We The People MI (WTPMI), along with and through its sister organization We The People Action Fund (WTPAF), works to build a multi-racial, working class constituency across the state that is engaged in community organizing, the development of leaders, and the building of a unified, proactive agenda rooted in economic, racial, and social justice for all Michiganders.
Position Location: Detroit, MI, though employee can be remote within the state of Michigan.
Salary: $75,000 – $100,000, commensurate with experience.
About We The People: We The People Action Fund (WTPAF), along with and through our sister organization, We The People Michigan (WTPMI), works to build a multi-racial, working- class constituency across the state that is engaged in community organizing, the development of leaders, and the building of a unified, proactive agenda rooted in economic, racial, and social justice for all Michiganders. In 2018, people from all corners of Michigan came together to outline The People’s Agenda, a vision for a Michigan in which all people have dignity, that is safe and sustainable and that protects our democracy and acknowledges our history. Since then, We The People Action Fund and We The People Michigan have been organizing across the state in support of this living, evolving vision.
About the Position: WTPAF is excited to invite nominations and applications for our new position of Managing Director (MD). Reporting to Founder and Executive Director, Art Reyes III, the new Managing Director will join our executive leadership team to help lead and support the team through the next phase of our growth and development. Founded in 2018 and established in 2021 as independent 501c3 and c4 entities, We The People Michigan and We The People Action Fund have grown to almost 40 full-time team members. Given this growth, the Managing Director will lead us in developing new management structures, practices, and processes to support our team in ways that are anti-racist, equitable, inclusive and reflect our organizational values. The new Managing Director can expect to quickly step into leadership in these areas:
- Lead the process of strategic goal setting and contribute to organizational strategy and leadership decisions. Driven by the needs of communities, the Managing Director will lead an annual goal setting process that centers community organizing goals and recognizes and appreciates the value of every team member’s role and contributions. The Managing Director will join the executive leadership team and contribute to the ongoing growth of a team that supports the ability for people to thrive, grow and joyfully work together towards a vision of the people’s Michigan.
- Lead the development of new management and organizational practices that reflect the growth of our team. Lead the development of explicit decision-making, performance management, management and onboarding practices that reflect our values. The MD will collaboratively set staff retreat and Directors’ Circle meeting agendas, supporting shared leadership in those spaces and facilitating discussions where appropriate. They will recognize and appreciate the gentle and caring change management process needed to grow a leaderful organization.
- Manage policy and research, learning, and communications teams. The MD will supervise, mentor and coach the Directors of Policy & Research (co-directors), Learning, and Communications teams and serve as a thought partner, advisor, and connector between them. They will support coordination, collaboration, and communication across the teams in support of We The People’s organizing efforts and mission.
- Support internal communications and provide updates for a team geographically dispersed across the state. Collaboratively develop and support practices for ensuring effective information flow geographically and across levels and functional teams, including providing robust pathways for insights to leadership, updates on leadership decisions to our teams, and sharing other important organization-wide news.
- Support the continued embodiment and affirmation of We The People’s values and culture. In all of these activities and in daily interactions, work towards a community that strives to live our values of investing in people not products, accountability, transparency, fun, learning and development, evaluation, intentionality creativity, love and healing and trust.
We are looking for a Managing Director who will help lead us in the growth of our work and team in a way that continues our team culture of fun, builds caring and trusting relationships with each other and is fostering equitable life and community as we deepen our journey into healing from white supremacy and trauma.
Candidates will ideally have many of the below experiences and qualities:
- A deep commitment to the values and vision of We The People Michigan.
- At least 5 years of management experience in organizing, advocacy, or power-building nonprofit organizations, ideally with some understanding of C3/C4/PAC regulations.
- Experience supporting and managing change among leaders and staff, holding values of transparency, equity, accessibility, inclusion and others mentioned above.
- Confidence to guide and advise on how data and research, communications and policy strategy can support organizing and power-building efforts.
- Experience managing and developing other managers and leaders.
- An anti-racist approach and framework for navigating interpersonal dynamics and supporting a healthy culture of diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
- A collaborative and adaptable approach to leading and supporting growth or change within organizations.
- Supportive of unionization.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and facilitation skills across diverse teams, cultures and working styles.
We The People Action Fund and We The People Michigan are a diverse team of people, and we believe that our diversity makes us stronger. As we work to build a multi-racial, working- class constituency across the state, we believe that representation from diverse communities is crucial to our shared success. We also recognize that people who identify as women, trans, non-binary folks, and BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet all qualifications. We believe in leadership potential and development and encourage people from these groups to apply if you meet some but not all of these qualifications.
Details on Compensation: This is a full-time permanent position with a salary of $75,000- 100,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Salaries are adjusted based on federal COLA at the end of each year, not to exceed 5% (budget permitting); and staff have the opportunity to increase their level and pay each year based on an evaluation of their skills.
Benefits include 100% coverage of health insurance for employees and 75% coverage of eligible family members; 100% coverage of dental and vision for employees and eligible family members; 401(k) with a 5% employer match; and a generous PTO package, including a minimum of 24 paid days off per year for holidays and observances, and 2 weeks paid vacation.
Details on Work Schedule and Location: Team members are located across Michigan, though the primary office is in Detroit. Our work schedule is standard business hours with flexibility. Evenings and weekends may be required occasionally during election season or auditing periods (e.g., end of fiscal quarter or end of fiscal year). There may be occasional travel around the State of Michigan.
To Apply: This search is being supported by Callie Carroll of CLC Endeavors. Please send application materials to WTPMD@clcendeavors.com. Applications should include a resume and expression of interest, which can be shared either as a cover letter or via another format such as a short video or audio statement. Applications should communicate your interest and qualifications for the role and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
We The People Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people are strongly encouraged to apply.
To apply for this job please visit wethepeoplemi.org.