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E-M:/ Job Opening: Michigan Land Use Institute seeks Journalist/Organizer
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- From: "Arlin S. Wasserman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 20:05:37 -0500
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Enviro-Mich message from "Arlin S. Wasserman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
JOB OPENING AT A DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ORGANIZATION FOR
The Michigan Land Use Institute, one of the fastest growing and most
effective state-based environmental research and advocacy organizations
in the nation, is seeking a talented and energetic journalist/organizer.
This position is geared to advancing our efforts to inform and organize
Michigan's citizenry and our overall mission to join natural resource
protection with economic development. The successful candidate will join
a 14-member staff of community organizing, communications, and technical
experts working to improve the management of Michigan's public and
Our 2,400 member non-profit organization, based in Benzonia, Michigan,
has developed cutting edge tools and techniques to tame sprawl,
strengthen environmental policy, and build influential citizen movements
for fostering progressive land use policies. The Institute's ability to
combine policy research, journalism, and grassroots organizing built a
solid record of tackling æ and winning on æ the toughest land use and
environmental policy issues. The Institute's award-winning magazine, the
Great Lakes Bulletin, and its growing web site <www.mlui.org> are key
tools the organization uses to spread its message of citizen choice and
Send resumes and references by December 12th to Arlin Wasserman, Policy
Director, P.O. Box 228, Benzonia, MI 49616 or deliver them via email to
The Institute's Journalist/Organizer will combine excellent
investigative journalism and effective community organizing to support
the Institute's mission of gaining land use policy reform in Michigan
and nationwide through regular contributions to our web site, the Great
Lakes Bulletin, our special reports, and communications with lawmakers
and the media. He/she will develop independent articles and commentary
for state and national publications and broadcast media that advance the
Institute's mission. The Journalist/Organizer also will assist the
Managing Editor in the planning, editing and production of a variety of
materials and publications. The Journalist/Organizer will work with
grassroots citizen groups on local and statewide issues, develop
campaign strategies, and communicate effectively in support of the
The successful candidate will work under the direction of the Policy
Director to advance our transportation, land use reform, natural rivers,
grassroots support, shoreline protection, and government accountability
* Researching and developing positions on land use and environmental
issues and crafting effective strategies to advance the
* Helping Institute members and community activists respond to
emerging land use and environmental issues with in-depth research,
strategic planning, and communications support.
* Writing press releases, letters, position papers, research
reports, and other materials to strengthen the Institute's
community-based and statewide reform projects.
* Prepare and deliver convincing testimony in public meetings and
government hearings, and maintain relationships with elected and
* Assist in the design and writing of grant proposals to support the
* Establish and maintain relationships with other
* Participate in membership recruitment efforts, including direct
mail solicitations and public events.
* Support the Institute's existing programs through public speaking,
writing, and participation in regular staff meetings, evaluation
and planning activities.
The Journalist/Organizer also will work under the direction of the
Managing Editor to:
* Research and write for the Great Lakes Bulletin, the Institute's
* Conceptualize and edit Institute press releases, position papers,
editorials, special reports, action alerts, Great Lakes Bulletin
and other publications.
The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish a new
approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances
opportunity, and protects the state's unmatched natural resources. The
Institute has a 14-member professional staff, and more than 2,200 member
families, businesses, local governments and organizations. Our office,
located in Benzonia, is in the heart of Northwest Michigan, a region of
stunning natural beauty and vibrant small towns.
* Three years experience as a professional newspaper, magazine, or
* Excellent writing skills. Experience in editing preferred.
* Disposition of an advocate, rather than a dispassionate analyst.
* Familiarity with and commitment to environmental and land use issues.
* Ability to conduct sophisticated research, undertake cogent
analysis, and frame and translate technical issues for a lay audience.
* Enthusiasm for meeting people, speaking in public, and experience
in both. Experience in community organizing is preferred.
* Extensive travels to promote the Institute's activities throughout
* Strong interpersonal skills to build positive and lasting
relationships with members and staff.
* Versatility to support multiple projects simultaneously.
* Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary, collaborative
* Ability to work calmly, efficiently, and creatively under deadline.
* Commitment to service in the public interest.
Computer Skills: Excellent familiarity and comfort with Microsoft Office
98 or 2000 and personal computer operating systems, as well as basic
internet-assisted research and communications.
Salary: Starting at $28,000-$33,000 plus health and retirement benefits.
Hours: Full time.
The Michigan Land Use Institute is an independent, non-profit
organization that conducts research and works with policy makers and
citizens to link environmental goals with economic development. The
Institute is an equal opportunity employer, considering candidates
without regard to gender, race, sexual preference, religion, or
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