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