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Movement Politics Organizer

Location: Metro Detroit Preferred 

Full-time, Temporary 

Compensation $40,000 annualized equivalent, health insurance, health savings account, generous paid time off, two-month paid sabbatical after 4 years of service, phone and internet stipends. See below for a fuller description of benefits.

Position Summary: 

Movement Politics is an innovative way of looking at elections as opportunities to build people power and dramatically transform our economic and political system. Reporting to the Director of Movement Politics, the Movement Politics Organizer will work with our leaders and organizers across the state to build our leadership development program and help design as well as implement our 2021/2022 election strategy. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Build teams of volunteers who will take action in electoral work and issue campaigns.

  • Assist in recruiting prospective future candidates and campaign managers into our leadership development program. 

  • Play a role as a trainer in movement politics trainings. 

  • Work with the Director of Movement Politics and Executive Director to develop our plan for municipal elections in 2021 and the general election in 2022. 

  • Help prepare our statewide process to engage in the presidential election. 

  • Work with other Michigan United community organizers to integrate civic engagement strategies into their campaigns. 

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • A high degree of emotional intelligence and desire to prioritize racial and economic justice in decision-making. 

  • Serious about achieving quantitative and qualitative goals. 

  • Passionate for developing the leadership of volunteer leaders.

  • Knowledge of (or willingness to learn) principles of community organizing and advocacy strategies.  

  • Highly organized and deadline-oriented. 

  • Familiarity with database management, data reporting systems, and computer programs (Microsoft, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Docs). 

  • Previous Life and/or Educational Experiences (* notes which are preferred, but not required): 6 months to 1 year of paid or volunteer electoral or community organizing experience.* 

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 

  • A high degree of emotional intelligence and desire to prioritize racial and economic justice in decision-making 

  • Serious about achieving both qualitative and quantitative goals. 

  • Passion for developing the leadership skills of volunteers and members 

  • Knowledge of (or willingness to learn) principles of community organizing and advocacy strategies 

  • Ability to perform with a high degree of skill in a fast-paced work environment

  • Excellent judgment in internal and external communication and in managing internal and external relationships 

  • Highly organized and meets deadlines 

  • Familiar with database management, data reporting systems, and computer programs (Microsoft Office or Google Docs equivalent) 

  • Working Conditions: 

  • Normal business hours, some additional hours required with frequent Saturday activities.

  • This position is based in Detroit. 

 

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance is available immediately upon hire 

  • Health Savings Account: Prorated contribution of $600 per calendar year paid in monthly increments when on organizational insurance plan, if you enroll in a plan 

  • Stipends: Transportation stipend (currently internet stipend) of $75 a month and cell phone stipend of $50 a month, paid out bi-weekly 

  • Paid Time Off: 15 days for the first and second year of employment, which begin accruing when you start. It cannot be taken for the first 90 days. 18 days; third and fourth year, 22 days; fifth year and beyond 

  • Holidays: 11 paid holidays 

  • IRA Retirement Plan when earnings threshold has been met 

  • Sabbatical: Two month Sabbatical after four years of full-time service

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
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 in communities of color, immigrants, working families, and the low-income. We're committed to winning a better world for marginalized communities. 

We are the largest community organizing group in the state, with offices in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Flint. Our membership consists of individuals and over 125 member institutions.

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), voter rights, housing, workers rights, 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. 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.