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Rural Organizer

About the Rural Organizing Team: The rural organizing team seeks to build power for rural communities in Michigan by developing local leaders, facilitating the evolution and realization of a proactive, long-term vision, intentionally building community, deepening individual and collective organizing capacity, and ensuring the regional infrastructure is ready to lead or support campaigns. We The People - MI seeks racial and economic justice for all people, and the Rural Organizing Team will focus intentionally on efforts that enable historically divided communities to organize and build power together, often organizing in poor and working class rural communities and Indigenous communities across the state. 

About the Organizer Role: This position will have a strategic focus in environmental and energy justice, and will work to build organizing capacity in Indigenous communities. This person will be based in the Upper Peninsula and we have a strong preference for candidates in the central or western UP. In addition, all organizers on the Rural Organizing Team will 1) work collaboratively with the team to develop relationships with leaders in specific regions and communities across the state, 2) work with the team to host community organizing workshops and other capacity-building efforts 3) work with local leaders to organize and hold community meetings and support local campaigns, and 4) work with the larger We The People organization to connect work across regions. 

Primary Responsibilities:  The organizers will:

  • Identify, build and maintain relationships with Native and non-Native leaders and organizers in communities impacted by environmental and energy challenges.

  • Launch We The People work in targeted communities by hosting a community organizing workshop. This includes recruiting teams of leaders/organizers to attend, and  working with the larger WTP team to fulfill logistical, training, and other needs. 

  • Invest in and develop local leadership teams that are committed to working toward The People’s Agenda. Support these teams as they create opportunities for power-mapping, deep canvassing, political education, healing and growth, and other efforts that advance their work, with particular focus on work that intersects racial, environmental, and energy justice. 

  • Support community members in building a base of leaders with organizing tools, facilitating political education to deepen a shared analysis of the structural barriers facing our communities, engaging them in leading campaigns, and continuing to build a greater vision for our communities.

  • Identify and foster ways that leaders from different regions can build relationships with each other and align their work. 

  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis.

 Job Requirements:  The ideal candidate for this position will have the following: 

  • A natural curiosity about people and the ability to relate to them. Experience initiating conversations with community members about their stories, hopes, fears, and challenges, and a willingness to be bold in conversations with strangers and volunteers.

  • An understanding and analysis of environmental and energy issues facing rural Native and non-Native communities, a deep sense of commitment to those communities, and existing relationships with leaders in those communities.  

  • Experience facilitating meetings, trainings, and/or group gatherings that move people to action.

  • The ability to pay attention to the details, be vigilant about tracking goal progress, and meet deadlines.

  • Computer literacy and experience with MS Office Suite and Google G Suite.

  • Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be part of the solution.

  • Excellent communications skills through a variety of channels, including written and oral.

  • A relational leader and good team player, able to work with a broad team of staff and grassroots leaders, work well with others in a coalition setting, and motivate diverse groups of people.

  • A learning mentality and willingness to learn as part of the team.

  • Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow-through and good communication.

Compensation and location: This is a full-time position starting between $38,000 – $42,000 annual salary with benefits. This position is in Northern Michigan with a strong preference for Central or Western Upper Peninsula. The work is remote with a flexible schedule. 

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to WTPjobs@wethepeoplemi.org with the subject “WTP Rural Organizer Position” by September 23. 

We The People is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, people of color, indigenous people, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.