Digital Equity Coordinator

Portland, Maine /
Maine Connectivity Authority – Operations /
The Maine Connectivity Authority is looking for a Digital Equity Coordinator to join their team.  The Maine Connectivity Authority (MCA) is a new quasi-governmental organization created in 2021 through a bi-partisan effort to bridge Maine’s digital divide through proactive investments and partnerships for high-speed internet connectivity for everyone in Maine.  MCA will serve as the primary agency to plan, develop, manage, and invest in broadband in Maine capitalized with an initial $250M of funding through Federal Recovery Funds.  We need to connect everyone to the modern digital society and build the foundation for Maine’s future.  High speed internet access is essential to participation in the modern economy and has the potential to dramatically improve Mainers’ quality of life.  

POSITION SUMMARY: 
As a key member of the new organization’s rapidly growing team, the Digital Equity Coordinator provides support and leadership on digital equity and inclusion initiatives and partnerships.  This role serves a critical function of supporting communities and partners in alignment with overall objectives.  The Digital Equity Coordinator leverages subject matter expertise in the areas of digital equity, inclusion and literacy, community and organizational planning and development, as well as strategic initiative and partnership building to carry out the mission of MCA and the State’s connectivity goals.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Collaborates to design, support and manage digital equity programming for MCA on behalf of the State of Maine. 
    • Establish and maintain partnerships with diverse, mission-aligned organizations, developing state-wide and regional alliances and coalitions around digital access, equity, inclusion, and advancement. 
    • Conduct outreach and provide support to people and communities most impacted by the digital divide. 
    • Plan and implement outreach and engagement activities, include public meetings, webinars, forums, and other methods to communicate and engage with stakeholders. 
    • Develop presentations, website content and other materials for a wide range of audiences. 
    • Help identify and develop a digital equity communication and outreach strategy. 
    • Develop a master database to track data and outcomes of digital inclusion projects and activities. 
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with external partners and networks in the digital inclusion field. 
    • Manage contracts and grant agreements related to stakeholder outreach and engagement activities. 
    • Support the development of federal grant plans and applications related to digital equity initiatives. 
    • Support the Digital Equity Taskforce and other working groups and committees. 
    • Craft and deliver public presentations to key stakeholders, working groups, task forces and networks.  
    • Commitment to MCA’s Purpose, Principles, and Culture. 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience. 
    • Minimum 5+ years’ professional experience in one or more of these areas: digital equity and inclusion, education and training, community development, planning, project management, public private partnerships.  
    • General knowledge and familiarity of broadband and digital equity.   
    • Knowledge of non-profit, governmental, or quasi-governmental. 
    • Intermediate level of experience with productivity tools, such as Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace, and basic website content management systems, as well as financial management software such as QuickBooks.  

SKILLS / ABILITIES QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Commitment and concern for MCA’s charge to provide broadband for everyone in Maine and to facilitate the digital infrastructure for Maine’s future.  
    • Desire to cultivate and craft new solutions that create new value for diverse organizations and stakeholders.  
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks and duties simultaneously. 
    • Highly organized. 
    • Independently motivated. 
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
    • Strong project management skills. 
    • Adaptable to new solutions or processes. 
    • Ability to work as a team player and collaborate both internally and externally.  
    • Strong results orientation – demonstrated ability to be resourceful, take initiative, and maintain resolve to achieve results. 
    • Ability to problem solve and create innovative solutions for the larger customer in mind. 
Culture:  The Maine Connectivity Authority is a start-up organization with the need to rapidly scale into a high performing, high impact organization serving as a trusted leader charged with executing a critical public need.  With this as our mission, team members will be evaluated on their competencies as a part of the organization’s character encompassing:  

Adaptation and evolution:  Continual learning and adjustment are critical to ensure the growth and success of organizational priorities.  
Ownership and Collaboration:  Accountability for follow through and success balanced with a team orientation and willingness to partner internally and externally.  
Grit and Gumption:  The vision and strategy is bold and will require an important blend between resolve, resourcefulness, initiative and creativity to not just achieve but exceed expectations.  
 Humble and Hungry:  The nature of our work is complex, requiring specific expertise, self-awareness and integrity balanced with a recognition that interdisciplinary solutions need to be created in new and different ways. Having the ability to create solutions for a more prosperous future for everyone should get you out of bed.   

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Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, familial status, domestic violence status, or any other status protected by law.