MI Program and Policy Associate

Full Time | Application Deadline:

Emgage, a national leading Muslim American voter mobilization and issue advocacy organization. Founded in 2006, Emgage achieved national prominence in 2020 by hosting the Emgage Action Summit and helping turn out over one million Muslim voters during the 2020 Million Muslim Votes Campaign. The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with chapters in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas, and New York. As a leading Get Out The Vote (GOTV) and social justice/human rights issue advocacy organization, Emgage has a network of partnerships with local and state grassroots organizations across the country. Emgage also has strategic partnerships and works in coalitions with a diverse set of leading national organizations.

The program and policy organizer position supports Emgage’s mission of increasing the civic participation and representation of Muslim voters through civic education, GOTV operations, issue advocacy, and leadership training. This position will be based out of Michigan and will report to the Michigan Executive Director. Ideal candidates have proven leadership traits and experiences in their respective fields. They must be committed to advancing underrepresented communities’ rights, values, and ideas. Emgage offers competitive salaries, generous retirement and healthcare benefits, and a positive work environment that promotes wellness, growth, and personal fulfillment.

POSITION GOALS 

  • Advancing the vision and values of Emgage with the Emgage community; and
  • Supporting our organizing operations by building a strategic development infrastructure with the development manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Lead  ground and digital organizing efforts including managing  up to 20 organizing staff and volunteers
  • Implement online and offline organizing strategies to win legislative, power-building, and programmatic achievements through town halls, fundraisers, trainings, advocacy days, etc.
  • Manage our team of 20 part-time organizers
  • Manage and improve database input in Emgage’s CRM, Everyaction.
  • Monitor and research ongoing legislation at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Send internal updates/memos to staff on new legislation, cosponsors, legislative activities and/or upcoming hearings 
  • Identify and develop strong, trusted, and authentic relationships with key organizations, funders, and community leaders
  • Support the planning of travel itineraries 
  • Occasional travel may be required for conventions, Emgage chapter engagement, and Emgage national programming.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3+ years of working experience in a fast-paced and effective civic and advocacy organizing, and/or political campaign.
  • Experienced organizer with knowledge of NGP VAN
  • Ability to adapt and pitch diverse framing and messaging for different audience markets
  • Demonstrated understanding of the local community terrain i.e. active civic groups, community dynamics, local Masajid influence, appetite for civic activity, engagement with elected officials, etc.
  • Skilled in planning major events including strategy, venue, vendors, event logistics, invitation outreach, event flow, etc. 
  • Skilled in stewardship outreach and building strong relationships
  • Knowledge of database hygiene and maintenance
  • Experience creating, maintaining, and executing content and strategy for civic or political organizations.
  • Ability to effectively translate political jargon and priorities for popular audiences
  • Strong leadership, quantitative analysis, and organizational skills.
  • Project management experience. 
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent public-speaking skills with the ability to successfully inspire others toward a common vision or goal.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience)  nonprofit management, political science or a related field.
  • Knowledge of legal constraints of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofits.
  • Unwavering commitment to social justice and experience with social change organizing.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

The position is part of the leadership team of Emgage with a competitive salary in the range of $45,000-$60,000 with the potential for long-term advancement. Our competitive benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, 401k plan with employer contribution, and paid time off. 

TO APPLY

To apply to this position please send a cover letter, a resume, and a contact list of 3 professional references to Lena Al-Hanooti at lalhanooti@emgageusa.org.