MEC seeks a Policy Coordinator to support our efforts to defend the health of Michigan’s residents and environment by shaping policy decisions made in the Michigan Capitol. This work will protect Michiganders from pollution and toxic substances in our communities, homes, drinking water, and air. This position will approach each of these policies through an environmental justice lens. 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 policies at the confluence of environment and public health, such as lead abatement in public infrastructure and individual residences; safe drinking water; air quality issues; chemicals, disease mitigation; adaptation to climate change; poorly maintained infrastructure; the general impact of pollutants on human and ecosystem health; and the disproportionate impact of environmental pollution and climate change 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 public 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 public health 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 public 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
- Some familiarity with environmental health, public health, and environmental justice
- Strong written and oral communications in 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
- Extensive understanding and familiarity with environmental health, public health, and environmental justice 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 qualifies for a federal government approved accommodation
Compensation Package & Title:
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: Public 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.