The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is seeking an experienced Field Director to lead a diverse and robust team of Regional Field Directors (RFDs) and Field Organizers (FOs) in Michigan in 2020. We are looking for passionate, hardworking individuals who are committed to building the grassroots turnout operation needed to win elections up and down the ballot for Democrats in November 2020. Tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage team of Regional Field Directors and Field Organizers.
  • Help draft and execute the field plan
  • Facilitate training and development of field staff
  • Ensure that all metrics related to field activities are properly tracked
  • Other assigned duties 

Required Qualifications 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively and clearly communicate with different types of stakeholders, from high level elected officials to grassroots activists
  • Experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously
  • Strong communication skills and ability to communicate priorities, needs and expectations to organizers and managers
  • Must have access to a cell phone and vehicle. 

Preferred Background & Experience 

  • Two cycles of organizing experience and one cycle of staff management experience
  • Proficiency with Votebuilder/VAN
  • Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Send cover letter and resumé to [email protected]

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is seeking experienced Regional Field Directors (RFDs) to lead a diverse and robust organizing team in Michigan in 2020. We are looking for passionate, hardworking individuals who are committed to building the grassroots turnout operation needed to win elections up and down the ballot for Democrats in November 2020. RFDs will be responsible for coaching and managing a team of organizers and volunteers to hit data-driven organizing metrics. RFDs should be skilled managers, positive, solutions-oriented and capable of motivating a diverse team of organizers and volunteers. Candidates with experience developing accountability systems and using creativity to overcome organizing challenges are preferred. Tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Develop regional strategies and systems that lead your team to successfully meet daily and weekly organizing metrics, as well as maintain data integrity
  • Build and maintain political relationships with local leaders in your region
  • Work with state leadership to implement new communications, messaging, and digital strategies in your region
  • Keep your team focused and motivated in a high-stress, rigorous work schedule and environment
  • Consistently meet stated deadlines and communicate with state leadership when challenges arise that will prevent you and/or your team from meeting your goals 

Required Qualifications 

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively and clearly communicate with different types of stakeholders, from high level elected officials to grassroots activists
  • Experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously
  • Strong communication skills and ability to communicate priorities, needs and expectations to organizers and managers
  • Must have access to a cell phone and vehicle.
  • Capacity and desire to work long hours in a campaign setting 

Preferred Background & Experience 

  • Two cycles of organizing experience and one cycle of staff management experience
  • Proficiency with Votebuilder/VAN
  • Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Send cover letter and resumé to [email protected]

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is seeking a talented Voter Protection Organizer to build a strong team of volunteer attorneys, speakers, and advocates. Our right to vote is fundamental to all that we hope to accomplish; the Voter Protection Organizer is a crucial role that will ensure every eligible citizen is able to cast a ballot that counts in 2019 and 2020. 

 

What You’ll Do

Tasks and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Recruit a robust team of volunteer attorneys and advocates who will serve as polling place Challengers; Voter Protection Hotline team members; and speakers. 
  2. Assist Voter Protection Director and Deputy Director with volunteer training and management.
  3. Educate voters about the crucial need for competent election inspectors (paid poll workers) and recruit them to apply for these positions in cities/townships across the state.
  4. Cultivate relationships with community organizations and other allies, including faith organizations, colleges and universities, and local business leaders to recruit volunteers and educate voters. 
  5. Use digital tools to engage new volunteers, educate voters, and highlight our work on the ground.
  6. Report timely and accurate data to Director or Deputy Director.

 

Who You Are

We’re seeking a detail-oriented individual who can handle a high volume of work and solve problems to get things done.

