Communications Deputy

Full Time

Salary Range: $40,000 annual equivalent

Benefits:Health care, Health savings account, retirement plan, generous paid time off, two-month paid sabbatical after 4 years of service, phone and travel stipends.

This position is considered full-time exempt. It is funded through the end of November 2020.

The Communications Deputy will work closely with the Communications Director to manage a team of volunteers throughout Michigan. This person will help to develop and execute digital communications strategies for our campaigns which include immigration reform, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, small town and rural organizing and family care.The Communications deputy will work closely with volunteers and organizers to implement the online communications strategy for each of these campaigns.

The communications department seeks to frame the public narrative of our issues using values based messaging to influence public opinion and stir them to take action. We do this through press events, direct action and public engagement. We believe that the people closest to the problem are closest to the solution, so we seek to elevate the stories of people directly impacted by injustice. 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Digital organizing and content development

    • Write and post updates to website using the Wix platform

    • Develop and post social media content for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

    • Move supporters from digital engagement to real-life action

    • Work with data manager to maximize list growth from online activities

    • Write emails and action pages on the EveryAction platform

  • Management

    • Guide communications team of volunteers on a weekly basis to help achieve their goals. Specifically related to social media, web management and  leadership development.

    • Provide training and assist in finding training opportunities for volunteer’s leadership development and growth.

    • Respond to staff needs and emergencies and guide the team through difficult  communications situations such as emails and social media posts.

  • Communications Stability

    • Work closely with the communications director  to develop, refine and further the messaging of Michigan United campaigns.

    • Stay current on issues vital to the affected communities, the political landscape, and other matters that affect the ability of Michigan United to fulfill its mission, goals and objectives.

    • Schedule and send regular emails to our members with updates of upcoming events and victories including a quarterly newsletter.

    • Build relationships with current and prospective members and deepen their participation by involving them in the communications program.

  • Fundraising

    • Look for opportunities to use our owned media to generate donations from the public.


 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Experience working with Google docs including word, spreadsheets, drawing, slides and forms;

  • Familiarity or ability to quickly learn Wix website editor;

  • Familiarity with social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including 

  • Comfortable setting clear expectations and holding volunteers accountable to them;

  • Ability to motivate diverse groups of people and work well as a team member; 

  • Self-direction and self-motivation, and ability to work collaboratively and independently; 

  • Ability to build and maintain constructive, positive relationships; 

  • Strong commitment to social, racial and economic justice; 

  • Self-motivation and creative in problem solving; 

  • Ability to handle multiple job tasks and to meet deadlines; 

  • Commitment to leadership development of leaders and members; 

  • Ability to travel (when we are back to in-office work) and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings; 

  • Multilingual skills are a plus; and 

  • Access to reliable transportation, currently we are working from home, but when we are back to work in-office

 

APPLICATION DETAILS:

  • Current Michigan United members and leaders will be prioritized.

  • This position will remain open until filled. 

  • Submit resume and 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 

  • If you were referred by a member of the Michigan United staff, please let us know in your application. 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for economic and racial justice. We use the tools of community organizing, leadership training, advocacy, media work, and civic engagement to run strategic campaigns that win real change. We're committed to winning a better world for all of our communities, not just the privileged.

We are the largest community organizing group in the state, with offices in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Flint. We represent 100 member community organizations.

Michigan United organizes 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. We work to build the capacity of community members who are directly impacted these issues to lead and win concrete reforms that will change their own lives and shift the balance of power in our state.

Michigan United, along with Michigan People’s Campaign, our affiliated 501(c)(4), is serious about building long-term, political power with the aim of transforming our political and economic system into one that puts people and the planet first. 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 race, ethnicity, income and sexual orientation, as well as those who share the life experiences of the members we serve, to apply.

Michigan United

We are a coalition of labor, business, social service and civil rights members all across Michigan, fighting for the rights of homeowners, renters, immigrant families and students.

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