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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Job Openings

Movement Politics Fellow

Location:

Kalamazoo
Compensation:

$31,200 annually, paid as $1,200 every two weeks

Movement Politics is an innovative way of looking at elections as opportunities to build people power and dramatically transform our economic and political system to one that puts people ahead of corporations and the 1%. The Movement Politics Fellowship is a 2.5 -month long project. It is an organizing and leadership development program for emerging community leaders in Kalamazoo. Over the course of the fellowship, fellows will have the opportunity to shift their primary focus from door to door canvassing to field organizing. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct extensive voter outreach and education through door to door as well as in high traffic locations. 

  • Recruit supporters and build relationships with volunteers. 

  • Build base of volunteers who will engage supporters using relational voting technology 

  • Organize volunteer teams and lead them to take action as part of an electoral strategy. 

  • Train new member leaders on the basics of community activism. 

  • Other duties as assigned. 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Be effective working with a racially, culturally, religiously, and economically diverse group of partners, members, and staff

  • Be responsible and timely

  • Be an effective communicator who is comfortable working with the public, talking to strangers, and asking people to take action

  • Be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time

  • Be motivated to make change

  • Have a basic comfort level working with smartphones and apps 

  • Language Proficiency: Some positions will require Spanish fluency. 

 

Previous Life and/or Educational Experiences:

  • This is an entry level position. Previous experience with community activism is preferred, but not required. 

 

Working Conditions:

Office environment as well as neighborhood canvassing with significant amounts of standing, walking, climbing stairs, ability to lift 25 lbs

  • Weekly hours will fluctuate between 40 and 50 hours per week 

  • Positions will be based in Kalamazoo. 

 

Salary & Benefits:

  • Pay: $31,200 annually, paid as $1,200 every two weeks  

  • This position lasts until November 8th, 2019

  • Benefits: gas stipends

Application Details:

  • Preferences will be given to applications received on or before August 5th, 2019

  • Submit resume, cover letter, and name & contact information of two references (at least one references must be work related, one may be personal)

  • Please submit all application materials to: resumes@miunited.org

  • Please direct questions about this position to nalequin@miunited.org.

  • Please put the name of the position you are applying for (Movement Politics Fellow- Kalamazoo) in the subject line

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

Organization Background:

Michigan United (501c3) 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. Michigan People’s Campaign is our 501c4 sister organization. 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!