 

Additionally, our ideal candidate will identify as:

  1. A highly organized, data-driven leader. The ideal candidate can juggle competing priorities in a changing environment without dropping balls. They have demonstrated experience in managing volunteers, planning and executing events, and moving projects forward. They are comfortable using data to inform decision-making strategy, appreciate the importance of reporting clean and accurate data, and possess a strong attention to detail. 
  2. Strong cross-team collaborator. ​The ideal candidate communicates with stakeholders early and often, closes the loop quickly on outstanding issues, and manages up and across to their colleagues, manager, and other team leaders.
  3. Strong situational communicator, skilled at building bridges across lines of difference. ​The ideal candidate carefully adapts their written and verbal communications to meet the needs and preferences of a diverse group of stakeholders. They carefully craft tailored messages to each of the audiences they mobilize to action.
  4. Self-starter who is highly skilled at managing up. ​The ideal candidate knows how to leverage limited manager or leader time to get the information needed to move decisions, and the work, forward.
  5. Committed to Democratic values

 

Required Qualifications 

You must have a cell phone and access to a vehicle.

 

The Michigan Democratic Party is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.    

 

Send cover letter and résumé to [email protected]

The Michigan Democratic Party is seeking a talented Voter Protection Hotline and Speakers Bureau Director to manage our telephonic Voter Protection Hotline and our Speakers Bureau. Our right to vote is fundamental to all that we hope to accomplish; the Voter Protection Hotline Director is a crucial role that will ensure every eligible citizen is able to cast a ballot that counts in 2019 and 2020. 

 

What You’ll Do

As our Voter Protection Hotline and Speakers Bureau Director, you will be expected to:

  1. Set up and maintain hotline technology: Install and maintain appropriate technology to service and scale a year-round Voter Protection hotline. Monitor volume to make sure that adequate bandwidth is available. Provide for remote access as well as voicemail, transfer based on language, and other features as needed.
  2. Train and supervise hotline volunteers to ensure high-quality service: Train volunteers and support them as they work, providing appropriate resources (including training manuals, refreshers, etc.) where necessary. When capacity allows, answer the hotline. Monitor volume of calls to scale staffing and sure that an adequate number of volunteers.
  3. Maintain strong data practices: Ensure that all hotline volunteers and staff are properly reporting on calls and that their reports are timely, accurate, and thorough.
  4. Escalate issues: Working with Deputy Director, monitor reports from hotline calls to ensure that all voter issues have been resolved and to aggregate and escalate trends or particularly challenging cases.
  5. Manage Speakers Bureau: Working with the volunteer speakers bureau coordinator, ensure that volunteer speakers are trained and supported to give educational presentations throughout the state on registration and voting changes resulting from Proposal 3. Ensure that a speaker is assigned to fulfill each speaker request. Assist speakers as necessary with the slide presentation and with answering questions arising from presentations.   

 

Who You Are

We’re seeking a detail-oriented individual who can handle a high volume of work and solve problems to get things done.

 

Additionally, our ideal candidate will identify as:

  1. A technically-savvy operator: The ideal candidate will be comfortable setting up and maintaining sophisticated technology. They will be proactive, planning for scale and other potential eventualities.
  2. Strong cross-team collaborator. ​The ideal candidate communicates with stakeholders early and often, closes the loop quickly on outstanding issues, and manages up and across to their colleagues, manager, and other team leaders.
  3. Strong situational communicator, skilled at building bridges across lines of difference. ​The ideal candidate carefully adapts their written and verbal communications to meet the needs and preferences of a diverse group of stakeholders. They will have a high-degree of emotional intelligence to support volunteers through challenging scenarios. 
  4. Self-starter who is highly skilled at managing up. ​The ideal candidate knows how to leverage limited manager or leader time to get the information needed to move decisions, and the work, forward.
  5. Committed to Democratic values.

 

The Michigan Democratic Party is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.    

 

Send cover letter and résumé to [email protected]

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) seeks a talented Deputy Voter Protection Director to ensure that all eligible citizens are able to cast a ballot that counts in 2019 and 2020. Our right to vote is fundamental to all that we hope to accomplish; the Deputy Voter Protection Director is a crucial role that will manage a robust, proactive, year-round voter protection program, ensuring free and fair elections in Michigan. 

