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Statewide Voter Registration Director and Deputy Director
Full time, Temporary

Locations: Metro Detroit or W. Michigan based, preferred

Salary Range: $50,000 - $60,000 Program Director; $45,000 - 50,000 Deputy Director, 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.

2020 will be one of the most important elections in our state’s history. The Voter Registration Director and Deputy Director will work to develop and manage a statewide online (and in-person, if the health situation permits) voter registration program, primarily targeting communities of color and New Americans in urban areas and campuses. The program will consist of Voter Registration Fellows registering voters online and signing them up to vote absentee. Fellows will also work to connect newly registered voters with Michigan United’s issue organizing committees and leadership development training. 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.  

Director and Deputy will oversee essential aspects of this program and will directly organize teams, manage and train staff, administer the program, and work with the senior team to integrate the voter registration work into our overall program.


Additional Staff Expectations:

  • 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. 

  • Work closely with staff to develop weekly and monthly work plans, and lead regular evaluations

  • Guide and hold staff accountable to reach goals

  • Respond to staff needs and emergencies and guide staff through difficult situations

  • Lead hiring process for new positions in the program.

  • Work closely with Michigan United organizing staff to develop, refine and further the goals of the voter registration program.

  • 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.




  • Experience working in community-based settings and/or demonstrated relationship-building skills; 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage, monitor, evaluate and motivate staff. For the deputy position, at least 1 cycle demonstrating these skills, and 3 for the director.

  • 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

  • Strong commitment to social, racial and economic justice, and passion for our issues.

  • Serious about achieving qualitative and quantitative goals.



  • Current Michigan United members and leaders will be prioritized.

  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

  • Submit resume and contact information of three references (at least two references must be work related, one may be personal)

  • Please submit all application materials to: 

  • Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line 

  • If you were referred by a member of the Michigan United staff, please let us know in your application. 



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.

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