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Job posting: Universal Family Care Organizer

Organization Background

Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for the dignity and potential of every person. Created out of the merger of MOP (Michigan Organizing Project) and AIR (Alliance for Immigrant Rights), we have won major victories to improve the lives of those who have been marginalized by poverty, racism, and inequality. We organize 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. 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 racial, ethnic, economic, and sexual orientation(s), as well as those who share the life experiences of the members we serve, to apply. Come and be a part of our team!

Position Summary

Universal Family Care is a campaign that is advancing a vision of dignity and justice for children, elders, and people with disabilities who need some type of caregiving. We are building a campaign around the premise that Michiganders deserve high quality care to live full and healthy lives, from infants and young children to older adults and people with disabilities. The campaign seeks to develop the talents of people most impacted by limited access to care or insufficient wages as caregivers. We are developing leaders across the state to employ a variety of tactics to build the people power we need to move this issue politically. The Universal Family Care Organizer will report to the Director of Universal Care and will be responsible for building support for universal family care in key districts across the state.

The organizer will be responsible for building relationships with constituents, developing a core team of leaders, organizing events, and training volunteer leaders.  Statewide travel is expected for this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct 1:1 meetings with potential leaders who are impacted by issues targeted by the Universal Care Campaign
  • Schedule meetings with elected representatives to advance the agenda of Universal Care across Michigan
  • Use social media and other tools to educate the public on issues of Universal Care
  • Plan and execute actions that create awareness
  • Effectively represent Michigan United within coalitions made of other community organizations
  • Work closely with staff in Detroit, Flint, and Grand Rapids to achieve unity of purpose (while there may be difference in execution) across the state, and identify opportunities to connect the work of Michigan United across the state
  • Build membership base of leaders who can carry out actions to effect change
  • Teach organizing strategies and tactics
  • Prepare reports of activities as requested
  • Canvassing and phone banking as necessary
  • Contribute to organization fundraising initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exemplary communication skills and the ability to communicate with equal effectiveness to marginalized community members as well as major donors
  • Excellent judgment in day-to-day decisions and ability to operate with limited daily supervision
  • Self-starter and motivated
  • Ability to work individuality AND function as a part of an organization
  • Knowledge of principles of community organizing and advocacy strategies
  • Highly organized and meets deadlines
  • Familiar 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)

  • 1-3 years of organizing experience*
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills (demonstrated)
  • Proficiency in another language (Spanish)*

Working Conditions

  • Office environment with moderate amounts of standing, walking, climbing stairs, ability to lift 25 lbs
  • Normal business hours, some additional hours (evenings and weekends) required
  • Detroit-based, with travel across the state
  • Reliable transportation required

Salary & Benefits

  • Pay Range: $30K – $36K
  • Benefits: Health care, Health savings account, two-month paid sabbatical after 4 years of service, phone and travel stipends

Application Details

  • Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis. Priorities will be given to those received no later than May 31, 2018.
  • Submit resume, statement of interest, and name & contact information of three references (at least two references must be work related, one may be personal)
  • Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line
  • Resumes that do not adhere to these instructions will be discarded

 

Job posting: Regional Organizing Manager – Kalamazoo

Organization Background:

Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for the dignity and potential of every person. Created out of the merger of MOP (Michigan Organizing Project) and AIR (Alliance for Immigrant Rights), we have won major victories to improve the lives of those who have been marginalized by poverty, racism, and inequality. We organize 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. 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 racial, ethnic, economic, and sexual orientation(s), as well as those who share the life experiences of the members we serve, to apply. Come and be a part of our team!

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Managing Director, the Regional Manager – Kalamazoo will be responsible for managing a team of community organizers and service providers in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids in a way that contributes to the growth and sustainability of Michigan United on the west side of the state. In addition, this person will lead the charge for growing the presence of Michigan United in Kalamazoo and surrounding communities through raising money and expanding our relationship with churches, labor unions, community organizations, and individuals. This person will serve on the organization’s senior leadership team, as the voice for the west side of the state. They will also work closely with the Detroit-based Executive Director and the Development Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Manage staff of 3-5 community organizers and/or service providers who work in different issue areas
  • Be the face of Michigan United to the Kalamazoo community, representing our work, values, and vision in a way that is inclusive, respectful and engaging
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with funders on the west side of the state and submit grant and funding proposals
  • Recommend and develop areas of focus or campaigns that are consistent with the Michigan United vision to undertake in the Kalamazoo area
  • Work closely with staff in Detroit, Flint, and Grand Rapids to achieve unity of purpose (while there may be difference in execution) across the state, and identify opportunities to connect the work of Michigan United across the state
  • Build membership base of faith and community-based organizations in Kalamazoo
  • Support media placement of stories featuring work of MU and its leaders
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

