The Immigrant Rights Director will be responsible for strategizing, inspiring, directing, and managing an organizing program composed of both grassroots, community organizing and policy campaigns. The Immigrant Rights Director will work closely with community organizing staff, the Organizing Director and coalition partners to create and implement strategy, create membership, and fundraising work plans.
Immigrant families, students, and workers are a vital part of our communities and deserve the chance to live in dignity, not in fear. Unfortunately, our country is growing increasingly hostile to immigrants – black and brown asylum seekers are put in danger at our southern border, children are being separated from their parents, politicians are exploiting fear towards Muslims and refugees, immigrant essential workers were exploited and died during the pandemic, and private prisons are profiting from detaining our loved ones. As a result immigrant students and workers don’t have the chance to reach their full potential. We work with grassroots immigrant leaders to oppose these unjust policies, and advocate for something better: a country, a state, and a community where everyone has a fair chance, no matter where you come from. That’s why we’re fighting for proactive measures at the local, state and federal level, such as the Drive Michigan Forward Bill, full funding of immigrant integration programs, a pathway to citizenship and language access programs at schools, state and local governments.
Campaign Strategy and Stability
- Design, write and redirect the campaign strategy at the local, state and federal level. Regularly adjust strategy to meet the moment of the political climate. Stay current on issues vital to the affected communities, the political landscape, and other matters that affect the ability of Michigan United to fulfill its mission, goals, and objectives.
- Work closely with Michigan United organizing staff, national partners, local partners and funders to develop, refine and further the goals of the campaign.
- Guide organizing staff on a weekly basis to help achieve their goals
- Specifically related to base building, campaigns, fundraising, governing power, leadership development
- Provide training and assist in finding training opportunities for staff growth
- Train new staff on work plans, organizational vision
- Hold staff accountable to reach individual goals and grant deliverables
- Work closely with staff to develop annual goals, weekly and monthly work plans, and lead regular evaluations
- Respond to staff needs and emergencies and guide staff through difficult situations
- Lead hiring process for new positions in regional department
Member, Leader, and Staff Training and Recruitment
- Engage leaders in the campaign with one-to-ones.
- Educate leaders on the campaign strategy and prepare them to effectively convey their message in the media and with elected officials.
- Run successful press events and power meetings with elected officials.
- Organize successful direct actions with a clear target, message, and roles for leaders.
- Organize effective core team and committee meetings.
- Write deep canvass scripts, create VAN universes, scripts, and campaigns, and organize canvass and volunteer shifts.
- Identify outreach strategies and potential leaders, proposition a self-driven / leader-led core team, and recruit active volunteers and committee members for the program.
- Proposition individuals and institutions to become dues-paying members.
- Manage the division of base-building between different staff and equip them to engage in these base-building activities with training and coaching.
Hiring and Onboarding
- Lead applicant recruitment, hiring, and onboarding for new organizing and/or canvassing staff.
- Utilize an empowering and grounding team-building process and training.
Organizational & Regional Strategy
- Actively help shape organizational culture and vision
- Work closely with all Organizing Directors and Campaign Managers to achieve Organizational goals
- Build and sustain coalitions for local, state and federal work, (Currently involved in 3 national immigrant rights coalitions and 1 state coalition)
Exceptional candidates will also be able to:
- Write and submit grant proposals for the growth of the program in collaboration with the development director and executive director. Create follow up reports and develop relationships with grantors.
COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated
Experience (paid or volunteer) in deep canvassing and/or community-based settings and/or demonstrated relationship-building skills;
Personal connection to immigrant communities preferred;
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Comfortable setting clear expectations and holding staff accountable to them;
Literate in common computer applications, Google Suite, Microsoft office, Adobe, VAN, Every Action, video conferencing
Strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice, and passion for our issues;
Ability to motivate diverse groups of people and work well as a team member;
Ability to build and maintain constructive, positive relationships;
Commitment to leadership development of immigrant leaders and members;
Self-motivation and creative in problem-solving;
Ability to perform with a high degree of skill in a fast-paced work environment with multiple priorities and responsibilities;
Ability to do weekly travel across the state for in-person meetings and events following the organizations safety pandemic protocols
Work flexible hours including weekends and evenings
Access to reliable transportation daily
Health Insurance and $600/year Health Savings Account or monthly Health insurance stipend is available after 90 days
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) after earning at least $5,000 during the previous year
Internet and phone stipend of $125 a month
Fifteen days paid time off for the first and second year of employment; increases with seniority.
Twelve paid holidays
Unlimited COVID Sick Time
Paid Winter Hibernation
Paid Summer Break
Two month sabbatical after 4 years of full-time service
Current Michigan United members and leaders will be prioritized.
This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Submit a resume, statement of interest with the names and contact information of three references (at least two references must be work related, one may be personal).
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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.