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Position: Finance Director for Michigan Democratic Party 

Supervisor: Party Chair

Duties:  The Finance Director will work closely with the Chair and compliance team to manage the party’s financial and donor / stakeholder management operations. The ideal candidate will have experience in:

  • Event planning
  • Call time management
  • Donor research 
  • Online fundraising 
  • Organizational financial planning. 

The Finance Director will be responsible for managing call time and generating new prospects, overseeing all aspects of fundraising events, chasing-in pledges and communicating with donors. 

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two to three years fundraising experience with a political campaign, a state party or national committee, or a non-profit organization.
  • Experience running live events on Zoom.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain strong relationships.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and ability to work with a team in a fast-paced and demanding environment. 
  • Knowledge of NGPVAN required.
  • Project management experience and understanding of both state and federal election law preferred.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Michigan as needed and work evening and weekend hours as required.

 How to Apply / Contact:

To apply please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to [email protected]. Position will be open until filled. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Michigan Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer, and employs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, family medical status or genetic information, military service, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, height, weight, creed, economic status or disability.  

The Michigan Democratic Party is hiring for a full-time Press Secretary/Writer responsible for aggressively pushing the party’s key messages through written communications and traditional media outlets to support Democratic policy priorities and hold Michigan Republicans accountable. The focus of this position is on the Michigan House and Senate. This position will report to the MDP Communications Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Track the MI Legislature – including committee hearings and session in order to write statements and/or press releases to support Democratic lawmakers and hold Republicans accountable. 
  • Write a minimum of 2 op-eds a month, working with MDP leadership staff and partners to determine appropriate authors
  • Develop creative storytelling ideas to support Democrats and hold bad actors accountable using traditional media outlets
  • Work closely with the digital team to ensure our statements, press releases, and opinion pieces are shared across social media platforms and include graphics if necessary 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key members of the media – both state & national outlets
  • Assist Communications Director in managing media requests and pitches
  • Work with the Communications Director to plan and execute earned media events in key media markets across Michigan, including press conferences, rallies, and roundtables.
  • Work in partnership with the Communications Director to build the capacity of local parties and clubs to be able to engage in proactive and reactive communications in their local media outlets

Requirements

    • A bachelor’s degree is required in public relations, marketing, journalism, English, creative writing, public policy, or a closely related field.
    • Strong written and verbal skills.
    • Understanding of Michigan’s political landscape 
    • Experience with social media is preferred 
    • At least one election cycle worth of experience working in political communications.
    • Work is generally in an office setting; however, some travel may be required.
    • The applicant must be willing to work in a fast-paced campaign environment. Periodically long work hours are required.

Please note that the MDP is currently operating 100% virtual/work-from-home

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Michigan Democratic Party is committed to diversity among its staff and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The Michigan Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer, and it is the MDP’s policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.

How to Apply

Please submit a resumé, brief cover letter, three writing samples from previous communications campaigns, and three references to [email protected].

POSITION SUMMARY: GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING & PETITIONS COORDINATOR

The MDP is looking for a Grassroots Organizing and Petitions Coordinator for the 2022 campaign cycle. The Grassroots Organizing and Petitions Coordinator will be tasked with recruiting, training, and managing volunteers to collect signatures; working with allied groups to meet their signature goal; validating and securing petitions once they are returned; and any additional tasks that may be asked during the cycle. The collection of petition signatures will conclude in April 2022, but this job will continue throughout the cycle.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Recruit members of the community to work as petitioners to collect valid signatures
  • Create a training program, which will be used to train petitioners on messaging and collecting valid signatures
  • Manage a team of core volunteers to collect valid signatures
  • Build a petitioning location database and coordinate petitioning sites for your volunteers
  • Petition several days/week to meet the Grassroots Organization and Petitions Coordinator weekly goal
  • Validate and secure the petition signatures

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least one cycle where you were a staffer, intern or engaged volunteer that gained experience petitioning or with voter contact (at a state legislative level or higher)
  • Background in interacting with election officials, local political leaders, and progressive organizations
  • Proficiency with Google Suite including Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient with VAN Votebuilder
  • Willingness to travel to fulfill primary responsibilities

ATTRIBUTES

  • Passion and commitment to re-elect Governor Whitmer, Lt. Governor Gilchrist, and state Democrats.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse staff with unique areas of expertise who are a part of other departments
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, creative, and proactive
  • Extremely well-organized and detail oriented while moving in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to learn quickly and apply lessons to work product in real time

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and three references to [email protected] and put “Grassroots Organizing and Petition Coordinator” in the subject line of the email. Application process is open until the position is filled. Applicants from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Michigan Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer, and employs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, family medical status or genetic information, military service, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, height, weight, creed, economic status or disability.  

The Michigan Democratic Party Rapid Response director works to execute communications strategies that highlight the work of President Biden and Democrats up and down the ballot, while holding Republicans accountable. In addition, they will lead local media outreach, coordinate with other state party staff, and work closely with local and national partners to plan and execute both short and long term communications plans. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organizing and executing regular press events
  • Producing and releasing regular written press materials including press-releases, fact sheets, guest columns, and other materials
  • Working with local media
  • Identifying, briefing, and booking surrogates on local outlets to drive key messages
  • Briefing allies and producing regular talking point distribution
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Skils

  • Social media fluency
  • Excellent writing ability and research comprehension
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to succeed in fast-paced environments, meet deadlines, and solve problems

Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 years of related experience, preferably in political communications
  • Experience with online communications and research tools
  • Strong work ethic
  • In-state and on-the-record experience preferred

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Michigan Democratic Party is committed to diversity among its staff and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The Michigan Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer, and it is the MDP’s policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials to Ryan Thomas at [email protected]: resumé, cover letter, three writing samples

The Research Assistant will focus on filming and capturing in-person and online campaign events, rallies, media appearances, and interviews. A successful Research Assistant will be highly motivated, able to work in a fast-paced environment, demonstrate sound judgment, possess excellent communication skills, and be available to attend events with short notice.

Responsibilities:

  • Attending in person public campaign events.
  • Identifying and monitoring real-time interviews, news, coverage, and events.
  • Writing and distributing rapid response reports that flag key moments, statements and comments from targets.
  • Maintaining event calendars.
  • Uploading and editing video and audio.
  • Working with the communications team to complete special projects and create content.
  • Performing additional research work as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Willingness and ability to travel and attend events within Michigan.
  • Prior political campaign intern, staff, or volunteer experience preferred.
  • Research Assistant must be able to work independently and exercise discretion in making significant decisions on MDP’s behalf with regard to the development and prioritization of research materials.
  • Able to juggle multiple activities yet not lose focus on top priorities or let something slip through the cracks.
  • The applicant must be willing to work in a fast-paced campaign environment. Periodically long work hours are required.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and brief cover letter to [email protected] 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Michigan Democratic Party is committed to diversity among its staff and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The Michigan Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer, and it is the MDP’s policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis.

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