Budget Campaign Coordinator

Job Locations US-MI-Detroit
Posted Date 1 month ago(5/26/2020 1:59 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Capacity Building
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Building Movement Project


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:

  • Campaign Strategy: The Coordinator will develop a multi-faceted strategy to increase DPP’s advocacy, community organizing and popular education efforts related to tax and budget issues in the city of Detroit;
  • Relationship Management: The Coordinator will develop new relationships and strengthen existing partnerships with key organizations in Detroit and statewide who will commit to joining a coalition to fight for an equitable city budget;
  • Strategic Communication: The Coordinator will develop written products that target a variety of audiences. For instance, the Coordinator will need to write: a) campaign plans to communicate a clear vision to funders and coalition partners, b) informed analyses and policy briefs of tax and budget issues to persuade local policymakers, and c) short, persuasive public education pieces and calls to action that inform and inspire DPP’s members to get involved in efforts to shape the city budget. The Coordinator may be called on to serve as a spokesperson for DPP at public actions, in coalition meetings and through other campaign-related activities;
  • Project Management: The Coordinator will work on a three-month timeline to achieve the initial goals of crafting a campaign strategy and setting up a coalition. While this position will work closely with the Detroit Director, they will also need to also monitor their own progress, track key metrics for coalition sign-ons, and gather information and intelligence from a wide variety of sources to develop and implement innovative advocacy and organizing strategies;
  • Other duties will inevitably arise related to the issue advocacy, coalition partnerships, and community organizing needs of Detroit People’s Platform.


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:

  • At least five years of experience working to advance policy change (advanced degrees may substitute for additional work experience).
  • Strong grasp of current political discourse over progressive economic and racial justice issues. Basic understanding of tax and budget issues at the municipal, state or federal level is a plus, but not required.
  • Commitment to and experience working with social change/justice organizations, and a proven track record of building power with communities of color and people with low incomes.
  • Strong research skills, as demonstrated by both familiarity with how to use excel formulas and spreadsheets to track quantitative data, as well as the ability to quickly learn, synthesize and balance information from various competing or contradictory sources.
  • Strong coalition management instincts, with an ability to build alignment and consensus among diverse stakeholders, navigate complex dynamics of individual and organizational self-interest, anticipate campaign / political tensions, and identify paths to collective action.
  • Strong facilitation skills with the ability to hold the energy of a room and motivate volunteers to take action even when plans are emergent / uncertain.
  • Exceptional communicator with a proven track-record of designing innovative advocacy, media and communications strategies for organizations and campaigns.
  • Strong public speaker with the ability to deliver compelling public presentations, facilitate productive meetings, design impactful trainings, and write clearly and persuasively.
  • Collaborative personality who works well with others, and enjoys working as part of a small team;
  • Willingness and ability to travel on a regular basis to meetings across the City of Detroit, as well as to Lansing and within the state of Michigan, with occasional national travel within the United States.

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.  


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed