Environment Michigan Campaign Director

Environment Michigan is seeking an experienced organization-builder to coordinate our program development, advocacy, field organizing, and communications.

Environment Michigan is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. We are working to build a powerful constituency for environmental progress in the state. Our current agenda includes a major campaign to protect the Great Lakes from fracking. In the coming year, we will work with a broad coalition of elected officials, health professionals, groups and individuals across the state to advocate for a stop to this dirty drilling process at any level we can. Environment Michigan will also continue to lead the charge to restore Clean Water Act protections to the streams and wetlands that feed the Great Lakes; to ensure that Michigan addresses the growing threat to global warming by cutting carbon pollution from power plants; and to tap into the clean energy potential in our state by advocating for stronger standards for solar power, wind power, and energy efficiency.

We understand that in order to move decision makers in the right direction on these and other issues, we need people who support our position and are willing to put their mouths and their money behind us. So we're looking for someone who can not only act as a spokesperson for our organization and agenda. We're looking for someone who can build a following for both, whether online, through the media, or one person at a time.

On a day-to-day basis, the Campaign Director will be responsible for:

Campaign Strategy: Create and implement plans to win on our environmental campaigns; assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Advocacy: Bring problems and solutions to the attention of decision-makers—including state legislators, the governor’s staff, state regulators and local officials. Develop appropriate messages and materials for making the case to decision makers; build relationships with key players in Michigan, the region and at the federal level.

Program development: Identify and develop program to solve environmental problems in Michigan within a broader political context. Participate in and oversee campaign and strategy development, research, and messaging.

Media Outreach: Serve as the public spokesperson for our environmental campaigns through media events, press releases, editorial board meetings and other communications tactics with a goal of building name recognition for the organization, educating the public about our issues, and building and demonstrating support for our positions.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with major donors—all to bring more resources to campaigns we're waging to protect our environment. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers to increase our impact and build our power. Oversee all staff to develop and implement work plans, provide training and leadership development opportunities.

Candidates must have at least 5 or more years of relevant professional experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and to citizen-based social change as well as a track-record of leadership. We're looking for goal-driven and results- oriented individuals who have excellent verbal, written and analytical skills; the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere; and enthusiasm for this type of work. The ideal candidate will have experience in state-level political advocacy and organizing, a proven ability to recruit, train and develop staff, the ability to raise money, and demonstrated success in building relationships with the full spectrum of environmental and political stakeholders.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with candidates’ relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate possesses. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes health care coverage, educational loan assistance, a 401k retirement plan, paid vacation and sick days, and parental leave. Opportunities for advancement, travel, and additional training are available.

Please apply using our online application. Direct your application to Shelley Vinyard, Environment Michigan Regional Director.

Environment Michigan is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status