 

  • Familiarity with best practices in non-profit management
  • Exemplarily communication skills and the ability to communicate with equal effectiveness to marginalized community members as well as major donors
  • Excellent judgement in internal and external communication and in managing internal and external relationships
  • Knowledge of (or willing to learn) principles of community organizing and advocacy strategies
  • Highly organized and meets deadlines
  • Familiar 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):

 

  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience
  • Strong written communication skills (demonstrated)
  • Development, and grant writing experience within the Kalamazoo foundation network
  • Deep connections to and relationships within the greater Kalamazoo community
  • Proficiency in another language (Spanish or French)*
  • Bachelor’s degree (Social sciences, Social Work, Business, Non-profit management, or related field)*

 

Working Conditions:

  • Office environment with moderate amounts of standing, walking, climbing stairs, ability to lift 25 lbs

 

  • Normal business hours, some additional hours required
  • Kalamazoo-based, with some travel to Detroit and Grand Rapids

 

Salary & Benefits:

 

  • Pay Range: $45-50K
  • Benefits: Health care, Health savings account, two-month paid sabbatical after 4 years of service, phone and travel stipends

 

Application Details:

 

  • Resumes will be received on a rolling basis, however, reference will be given to applications received on or before May 31, 2018
  • Submit resume, statement of interest, and name & contact information of three references (at least two references must be work related, one may be personal)
  • Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line

 

 

Job posting: Managing Director

Organization Background

Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for the dignity and potential of every person. Created out of the merger of MOP (Michigan Organizing Project) and AIR (Alliance for Immigrant Rights), we have won major victories to improve the lives of those who have been marginalized by poverty, racism, and inequality. We organize 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. 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 racial, ethnic, economic, and sexual orientation(s), as well as those who share the life experiences of the members we serve, to apply. Come and be a part of our team!

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Managing Director (MD) will act as the head of internal operations of Michigan United while partnering closely with the ED to chart Michigan United’s growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services, organizing, and civic engagement work. The incumbent will manage a team of 4-5 community organizing directors (each who head a specific issue area). The Managing Director will be responsible for instituting and encouraging the use of best practices for non-profit management and identifying ways to operate more efficiently. The ideal candidate has community organizing experience and has been a part of a turn-around effort and contributed to positive cultural change in a growing organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Lead the program management of activities undertaken by issue teams (immigrant rights’, universal care, criminal justice, environment, and civic engagement) to ensure they are consistent with the organizational mission, leader expectations, and occur on time and within budget.
    • Manage increasing segments of information technology, human resources (recruiting, reviews, staff deployment/workload balancing, and career progression) with related internal communications and processes.
    • Identify best practices and improve internal systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities.
    • Mentoring, coaching; visible, approachable sounding board/resource for front-line staff
    • Work closely with staff in Detroit, Flint, and Grand Rapids to achieve unity of purpose (while there may be difference in execution) across the state
    • Other duties as assigned

 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 

  • A high degree of emotional intelligence and desire to prioritize racial and economic justice in decision-making
  • Experience in non-profit management
  • Skilled project manager
  • Knowledge of principles of community organizing and advocacy strategies
  • Ability to perform with a high degree of skill in a fast-paced work environment
  • Exemplarily communication skills and the ability to communicate with equal effectiveness to marginalized community members as well as major donors
  • Excellent judgement 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, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Docs)

 

 

Previous Life and/or Educational Experiences

(* notes which are preferred, but not required)

 

  • 5 years of experience in a senior management position (non-profit preferred, but not required)
  • Strong written communication skills (demonstrated)
  • Bachelor’s degree (Social sciences, Social Work, Business, Non-profit management, or related field)
  • Experience in Human Resources
  • Proficiency in another language (Spanish or French)*

 

Working Conditions

  • Office environment with moderate amounts of standing, walking, climbing stairs, ability to lift 25 lbs

 

  • Normal business hours, some additional hours required
  • Detroit-based, with some travel to Flint, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids

 

Salary & Benefits

 

  • Pay Range: $63,500 – $67,250
  • Benefits: Health care, Health savings account, two-month paid sabbatical after 4 years of service, phone and travel stipends

 

Application Details

 

  • Applications will be received on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to applications submitted by May 31, 2018
  • Submit resume, statement of interest, and name & contact information of three references (at least two references must be work related, one may be personal)
  • References should be provided in a separate document (with the name of the candidate on the document)
  • Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line

 

 

JOB POSTING: ​Detroit Movement Politics Fellowship

Deadline Extended: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications are due by August 23, 2017

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
  •  Halt climate change and transition to a just, green economy
Position Description

Movement Politics fellowships are full-time positions, with the possibility of part-time positions. The Movement Politics Fellowship is a 2.5 month long project. It is an organizing and leadership development program for emerging community leaders in Metro-Detroit.

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 2017 municipal elections in Detroit. 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 canvassing.

Fellows demonstrating an interest in organizing, may be asked to transition into part time organizer/part time canvass leads. These Organizing Fellows will will be their own team by recruiting and organizing leaders. Fellow’s leaders will assist in reaching their weekly goals.

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:

Fellows must:

  •  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 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:

This is a full-time salaried position and hours will fluctuate. Full-time fellows will receive compensation starting at $480 per week, with a stepped increase to $640 per week by the completion of the Fellowship, and gas allowances, as applicable. It is possible to award a monthly rate as a scholarship for current college students. Returning fellows’ salary will be commensurate with prior fellowship experience. 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. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

The current term for Fellows ends on November 10, 2017. Please send resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to ken@miunited.org and bartosz@miunited.org.

JOB POSTING: Criminal Justice Reform Organizer

Criminal Justice Reform Organizer

Location: Kalamazoo

Salary Range: $30,000 – $32,000

Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications are due by February 14, 2017.

Michigan United is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.

We put everyday people at the center of campaigns that build power to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. We also provide services to help develop the capacity of our members to lead.

Our major campaigns areas include immigrants rights and immigration reform, ending mass incarceration, universal family care and environmental justice.

Michigan United provides extensive training on organizing for change. We are a collaborative work environment where we invest in our team and win powerful campaigns. We provide generous paid time off to promote work/life balance, health benefits for those who qualify, and the opportunity to earn a paid sabbatical.

We value passion for justice and our issues, creativity, and initiative. Expect to work in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple priorities.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Michigan United is currently organizing numerous campaigns to reform our criminal justice system. Mass incarceration tears apart families and worsens the pain of poverty. We believe in a more humane approach that emphasizes alternatives to incarceration, diversion courts, fairer sentencing, and supportive re-entry programs.

The Criminal Justice Reform Organizer will work in Kalamazoo to develop the leadership of Returning Citizens and their allies to win important local and statewide reforms. These include better opportunities for housing and employment.

Prior experience in community or political organizing a plus.

Send resume and cover letter to Christine@miunited.org, cc: elisheva@miunited.org  

Subject: Criminal Justice Reform Organizer

JOB POSTING: Gender Justice and Family Care Organizer

Gender Justice and Family Care Organizer (2)

Location: Detroit

Salary Range: $33,000 – $36,000

Note: One position is long-term, while the other is currently funded for seven months. We are currently raising the funds to ensure that both positions are long-term.

Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications are due by February 14, 2017.

Michigan United is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.

We put everyday people at the center of campaigns that build power to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. We also provide services to help develop the capacity of our members to lead.

Our major campaigns areas include immigrants rights and immigration reform, ending mass incarceration, universal family care and environmental justice.

Michigan United provides extensive training on organizing for change. We are a collaborative work environment where we invest in our team and win powerful campaigns. We provide generous paid time off to promote work/life balance, health benefits for those who qualify, and the opportunity to earn a paid sabbatical.

We value passion for justice and our issues, creativity, and initiative. Expect to work in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple priorities.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Michigan United is leading the fight to defend the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare.  It’s not enough just to defend the status quo, so we’re also working to win universal affordable child care, elder care, and paid family leave.

The Health Care Organizers will work to recruit and train volunteer teams that lead campaigns to provide affordable care to all. We use direct action, earned media, and power of real people’s stories and leadership.

Prior experience in community or political organizing a plus.

Send resume and cover letter to Meredith@miunited.org, cc: Rebecca@miunited.org  

Subject: Health Care Organizer

JOB POSTING: Immigrant Civil Rights Organizer

Immigrant Civil Rights Organizer

Location: Detroit

Salary Range: $30,000 – $35,000

Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications are due by February 14, 2017.

Michigan United is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.

We put everyday people at the center of campaigns that build power to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. We also provide services to help develop the capacity of our members to lead.

Our major campaigns areas include immigrants rights and immigration reform, ending mass incarceration, universal family care and environmental justice.

