JOB POSTING: Deputy Political Director (Detroit office)

We think differently about politics. We’re interested in building long-term power for community organizations and integrating civic engagement and community organizing. We’re passionate about organizing communities around the issues they care about, and connecting those issue back to elections. We’re laser-focused on ensuring that communities that are typically ignored during elections have their voice heard. The Deputy Political Director will play a major role developing and implementing this important component of our work.

The Deputy Political Director will help to develop and implement a number of programs to support this mission. These will include:

-Working with the Director of Movement Politics and Executive Director to develop our plan for municipal elections in 2019 and the general election in 2020.

-Preparing our statewide process to engage in the presidential election.

-Working with organizing departments to integrate civic engagement strategies into their issue campaigns.

Pay starts at $40,000 per year, plus benefits.

  • Applications are due December 12th, 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 submit all application materials to: resumes@miunited.org
  • Please put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line

What it takes to be successful at Michigan United

Michigan United is a highly dynamic workplace. The following qualities are important for success:

-Being able to balance multiple projects. Staff are typically working on their own campaigns, as well as shared projects amongst the team. You need to be able to manage your time and priorities.

-Taking initiative and asking for help. Your supervisor will not be looking over your shoulder every day. You will need to take initiative on moving projects forward and getting work done. You should also be proactive about asking for help or resources when you’re not sure how to make progress.

-Working on a diverse team. Michigan United is an incredibly diverse workplace with staff members and volunteers from all walks of life. To be successful, you will have to be comfortable working across difference and be open to learning from others.

-Being creative & opportunistic. We’re always looking for new, innovative ways to change the world, as well as opportunities to be seized. You will need to be fast, flexible, and able to recognize when opportune moments appear.

-Being clear about your values and your theory of change. We are working toward a world shaped by economic and racial justice. We believe that we can achieve that through building a strong organization and leaders, winning campaigns, and changing laws and policies. Civic engagement, voter work, and developing governing power are critical to this formula. It’s a long road with both set-backs and victories. There are other theories of change and important priorities, but these are ours. You’ll have a hard time here if you fundamentally believe in a different way of going about social change or if your passion is for other sorts of issues.

-A team attitude. We’re always working together on teams– program teams, project teams, event teams, and campaign teams. Success here is both individual and collective.

-Curiosity and relationality. Fundamentally, organizing is about building relationships based on shared values. Success here requires building authentic relationships with other staff, our members, allies, and the public. You should be truly interested in other people’s lives and experiences, and gain energy from building new relationships.

-Follow through and accountability. If we’re going to win the justice our communities deserve, we have to deliver. That means keeping our commitments, getting our work done well, and being accountable to our team. We owe it to the people we serve.

Organization Background:

Founded in 2009, Michigan United (501c3) is a statewide organization of community members and institutions a fair economy and a just society. We represent 100 faith, labor, social service and community organizations. We use the tools of community organizing to fight for economic and racial justice. We believe in a society and government that put people and the public good over private profit. We have won major victories to improve the lives of those who have been marginalized by poverty, racism, and inequality.

We organize campaigns to address 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!