events in coordination with the national small business campaign plan – leverage the voices of small business owners to impact the public debate.
- Support MSA outreach staff to organize meetings in key areas around the state to build local small business leadership teams, engage small business owners on a deeper level, and identify potential small business spokespeople and candidates for a coalition steering committee.
- Identify and develop iconic and small business leadership/spokesperson teams for direct engagement with decision-makers, media opportunities, and peer outreach through one-on-ones, organizing meetings and small business leadership trainings.
- Engage emerging small business leaders in peer outreach and research to develop leadership and build resources for research products.
- Represent MSA in coalition work, managing a network of established relationships with key community partners.
- Develop strategic relationships with new partners and allies in Vermont.
- Represent MSA in Capitol during Legislative Sessions
- Manage relationships with local, state and Congressional elected officials
Chapter Development, Fundraising, Administration & Management
- Recruit and staff a diverse statewide steering committee and executive steering committee for The Main Street Alliance of Vermont.
- Work with national MSA staff and state level ally advisory committee to develop a long term fundraising plan (including foundations, major donor program, small donor program, events, etc.) with benchmarks and goals for ensuring the growth and sustainability of the MSA Chapter.
- Work with MSA leaders to develop annual and long term state focused public policy platform;
- Build relationships with legislators and ensure that MSA-VT has a strong presence in the Statehouse to support policy change
- Manage other MSA staff, ensuring high quality and consistent work.
- Work with national MSA staff to develop and implement national campaigns.
- Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners in Vermont.
- 3-5 years experience in community/grassroots organizing and/or political campaigns.
- 2-3 years legislative experience, preferably in Vermont.
- Experience working with or in small businesses.
- Experience working in coalition to develop and implement legislative and electoral strategies.
- Experience with foundation, individual donor and membership fundraising strategies.
- Strong written and verbal skills, and ability to listen.
- Ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment.
- Willingness and ability to travel around the state on a regular basis and work flexible hours required.
- Team building and staff management experience.
- Ability to work independently and strong time management skills.
- Computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, PowerPoint, electronic communication).
- Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.
- Experience with national campaigns or large municipal/state coalitions a plus.
- A passion for organizing and a sense of humor.
- There will be an evaluation after the first month, again at the six-month mark, then ongoing at the end of each year.
- Competitive, DOE
- Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, retirement contributions, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays, as per personnel policies.
To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resumé and references to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: Vermont State Director
Inclusion Statement: We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team! Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.