Overview

TITLE: CANVASSING FELLOWSHIP MANAGER

LOCATION: State-wide (Michigan) – In-person

ANNUAL COMPENSATION: $58,240.00

RELOCATION COSTS COVERED: $3,000

STARTING BONUS: $2,000

RETENTION BONUS: $4,000 (must remain on staff through Nov 18th, 2024)

POSITION DURATION: This position is considered temporary and will conclude on November 18th, 2024. Positions may be extended (subject to funding and circumstance) following the 2024 election.

POSITION SUMMARY

Are you someone who has an interest in how politics shapes our lives? Have you ever seen or experienced systemic oppression and felt a calling to dismantle it? Are you someone that doesn’t feel wholly represented by business as usual politics? Are you looking for a high energy political home focused on justice for the 2024 election cycle and beyond?

MI United / MI United Action is going to contact hundreds of thousands of voters in 2024 with strategic resolve and an ambitious voter contact strategy. In 2022 we were the source of the largest voter contact program not affiliated with organized labor or a political party, this year we’re planning on going even bigger and we need you to help us to once again execute an incredibly large and complex independent voter canvassing campaign.

We are looking for a team of high energy individuals to manage our Movement Politics Fellows – an organizing and leadership development program for emerging community leaders. Under the mentorship and supervision of Michigan United staff, Fellowship Managers will be tasked with managing a team of fellows to conduct extensive outreach into the community to register, educate and mobilize voters for the coming 2024 federal, state, and local elections across Michigan. Fellows will also identify potential supporters for Michigan United’s key campaigns.

Our electoral program differs from most because our Fellows and Managers will participate in an ongoing training program to learn how to motivate others toward action, to learn the history of and challenges facing the social justice movement, and to develop a systems-based analysis of the power structures at the local, state, and federal level.

MI United’s Theory of Change:

Michigan United is building a vibrant, inclusive movement in Michigan where community members are organizing to build power to affect change at local, state, and national levels. We are working to dismantle systemic barriers perpetuating inequality by building power. Michigan United defines power as the ability to act, and it comes in the form of organized people and organized money. We focus on issues from a racial, economic, and gender justice lens. We are a hub of people-centered leadership development, issue organizing, and civic power building. We are movement builders.

Michigan United’s theory of change is rooted in our core values. We start from the position that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and live with dignity. We’re committed to bridging gaps and fostering unity across different communities, recognizing that our destinies are linked in the fight for equity and justice.

Michigan United is dedicated to dismantling white supremacy, economic injustice, and patriarchy, transforming lives through tangible victories and leadership development. We believe in the power of a united community driven by a shared vision and strategic action, capable of making significant impacts at local, state, and national levels. Our focus on organizing communities, training leaders, and tackling systemic barriers is crucial in shaping Michigan’s future.

Our commitment to a movement that reflects our multiracial base is at the core of our work, guiding us as we organize and mobilize communities, build collective power, and seek just outcomes. We are steadfast in these principles, aiming to create a Michigan where government and economy are inclusive, accountable, and equitable.

Michigan United’s approach is grounded in practicality, driven by our values, and focused on building a state where dignity, equity, and justice are realities, not just aspirations. Through strong relationship-building, continuous leadership development, and strategic collective action, we pave the way for the radical, systemic changes our communities need and deserve.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

As a Canvassing Fellowship Manager, your responsibilities will consist of managing a team of Canvassing Fellows to execute our electoral canvassing program. You will report directly to the Canvassing Fellowship Deputy Director.

Your typical week responsibilities could look similar to this:

  • Interviewing and retaining Canvassing Fellows in the 2024 election cycle
  • Planning and participating in new employee orientations for Canvassing Fellows
  • Launching daily canvasses in your assigned region with a diverse staff of 10 or more Fellows
  • Ensure canvass integrity by shadowing canvassers
  • Ensure a healthy team culture by planning and executing a daily stand up meeting and being prepared, organized, and efficient
  • Work with the data team to have voter contact goals and strategies planned in advance
  • Creating and executing the agenda for regular meetings with the Canvass Management Team
  • Creating and executing the agenda for regular meetings with the Canvass Planning Team
  • Manage inventory of any electoral devices

Programmatic responsibilities would include:

  • Creating a high energy electoral canvass rooted in MI United / MI United Action’s theory of change
  • Working with the data team to ensure canvass data integrity
  • Develop and continue to improve training materials for Canvassing Fellows and Managers including use of the VAN and reporting tools
  • Collect stories, videos, photos, and other multimedia to use for promotion
  • Attending monthly staff development trainings
  • Assist in voter targeting strategy and voter outreach tactics
  • At the end of the election you will be transitioning new and newly activated leaders to a permanent organizer

REQUIREMENTS

  • A commitment to MI United Action’s theory of change and a strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization
  • A desire to learn and grow as a leader and a passion for developing the leadership skills of others
  • Previous experience managing a culturally, religiously, and economically diverse staff
  • Previous experience organizing campaigns or electoral canvassing
  • Previous experience with VAN and Google Suite
  • Able to stand and walk for extended periods of time
  • Effective communication skills and comfortability working with the public, talking to strangers, and asking people to take action
  • Reliable transportation
  • A data-capable smartphone and familiarity with MiniVAN
  • A high energy, highly organized, self starter capable of executing plans and implementing creative solutions to problems
  • Not required, but would be advantages to success in this role: Ability to work with with a team to achieve a common goal, multi-lingual (particularly spanish and arabic), and committed to meeting deadlines

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Employees can be hybrid, but must be based in the State of Michigan. Team members are located throughout the state, with our headquarters being in Detroit. There will be in-person events, meetings, and activities. Our work schedule is standard business hours with flexibility. Evenings and weekends are occasionally required. There will be periodic travel around the state, with intermittent out-of-state travel.

BENEFITS

  • Health Insurance and a $600/year Health Savings Account or monthly Health insurance stipend are available after 90 days of employment
  • Individual Retirement Account (IRA) after earning at least $5,000 during the previous two year
  • Internet and phone stipend of $125 a month
  • Paid time off accruing at 4.616 hours every 2 weeks (subject to black out dates around primary and general elections)
  • Paid sick time policy beginning at 16 hours and accruing up to 80 hours
  • Floating Holiday Policy
  • Mileage reimbursement policy

OUR COMMITMENTS

DISABILITY, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

MI United / MI United Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer; womxn, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.

TRAINING

MI United / MI United Action has a robust training program that will be made available to staff as part of their work schedules. Training may include developing organizer and management skills.

DEVELOPMENT

MI United / MI United Action believes in transformational, not transactional, organizing. We take our duty to develop our members, volunteers, leaders, and staff into the next generation of this movement’s leaders very seriously. Previous staff and current members, volunteers, and leaders are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to apply.

APPLICATION DETAILS

  • Submit resume, statement of interest, and three references (at least two references must be work-related, one may be personal)
  • You may apply here. If you are having difficulties uploading your materials to Paylocity please send them via email to: resumes@miunited.org.
  • Please do not submit your resume to both Paylocity and our email.
  • Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the email subject line
  • Resumes that do not adhere to these instructions will be discarded

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

About Michigan United

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for the dignity and potential of every person. Michigan United organizes along with the following issue areas: immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, rural issues, healthcare, and civic engagement. Michigan United, along with Michigan United Action, 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, gender identity, and sexual orientation, as well as those who share the life experiences of the members we serve, to apply.

Michigan United is represented by SOUL of MU & MUA, Statewide Organized United Labor of Michigan United and Michigan United Action in collaboration with the Newspaper Guild of Detroit, Local 34022. The person hired for this position will not become a bargaining unit member.