Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) & VP of Public Advocacy (PPMI)

Lansing, MI /
Leadership /
Full Time
Who We Are
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, or PPAM, is one of 21 state public affairs offices of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A 501 (c)(4) non-profit,  PPAM is the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Michigan.
We work in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund at the national level to protect access to the high quality, compassionate reproductive care more than 45,000 Michiganders rely on each year. We are proud to be the most powerful, unified voice for women’s health and rights in our state, and we are proud to work alongside the talented staff at Planned Parenthood of Michigan, a 501 (c)(3) organization who delivers health care and education services every day on behalf of our mission: Care. No Matter What.

Who You Are
The Executive Director, PPAM & VP of Public Advocacy, PPMI is a dynamic and experienced leader with the skills and confidence to serve as the public spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. With a demonstrated commitment to race equity, a minimum of 10 years of experience in public policy or advocacy including electoral, legislative, and regulatory work, and a minimum of 5 years in a leadership capacity within a public policy or advocacy environment, this leader is responsible for developing, implementing, overseeing and evaluating a cohesive and collaborative statewide strategy for public advocacy and outreach. This leader will also ensure the PPAM Board of Directors, PAC and Super PAC achieves their respective strategic goals

Cover letter required including salary expectation

Compensation: Starting range of $130,000 annually, salary will be commensurate with experience

What You Will Do

    • Leadership
    • Demonstrates a commitment to race equity. Maintains current knowledge of PPMI’s work toward enhanced race equity standards, is held accountable to them and holds their team members accountable.
    • Manages and mentors a culturally diverse team; creates and sustains an organizational culture that fosters inclusiveness and equity.
    • Partners with a cross-section of PPMI leaders, the PPAM team and the board of directors to develop and implement a bold vision and strategic plan for PPAM.
    • Engages as collaborative partner in PPMI’s strategic planning process.
    • Develops and implements effective organizational structures and financial administration policies and procedures, including oversight of annual budget.
    • Manages board development activities including recruitment, retention, training and ensuring effective communication between staff and Board members.
    • Leads team members using a performance support process that includes goal setting, routine feedback, and ongoing development.
    • Empowers staff to deliver assigned responsibilities and manage their functions.
    • Provides regular development feedback to team and accountability related to practices including, but
    • not limited to, equity.
    • Continuously maintains professional growth and learning by attending
    • conferences, seminars, etc.
    • Identifies and builds strategic partners in the reproductive health and justice and progressive fields.  Creates and implements a plan to successfully cultivate community partnerships.
    • Cultivates and advances productive relationships with elected officials, government agencies, media, community organizations and other key stakeholders in order to support public affairs and lobbying efforts.
    • Serves as the public spokesperson for PPAM.
    • In collaboration with communications team, identifies priorities for external communications in support of a strategic policy and advocacy agenda.
    • Policy
    • Guides development of public policy goals and strategies; provides leadership for identifying opportunities for change through public policy, and advises on possible mechanisms to use to effect change.
    • Collaborates with allies and partners to respond to and defeat policies that would restrict access to abortion or other reproductive health care. 
    • Works directly with legislators, regulators and other decision-makers to influence policy outcomes.
    • Partners with a cross-section of PPMI colleagues, PPAM team and board leaders to determine policy and regulatory issue initiatives related to health care provision and reform.
    • Ensures representation with a variety coalition partners, reproductive justice organizations, and c3/c4 tables.
    • Organizing and Campaigns
    • Determines organizing and electoral goals and strategies by providing leadership for the development of a statewide plan for electoral, legislative, and other organizing campaigns. Implements campaigns as necessary.
    • Works with board and staff to develop and implement electoral campaigns. Oversees coordinated campaign, earned and paid media and field operations.
    • Develops relationships with current elected officials and candidates that support reproductive rights and the mission of Planned Parenthood.
    • Ensures compliance with all federal and state regulations relating to electoral activities.
    • Oversees a fair and equitable candidate endorsement process that engages the board and stakeholders.
    • Fundraising
    • Collaborates with PPMI’s Development team to ensure that budgeted fundraising goals are met.
    • Participates in collaborative fundraising campaigns, events, etc. spearheaded by development team.
    • Cultivates key relationships to develop and broaden the c4 fundraising base with an emphasis on soliciting gifts and stewarding donors.
    • Partners with fundraising staff and board to identify and cultivate foundation and institutional donors.
    • Works with fundraising staff and board to identify and execute membership, direct mail, and online giving for the c4, PAC and Super PAC.
    • Provides regular progress reports to the board. 

Ability to:

    • Facilitate meetings, ensuring that all viewpoints, ideas and problems are addressed.
    • Attend to detail while maintaining a big picture orientation.
    • Be an engaged listener with the ability to build consensus both within and outside the organization.
    • Gather information, identify links and trends and apply findings to assignments.
    • Inspire enthusiasm and influence, motivate and persuade others to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Interpret and apply organizational policies and identify and recommend changes as appropriate.
    • Work under pressure on multiple projects concurrently and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment with frequent interruptions and changing priorities.
    • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
    • Work independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment.
    • Lead and work in a remote environment.
    • Handle stressful situations and provide a high level of customer service in a calm and professional manner.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
    •  Travel and accept a flexible work schedule that may involve some evening and weekend commitments.
    • Solve problems, analyze information and data, and manage projects.
    • Exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy and maintain confidentiality

Key Requirements

    • Commitment to advancing race(+) equity in one's work: interest in expanding knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society.
    • Awareness of multiple group identities and their dynamics; bring a high level of self-awareness about personal identity, empathy, and humility to interpersonal interactions.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and directly as well as hear and act on feedback related to identity and equity.
    • Strong sense of accountability to diversity, equity and inclusion principles and practices.
    • Understand of the impact of identity dynamics on organizational culture.
    • Commitment to Planned Parenthood's In This Together service ethos, workplace values, and service standards.

Qualifications and Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy or related field or equivalent experience. 
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a public policy or advocacy environment including electoral, legislative, and regulatory work
    • Minimum of 5 years in leadership capacity within a public policy or advocacy environment
    • Demonstrated ability to achieve objectives in collaboration with other functional areas
    • Demonstrated commitment to Planned Parenthood’s mission, vision and values
We value a truly diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We're committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.