Organization Overview

State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win civic engagement victories and build long-term political power. Since 2008, we’ve been employing the principles of collective impact, building the capacity of partners with data analysis and shared resources, and strengthening our democracy by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

State Voices sustains a dynamic ecosystem of 23 state tables comprised of 784 partner organizations. We provide the organizations in our network with the data, tools, and support they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We advance this work through three national programs: Civic Engagement (voter registration and turnout, issue advocacy and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration) and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

It’s our collective duty to end the systemic, relentless disenfranchisement targeting communities of color, young adults, LGBTQ people, and single women. That’s why State Voices works year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.

Position Overview

The Field Director will hold relationships with statewide members of grassroots Voter Registration (VR) field teams engaging in non-partisan civic engagement in communities of color. The Field Director’s role is to support on-the-ground efforts through site coordination, as well as in-office and field trainings. The Field Director will also lead on overall program alignment, team-building, and campaign coordination statewide. The Field Director coordinates the overall structure that supports groups to implement best practices and meet 2020 program goals by supporting a field team to conduct regular visits to partner offices and the field, running regular field reports, and leading weekly calls with groups. The position is full time and reports to the Table or Program Director.

Primary Functions

  • Strategic Leadership: Oversee and drive statewide VR plan and hold a problem-solving attitude toward ongoing challenges.
  • Organizational Leadership: Oversee and drive internal organizing plan for meeting statewide goals.
  • Relationship Management: Build relationships with Michigan partners and facilitate conflict resolution as needed.
  • Staff Management: Manage a team of one to four VR/QC coordinators in their work to support the VR program.
  • Onboarding Support: Work with State Voices National to onboard and train new field and data staff.
  • Training: Provide and coordinate general capacity-building support for partners as needed, including but not limited to Google Suite training, management training, and other organizational tools.
  • Site Visits: Support QC and VR staff to conduct regular site visits with groups to provide support, feedback, and course correction as needed.
  • Field Coordination: Drive progress-to-goal and quality control on weekly calls with groups.
  • Analysis: Analyze regular reports in order to recommend course corrections and promote best practices.
  • Turf Coordination: Administer turf coordination system and bring a solutions orientation to any turf-related conflicts that arise.
  • Travel: Travel extensively and as needed, sometimes on short notice.
  • Crisis Communications: Serve as point-person for crisis response in the state.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in campaign/community organizing, including but not limited to the following roles: Field Director, Field Manager, Regional Organizing Director, Canvass Director, Campaign Manager.
  • A strong commitment to the civic engagement of historically underrepresented communities.
  • Attention to detail and ability to develop efficient systems to deliver intended results.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills in person, on the phone, and in writing.
  • A strong commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Ability to work diplomatically in a coalition setting, delivering results from a diverse set of stakeholders that the position does not directly oversee.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects at once.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, resolve conflicts, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work some weekends and evenings with prior notice during the 4 weeks leading up to the VR deadline.
  • Access to a vehicle and willingness to drive long distances.

Additionally preferred:

  • VAN experience, in particular creating lists, cutting turf, and training other users
  • Training background
  • Knowledge of state structures of the progressive infrastructure and coalition partners
  • Microsoft Excel, Word, Google Docs, Google Sheets with an ability to learn online database platforms and general comfort with tools.

To Apply

  • Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected].
  • To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “MI Field Director”
  • Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by January 17.
  • No calls please.

Term of Employment: Grant funded from January – Dec 15, 2020

Compensation: Annualized Compensation is $65,000-80,000 based on experience.

Location: Anywhere in Michigan

Reports To: State Director

State Voices is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.