Political Field Director - Good Jobs Now (Detroit, MI)

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Good Jobs Now (GJN) is a grassroots membership based organization that fights for political, economic and social justice for low and moderate income Detroiters.

Good Jobs Now and GJN Action seek a Political Field Director to join our team as soon as possible. This position will be responsible for managing and representing the Good Jobs Now political and policy program at the local, state and federal level. Political Directors will be expected to do a wide variety membership engagement including one on ones, on-going membership meetings, full engagement plan for activists, leadership development, and other tactics geared towards building a thriving base. This position will also be responsible for the supervision and training of 1-3 campaign organizers plus the yearly supervision of our Organizing Fellowship Program.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Management of GJN/A political team

  • Implement yearly political plan by working with political team in the planning and evaluation of voter engagement and political programs;

  • Implement a member engagement and advocacy program to hold elected officials accountable with measurable impact on education and policy.

  • Coordinate with other departments within the organization to ensure that the political program aligns with GJN/A’s broader strategy, particularly close coordination with issue campaign leads and organizing team.

  • Lead and support member training and political education opportunities

  • Develop and leverage relationships to support political programs;

  • Support political program by helping to raise funds from local and national donors and organizations.

To be successful, the organizer must have a commitment to social justice, and a belief that those directly affected by issues in society must be at the forefront of changing them. Organizing is a practice, and the person must be dedicated to all aspects of it to be successful – recruitment, leadership development, mobilization and reflection.Candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to taking action to improve your community or to address specific problems is critical. Experience with or understanding of issues faced by low income people is preferred.

Qualifications:

  • Superior experience in electoral work including at least 5 years developing and managing the implementation of electoral strategies for significant campaigns.

  • Strong background in and understanding of community organizing with a demonstrated ability to relate to grassroots community organizations and volunteer grassroots members and leaders.

  • Strong commitment and passion to building the political power of the poor, particularly people of color toward achieving a vision of social, economic and racial justice.

  • Strong knowledge of and experience with national, state and local organizational players engaged in electoral strategies and programs.

  • Strong understanding and experience with key electoral tools and technologies, including voter lists and data management.

  • Experience in managing staff and developing the skills and leadership of staff.

  • Significant experience in program planning and development, as well as fundraising and budget development and management.

  • Broad strategic vision that encompasses base-building, coalition-building, public policy, communications, electoral organizing, and collective action.

  • Strong team-building, facilitation, and coalition-building skills.

  • Excellent oral communication, public speaking, and writing skills.

  • Experience and comfort working in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment.

Bonus Points

  • Strong understanding of legal parameters for electoral organizing in both 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and PAC contexts.

  • Creative, effective at solving complex problems, and a strategic thinker who can evaluate a competitive landscape and craft a multi-year plan.

  • Experience with successful grassroots lobbying and organizing campaigns.

  • Well organized and able to work on multiple legislative and administrative proposals.

  • Strong field organizing and campaign experience.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Knowledge of the current education, political and legislative issues at the local, state, and national levels.

  • Experience organizing in under resourced communities (particularly communities of color) and prior training in anti-oppression, equity, and inclusion organizing

Compensation

Competitive salary ($50,000- $60,000) commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, optional 401K with a generous employer match. Professional development opportunities. Generous paid time off allowances. 

Travel

Owning and operating a car is required (preferably union made), willingness to travel and the ability to competently navigate the city and state with activists are required. Occasional in-state  travel is required. Opportunities to travel across the country for training or with members can be reasonably expected. Good Jobs Now provides mileage reimbursement, per diem and lodging when working away from home.

Good Jobs Now is an affiliate partner of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). The successful candidate will receive generous pay and benefits as provided by CPD. This position reports to Branden Snyder, Executive Director of Good Jobs Now.

 

Location: Detroit, MI
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