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.
About Michigan Voices
Why We Exist
American democracy is being distorted and threatened by wealthy special interests that disproportionately impact public policy, and negate the power of individual advocacy. Deliberate obstacles are being placed on voter access, along with gerrymandered districts to thwart fair representation that accurately reflects the changing US demographics. These regressive tactics are making it increasingly difficult to engage a diverse citizenry necessary for a government of the people, by the people, and for the people to flourish.
This systemic, relentless disenfranchisement mainly targets communities of color, along with young adults, LGTB people, and single women. As a result, these populations collectively register to vote and participate in the electoral process at lower rates when compared to the general population. Constituent cynicism is reflected in dismal approval ratings for politicians generally speaking, and the legislative branch in particular. Too many lack faith that our electoral system wants to address their community needs and interests.
What We Do
Despite this bleak outlook, Michigan Voices is motivated to respond to this full assault on our democracy, and mount campaigns that galvanize people to act with the same fervor as the opposition. To do so, our approach to Civic Engagement will be revolutionized to meet the moment. Michigan Voices plays a crucial role as the strategic and shared resources hub for partner organizations across the state. With a deep commitment to Integrated Voter Engagement – the seamless and continuous coordination of electoral, base-building, and issue advocacy strategies – our 50+ table partners produce more life-long voters, increased capacity of community-based organizations and their leaders, and win on issues that affect impacted communities.
Michigan Voices is presently positioned to offer support and solutions in three core areas:
Capacity Building – table infrastructure; e.g. leadership development – expanding the skill base of local leaders from impacted communities to build their power base and achieve their objectives; and, resource development;
Data & Technology – active, ongoing support of tools and programs to meet the needs of 21st century organizing;
Strengthening Democracy – Civic Access, Civic Engagement, and Civic Representation – defending and expanding voting rights; coordinating voter registration, turnout, and voter protection; and fighting for full representation through Census and redistricting.
Who We Are
Michigan Voices is a statewide coalition of permanent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations working year-round to create a more accessible, inclusive, and representative democracy.
Michigan Voices seeks an experienced, innovative organizer with a proven track record of success developing and facilitating trainings, and leading civic engagement and issues campaigns to serve as the Strategic Partnership Manager (SPM). The SPM will play a key role in ensuring the table is supporting over 50 partners to strengthen organizational infrastructure, support civic engagement work, deepen and amplify leadership and create a thriving and connected network. The ideal candidate will lead with an organizer’s orientation, build strong relationships with a myriad of stakeholders, implement innovative ideas and bring good energy into this recently redesigned table. Moreover, the SPM must have a demonstrated track record of and commitment to leading with racial and gender equity principles and practices. The SPM will report to the Co-Executive Director.
- Manage relationships with table partners to ensure that Michigan Voices is working in good partnership with key stakeholders and allies
- Develop a strategic work plan to meet departmental and professional development goals
- Develop and maintain deep on-going knowledge about partner operations and programs, and connect partners to opportunities as they emerge
- Help ensure that the table is a conduit that supports and coordinates leveraging the expertise of Michigan Voices staff in service of partner needs
- Strategically align work with internal Michigan Voices teams to foster a healthy and collaborative organizational culture
- Support the tracking and evaluating of programming, staffing and departmental impact
- Support table strategies, objectives and activities which include (but are not limited to):
- Organizational Development: Support the organizational infrastructure and health of table partners through detailed annual table plans
- Cross-Network Movement Building: Create deeper political alignment and cultivate movement building to ensure that the network is innovative, impactful, and equity-centered
- Coalition Coordination: Support the goal of building a coordinated 501c3 infrastructure by tracking organizational programs, monitoring benchmarks, providing technical assistance and identifying gaps in our collective strategy
- Leadership Development: Develop the civic engagement leadership of tomorrow by convening partners to hone critical leadership skills
- Civic Engagement Strategies: Execute robust programming designed to provide expertise and resources to partners in order to engage our broad constituency of impacted communities and win progressive policies
The ideal candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications:
- Demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, and a track record of success working with communities of color, women, low-income people, LGBTQIA+ individuals and other historically marginalized communities
- Demonstrated ability to bring strategic thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and a solutions-oriented work style
- A minimum of three (3) years working in the fields of civic engagement, community organizing, and/or issue advocacy
- Experience working in or with state-based organizations
- Proven ability to manage competing priorities and the ability to support staff in a fast-paced environment
- Experience overseeing the design and implementation of voter engagement and civic engagement programs
- Experience overseeing the design, implementation and facilitation of engaging training curriculum
- Excellent communication, reading, research, writing and analytical skills
- Relationship-oriented, with the ability to develop authentic relationships built on trust and accountability
- Understanding of the state political landscape
- Comfort working in a diverse community with people from diverse backgrounds
- Understanding of what is legally permissible in a 501c3 organization
- Excellent strategic thinking in a political and movement context
- An adaptive leadership style, with the ability to problem-solve, navigate complex situations and relationships and take advantage of strategic opportunities
- Ability to manage several tasks and projects concurrently, and to prioritize work effectively.
- A self-starter, willing to work long and irregular hours
- Travel as needed (up to 40% of the time)
- Other duties as assigned
While not required, exceptional candidates will have the following qualifications:
- Experience working with national organizations
- Experience preparing and managing program budgets
- Skills in talent management, team-building, mentoring, delegation, and developing staff leadership
- Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected]
- To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “MI Strategic Partnership Manager”
- Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by 26 June 2020.
- No calls please.
Location: Detroit, MI
Compensation: Compensation is an annualized salary of $60,000 – $70,000 based on background, skills, and experience. This position includes a full benefits package.
Term of Employment: This position is currently funded through December 18, 2020 with the possibility of being extended.
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.