Community Organizer - Level 1

Job Locations US-MI-Detroit
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(9/9/2020 11:10 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Capacity Building
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Building Movement Project (Detroit)


For nearly two decades, the Building Movement Project (BMP) (www. 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) 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. DPP is committed to working across all of the city’s seven council districts and across organizational boundaries in order to achieve change locally, across the Southeast Michigan region, and statewide. Detroit People’s Platform has a track record of working with a variety of coalition partners to win policy changes that benefit Detroiters. DPP organized bus riders to lead successful campaigns to restore critical bus service connecting Detroiters to key jobs and institutions. DPP was also a key player in citywide campaigns for community benefit agreements, leading to Detroit becoming the first city in the nation to establish an ordinance requiring developer to engage in a CBA process.


The Building Movement Project and Detroit People’s Platform are fiscally sponsored by TSNE (


We are seeking a Full-Time Community Organizer who will join our organizing team. This position will be responsible for resident contact and recruitment actions of Detroit People’s Platform. This position will work closely with other organizers on the DPP team, as well as the Public Education and Media Coordinator, to conduct outreach, base building, training, education and leadership development among DPP’s membership and with Detroiters who reside in the seven (7) city council districts. The organizer will also conduct organizing activities in support of coalitions working on issues related to affordable housing, public transit, and equitable development.


Essential Functions


Working with DPP’s staff of organizers with a track record of campaign wins and grassroots organizing, the Community Organizer will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Conduct resident contact and recruitment actions;
  • Contribute to list growth and tracing the engagement of individual activists by following data entry protocols and systems;
  • Identify, train, and support community members to develop as community leaders;
  • Support neighborhood leaders in preparing for and facilitating community and city-wide meetings;
  • Conduct one on one recruitment of key community leaders and residents;
  • Stay up-to-date and informed about issues, policy debates and local politics impacting DPP’s issues and Detroiters;
  • Collaborate with other DPP staff to provide holistic support to community members.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Two years of previous experience working as a community organizer with low-income communities;
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • Relationship builder who can hold the energy of a room, identify organizational / individual self-interest, and craft mutually beneficial, authentic and strategic partnerships;
  • Outgoing personality and ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Self-motivated, with good organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Good oral (in person and by phone) and written communication skills;
  • Good intuition, interpersonal skills, and ability to be a positive, proactive and personable team player;
  • Comfort with social media and digital communication;
  • Basic computer literacy and graphic design skills preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to building power among low-income people of color to fight for social, economic and racial justice;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends (e.g. community meetings at times that members are more available).

TSNE/Building Movement Project 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/Building Movement Project 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.  


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