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