Job Posting: Michigan Environmental Collaboration Director
In 2000, environmental leaders from organizations across Michigan created a collaborative to increase their overall effectiveness. By conducting coordinated grassroots organizing and media communications efforts, the groups work to raise citizen awareness and empower activists to stand up and hold their elected officials accountable for voting responsibly to protect Michigan’s health and environment.
To assist this collaborative work, and to make it even more strategic and effective, a number of large, grassroots oriented environmental groups have committed to elevating the level of coordination between the participating groups and to expand the network.
About the position:
The environmental community is seeking a dynamic, motivated individual with strong collaborative, political, leadership and fundraising skills to manage and coordinate both field and communications strategy and tactics for its priority campaigns, and to help financially sustain collaborative activities.
The collaborative of initial governing organizations includes Clean Water Fund, Environment Michigan, Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, East Michigan Environmental Action Council and Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. The Director reports to and provides support for the collaborative governing body.
The Director would either be housed and employed by one of the participating organizations or work as an independent contractor, which is dependent upon the qualifications of the applicants.
Campaign Development: Working with a diverse group of environmental and conservation advocates the Director will assist in the development and implementation of a short and long term statewide strategies for prioritizing policy goals and campaigns for strong environmental protection in Michigan.
Field Organizing and Communications: The Director will work with participating organizations and others to coordinate and implement field organizing and communications in a strategic way. The Director will be a hands-on advocate, directly participating in field and communications work at the grassroots.
Fundraising: The Director will work with participating organizations and use knowledge and experience in foundation and major donor fundraising to support collaborative work. He or she will plan, design, and implement development strategies within new and existing donor markets to meet the collaborative’s funding needs.
Outreach: The Director will be a collaborative leader and coordinate closely with allied organizations as well as participate in discussions and meetings throughout the state. He or she will attend and facilitate meetings, task forces and events to build strong relationships with other organizations. The Director will effectively communicate the collaborative’s priorities, policies objectives, and goals to each organization.
Applicants should have a strong understanding of Michigan’s legislative process and political climate, at least one to two years of experience running political or issue campaigns, and leadership skills that reflect a clear understanding of organizational change. A deep commitment to collaborative values in building power for collective action and the Principles of Environmental Justice are a must.
Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental studies or related field; campaign experience; fundraising experience; and media and/or organizing experience. Other qualifications include; excellent written and verbal communications skills; computer proficiency; online advocacy experience; energetic and motivated; able to multi-task effectively; and excellent interpersonal skills and able to collaborate effectively.
Applicant should possess strong analytical skills and political instincts, and a knowledge of current environmental issues preferred. Applicants also need to be self-motivated, able to juggle multiple priorities, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Finally, applicants must be willing to work flexible and occasionally unpredictable hours.
Salary and benefits:
Compensation depends upon qualifications and experience, and benefits include health insurance.
The participating organizations are equal opportunity employers.
How to Apply:
To apply, send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references by December 14 to: