For nearly two decades, the Building Movement Project (BMP) (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) (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 (tsne.org).
We are seeking a full-time Research Coordinator who will take on a lead role in the research activities for DPP. This position will work in partnership with the Detroit Director, as well as the staff responsible for coalition building, community organizing and political education. The position will have a key responsibility for informing the campaign strategy and policy demands / proposals to ensure that Detroit People’s Platform wins progress towards racial and economic justice for Detroiters. The Research Coordinator will also take responsibility for documentation and evaluation of campaign activities and wins to demonstrate to DPP’s membership base, coalition partners, and funders that DPP’s activities are impactful.
Essential Job Functions
Learning from and extending DPP’s track record of campaign wins and grassroots organizing, this Research position will have the following primary responsibilities:
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:
TSNE/Building Movement Project and Detroit People's Platforms 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 and 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.