About Michigan United

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Organizing Director will help lead the senior team, and oversee multiple organizing departments. The Organizing Director will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of campaigns across the organization, recruitment of new members, leadership development, and mentorship of organizers. This is a senior-level position with significant responsibility for managing department heads and helping to guide the growth, development, and strategy of the organization.

The Organizing Director must have a keen sense of strategy and know how to develop and guide campaigns. The Organizing Director must be able to balance multiple priorities and projects and be able to effectively coach and train on the practice of organizing.

This is a long-term position, reporting directly to the Executive Director and working closely with the Deputy Executive Director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The Organizing Director will be responsible for:

1. Overseeing the organizational organizing strategy and support the Directors who are leading the day-to-day work of our core organizing campaigns: Immigrant Rights, Environmental Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Deep Canvass, Relational Organizing, and Movement Politics:

Support Directors and their teams in developing effective campaign strategies to build power and win victories for economic and racial justice.
Ensure organizational-wide systems and best practices to train and support organizers
Build effective, efficient, and user-friendly systems for all aspects of our organizing programs, including quantitative and qualitative metrics and reporting.
Working with the Directors, set and track organizing metrics that drive us towards our organizational vision.
Identify and take advantage of points of intersection across campaigns to more effectively de-silo our work.
Sustain a culture that advances the leadership of a multiracial, working-class, rural and urban membership.
Convene and collaborate with organizational allies and partners across the state.

2. Managing the directors our core organizing campaigns

Manage and support the Directors in managing and leading their teams (which vary in size from 2-10 permanent staff and up to 50-60 temporary staff during election seasons)
Ensure that Directors deliver great results using strong and equitable day-to-day management practices.
Ensure that each staff person in a core organizing team has clear annual goals and knows what success looks like for their role.
Serve as a coach and champion for your staff and support them to do their best work through frequent feedback. Ensure all staff in the core organizing teams have opportunities for growth
Track progress towards goals; support and troubleshoot when a project is off-track.
Manage personnel challenges directly, kindly and firmly using the organization’s discipline procedures.
Build a collaborative and inclusive team culture where all staff feel a sense of belonging.

3. Serving as an organizational leader

As a member of the Senior Team, help set the strategic agenda for the organization.
Represent MI United with coalition partners, as a media spokesperson, and with other key stakeholders.
Serve as an exemplar of our values and contribute positively to the culture of the organization.

Due to the current spread of COVID-19, organizing activity will mostly be digital, by phone, and remote. Normal in-person organizing activity will continue after the health risks subside. Remote work tools and assistance are available. You’ll be expected to “check-in” and “checkout” with the staff you manage daily.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 required

Issue campaign strategist: Has a successful track record of taking a campaign from idea to implementation to victory. Comes up with insightful and pragmatic solutions to campaign challenges; able to think three (or 30) steps ahead to achieve the desired goal.

Exceptional manager: Demonstrated experience leading multiracial teams to accomplish results, ability to cultivate staff development through direct feedback and strong inclusive and equitable management practices. Able to work through conflict directly and in ways that build trust and relationships. Able to build an inclusive and equitable culture

Experienced organizer: Proven track record for moving people to take collective action through a power-building analysis; demonstrated ability to authentically build relationships, trust, and credibility with community members and across race and class; genuine curiosity about others.

Mission alignment: Committed to our values and vision for justice and dignity for all people.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

Experience working in Michigan, knowledge of Michigan politics, and an understanding of regional differences is preferred but not required.

BENEFITS:

Health Insurance is available after 90 days.
Health Savings Account: Prorated contribution of $600 per calendar year paid in monthly increments, when on organizational insurance plan
Retirement plan: Simple IRA, when eligibility is met
Stipends: Transportation stipend (currently internet stipend) of $75 a month and cell phone stipend of $50 a month
Paid Time Off: 15 days for the first and second year of employment which begin accruing when you start. It cannot be taken for the first 90 days. 18 days; third and fourth year, 22 days; fifth year and beyond
Holidays: 11 paid holidays
Sabbatical: Two month Sabbatical after four years of full-time service

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Most work will be conducted remotely until a return to office protocol is established
Office & field environment
Normal business hours, some additional hours required with occasional weekend activities. Hours will expand during election cycles

APPLICATION DETAILS:

Submit resume, statement of interest, and three references (at least two references must be work-related, one may be personal).
Please submit all application materials using this link, if you’re unable to upload documents please email the materials to resumes@miunited.org.