Deadline to Apply- Wednesday, August 4th
Michigan United is a statewide coalition of civil rights, labor, faith, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing. We are currently focused on campaigns to:
● Promote just, fair, comprehensive immigration reform
● Dismantle mass incarceration
● Create a system of universal childhood and elder care
● End predatory lending
● Create affordable, dignified housing opportunities for all
● Reverse climate change and transition to a just, green economy
Movement Politics fellowships are full-time paid positions.
The Movement Politics Fellowship is a 3.5 month long project. It is an organizing and leadership development program for emerging community leaders in Metro-Detroit and Kalamazoo. Possible expansion is planned in Grand Rapids and Flint.
Under the mentorship and supervision of Michigan United staff, Fellows will be tasked with working as a team to conduct extensive outreach into the community to register, educate and mobilize voters for the coming 2016 elections. Fellows will also identify potential supporters for Michigan United’s key campaigns.
The primary method Fellows will use to reach voters is door-to-door and/or phone canvassing.
Fellows 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.
The Movement Politics Fellowship is a recruitment and training program for rising organizers who are passionate leaders of all social justice movements; especially economic equity, immigrant rights, workers rights. Fellowship graduates will be connected with other professional development opportunities, job opportunities, academic support, and join a growing alumni network.
Requirements and Expectations:
● Be effective working with a culturally, religiously, and economically diverse group of partners, members, and staff
● Be responsible, timely, and committed to professionalism
● Be an effective communicator who is comfortable working with the public, talking to strangers, and asking people to take action
● Be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and be motivated to learn database programs; the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and Salsa Labs
● Canvassers will work approximately 8 hour shifts. Shifts take places in the afternoons, evenings, and on the weekends
● Be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time
● Be motivated to make change
● Language Proficiency: Some positions will require Spanish fluency.
Compensation and Directions to Apply:
Fellows will receive $10 an hour with the expectation of a stepped increase to $15 an hour by the completion of the Fellowship, and monthly cell phone and gas allowances, as applicable. It is possible to award monthly rate as a scholarship for current college students.
Applicants should have some basic familiarity with social justice issues and a passion for social justice work. Applicants should have basic understanding of field work and enthusiasm for leadership development. Applicants should be prepared for a fast-paced work environment that requires a high-level of autonomy.
Applicants should be comfortable with modern office software and learning new technologies. Michigan United uses Voter Activation Network (VAN), Microsoft and Google productivity software, Facebook, Twitter, and Mobile Commons (We will train Fellows on these programs as necessary.)
Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.
Current term for Fellows is August 12th – November 10th.
Please send resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.