Come join our team!
Do you enjoy working with people committed to making others’ lives better? Do you have a passion for bringing people together to meet challenges, and approach those challenges as opportunities and tasks with enthusiasm? Want to be part of transforming Maine’s communities and economy with real 21st century broadband? Are you someone who loves working collaboratively and independently? If you do, then this may be the opportunity for you!
The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) seeks a full-time Regional Broadband Coordinator to join our team of innovative thinkers and doers. The Regional Broadband Coordinator will perform a variety of professional project management and planning tasks, relationship-building and outreach to local governments, communities, public and private entities, nonprofit organizations and utilities to develop strategies and plans promoting deployment of broadband infrastructure and broader access to connectivity.
Typical duties and responsibilities include:
- Engaging with and supporting community driven broadband planning to help support and foster regional coordination to maximize broadband solutions.
- Engage with and assist with the coordination of Maine Broadband Coalition membership management, educational offerings and program deployment.
- Research public policy issues related to broadband, make recommendations, and advance policy initiatives within the region and the state.
- Serve as expert advisor to agency leadership team on technical issues, opportunities and challenges associated with broadband policy and practice.
- Identify and pursue funding opportunities from state, federal, or private entities that promote digital equity, broadband infrastructure and intelligent (smart) infrastructure.
- Design and lead research projects and data analysis to assess digital equity needs and program progress.
- Manage effective partnerships with external stakeholders that facilitate improved broadband adoption and outcomes for unserved, underserved and BIPOC communities.
- Coordinate with telecommunications service providers, community members and stakeholders who seek to address disparities in broadband access and adoption.
- Manage outreach and public awareness efforts of existing resources for technology access, adoption or digital literacy training.
We are looking for a candidate with the following skills and qualifications:
- Five or more years of experience in any combination of the following:
- Community economic development
- Community outreach
- Experience facilitating community groups
- Leading programs that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, addressing economic disparities, and experience working with historically marginalized groups.
- Two years of supervisory experience in a professional setting.
- Professional interests that align strongly with the goals of GPCOG.
- Strong writing, document creation, and spreadsheet skills.
- Strong public engagement and presentation skills.
- Experience in running effective meetings that meet clearly identified objectives.
- Program management in including experience leading and managing multiple complex projects at the same time.
- Understanding of how to advocate for policy at various decision-making levels.
- Demonstrated commitment to DEI and experience in community engagement, particularly with low-income residents, seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants, and communities of color.
- Digital media fluency including social media, website content management, and data visualization is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of municipal processes and systems to move community projects forward.
- Or any equivalent combination of education and experience the demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Occasional travel and extended hours are required.
GPCOG serves as federally designated metropolitan planning organization, the regional Economic Development District, and state designated regional planning agency supporting close to thirty member towns and municipalities throughout the greater Portland region. As Maine’s economic center, Greater Portland is an exciting region in which to work and live. GPCOG advances sustainable and shared prosperity for all in the Greater Portland and Lakes Region.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package, competitive salary from $50,000 to $75,000 per year depending on qualifications and experience, and a fun, flexible, and creative working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to representing the region’s diversity in our staff and creating a positive, inclusive workplace where all can thrive.
Black, Indigenous and People of Color, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications will be reviewed beginning June 28, 2021 and will continue to be received until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no phone calls please) to Vincent Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include “Application for Broadband Coordinator” in the email subject line.