Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a nationwide organization working to protect human life from climate change, nuclear weapons, and environmental degradation, seeks a strong leader to organize and build a PSR chapter in Michigan.  This person will launch an energy efficiency and clean energy program, which will serve as a base for building membership and volunteer leadership for the new Michigan PSR.  This is transformative work addressing climate and energy issues, among the most important health and environmental issues we face today.

About PSR:  Physicians for Social Responsibility, a national membership organization comprised of physicians, nurses, public health professionals, medical students and concerned citizens, mobilizes its members to press for a safer, healthier and more peaceful world.  Nationwide, the organization addresses the issues of climate change, clean energy, environmental toxics, nuclear arms and nuclear energy.  The new Michigan chapter will focus initially on energy efficiency and clean energy.

About the Position:  The Chapter director will work with PSR’s existing individual members and will recruit, train and engage new health professionals to build support for Michigan’s energy efficiency and clean energy policy and to close coal-fired power plants.  In addition, the Chapter director will, with guidance from the national PSR staff, reach out to medical and health professionals to help recruit chapter leadership and will help create a strong sustainable chapter. The chapter will be based in Ann Arbor and will be housed in the Ecology Center.

Supervision of this position will be shared between the national PSR office and the onsite staff of the Ecology Center.  PSR will provide guidance on the health aspects of the issues as well as providing template materials on relevant health effects.  We will also guide and support the strategy for chapter building and provide information and materials on the necessary administrative steps.  The Ecology Center will guide the on-the-ground work as the target issues play out in the state and will facilitate the Director’s integration into existing coalitions.

This is a part-time position with the potential to be expanded into a full-time position.  It is a mid-level job, ideal for a go-getter who aspires to work their way into an executive director position.

Functions:

  • Reach out to recruit doctors, nurses, and public health professionals into the chapter.
  • Engage health professionals to advance policy changes in Michigan to support energy efficiency, renewable energy and coal plant retirement.
  • Organize training opportunities where PSR will build health professionals’ advocacy skills.
  • Engage chapter members in such tasks as writing letters to the editor and op-eds, testifying at hearings and briefings, and presenting in public events, and generating earned media (etc.).
  • Work with PSR members, partner organizations and local coalition partnerships.
  • Communicate regularly with chapter membership, including sending regular e-action alerts and promoting chapter activities and accomplishments through the chapter web page and social media.
  • Organize events to engage and educate PSR members.
  • With guidance from the national PSR staff, assume a leadership role in managing administrative elements including budgeting, fundraising, tax and other filings.

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong leadership skills. An engaging and energetic personality and the ability to inspire and motivate volunteers.  Entrepreneurial attitude.
  • Three to five years of experience directing work in a nonprofit organization.  Experience with advocacy and organizing, including outreach, volunteer training, and member communications.
  • Ability to work with health professionals and to nurture them in activism.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrable interest in energy-related issues.  Awareness of PSR’s other issues – climate change, toxics, opposing nuclear power, working for a nuclear weapons-free world – is a strong plus.
  • Competence using MS Office Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in fundraising and financial administration.

Terms

This is a part-time position (20 to 30 hours/week) with some evening and weekend hours required.  We ask for a minimum two-year commitment.  Salary is commensurate with experience. PSR offers excellent benefits including health care insurance, an intellectually stimulating environment and passionate, dedicated colleagues.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and salary requirements, resume, and three supervisory references to employment@psr.org.  Please include “MI Chapter Director” in the subject line.  Applications accepted until position is filled.  No calls please. PSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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