Director of Political & Field Operations

Detroit, Lansing, or Ann Arbor /
Full Time
/ Hybrid
POSITION TITLE: Director of Political & Field Operations
STATUS: Full Time, Exempt 
WORK LOCATION FLEXIBILITY: Detroit, Lansing, or Ann Arbor 
BENEFITS: Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD. Life & ADD, 403B, Flexible Spending Account, Generous Paid Time off Program and Free healthcare at our clinics for you and your immediate family! 

Planned Parenthood of Michigan has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations including boosters when eligible for all employees.

Position Description
Reporting to the Executive Director of PPAM and Vice-President for Public Advocacy, PPMI, the Director of Political & Field Operations will develop, implement, and manage a strategic statewide political & field organizing plan on behalf of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM).  This position will work with PPAM coalitions & partners to achieve the political and electoral program objectives. The Director of Political & Field Operations directs and manages various programs, including issue education, electoral organizing campaigns, civic engagement, and leadership development activities.  Responsible for overall supervision and management of professional-level PPAM field and program staff, this leader will fully embody a commitment to race equity, evidenced in all interactions with PPMI colleagues, external stakeholders, and staff supervision. 
Essential Functions
·       Directs and supervises the work of the Associate Director, Field Operations and Associate Director, Constituency Programs, and Civic & Field Organizing teams.
·       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.
·       Interprets, applies and recommends changes to organizational policies and procedures as needed.
·       Reviews progress of assignments with senior management.
·       Actively participates as a member of PPMI’s Leadership Team.
·       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.
Field Operations & Program Oversight
·       In collaboration with the PPAM Executive Director, develops, implements and directs annual and long term strategic statewide organizing plans for increasing public affairs capacity.
·       Oversees implementation of all programs and community outreach activities, including: political action teams, volunteer activist engagement opportunities, field organizing and state and local coalition development cultivation and maintenance.
·       In collaboration with the PPAM Executive Director, develops and manages the annual program budget for political & field operations.
·       Works directly with field specific vendors, contract employees and agencies, and supervises related projects.
·       Provides technical assistance, guidance and support to field and affiliate staff and volunteers in a coordinated, strategic manner.
·       Directs and supervises the enhancement and maintenance of statewide reproductive health care and reproductive justice supporter identification lists, modeled voter list and Voter Action Network email list.
·       Develops, implements and manages systems and infrastructure that enables staff to best organize, educate and mobilize activists.
·       Develops measures of success for the grassroots organizing team and provides regular progress and outcome reports to the Executive Director, grantors, boards and staff.
·       Analyzes performance of annual program and organizing plan and supervises all field related data management.
·       Contributes significantly to the efforts to secure private and public grant funding by providing detailed information on field specific program strategy, plans and budgets.
·       Develops and directs campaigns to engage Planned Parenthood staff and patients to cultivate grassroots support.
Political & Electoral
·       Develops and implements issue awareness, electoral and voter mobilization campaigns designed to move policy, expand access to abortion, and sustain access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and reproductive justice. 
·       Directs and supervises the recruitment and training of key legislative and political contacts in targeted districts throughout the state.
·       Supervises the planning and execution of leadership development program activities for field teams and volunteers.
·       Keeps abreast of current legislative and electoral news. 
·       Supports all lobbying, media outreach, and other Public Affairs Department activities through grassroots activism.
·       Identifies opportunities and fosters relationships for effective coalition building to educate and activate the general public about reproductive rights and health care.
·       Supervises the coordination and execution of special events, including leadership development retreats and conferences, lobby days, and volunteer activist engagement events.
·       In conjunction with the Communications Department, creates materials and content to support electoral and voter mobilization campaigns.
·       Oversees program and grant reporting process in compliance with requirements, laws and regulations.
The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, and this job description can be amended at any time.
Qualifications and Experience
·       Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Political Science, a relevant field or equivalent years of experience
·       A minimum of 5 years of experience in political & field operations, community organizing or relevant field
·       A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience
·       Advanced knowledge of political issues and reproductive health issues impacting the organization's ability to further its mission
·       Advanced knowledge of the reproductive justice framework and equitable and inclusionary practices
·       Advanced knowledge of coordinated and independent expenditure campaigns
·       Demonstrated ability to achieve objectives in collaboration with other functional areas
·       Demonstrated commitment to Planned Parenthood’s mission, vision and values

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