CAREERS

Current Openings

Political Director

POSITION SUMMARY: 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.

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:

  • 2-5 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.

Cultural Organizer

POSITION SUMMARY: Detroit Action seeks a talented leader to enhance our campaigns through arts and storytelling as we embark on our most ambitious electoral and issue organizing field program to date.  To shift culture, we must create and organize culture that replaces the old narratives that have locked working class Black and Brown people and other marginalized identities out of politics and power here in Michigan. Cultural Organizer will help to create and manage partnerships with artists, media makers, and cultural institutions. The Cultural organizer will help integrate creativity, storytelling, imagination, and attention-getting energy into our civic engagement and community-building practice. The ideal candidate is a passionate, creative and detail-oriented organizer and creative. He/She/They care deeply about racial and economic justice while valuing the power of art and story. This opportunity will use your knowledge of media, music, and more, in combination with your organizing talents to shift how and who we are organizing.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Hiring, managing and training team of yearly Cultural Fellows to integrate art and creativity with civic engagement and community-building.
  • Develop and build a network of local artists whose personal stories and art tell the stories of our communities in a compelling and relatable way
  • Work with our Detroit Action Digital team and other content creators to support our overall narrative strategy in line with our values and to amplify our communications strategy in support of our campaigns.
  • Recruit and organize creative activists working in multiple mediums to work with Detroit Action members and staff to tell their stories in new and interesting ways
  • Provide artists and institutions with stories and support for their activities with fan bases, audiences, and networks.
  • Coordinate with partners to have live events to engage volunteers and build enthusiasm for our campaigns in community
  • Recruit and work with creative partners to develop concepts that build excitement for our issue work, and can help to recruit new members to the organization promoting  involvement for our mission and programs.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Proven written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with and ability to work within diverse and underrepresented communities
  • Project management skill and attention to detail
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Be able to think creatively and outside the box

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: 

The Cultural Organizer reports to the Communications Manager and works collaboratively with the Digital Organizers, other staff, contractors, vendors and other partners on a weekly basis to maintain program efficiency. Detroit Action and Detroit Action Education Fund 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. Must be able to drive and have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

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 is a  hosted project 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 $45,000-$50,000.

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.

Digital Director

POSITION SUMMARY: Detroit Action seeks a talented digital leader to enhance our campaigns as we embark on our most ambitious electoral and issue organizing field program to date.  This position will be responsible for managing and representing the Detroit Action Digital Communication and Organizing program at the local, state and federal level. The Digital Director will assist in creating boundary-pushing long-term and rapid response digital communications strategies and identify and implement new ways to integrate digital organizing into all voter engagement tactics. We’re looking for someone with hands-on experience with digital strategy and organizing, SMS and peer texting tools, content design and development, social media account management, email marketing, and website management. Our ideal candidate will have competencies in digital organizing, planning and management in support of field, electoral, and issue campaigns. This position will also be responsible for the supervision and training of 1-2 digital organizers plus the yearly supervision of our digital fellows.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Hiring, managing and training team of digital organizers and fellows
  • Devise and execute digital messaging strategy to authentically convey Detroit Action’s voice and message in coordination with communications and other departments
  • Creating aggressive, long- and short-term digital communications strategies across a variety of platforms;
  • Execute digital advertising campaigns on several platforms, including Facebook and Google Search.
  • Analyzing and communicating digital metrics from digital platforms including social media channels, website traffic, and CRM data from action forms and emails;
  • Coordinate with the Field and Organizing Directors to support integrating digital organizing tools and tactics into issue and field organizing work. Identifying and implementing new ways to integrate digital organizing into all voter engagement tactics;
  • Maintaining and updating social media channels with original content, including graphics, videos, and other creative content;
  • Provide support, training, and resources for all organizing team members
  • Managing vendors for digital tools as necessary.

 OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Support the implementation of yearly political strategy by working across various departments and senior leadership team in the planning and evaluation of voter engagement, issue campaigns and other programs;
  • Identifying new digital communications avenues and creating compelling digital content that can be localized;
  • Overseeing email and digital fundraising program;
  • Increasing the social media reach of Detroit Action and allied organizations to push our message directly to the people we are trying to reach through content strategy and community engagement;
  • Work with senior staff to identify, define, and track priority metrics;

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 3-7 years experience in digital strategy, content development, and social media account management;
  • Experience with digital organizing and planning in support of field, electoral, and issue campaigns (voter contact, GOTV);
  • Experience using digital organizing tools, email marketing and WordPress;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills with a strong sense of urgency and the ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Experience using graphic design tools like Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator), Canva. Photography and video editing experience a plus;
  • Creativity in message delivery and plan design;
  • Experience with utilizing message testing, political polling, offline and online analytics to target and build strategy is a plus;

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with unpredictable hours, and juggle multiple projects at once;
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member in a busy office with personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor;
  • Able to communicate effectively to a diverse set of constituencies in a diverse set of geographies
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience managing social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, including content creation;

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: 

The Digital 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 Detroit Action Education Fund are projects of Tides Center and Tides Advocacy.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 

Must be able to lift boxes of training materials, including audio and video equipment. Able to attend conferences throughout the United States.  Must be able to travel domestically on an airplane at least 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).  Must have access to reliable transportation. 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, Detroit Action Education Fund, 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.

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