ANNOUNCEMENT SEEKING PART-TIME SENIOR ORGANIZER
ABOUT THE BUILDING MOVEMENT PROJECT AND BUILDING MOVEMENT DETROIT
For fifteen years, the Building Movement Project (BMP) has been advancing the potential for nonprofit organizations to have an impact on building movements for progressive social change. Since 2003, BMP has supported work in Detroit that pioneered a national model for how organizations can integrate social change into their service work with clients. More recently, the Building Movement Detroit work has expanded to focus on directly organizing constituents in neighborhoods, with the Detroit People’s Platform growing out of these efforts in 2013 with a citywide meeting of residents who came together to establish a five-plank platform articulating the social justice priorities of Detroiters.
ROLE AND SCOPE OF WORK
The Senior Organizer will work under the supervision of the leader of Building Movement/Detroit Peoples Platform work in Detroit, work as part of a fast-paced team of Detroiters and also work closely with a national staff team in New York City. The organizer will work to ensure that the advocacy and organizing needs of the Detroit People’s Platform (DPP) are met, by increasing civic engagement of Detroiters, raising the salience of issues identified in the platform in public debate, and advocating for policy changes with municipal and state policymakers. More specifically, the organizer will:
- Assist with the development and implementation of the policy and advocacy work of the Detroit People’s Platform. The organizer will draft policy briefs and facilitate informational trainings to ensure that community members understand key issues being debated in the state legislature and city council. They will also work to influence public policy impacting the issues and concerns of residents by building relationships with policymakers and developing policy guidelines. The organizer will ensure that the policy demands are rooted in and informed by resident stakeholders and DPP leaders.
- Coach and support other DPP organizers. The organizer will work with a team of field organizers and help them develop strategies for building relationships and power in key neighborhoods. They will also support organizers and residents by providing training support to build advocacy and organizing capacity.
- Represent DPP’s interests with allies and coalitions. The organizer will be expected to attend community meetings, nurture relationships with allied organizations, and collaborate with other organizers and advocates to build successful coalitions for policy change. In particular, the consultant will lead the efforts to collaborate with other partner organizations in the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, including: working with EJAM partner organizations’ organizers around collective campaigns including implementation of coordinated field plans; participating in regular leadership development opportunities through EJAM; integrating the People’s Platform’s cohort of Michigan Economic Justice Fellows into organizational activities, including but not limited to EJAM campaigns.
- Minimum of five years of experience in community organizing, civic engagement, and advocacy. A mix of experiences in these areas is ideal;
- Strong communication, writing and proof-reading skills, including social media and computer skills such as proficiency in MS Office – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook;
- Demonstrated experience developing strategic responses to challenging political dynamics and leading campaigns that win;
- Strong commitment to social change, racial justice and democratic principles;
- Openness to a variety of approaches to organizing and policy work;
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people and foster alignment between different interests;
- Strong facilitation and coalition building skills;
- Excellent organizational skills, capacity for prioritizing tasks, and ability to handle a wide range of tasks simultaneously;
- Ability to work independently, and follow through and meet deadlines;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work well with multiple work styles;
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10, 2015
This is a part-time contract position. The work hours spent on this project will likely vary, but we anticipate the coordinator devoting an average of 30 hours a week to the project.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org