For nearly two decades, the Building Movement Project (BMP) (www.buildingmovement.org) has cultivated the potential for nonprofit organizations to effectively partner with movements for progressive social change. As part of BMP’s commitment to learning with and from groups and leaders at the local level, BMP has incubated the Detroit People’s Platform (DPP) (www.detroitpeoplesplatform.org) since 2013. DPP builds the voice and power of Detroit residents to have a say in the issues that affect their lives, particularly in the areas of transportation, housing, equitable development and access to needed services. The work of Detroit People’s Platform is guided by a commitment to organizing local residents to be leaders in addressing inequality in Detroit, the nation’s largest majority-Black city. Although working primarily within the City of Detroit across all seven city council districts, DPP is committed to working across organizational boundaries in order to achieve change locally, across the Southeast Michigan region, and statewide.
Detroit People’s Platform has worked in partnership with many coalition partners to win policy changes that benefit Detroiters. DPP organized bus riders to lead successful campaigns to restore critical bus service that connects Detroiters to key jobs and institutions. DPP was also a key partner in citywide campaigns for community benefit agreements that contributed to Detroit becoming the first city in the nation to establish an ordinance requiring developers to engage in the CBA process.
The Building Movement Project and Detroit People’s Platform are fiscally sponsored by TSNE MissionWorks (www.tsne.org).
We are seeking a Budget Campaign Coordinator who will work in partnership with the Detroit Director to build a campaign and coalition on the municipal budget. The purpose / goal of the local budget campaign will be to ensure that the city budget is aligned with DPP’s values, provides needed services, and equitably allocates resources to the benefit of Detroiters, not corporations and developers.
The Coordinator will lead a three-month process to demonstrate the viability of a campaign and coalition. The position will have a key responsibility for building relationships with local partner organizations and individual activists/community members across the city, and with targeted organizations working on tax and budget issues at the state level. The Coordinator will also have the responsibility for gathering information needed to develop a campaign strategy and timeline that best positions DPP to shape budget decisions made by the City Council and local policymakers.
Over the initial three-month period, the Coordinator will work with the Detroit Director to inform a key funder of the progress on strategy and coalition development. Once ongoing support for the campaign is secured, the Coordinator position will become a permanent staff role on the DPP team.
Essential Job Functions
Learning from and extending DPP’s track record of campaign wins and grassroots organizing, the Budget Campaign Coordinator will have the following primary responsibilities:
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
The ideal candidate will meet the criteria below and have the following skills / abilities:
TSNE/The Building Movement Project and the Detriot People's Platform envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/The Building Movement Project and the Detroit People's Platform will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.