Michigan Program & Field Director

  • America Votes
  • Detroit or Lansing, MI
  • Mar 13, 2018
Full time Other

Job Description

Organization Overview

America Votes is the coordination hub of the progressive community, leading collaborative efforts among a diverse coalition of more than 400 state and national partner organizations to advance progressive policies, win elections and protect every American's right to vote. America Votes works nationally and in more than 20 states to provide a range of services to partners, including strategic planning, advocacy and electoral campaign coordination, data tools and targeting services and on-the-ground leadership in key states. America Votes' coalition partners advocate for a broad range of issues, including but not limited to environmental protection, public education, human and civil rights, women's choice and labor. For more information about America Votes, visit www.AmericaVotes.org.


Position Description

America Votes Michigan is seeking a well-organized self-starter for a temporary full-time position as the program and field director that will conclude in December 2018. The program and field director will be the keeper and coordinator of some of the most exciting progressive electoral and policy work taking place in Michigan. The position will work directly with the America Votes team, as well as dozens of progressive partners across the state as they plan and execute electoral and issue campaigns, and will be expected to act with appropriate discretion and respect for confidentiality requirements. This position reports to the Michigan state director.



Based in Lansing or Detroit, Michigan.


  • Strategic planning assistance – support coalition partners through the development of campaign plans (electoral and issue campaigns), providing technical and organizing assistance and responding to programmatic requests.
  • Support coalition coordination by tracking organizational programs, monitoring benchmarks, providing technical assistance and identifying gaps in collective strategy.
  • Support legislative strategy around voting rights and support partner legislative issue advocacy.
  • Organize and facilitate coordinated and/or collaborative partner events, including coalition meetings, trainings and direct voter contact activities.
  • Develop capacity-building opportunities for partners and work directly with the state director and data manager to assess program gaps and overlaps to maximize program impact.
  • Work with partner organizations using the voter file and other technologies to support and enhance contact programs. This includes assisting partners in employing best practices and VAN trainings.
  • Support the creation and development of written reports and products to tell the story of Michigan and support the coalition.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.




  • Experience working with underrepresented and/or diverse communities.
  • Ability to build strong relationships quickly and to cultivate those relationships over the long term.
  • Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively by making and meeting team goals.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, oral and written communications skills; strong writing skills are a must.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).  Excellent writing and presentation skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Must be a self-starter; willing to work sometimes long, irregular hours and to travel as needed.
  • Ideal candidates will have one to three years of experience in progressive political campaigns or similar organizations. Ideal candidates will be familiar with canvass operations and VAN (Voter Activation Network).
  • Candidates should have a spirit of service and curiosity, along with a diplomatic, professional approach to problem-solving in work with outside partners and while working internally, independently or on a team.
  • Is positive with a sense of humor.


  • Experience facilitating or working in coalitions.
  • Knowledge of Michigan political landscape and/or independent expenditure political campaigns.
  • Strong VAN skills.
  • Strong MS Office skills.
  • Digital campaign experience.


Salary is commensurate with experience and will range between $50,000 - $55,000. Benefits include health, dental, vision and 401(K) through December 2018.


To Apply

Please submit a copy of your resume, a cover letter and three references to the application form found at https://americavotes.org/jobs/?job_id=21434b97-b960-458c-b32f-a50a75b5f58a.


If you experience any technical difficulties with our application form, please email Caitlin Opperman at recruiting@americavotes.org. Please note that only applications received through the application form will be considered; please do not email us your application materials.


America Votes is committed to creating a dynamic, multi-cultural, diverse working environment. Candidates of color and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


America Votes is an equal opportunity employer.