Jobs & Internships

Available Positions:

  • Michigan Lead Organizer
  • Research and Policy Intern

 

Deadline to apply: Opened until filled (applications will be considered on a rolling basis)

Job Title: Michigan Lead Organizer

Location: Detroit, Michigan

The Main Street Alliance/Action Fund Michigan Lead Organizer will conduct grassroots outreach and engagement to develop small business leaders to build power, shape narrative and the public opinion toward long-term structural change through ambitious coordinated national and state campaigns and policy.

Position Overview: Main Street Alliance (501(c)(3)) and Main Street Alliance Action Fund (501(c)(4)) are seeking a talented, self-directed, strategic organizer to reach out to, engage and develop small business owners in target states across Michigan. The Michigan Lead Organizer will work with Main Street Alliance staff and local and statewide allies in target states to develop a coordinated organizing plan, conduct direct canvass-based outreach to recruit small business owners, develop small business leaders, and mobilize small business owners to impact decision-makers, opinion leaders and the media. This position involves frequent travel around the state.

About Main Street Alliance: Main Street Alliance is a national network of state-based small business coalitions working to elevate the voices of small business owners on issues that impact their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve.  Founded in 2008 to ensure that small business owners voices were heard in the campaign to win affordable health care, Main Street Alliance now works on a range of issues in cities and states across the country, our policy agenda includes tax and budget fairness, comprehensive immigration reform, money in politics issues and a variety of job quality issues.  We are led by a diverse group of small business owners at the state and national levels.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Organize. Develop small business leaders to build power in Michigan and nationally and win campaigns.
  • Execute sharp and strategic campaigns. Use your outreach, canvassing, campaign, organizing and leadership development skills execute strategic campaigns developed as a team.
  • Relationship development and management. Develop and maintain relationships with small business owners across Michigan.
  • Make No Small Plans. But do make well-written ones. Work with team to develop monthly (and longer-term) work plans to drive campaigns forward.
  • Look to the long-term. Push every campaign to address not just the short-term gains but how they interact with Main Street Alliance’s long-term goals.
  • Build deep trust. Invest in relationships with members, leaders and staff in order to deeply understand their self-interest.
  • Be inclusive. Recognize and appreciate different ways of working and being.
  • Be proactive. Ask questions. Look for new ways to engage. Take ownership of your work and bring ideas to the table.
  • Model our values and culture. Model optimism inside and outside the organization, and reinforce our core values and culture. Model transparent and accountable decision- making, and build this culture on staff.

Experience - The ideal candidate should have the following experience and qualifications:

  • A minimum of 2-3 years experience community/grassroots organizing, political campaigns and/or legislative work where you had success in canvass-based organizing and executing campaign plans.
  • Similar level of experience developing member leaders.
  • Deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and strong time management skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or other languages a plus.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is based on experience; please include desired range in cover letter. Our competitive benefits package includes family medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with 3% employer contribution after six months of employment; flexible spending account; life insurance; and paid time off at the end of December in addition to paid vacation.

Application Process

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resumé and references to: stephen@mainstreetalliance.org and jobs@mainstreetalliance.org with subject line: Michigan Lead Organizer

We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity, and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply. 

 


 

Job Description: Research and Policy Internship

Location: Washington, DC

Purpose: The Main Street Alliance is seeking highly motivated, talented, and intelligent graduate- and undergraduate-level interns to join in its policy and research team. The ideal intern is detail-orientated with great interpersonal skills, flexibility, humor, good judgment, and a passion for social justice.  

About the Main Street Alliance: Founded in 2008, the Main Street Alliance (MSA) is a growing national network of state-based small business coalitions working to ensure that the voices of real small business owners are heard on public policy issues that are critical to their businesses, their employees, and the communities that they serve. Small business owners are a powerful constituency and serve as trusted messengers with public officials, the media, and the general public. MSA implements game-changing strategies that shift debates over critical economic justice issues, impacting public policy debates at the local, state and national levels.

Duties:

Responsibilities will vary, depending on the education level, interest, and training of the candidate.  In general, the intern will be responsible for supporting the policy team with research around key issues and with participation in advocacy activities. Duties will likely include:

  • Creating policy materials, including congressional one-pagers, infographics, fact sheets, sign-on letters, and other materials for internal and external audiences

  • Researching and provide analysis on policy issues related to job quality (i.e., paid family leave, earned sick leave, minimum wage)  tax fairness (international tax reform, corporate tax reform), financial reform, access to capital, the environment, and other issues as needed

  • Attending and report back on coalition meetings and hearings

  • Monitoring and tracking related news and related legislative developments using a myriad information sources

  • Assisting  with government relations and public policy projects as assigned

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills

  • Attention to detail a must

  • Strong and demonstrated research skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and progressive social change

  • Must be able to juggle multiple priorities and tasks in a fast paced environment, but be focused when needed on the matter at hand

  • Must be able to work effectively both independently and with a team

  • Knowledge of finance or tax policy a plus

Supervision: Interns will report directly to the Deputy Director of Policy and Government Affairs and will be an integral part of the Washington, DC team.

Compensation:

  • Class credit + stipend 

To apply, email a cover letter, resumé, two writing samples and references to: angela@mainstreetalliance.org with subject line: Research and Policy Intern

Inclusion Statement: We are looking for committed, enthusiastic people with a sense of humor to join our organizing team!  Main Street Alliance is committed to equal opportunity and are considering applicants of all races, gender, ages, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religion, and abilities. We urge people of color, and experienced organizers and activists of all backgrounds, to apply.


 


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