Salary Range: Full time organizers: $35,000 – $43,000, depending on experience
Part-time organizers: $18,000 – $22,000, depending on experience
Benefits: Full-time staff are eligible for health care, health savings account, retirement plan, generous paid time off, two-month paid sabbatical after 4 years of service, phone and travel stipends.
Part-time staff are eligible for generous paid time off, phone and travel stipends.
2020 will be one of the most important elections in our state’s history. Community political organizers are working to ensure that everyone is able to have their voice heard at the polls on election day. Organizers will work primarily with those that have been most marginalized by the political process. Our goal is not just to encourage voting, but to build the capacity of these communities to win change in their lives after the election through community organizing.
Organizers work with community leaders to build Democracy Teams that will mobilize their friends and neighbors to vote, and also activate them on important issues, such as criminal justice reform, immigrants rights, health care, and the environment. Teams will typically be hosted at a place of worship, union, or neighborhood organization. Community political organizers will be responsible for the training and leadership development of these teams.
Community political organizers are needed all across the state. We are especially looking for organizers with experience and relationships with the following groups: Faith communities (particularly African-American churches), immigrants (particularly Latino/Latinx and Middle Eastern communities), organized labor, and small town and rural communities.
Managers are needed to oversee essential aspects of this program. Managers will directly organize teams, as well as manage and train staff, administer the program, and work with the senior team to integrate our political work into our overall program.
ESSENTIAL ORGANIZER FUNCTIONS:
- Work with Michigan United leaders to build political power for our members;
- Identify new leaders who are ready to participate in our organization;
- Train teams of community members in leadership and organizing;
- Implement voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities through volunteer teams.
- Tactics include peer-to-peer texting, phone banking, canvassing and providing rides to the polls;
- Implement issue campaign tactics through volunteer teams, such as marches, rallies, press conferences, or lobby meetings.
- Build the skills and capacity of Michigan United members through one on one meetings and workshops/trainings to take on leadership roles.
- Assist with the coordination of Michigan United events, such as the annual meeting, actions, accountability sessions and small group meetings with decision makers;
- Take initiative and responsibility, as appropriate, to ensure the day-to-day optimal functioning of Michigan United and our civic engagement campaigns.
MINIMUM ORGANIZER REQUIREMENTS:
- Experience working in community-based settings and/or demonstrated relationship-building skills;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Comfortable setting clear expectations and holding staff accountable to them;
- Ability to motivate diverse groups of people and work well as a team member;
- Self-direction and self-motivation, and ability to work collaboratively and independently;
- Ability to build and maintain constructive, positive relationships;
- Strong commitment to social, racial and economic justice;
- Self-motivation and creative in problem solving;
- Literate in common computer applications;
- Ability to handle multiple job tasks and to meet deadlines;
- Commitment to leadership development of leaders and members;
- Ability to travel and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings;
- Multilingual skills are a plus; and
- Access to reliable transportation daily
Manager applicants must have at least 2 years of prior experience in community, political, or labor organizing.
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About Michigan United
Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for economic and racial justice. We use the tools of community organizing, leadership training, advocacy, media work, and civic engagement to run strategic campaigns that win real change. We're committed to winning a better world for all of our communities, not just the privileged.
We are the largest community organizing group in the state, with offices in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Flint. We represent 100 member community organizations.
Michigan United organizes along the following issue areas: immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, universal family care (including health, child care, elder care and paid sick time) and civic engagement. We work to build the capacity of community members who are directly impacted these issues to lead and win concrete reforms that will change their own lives and shift the balance of power in our state.
Michigan United, along with Michigan People’s Campaign, our affiliated 501(c)(4), is serious about building long-term, political power with the aim of transforming our political and economic system into one that puts people and the planet first. Our main office is in Southwest Detroit, with additional offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Flint. As a racial and economic justice organization, we actively encourage individuals who are underrepresented on the basis of race, ethnicity, income and sexual orientation, as well as those who share the life experiences of the members we serve, to apply.