Political Director - Detroit Action/MI Action (Detroit, MI)

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POSITION SUMMARY: This position will be responsible for managing and representing the Detroit Action and Michigan Action 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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Implement yearly political strategy by working with organizers and senior leadership team in the planning and evaluation of voter engagement, issue campaigns and other programs;

  • Execute 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 DA/MA’s broader strategy, particularly close coordination with issue campaign leads and organizing team;

  • Institute Detroit Action’s “Power In The Precinct” and “Detroit Campaign School” pipeline programs to recruit and develop members to run for office;

  • Lead and support member training and political education opportunities;

  • Develop and leverage local, state and national relationships to support political programs;

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

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Work in close partnership with officers and senior staff to develop innovative, impactful and strategic campaigns that will drive future membership growth and be adaptable to future trends;

  • Work with senior staff to identify, define, and track priority metrics;

  • Collaborate with Organizing team using data in innovative ways to engage people;

  • Support analyzing policy issues that could impact Black and Brown Detroiters 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 5 years of experience in community, electoral or labor organizing methods;

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

  • Previous experience managing VAN and voter file data for large-scale civic engagement programs.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Commitment to social and racial justice

  • Strong communication and presentation skills with the ability to organize complex ideas for others to understand 

  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, and other database software.

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

  • Ability to quickly learn new skills and tools

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

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

  • Knowledge of analytics tools for conducting strategic analysis of large amounts of data

  • Ability to handle multiple sensitive assignments in a timely manner.

  • Ability to react quickly to the fast-paced news cycle 

  • Be able to think creatively and outside the box

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: 

The Political Director reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with staff, contractors, vendors and other partners on a weekly basis to maintain program efficiency. Detroit Action and Michigan Action are projects of Tides Center and Tides Advocacy.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

Must be able to lift boxes of training materials. Able to attend conferences throughout the United States.  Must be able to travel domestically on an airplane 4-8 times a year. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

The position is a full-time position that works 35 hours per week. This position is based in an office building in Detroit, MI - The position will be required to work some weekends (Saturday and Sunday).  The position may require national travel up to 100% of the time. The assigned workspace is a cubicle in an open and shared work area with a moderate  level of noise and interruptions. 

About the Organization:

Detroit Action and its sister organization, Michigan Action, are hosted projects of Tides Center and Tides Advocacy. We are affiliate partners of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and the Alliance for Youth Action. The successful candidate will receive generous benefits as provided by Tides. The salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $60,,000-$70,000. 

Detroit Action is an equal opportunity employer. We assure equal treatment in hiring selection,

promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, training, discipline and other personnel practices

and terms or conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national

origin, height, weight, marital status, genetic testing status, veteran status, disability, sexual

orientation, gender status, or any other protected class established by all applicable federal,

state and local laws and ordinances.

Location: Detroit, MI
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