Sustainable Economy Program Associate

  • Environmental Health Strategy Center
  • Portland, ME, USA
  • Feb 21, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Business Development Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Forestry Green Jobs - Green Business Research Sustainability

Job Description

Help make Maine a destination for cutting edge businesses using renewable resources to create everyday products! We are seeking a Program Associate to work in our Sustainable Economy program area. The associate must have a strong analytic mindset, be proficient at working on multiple projects and balancing priorities, possess business experience and acumen, and be fluent in some basic scientific concepts.

What You’ll Do:

You will help advance the emerging biobased manufacturing sector in Maine. Biobased manufacturing means making everyday products, chemicals, and fuels with renewable raw materials instead of petroleum. We believe biobased manufacturing is an opportunity to ensure safer products, reduce risks associated with climate change, and create good jobs in rural Maine to sustain healthy families.

Reporting to our Sustainable Economy Program Director, and coordinating as appropriate with other staff, you will help advance the goals of our Sustainability Economy program, develop information for and help conduct analyses of emerging biobased manufacturing technologies and companies, promote Maine’s assets and opportunities at national and international industry conferences, attend meetings with and document learnings from industry stakeholders throughout the supply chain, and provide project coordination and assistance with multiple projects.

Under contract, the Environmental Health Strategy Center provides staffing to the trade association Biobased Maine. The Program Associate will support Biobased Maine’s membership recruitment, administrative work, and maintaining relationships with member companies.

Who We Need:

We’re looking for someone who has experience with business, science, economic development, green technology, and/or renewable energy. You need strong analytic capability, technical competence, and familiarity with business concepts, but also understand the mission-driven aspects of this work and how it relates to public health.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Technical Analysis – read, analyze, and summarize (or present the results of) technical documents, economic development plans, business plans, and consultant reports. Effectively translate this information to a lay audience, which may include community members or policy makers.
  • Marketing – prepare for and present before national and international audiences to market Maine’s assets that can be repurposed for a growing biobased economy.
  • Site Visits – help assemble and document the findings of teams of technical experts to visit technology companies around the country (and the world), with the ultimate goal of vetting emerging technologies that might be good fits for Maine. Perform site visits at companies who are members of the trade association Biobased Maine.
  • Membership Development – maintain the Biobased Maine membership list, work with members of the Development department to prepare renewal appeals, help recruit new members, and ensure continued strong relationships with current members.
  • Stakeholder Engagement – meet with key industry, community, and nonprofit stakeholders in one-on-one meetings, group meetings, or committee meetings.
  • Project Coordination & Assistance Support the Sustainable Economy Program Director with coordinating and completing program projects, including consulting projects.
  • Events Management – Support the annual event put on by Biobased Maine, including soliciting exhibitors and sponsors, identifying venue, and coordinating event details with other staff.
  • Fundraising – identify grant opportunities, prepare grant applications, attend meetings with potential donors and funders, and participate in occasional phone banks to solicit program funds.


  • Minimum two years professional experience in business, economic development, green tech, renewable energy, or natural resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience in business, economics, or related field.
  • Demonstrated understanding of business concepts, including the ability to critically evaluate the business plans of a startup/innovative new company.
  • Familiarity with basic science concepts, particularly chemistry.
  • Strong oral communication skills including comfort with and demonstrated proficiency in public speaking.
  • Excellent written communicate skills and proven ability to translate technical materials for understanding by a lay audience.
  • Ability to prioritize demands from competing internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the goals of the Sustainable Economy Program.
  • Willingness to work independently and also as part of a team.
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness and ability to travel, including substantial road travel within Maine (3-5 day trips per month), short trips around the U.S. several times per year, and less frequent international travel (4-5 day duration) no more than 1-3 times per year.
  • Organized, detail oriented, and deadline driven.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google systems.

Environmental Health Strategy Center is a 16-year-old Maine-based nonprofit organization working to ensure that all families can thrive in a fair and healthy economy where they have access to safe drinking water, food, and products that don’t expose them to harm from toxic chemicals. Learn more at Biobased Maine promotes a sustainable economy by advancing the biobased manufacturing sector and the good-paying jobs and safe products it creates. Learn more at

Location: This position will work out of our office located in downtown Portland, Maine.

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

To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and three professional references to Shawn Hunt, Operations Manager, at with the subject line "Sustainable Economy Program Associate." In your cover letter, please address how your experience matches the qualifications and skills listed in the job description.

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 11, 2018, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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, or national origin.

Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO


Upper 30s to Low 40s, adjusted for experience over the minimum requirements.