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Reporting to the Chief Policy Officer (CPO) and the Board of the Sustainable Michigan Fund, the Strategic Campaigns Director is responsible for building the Environmental Council’s political strength through external ballot campaigns and coordinated internal lobbying and campaign efforts.
This role will be the central point for efforts to grow power for the Environmental Council by leading on the development and execution of priority issue campaigns and helping provide leadership and support in the management of the policy team.
- Provides strategic guidance to CPO on policy team management and roles and responsibilities; runs policy team meetings; and ensures strong coordination and collaboration between policy staff
- Develops and runs priority issue campaigns, including developing campaign plans, overseeing project management and cross-functional coordination, recruiting partner groups, and working with consultants
- Works closely with communications and engagement staff to oversee campaign work through a broad suite of digital and mail/print engagement tools and tactics
- Assists in the development and execution of legislative relationship building and candidate education campaigns in collaboration with policy, communications and engagement staff
- Occasionally represents the Environmental Council in front of decision makers
- Evaluates need for and viability of ballot campaign options for priority policies
- Builds and maintains relationships with allies and potential opponents
Sustainable Michigan Fund Executive Leadership
This position serves as the President and Campaign Manager for the Sustainable Michigan Fund (SMF), an affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. This position is tasked with growing the clout and reach of the SMF and leveraging the 501(c)(4) to secure wins on MEC’s priority environmental issues.
- Convenes and oversees the SMF Board of Directors
- Develops and manages SMF finances, including developing annual and campaign budgets; expenditures and accounting; and appropriate tax filings and audits
- Drafts and implements campaign plans and budgets
- Hires and manages campaign staff and contractors as appropriate
- Represents SMF to the public and at strategic coalitions and roundtables
- Fundraises for SMF operations and campaigns
SMF staff and volunteers
Certificates, Licenses & Registrations:
This position must register with the State of Michigan as a Lobbyist Agent of the Environmental Council.
- Senior leadership roles in political or issues campaigns at the statewide (preferred) or local levels
- Strong project management skills, with the ability to coordinate multiple projects, set priorities, organize time and identify resources as needed
- Understanding of and familiarity with a broad array of campaign tactics including digital, mail and patch-through calling
- Political or nonprofit fundraising experience
- Experience generating collaboration and working through conflict with diverse constituents, teams and colleagues
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Strong analytical and financial skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to proactively identify opportunities to propose solutions, make decisions and solve problems
- Ability to understand and explain complex policy issues
- Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
- Passion for the Environmental Council's mission, members and partners
- Proficiency using Zoom, Adobe Acrobat and Google Suite (Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides)
- Aptitude to learn new applications
- Extensive understanding of and familiarity with Michigan’s legislative and political landscape
- Understanding and familiarity with environmental policy
- Understanding of Salesforce, Asana and the Michigan Voter Action Network
Other Position Notes:
- This position is based in Lansing and requires occasional travel to other locations in Michigan and nationally. The Environmental Council maintains a flexible office structure allowing remote work as necessary or feasible
- This position requires occasional work outside of normal hours including evenings and weekends
- The Environmental Council has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless you qualify for a federal government approved accommodation. Due to COVID-19, the position will be remote until such time as it is safe to resume in-office work
The Environmental Council provides staff with an industry-leading compensation package. This position includes a base salary between $62,000 and $74,400 commensurate with experience and annual performance bonuses up to $18,600. Benefits include 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 “Strategic Campaigns Director” in the subject line. Please direct questions about the job description to Chief Policy Officer Charlotte Jameson at [email protected]. Application review 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.