Michigan United provides extensive training on organizing for change. We are a collaborative work environment where we invest in our team and win powerful campaigns. We provide generous paid time off to promote work/life balance, health benefits for those who qualify, and the opportunity to earn a paid sabbatical.

We value passion for justice and our issues, creativity, and initiative. Expect to work in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple priorities.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Immigrant Civil Rights Organizer will work to help build a state and national coalition of groups working to promote immigrant civil rights. In Michigan, this work will include identifying and recruiting local organizations to join our work, building the capacity of community organizations to identify and document civil rights abuses, and organizing campaigns to hold law enforcement accountable. Nationally, the Organizer will work with our partners in the Northern Borders Coalition to develop campaigns that promote civil rights along the border, especially in relation to the Border Patrol.

Prior experience in community or political organizing a plus. Foreign language proficiency helpful, but not required.

Send resume and cover letter to adonis@miunited.org, cc: nigel@miunited.org, ryan@miunited.org

Subject: Family Defense Organizer

JOB POSTING: Immigrant Family Defense Organizer

Immigrant Family Defense Organizer

Location: Detroit

Salary Range: $30,000-$35,000

Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications are due by February 14, 2017.

Michigan United is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.

We put everyday people at the center of campaigns that build power to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. We also provide services to help develop the capacity of our members to lead.

Our major campaigns areas include immigrants rights and immigration reform, ending mass incarceration, universal family care and environmental justice.

Michigan United provides extensive training on organizing for change. We are a collaborative work environment where we invest in our team and win powerful campaigns. We provide generous paid time off to promote work/life balance, health benefits for those who qualify, and the opportunity to earn a paid sabbatical.

We value passion for justice and our issues, creativity, and initiative. Expect to work in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple priorities.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Immigrant Family Defense Organizers will implement major aspects of our program to defend immigrant workers, immigrant families and immigrant students from deportations and civil rights abuses. This includes organizing Know-Your-Rights and Family Education programs, training volunteers to respond to abuses and conduct community education, organizing Sanctuary at houses of worship and supporting advocacy campaigns.

Family Defense Organizers should be fluent speakers of Spanish or Arabic. Some prior experience with community or political work a plus.

Send resume and cover letter to adonis@miunited.org, cc: nigel@miunited.org, ryan@miunited.org

Subject: Family Defense Organizer

JOB POSTING: Immigrant Family Defense Coordinator

Immigrant Family Defense Coordinator

Location: Detroit

Salary Range: $35,000-$45,000

Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications are due by February 14, 2017.

Michigan United is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.

We put everyday people at the center of campaigns that build power to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. We also provide services to help develop the capacity of our members to lead.

Our major campaigns areas include immigrants rights and immigration reform, ending mass incarceration, universal family care and environmental justice.

Michigan United provides extensive training on organizing for change. We are a collaborative work environment where we invest in our team and win powerful campaigns. We provide generous paid time off to promote work/life balance, health benefits for those who qualify, and the opportunity to earn a paid sabbatical.

We value passion for justice and our issues, creativity, and initiative. Expect to work in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple priorities.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Immigrant Family Defense Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing major aspects of our program to defend immigrant workers, immigrant families and immigrant students from deportations and civil rights abuses. This includes coordinating  Know-Your-Rights and Family Education programs, developing community-based legal services and organizing Sanctuary at houses of worship. The Coordinator will also oversee a Family Navigator program, which develops the capacity of stipended volunteers to act as community legal resource workers and deportation defenders.

The Family Defense Coordinator should be a fluent speaker of English and Spanish. Prior experience in community or political work is necessary.

Send resume and cover letter to adonis@miunited.org, cc: nigel@miunited.org, ryan@miunited.org

Subject: Family Defense Coordinator

Job Posting: English as a Second Language (ESL) Assistant Teacher – Detroit

Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications are due by February 14, 2017.

Location: Detroit

Salary Range: $15,000 (part-time)

Michigan United is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing.

We value passion for justice and our issues, creativity, and initiative. Expect to work in a fast-paced environment and balance multiple priorities.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

The ESL Assistant Teacher will be responsible for supporting our innovative English classes. Our classes utilize in-class instruction, and unique computer-based programs to enhance learning at home.

Duties include providing in-class instruction, assisting with student recruitment, and evaluation.

The ESL Assistant Teacher must be a fluent speaker of English and Spanish. Prior teaching experience is a plus.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Meredith@miunited.org, cc: Adonis@miunited.org
Subject: ESL Assistant