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Civil Rights & Election Protection Coordinator

Compensation: $49,000 annual equivalent, health care, health savings account, IRA retirement savings when the threshold has been met, paid time off, two-month paid sabbatical after four years of service, phone, and travel stipends. This position is considered full-time exempt. It is funded through mid-November 2020. 

Job Summary 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan United staff are currently working remotely. We anticipate this will be the case for the foreseeable future. The Coordinator should be prepared for in-person work on Election Day. Personal protective equipment will be provided and distancing policies will be required on Election Day. 

The Civil Rights & Election Protection Coordinator will work closely with the Movement Politics team to protect the right of community members to vote. This will include the following projects: 

-Overseeing communications plans to voters regarding vote-by-mail, early-vote, and other voting procedures. 

-Recruiting and coordinating volunteer civil rights monitors to oversee polls on Election Day. 

-Recruiting and coordinating volunteer translators on Election Day-to-day. 

-Recruiting residents to work for the Detroit City Clerk on Election Day at polling locations or counting absentee ballots. 

-Coordinate with the legal team to identify and resolve all voting issues. 



Oversee communications plans: 

  • Work with the communications department to develop a plan 

  • Coordinate production of digital content 

  • Coordinate earned media events 

  • Coordinate digital town hall meetings to educate voters 

  • Recruit & Manage Volunteers 

  • Recruit volunteers from Michigan United's network 

  • Recruit volunteers from new partners, such as student groups 

  • Ensure that volunteers receive responses in a timely fashion 

  • Organize training to ensure that volunteers are well-supported 

  • Ensure all volunteer activities are well-organized, achieve organizational goals, and provide volunteers with a positive experience 

  • Manage Election Day Civil Rights Operation 

  • Deploy volunteers according to the statewide plan 

  • Track and report all potential voting rights violations 

  • Work with legal and communications teams to resolve voters issues 

  • Be prepared to improvise and develop on-the-spot solutions to unique challenges 



  • Experience working with Google docs including word, spreadsheets, drawing, slides, and forms; 

  • Ability to work remotely, with a stable internet connection. Familiarity with Zoom a plus. 

  • Two years of a college education; 

  • Highly organized; 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including 

  • Comfortable setting clear expectations and holding volunteers accountable to them; 

  • Ability to motivate diverse groups of people and work well as a team member; 

  • Self-direction and self-motivation, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently; 

  • Ability to build and maintain constructive, positive relationships; 

  • Strong commitment to social, racial, and economic justice; 

  • Ability to handle multiple job tasks and to meet deadlines; 

  • Commitment to leadership development of leaders and members; 

  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings; 

  • Access to reliable transportation on Election Day. 


  • 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 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 with 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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