The Michigan Environmental Council seeks a Policy Coordinator to support our efforts to defend Michigan’s environment by shaping policy decisions made in the Michigan Capitol. The position will have a primary focus on environmental health and justice policy. The position will report directly to the Urban Land Use & Infrastructure Policy Director but will also work in a collaborative environment with MEC’s policy team.
An ideal candidate will utilize a range of skills and relationships to strengthen Michigan’s environmental policies related to lead abatement in public infrastructure and individual residences; safe drinking water; air quality issues; disease mitigation; poorly maintained infrastructure; the general impact of pollutants on human and ecosystem health; and the disproportionate impact of environmental pollution on low-income residents and communities of color.
This hybrid position works predominantly from MEC’s Lansing headquarters. A significant portion of this position involves directly interfacing with state elected officials and government staff.
- Provide written and oral advocacy to further MEC’s environmental health and justice priorities at the Michigan Legislature, its executive branch, and its state agencies
- Analyze environmental policy proposals and legislation and monitor their progress
- Educate policymakers and staff about environmental concerns and priorities
- Work with external consultants and partners to align strategies and goals
- Represent MEC at various workgroup and stakeholder tables
- Lead the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes coalition
- Generate research and advocacy reports
- Strengthen, develop, and nurture relationships with state decision makers, elected officials, and a network of allies
- Support the Urban Land Use and Infrastructure Director to design and execute program goals and campaigns
- Monitor and engage on other policy areas as needed
- Attend and testify in legislative committees and, as needed, public hearings
- Work with the communications team to generate and provide content on environmental health topics for MEC’s newsletter, website, and other publications
- One to two years of experience in legislation, policy advocacy, or a related field
- Some knowledge of Michigan legislative and administrative processes
- Strong written and oral communications advocacy, interpersonal relationship building, and teamwork skills
- A proven strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google (GSuite)
- Ability to work well independently and as part of a team, to meet deadlines, and to balance multiple tasks
- Experience or aptitude working in diverse coalitions, alliances, or other groups
- Professional demeanor, sense of humor, and positive attitude
- Three years of experience in legislative analysis, policy, or political advocacy
- Extensive understanding of and familiarity with Michigan’s legislative and political landscape
- Understanding and familiarity with environmental health policy issues
- Aptitude for and interest in politics and environmental public policy
Certificates, Licenses & Registrations:
This position must register with the State of Michigan as a Lobbyist Agent of the Environmental Council.
Other Position Notes:
- This hybrid position requires regular work in Lansing and occasional travel to other locations in Michigan and across the nation.
- This position requires occasional work outside of normal hours including evenings and weekends
- MEC has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy unless someone qualify for a federal government approved accommodation
MEC provides staff with an industry-leading compensation package. The Policy Coordinator position includes a salary of $59,000 to $66,000 commensurate with experience; full medical, dental and vision benefits; organizational matching to a 403(b) retirement program; and a flexible schedule with unlimited paid time off.
Submit a single PDF with 1) a strong, detailed cover letter, 2) a resume, and 3) at least three references (minimum two professional) to [email protected] Include “Policy Coordinator: Environmental Health” in the subject line. Please direct questions about the job description to Urban Land Use & Infrastructure Program Director Ross Gavin at [email protected] The application review is underway and continues until the position is filled.
MEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the Michigan citizens we serve. MEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.