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E-M:/ Job Opening: Michigan Land Use Institute seeks Journalist/Organizer

Enviro-Mich message from "Arlin S. Wasserman" <arlin@traverse.com>

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 
private lands.

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  and winning on  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 
common-sense development.

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 
Institute's programs.

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 
programs by:

    * Researching and developing positions on land use and environmental 
      issues and crafting effective strategies to advance the 
      Institute's mission.
    * 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 
      appointed officials.
    * Assist in the design and writing of grant proposals to support the 
      Institute's work.
    * Establish and maintain relationships with other 
      environmental/conservation groups.
    * 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 
      web-based journalist
    * 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 
political affiliation.

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