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) 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 (www.tsne.org).
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.
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:
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
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.