Job Posting: Community Organizer

Detroit Disability Power – Detroit, Michigan

The primary responsibility of this role is to help increase the organizing power of people with disabilities in metro Detroit. This role will help us to manage and expand our membership, create a connected community of disabled Detroiters, and engage community members in our advocacy work.

About us

The mission of Detroit Disability Power (DDP) is to leverage and build the organizing power of the disability community to ensure the full inclusion of people with disabilities in Metro Detroit. We organize people with disabilities and our allies, train community members about disability inclusion and dismantling ableism, and plan fun and educational community-building events. We are a social justice organization, not a service organization, meaning we advocate and build power, not offer charity services. DDP is fiscally sponsored by Michigan Disability Rights Coalition.

The ideal candidate 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, curious, creative, dedicated and disciplined community organizer to co-lead the work of deepening our relationships with communities, coalitions, and organizations in Metro Detroit. The Community Organizer will work with the Advocacy Director, Digital Organizer, Policy Analyst and other staff to mobilize disabled Detroiters and their allies towards campaign wins across different key issue areas. This position’s primary goal is to build the power of the local disability community so we can change Detroit and the greater social justice ecosystem to be effectively anti-Ableist through strategic campaign wins and culture change.

Principal Responsibilities

The Community Organizer reports to the Advocacy Director.

The primary responsibilities of the Community Organizer include:

  • Identify, build and maintain relationships with organizational and community leaders to drive local issue campaigns, build power, and engage people in organizing efforts in order to ensure self-determination for people with disabilities.
  • Lead the growth of our membership base while ensuring that members represent the communities we work in, with, and for: disabled Detroiters of color and caregivers.
  • Meaningfully and consistently engage with our existing members to develop their organizing skills, connect members with each other and local leaders, and ensure their input is integrated into our non-partisan issue-driven campaigns.
  • Communicates members’ experiences, priority issues, and opportunities for mobilization to the Advocacy Department.  
  • Design and execute fun, community-engaging events that introduce new people to our work and recruit them into membership. This includes development of event purpose, goals, promotion, recruitment, and evaluation.
  • Lead regular canvassing efforts to build trust, connection, and power with those closest to our physical office space–our neighbors in Core City. This includes recruiting members to volunteer for door-to-door outreach and designing the script for volunteers at the door.
  • Work to execute goals and metrics set forth by Detroit Disability Power in order to build power & dismantle ableism at the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.
  • Campaign experience, and basic understanding of field operations and voter contact and engagement, familiarity with the Voter Activation Network (VAN) a plus.
  • Other duties or tasks as assigned on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with organizations and people towards achieving a shared goal
  • Knowledge of disability issues, rights, and culture and commitment to disability inclusion, dismantling ableism, and intersectional strategies–specifically a strong racial equity analysis
  • Well organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Excellent record keeping and ability to track and document work processes
  • Ability to communicate with diverse community members and engage disabled residents
  • Understand community mobilization strategies and how to use those strategies to create and execute plans of action with clear, achievable goals
  • Ability to think and work creatively and critically
  • Desire and ability to collaborate and build relationships locally and nationally to bolster our work
  • Computer literacy and experience with MS Office Suite as well as proficient in Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, etc.)
  • Experience initiating conversations with community members about their stories, hopes, fears, and challenges, and a willingness to have courageous conversations with strangers and volunteers
  • Strong facilitation skills and experience planning logistics for and facilitating meetings, training, workshops, and other events.
  • A relational leader and good team player, able to work with a broad team of staff and grassroots leaders, working well with others in a coalition setting, and motivating diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow-through and good communication
  • Relevant lived/personal experience and the ability to articulate learning from those experiences
  • Ability to drive one’s work, often working independently, learning quickly, setting goals, and asking for help when needed; resourceful.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and repair harm in relationships

Desired Mindset

  • Openness and willingness to learn new skills and maintain a learning attitude
  • Openness and willingness to be part of a team – must be a team player
  • Willingness and ability to engage in big-picture and detail-oriented work
  • A natural sense of curiosity about people and the ability to relate to them
  • Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be a part of the solution
  • Self-awareness and humility
  • A sense of humor

Required Experiences

  • 3-7 years working for a social justice and/or non-profit organization in community engagement/organizing or related field

Position Details

This position is a full-time (40 hours a week) salaried position. The Community Organizer must be able to work remotely / virtually until it is safe to return to an in-person setting. Then, this position will be a combination of remote and in-person from our new Detroit office in the Core City neighborhood, starting as soon as Winter/Spring 2023. Safety is a top priority for DDP as we navigate Covid-19 and our agency’s policies and protocols, following federal standards.  This role is not designed to be permanently remote.

Compensation

DDP offers a competitive salary and benefits package that meets industry standards and Metro Detroit’s cost of living standards. The pay range is $45,000-$55,000 annually, based on experience and with possibility for performance-based raises. Pay is based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience.  DDP has a non-negotiation policy when it comes to salary offers as we know that negotiations tend to benefit certain types of people more than others. Our benefits package includes earned paid time off (8 hours biweekly); flexible work environment; annual bonuses; work equipment stipend; holiday pay; medical, dental, vision; 403 (b) employer match; and parental leave.

Application process

We strive for diverse representation and inclusion at DDP. DDP values and specifically seeks applicants who are people of color, women, LGBTQIA and gender fluid people, people with disabilities, veterans, and members of other diverse identities. If this is you, know that your contributions and leadership are especially valuable at DDP.

Equal employment opportunity: All qualified individuals will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or disability.

For questions, to request reasonable accommodations to participate in the application process, or to submit an application (required materials are below), please contact Info@DetroitDisabilityPower.org.

Interested candidates must send the following information:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position OR a video or audio recording of yourself describing your interest in and qualifications for the position
  • A current resume
  • 3 professional references

Applications must include these materials to be considered. Please include your full name in the subject line of the email.

The job posting will close January 04, 2023.  Applications will be reviewed and phone screens will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Please note that DDP is closed for Thanksgiving and the Winter holidays.

The anticipated start date of this position is early-February, 2023.