Wisconsin Manager

Job Title: Wisconsin Manager

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Job Overview: The duties of the Main Street Alliance Wisconsin Coordinator focus primarily on member engagement and leadership development, representing MSA in the WI Capitol, campaign management, fundraising and partner and ally relationship building. In particular, the WI Coordinator will lead the development of this new chapter in WI, building small business power in rural parts of the state. The ideal candidate will be a highly energetic, creative self-starter with a proven track record of leading successful campaigns, community building, raising funds and staff management.

Small business owners have a critical voice to play in the relief and rebuilding agenda for our rural communities, state and nation.  Main Street Alliance and our values based small business owners will play an important role in advancing policies for a just economy with access to capital, quality jobs and public investment. 

We are looking for a talented committed, strategic and enthusiastic person to lead our MSA-WI 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. 

General Purpose: The Main Street Alliance (MSA) seeks a coordinator/manager to drive & manage the Wisconsin Chapter of the Main Street Alliance.

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.

MSA drives all our work with a racial and gender justice and equity lens. We work on the ground to organize business owners to advocate for smart policies that help entrepreneurs, families and communities. MSA develop strong small business voices in three core program areas: Prosperous Local Economies, Smart Public Investment, and Good Government. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Organize. Develop small business leaders to build power in Wisconsin and nationally and win campaigns.
  • Execute sharp and strategic campaigns. Use your outreach, canvassing, campaign, coalition, organizing and leadership development skills to execute strategic campaigns developed as a team. Work with Main Street Alliance staff and local coalition allies to develop a coordinated small business outreach and organizing plan for the state, and participate in the development of the Main Street Alliance network.
  • Relationship & Leadership development. Develop and maintain relationships with small business owners across Wisconsin. Identify and develop diverse small business leadership/spokesperson teams for direct engagement with decision-makers, media opportunities, and peer outreach through one-on-ones, organizing meetings and small business leadership trainings.
  • Advisory Board Development & Management. Support the individual and collective leadership of our MSA-WI Advisory board to develop and advance campaign strategy, member recruitment and fundraising. 
  • Make No Small Plans. But do make well-written ones. Work with our 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. Work with national MSA staff and state level ally advisory committee to develop short and long term fundraising plans (including foundations, partners/coalitions, major donor program, small donor program, events, etc.) with benchmarks and goals for ensuring the growth and sustainability of the MSA Chapter.
  • 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.
  • Be a team player. We’re all in this together, we’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get the work done. Work with MSA staff to ensure we’re hitting goals to have the greatest impact.
  • Model our values and culture. Model equity, support and 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. Represent MSA in coalition work, managing a network of established relationships with key community partners, as well as in the Capitol and with other elected officials.

Education and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred.
  • At least three years of nonprofit experience in similar roles with increasing responsibility.
  • At least one year of supervisory experience.

Other traits, skills, characteristics or experience:

  • Demonstrated track record of transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.
  • Must demonstrate a deep commitment to a vision of racial, social, and economic justice and to building the collective voice of small business owners.
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
  • Previous experience supervising staff.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
  • Fluency to read, write and speak/listen in English required; ability to speak, read, write in other languages, especially Spanish, is preferred.
  • Advanced, demonstrated familiarity and comfort in using Google Suite, Microsoft Office suite, Zoom, and other forms of customary office equipment or software.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary range is $55,000-75,000, DOE, full-time employee. Our competitive benefits package includes medical, dental and vision insurance; retirement plan; paid family and medical leave; paid sick days; and 2 weeks paid time off at the end of the year in addition to paid vacation.

How to Apply

To apply, E-mail one single PDF including a cover letter, resumé and at least 3 references to: stephen@mainstreetalliance.org and jobs@mainstreetalliance.org with subject line: Wisconsin Coordinator/Manager

Deadline to Apply: August 7th and Rolling