 

What You’ll Do

As our Deputy Voter Protection Director, you will have five main areas of responsibility: 

 

  1. Support the Voter Protection Director to expand access and defend against incursions to the franchise at the state and municipal levels
  • Research and develop proactive strategies to expand access to the franchise, including voter registration, ballot access, and ballot counting processes. Strategies may include legislation, executive action, and public campaigns, among others. Consider timeline of improvements and appropriate organizational collaborations to ensure implementation ahead of 2020 elections.
  • Monitor legislation and policy changes related to voting and elections.
  • Collect and document information on voting practices at the city/township level, including polling locations, satellite clerk offices, and clerk hours during the early voting period.
  • Identify potential threats to the franchise and support the mobilization of a coordinated response within the MDP.

 

  1. Lead the execution of voter education, outreach, and intervention programs, both ongoing and specific to each election cycle 
  • Ensure that all programs, deliverables, and experiences are on time and of high quality.
  • Manage a robust Challenger program for elections, including training volunteers, precinct prioritization and assignment, reporting mechanisms, and issue resolution processes. 
  • Ensure that all communications to voters include timely, relevant, and accurate information about voting, including the voter protection hotline number.
  • Support the Voter Protection Boiler Room on Election Day, making sure that voters’ issues are thoroughly documented, resolved where possible, and escalated and aggregated where appropriate. 
  • Support the Voter Protection Hotline Director in volunteer training, operations, reporting, and issue resolution. Monitor calls to the hotline to identify trends and proactively resolve issues.

 

  1. Support strong partnerships with municipal and county officials

 

  • Cultivate strong relationships with municipal and county clerks and other officials to advance proactive improvements to voting, respond to threats, and resolve issues for individual voters.
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteer attorneys to serve as Local Leads, who will maintain strong relationships with municipal and county elections officials in their areas. Support regular communications with Local Leads to ensure accurate and timely reporting, and effective issue resolution.

 

  1. Design and maintain strong data practices
  • Administer LBJ, VAN/Votebuilder, Google Forms and other database tools to track issues, volunteers, and voters.
  • Ensure that all volunteers and staff are properly utilizing databases and that their reports are timely, accurate, and escalated appropriately.
  • Develop regular review processes to monitor reports, ensure all voter issues have been resolved, and aggregate and escalate trends

 

  1. Prepare for potential litigation and serve as legal resource for team
  • Support the Voter Protection Director in her work to prepare for potential litigation, including ensuring that Local Leads are ready to participate in Election Day litigation. 
  • Execute a test provisional ballot chase program, ensuring it is ready to be enacted if necessary. 
  • Assist with questions relating to voter suppression, intimidation, or efforts aimed at disenfranchising Michigan voters.

 

Who You Are

We are seeking someone who, at their core, is fueled by the satisfaction of fighting for justice. You should be an organizer or political operative, eager to build an army of people who together will create meaningful change. You do not need to be an attorney. You should be or have:

 

  • A strong, data-driven organizer and/or political operative: Demonstrated ability to build large-scale, diverse volunteer organizations that effectively deliver results by motivating and holding volunteers accountable for their goals. Adept at using data to inform strategy development, monitor progress to goal, and report on and analyze outcomes, including familiarity with VAN/Votebuilder, LBJ, Excel, and other tools.
  • Superb project management skills: Demonstrated excellence in developing and leading the execution of multiple, complex projects simultaneously. Able to spot issues ahead of time, creatively resolve them, and keep the team on track to meet its goals. 
  • Self-starter who is highly skilled at managing up. ​The ideal candidate knows how to leverage limited manager or leader time to get the information needed to move decisions, and the work, forward.
  • Strong lens and judgement on issues of race and equity: Clearly and consistently articulates a sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism as it relates to the work we do and how we operate internally at MDP. Organizes from a racial justice perspective, with emphasis on voter suppression’s disproportionate impact on communities of color. 
  • Commitment to Democratic values and electing Democrats in Michigan.

 

The Michigan Democratic Party is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.    

 

Send cover letter and résumé to [email protected]

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