Overview

Location: Detroit Region. Work will be partially remote, requiring reliable access to the internet.

Full-time

Salary: $40,000 annual equivalent

Benefits: Health care, health savings account, retirement plan, generous paid time off, two-month paid sabbatical after four years of service, phone, and internet stipends.

Michigan United is looking for an organizer to organize the formerly incarcerated and people directly impacted by the criminal justice system. This position will require you to train and develop leaders and develop campaigns and strategies to reduce or prevent incarceration and recidivism in Michigan. This work must be done from a racial, gender, and economic lens.

Due COVID-19, Michigan United works hybrid. Work is conducted via video and conference calls as well as  in-person events, meetings, and office time with appropriate social distancing and safety precautions.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Recruit new members, particularly the formerly incarcerated, and others indirectly impacted by mass incarceration
  • Represent the department at coalition meetings
  • Train MU/MPC members to understand the political landscape around their campaign issues
  • Train MU/MPC leaders in roles applicable to issue organizing and campaign development
  • Organizing meetings with elected officials to engage members
  • Work closely with MU/MPC organizing staff and leaders to develop, refine, and further the goals of all of the campaigns
  • Organize press conferences that earn media attention
  • Building statewide movement through digital organizing
  • Understanding of regional, local issues that impact criminal justice reforms
  • Build and nurture relationships with other criminal justice and/or social justice organizations around our work
  • Stay current on issues vital to affected communities, the political landscape, and other matters that affect the ability of Michigan United to fulfill its mission, goals, and objectives
  • Participate in organizational training to expand your organizing and leadership skills
  • Turn-out for events
  • Fundraising via membership building and donations

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Covid-19 Vaccinated
  • Proficiency in Google productivity tools (ie, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Calendar)
  • Ability work some evenings and weekends if necessary
  • Excellent listening and communication skills
  • Proficient writing skills
  • Able to work independently and as well as part of a team
  • Knowledgeable in remote communications
  • Serious about achieving qualitative and quantitative goals

APPLICATION DETAILS:

  • Current Michigan United members and leaders will be prioritized
  • This position will remain open until filled
  • Submit resume and contact information of three references (at least two references must be work-related, one may be personal)
  • Please use the apply link here
  • If you have an issue uploading documents please submit application materials to: resumes@miunited.org
  • If you were referred by a member of the Michigan United staff, please let us know in your application

Benefits:

  • 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 yearInternet and phone stipend of $125 a month
  • Fifteen days paid time off for the first and second year of employment; increases with seniority.
  • Fourteen paid holidays
  • Unlimited COVID Sick Time
  • Paid Winter Hibernation
  • Paid Summer Break
  • Two month sabbatical after 4 years of full-time service

To apply for this job email your details to accounting@miunited.org

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 by 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.