America Votes – Michigan State Director

  • Lansing or Detroit, MI
  • Full Time
  • Senior Manager/Supervisor

Organization Overview

America Votes works with over 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American’s right to vote. 

Since 2003, America Votes has been the common link between many of the largest and most influential issue and membership organizations in the country, serving as the coordination hub of the progressive community. America Votes’ work has brought together a wide range of causes and built a unified coalition that has transformed how the progressive community works. Together, they have engaged communities across the country to act on critical issues – from fighting for working families, to advancing women’s healthcare, to protecting the environment, and more – and mobilized millions of voters to turn out on Election Day. 

America Votes works year-round nationally and in more than 20 states, acting as a permanent campaign to continually advance progressive causes, modernize elections and win elections.  America Votes provides a range of services to partners, including strategic planning, advocacy and electoral campaign coordination, data tools and targeting services, and on-the-ground leadership in states. 

America Votes also works to improve election systems and fight back against efforts to suppress voters, taking the lead throughout their state network to coordinate and execute advocacy campaigns with allies to reform elections and modernize the voting process. 

America Votes is committed to developing long-term roadmaps and setting critical goals for states in 2021. With an eye on redistricting and the consequences of extreme conservative gerrymanders, these efforts are essential to building progressive power in the states, session-by-session and election-by-election. 

America Votes and their partner organizations are at the heart of the progressive movement’s effort to advance policies and win elections. In 2020, the America Votes coalition deployed their largest-ever voter engagement and mobilization effort to millions of voters. In 2021-2022, the coalition will be on the ground educating and mobilizing voters.

Commitment to Racial Equity

America Votes is committed to advancing racial equity through organizational systems and policies that are consistently tested, evaluated and updated. Some organizational priorities include:

  • Building reflective and equitable state and national networks and partnerships.
  • Increasing engagement of state-based groups building power in communities of color in the planning process.
  • Expanding the Community Power Builders program, designed to support organizations led by and working in communities of color as they emerge into the 501(c)(4) space.

Position Overview

America Votes is seeking a talented leader with a record of success in coalition building and electoral and issue campaigns to serve as the Michigan State Director. 

The State Director is responsible for leading and supporting local, state, and national America Votes partner organizations in the development and execution of coordinated plans to advance progressive change in Michigan.  

The State Director will grow the state coalition and coordinate strategies between state and national partners to maximize the priorities, resources, and effectiveness of all partners. 

The State Director will take a strategic, collaborative, and flexible approach to coalition management, planning and decision making and have the ability to lead through periods of political transition and membership expansion. The Director will recognize and capitalize on immediate political opportunities while also staying focused on long-term strategic priorities. 

The ideal candidate will have expertise in electoral field program management, superb interpersonal skills, a demonstrated commitment to racial equity, the ability to foster trust and respect with stakeholders, and the capacity to lead an inclusive, collaborative and diverse coalition of partner organizations.

Location and Reporting Structure

This position is based in Lansing or Detroit, Michigan. The Michigan Director reports to the Deputy Director, States.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead Campaign Strategy: Work with America Votes partner organizations and stakeholders to design efficient and effective statewide and ballot-level electoral and voter education plans based on short and long-term priorities. Evaluate and report on stakeholder’s partner program outcomes and monitor progress toward goals. Ensure the security, development, and appropriate usage of the state coalition voter file. Work with America Votes’ national development team to identify in-state funding opportunities to support America Votes’ operations and partner-led programs.
     
  • Staff Management: Manage state staff of America Votes, including development of work plans, professional development, and ongoing supervision and support. Implement America Votes’ organizational goals and manage staff toward delivering on the shared goals of the organization.
     
  • Coalition Leadership &  Management: Convene individual coalition partners and the collective table on a regular basis and facilitate discussions, decision making, and other critical work. Assist local organizations in identifying resources to build capacity and improve performance, shared strategy, and organization-specific campaign plans. Implement systems for ongoing evaluation of effectiveness of strategies. Work directly with national staff and partners to ensure smooth communication with state operations. Explore strategic opportunities to expand coalition membership, partnerships, and collaborations with community stakeholders. Facilitate a collaborative and productive state coalition environment that advances racial equity goals.
     
  • Equity and Inclusion: Lead the coalition in approaching campaign, electoral, and coalition  work through a lens of racial equity. Model principles of equity, diversity and inclusion internally and externally. Be culturally competent and support work to build power with BIPOC-led and focused partners.

 

  • Advance Election Modernization: Support or develop ongoing programs and legislative advocacy related to election modernization in collaboration with voting rights organizations and advocates.
     
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

Required

  • 7+ years of electoral and advocacy campaign experience, including experience in a midwestern or similarly positioned state. At least two cycles in leadership for statewide campaign operations and management of senior level campaign staff.
  • Expertise in electoral field program management, including outstanding organizing skills and the ability to write, evaluate, and execute winning campaign plans with a strong field component.
  • Ability to successfully manage a coalition in a thoughtful, strategic and inclusive manner. 
  • Commitment to advancing racial equity through programmatic work, partner relationships and organizational systems and processes.
  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or historically marginalized communities, preferably in electoral, campaign, or organizing settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise excellent political judgement and discretion.
  • Strong staff management skills, including the ability to foster a culture of collaboration, support, mentoring, and consistent feedback.
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with an impressive history of forging strong and positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Ability to negotiate, build consensus, resolve conflicts, and strategically disagree. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience working with funders, including preparing reports and presentations.
  • Ability to understand and synthesize data, using it to inform strategy and problem solve across diverse audiences.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours and to travel as needed. 
  • Proficiency in Google Suite tools or MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint). 

Preferred 

  • Experience working with independent expenditure campaigns and VAN.
  • Knowledge or background in Michigan politics, organizations and the legislature.
  • Experience with vote-by-mail or absentee voter programs.
  • Experience with digital programs, new voter contact technologies, and program testing.
  • Experience coordinating and/or interpreting public opinion research to inform plans and strategies.

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience, $90,000 - $100,000. 

America Votes offers a competitive benefits package covering 90% of employee medical, dental, & vision insurance premiums, life insurance, long term disability coverage, cell phone stipend, personal professional development funds, parental leave, and 401(K).

America Votes provides a generous paid time off policy including paid vacation; paid sick leave and personal days; at least 10 Federal paid holidays including Juneteenth; and paid organizational time off from at least December 25 to January 1.

To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume online at https://grossmansolutions.com/jobs/. The cover letter should be concise, compelling, and outline the specific ways in which you would be a good fit for this position. America Votes sees its commitment to racial equity as an integral part of its success. Applicants are encouraged to reflect on how they see themselves contributing to America Votes’ work on advancing racial equity. 

America Votes is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. America Votes does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under local, state or federal law. People of color, LGBTQ candidates, individuals with disabilities, and neurodivergent individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

 

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