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