Regional Community Organizer -Full-Time- (Oakland County & Surrounding Area)

Oakland County
Full Time
Under the direction of the Associate Field Director, builds, implements and executes direct community outreach programs to achieve the goals of Planned Parenthood's direct movement building, voter contact advocacy, and organizing initiatives including, but not limited to, phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, relational organizing programs, outreach events, activist nights, community education presentations, volunteer training, coalition work, health center advocacy support, college campus organizing, fundraisers, grassroots lobbying and legislative education efforts, and special projects across large geographic regions and in diverse communities. The candidate should expect to be heavily involved in election-based work in even numbered years.

This position is located in Oakland County and the candidate should live in and be familiar with the Oakland County area. The turf for this position covers counties near Oakland as needed.

Work Life
Flexible working environments that provide opportunities for creative problem solving, independent thinking, and adaptation to changing circumstances.
Rising to new challenges, tackling new projects, and adapting to a changeable and flexible work environment.
Working with highly diverse groups of people.
Being positive and solutions oriented in the face of change and new challenges and opportunities.
Organizing, managing, and tracking multiple detailed tasks and assignments with frequently changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
Motivating and persuading others to take action and get involved.
Big Picture planning as well as attention to detailed work.
Working independently as well as collaboratively within a team environment.
Handling stressful situations and providing a high level of customer service in a calm and professional manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Under the direction of the Associate Field Director, implements and executes grassroots campaigns and other initiatives while meeting the numerical and recruitment goals determined by management staff.
    • Responsible for directing activities of interns, supporters, and volunteers, volunteer engagement groups, and activities that support awareness and advocacy campaigns, including, but not limited to, Legislative Action Teams, Volunteer Leadership Councils, Student Advocacy Groups, and more.
    • Builds, implements and executes grassroots issue education campaigns that engage and mobilize priority communities for a large geographic region.
    • Actively participates in identifying tabling, volunteer recruitment, public speaking, and other visibility opportunities and works with supervisor to prioritize those opportunities.
    • Responsible for building, implementing and executing electoral ground campaign activities in target districts to persuade voters and increase voter turnout – including large-scale paid and volunteer door-to-door canvassing programs and phone banking, managing teams of paid and volunteer canvassers, utilizing Voter Activation Network (VAN) technology, and managing turf, script writing, and electoral messaging.
    • Establishes, maintains, and expands upon existing relationships and create new alliances with state and local coalitions and allied organizations to strengthen visibility, credibility and mobilization efforts.
    • Maintains and applies up-to-date knowledge of political and legislative issues impacting the mission of the organization as well as effective political grassroots campaign tactics and methodologies.
    • Works interdepartmental within PPMI to identify and coordinate cross-departmental outreach opportunities, including, but not limited to, work with Education and Youth, Development and Fundraising, and Health Center and Patient Advocacy.
    • Possesses fluency and competence with multiple web platforms, social media organizing, and email and online communications.
    • Responsible for regular reporting and communication of organizing efforts and results to manager.
    • Reviews progress of assignments with supervisor.
    • Operates standard office equipment and uses required software applications, including, but not limited to: printer/copiers, laptops/tablets, Google Drive, and Outlook Email Software.
    • This position requires significant contact with the public and serves as the face of PPMI and PPAM in local communities.
    • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    • Intermediate concepts, practices and procedures used in effective and efficient community outreach activities and organizing campaigns designed to engage target audiences and move them to action
    • Intermediate knowledge of political issues impacting the mission of the organization
    • Intermediate knowledge of reproductive and sexual health issues impacting the organization's ability to further its mission
    • Intermediate knowledge of the reproductive justice framework and feminist principles
    • Intermediate knowledge of diversity and inclusion work, intersectionality, and race and identity equity organizing
    • Skill in:
    • Basic Project Management and Event Planning
    • Operating standard office equipment and using required software applications, including Microsoft Office, Google, and others
    • Data gathering and analytic techniques
    • Basic meeting facilitation and process management
    • Working concepts, practices and procedures used in political campaigning and organizing.
    • Public Speaking and community or educational presentations 
    • Ability to:
    • Organize, manage and track multiple detailed tasks and assignments with frequently changing priorities in a fast-paced work environment
    • Partner with other functional areas to accomplish objectives
    • Facilitate meetings, ensuring that all viewpoints, ideas, and problems are addressed
    • Incorporate needs, wants, and goals from established strategic goals into tactics and techniques to meet objectives
    • Attend to detail while maintaining a big picture orientation
    • Gather information, identify linkages and trends, and apply findings to assignments
    • Incite enthusiasm and influence, motivate and persuade others to achieve desired outcomes
    • 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.
    • 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 involves evening and weekend commitments.
    • Solve problems, analyze information and data, and manage projects
    • Exercise a high degree of judgment and diplomacy and maintain confidentiality.
    • Have a sense of humor.

Additional Desired Skills (Not Required):

    • Ability to use Better Impact Volunteer Management Software
    • Experience in the VAN (Voter Activation Network), MiniVAN, and EveryAction programs
    • Experience with Asana and BlueJeans project management and meeting software
    • Spanish or other language skills

Educational/Previous Experience Requirements:

    •  Required
    • College Degree and/or 2-3 years of relevant experience with some coursework in one or more of the following topics:
    •  • Reproductive Rights/Justice, Women/Gender Studies, LGBT Studies, Political Science, Community Organizing, Communications, or related fields
    •  ~OR~
    •  Any equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training approved by hiring decision makers.

Working Conditions:

    • Hours: Varied hours including evenings and weekends.
    • Travel Required: 75% - Mainly in-state and in-turf travel reachable by car in a one-day return trip. Occasionally out of state travel is required.
    • Working Environment: Climate controlled office environment generally. Exposure to outdoor weather conditions will occur often.

Planned Parenthood of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workplace.