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.
This position will hold relationships with statewide members of grassroots Voter Registration (VR) field teams engaging in non-partisan civic engagement in communities of color. The Voter Registration coordinator’s role is to support these efforts through site coordination, as well as in-office and field trainings. The VR coordinator will also lead on overall program alignment, team-building and campaign coordination statewide. By conducting regular visits to partner offices and the field, running regular field reports in Blocks, and leading weekly calls with groups, the VR coordinator will be the main person on the ground tracking program efficacy and supporting groups to integrate best practices and meet goals. The position is full time and reports to the Table or Program Director.
- Training: Provide on-site and in-person trainings on all programmatic aspects, including but not limited to field training, field planning, HR, and tools.
- Quality Control: Lead on holding groups accountable for addressing and resolving problems with quality control that come up in the phone/visual verification process.
- Field Coordination: Through weekly group calls, drive progress-to-goal and quality control discussions with group to support progress to goal and run high quality programs.
- Reporting: Compile results of verification efforts and analysis of data points into regular reports indicating programmatic trends, best practices, and recommendations for improvement.
- Turf Coordination: Administer turf coordination system and bring a solutions orientation to any turf-related conflicts that arise.
- Connect VR Partners: Lead bi-weekly VR call for VR partners and send regular email-based communications to groups to foster a community of support and healthy competition to meet goals.
- Site Visits: Conduct regular site visits with groups to provide support, feedback and course correction as needed.
- VR Deadline Coordination: Lead on all registration deadline procedures, including but not limited to training groups on program adjustments and processes in preparation for deadlines.
- Travel: Travel extensively and as needed, sometimes on short notice.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- A strong commitment to the civic engagement of historically underrepresented communities.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]
- To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “Michigan VR Coordinator”.
- Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however preferences will be given to resumes received by January 17, 2020.
- No calls, please.
Term of Employment: Grant funded from January – Dec 15, 2020
Compensation: Annualized Compensation is $45,000-52,000 based on experience.
Location: Anywhere in Michigan
Reports To: VR Field 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.