Michigan - Deputy Organizing Director
NextGen America is seeking a passionate, hardworking candidate to join our youth organizing program that will engage young people in state, local and national fights to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020. The Deputy Organizing Director will help manage our field team in Michigan as part of this ambitious effort.
In Michigan, this effort will focus on virtually organizing young people in targeted cities, regions, and campuses to build political organizing community and turn out the #youthvote. Our work will focus on registering voters, encouraging them to vote by mail and build towards a massive 2020 electoral program. This cycle’s program will include virtual electoral organizing tactics such as online pledge to votes, phone banking, peer-to-peer text banking, using social media, planning virtual events and more. In addition, this role will assist in managing Regional Organizing Directors with teams on and off campus and will report to the Michigan Organizing Director.
- Assist in the management of the statewide youth voter engagement program, particularly through coaching regional organizing directors
- Assist in holding regional organizing directors and organizers accountable to metrics and goals; ensure timely and accurate data and field reporting from field staff
- Help lead daily, weekly, and monthly training webinars and workshops.
- Give input on opportunities to engage in local and state issues and campaigns
- Support the state HQ management team to develop and execute campaign programs and effective organizing tactics including grassroots virtual voter contact and some creative earned media actions.
- Develop and maintain relationships with young activists around the state, and identify opportunities for partnerships
- Assist the Operations Director with larger event logistics including weeks of action.
- Assist in the creation and implementation of Welcome Week, GOTV (Get-Out-The-Vote), and National Voter Registration Day plans.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- 2-3 year’s experience managing organizers or regional organizing directors
- Self-motivated and communicative
- Organized; excellent written, verbal and presentation communications skills
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues and outside organizations and to balance multiple priorities without sacrificing quality of work
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Ability to foster a cooperative, team-oriented work environment
- Previous youth organizing experience not required, but a strong a plus
- Experience working with VAN or Votebuilder is required.
- Experience with both issue and electoral organizing
- Experience organizing in communities of color and prior training in anti-oppression, equity and inclusion organizing
- Experience on one or more campaigns in Michigan at the local or state level
Salary of $5,150/month plus a comprehensive benefits package.
ABOUT NEXTGEN AMERICA:
NextGen America acts politically to prevent climate disaster, promote prosperity, and protect the fundamental rights of every American. Since our founding as NextGen Climate in 2013, we’ve worked to fight climate change by advancing the transition to a clean energy economy. We’ve supported candidates who support climate action. We’ve fought to halt the Keystone XL pipeline and registered more than 1 million voters nationwide. Now, the same values that drive our work on climate are under unprecedented attack from all directions. We’re proud to step up the fight for immigrant rights, affordable health care, prosperity, and equality.
We are an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We value and are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as an organization--in theory and in practice, and our culture reflects that value and commitment. We are committed to furthering issues like climate change, health care, and immigration from a progressive perspective, and we seek to engage the public in these areas as well as others. We also recognize the urgency of confronting institutional racism and inequity within our political system and strive to make positive changes within our system as a result.
A NOTE ON COVID19:
During these uncertain times, our organization’s largest priority is the health, safety, and wellbeing of our staff. As a result, our entire staff is currently working remotely, all of our offices are closed, and our organizing staff has temporarily transitioned away from field work. We have updated relevant job descriptions to reflect our current focus on digital organizing while we follow social distancing guidelines. Please note job duties and the current work from home policy are subject to change as we continue to adjust our program based on the developments of the COVD19 pandemic.