Raise Michigan — Field Director


Raise Michigan is Hiring a Field Director for Earned Paid Sick Time and One Fair Wage Campaign

Our History: Raise Michigan is the ballot campaign and coalition driving economic reform in Michigan to ensure that workers are treated with respect and earn enough to support their families. Forming in 2014, Raise Michigan is comprised of more than 35 coalition partners, including community and faith groups, labor organizations, and small businesses.

Our Current Campaign: Responsible for raising the minimum wage in 2014, including the first tipped wage increase in 20 years, Raise Michigan is now endeavoring to ensure all workers have access to earned paid sick time and to increase the minimum wage again, this time eliminating the tipped wage in favor of one fair wage for all. Earned Paid Sick Time is an essential policy for helping low-wage workers stay above water financially. Currently, 70% of low-wage workers do not have access to earned paid sick time to take care of themselves or their families when they are sick. This means that when they have to stay home they miss a day’s pay and risk loosing their job. It also means that many people go to work sick, which is not only a public health hazard, particularly in the case that they work with children, the elderly, or in the food industry, but also that they cannot recover as quickly and therefor are less productive at work. The One Fair Wage campaign calls to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers, currently at just $2.13/hr federally and not much higher at $3.38/hr in Michigan. We believe tipped workers should not have a separate minimum wage from other workers. We are operating a statewide ballot campaign to give voters the opportunity to weigh in on both of these issues and to make progress for Michigan workers. You can be a part of the movement for economic justice!


Your Job: The statewide Field Director directly oversees and coordinates Raise Michigan Organizers and ensures that the signature collection goals of the campaign are met on time. This is a contractual, salaried position that requires long hours, often with night time and weekend hours, with some of that time out in the field. Required qualifications include prior statewide organizing and or field experience, 3-5 years in issue advocacy or political organizing, and experience managing staff/team. The ideal candidate is passionate about Michigan workers and closing the wage gap. The Field Director reports to the Campaign Manager. We’re looking for self-organized, self-initiating, pro-actively communicative people who work well and keep calm under deadlines and stress, and who can figure out solutions to problems. Prior experience as a Field Director is required. The ideal candidate is passionate about Michigan workers and closing the poverty gap.


To Apply: Applicants for this position should submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references. Please send all of this information to [email protected] by March 31st, 2017. Include “Field Director Position” in the subject line of the e-mail. We’ll do rolling interviews and hiring until the position is filled. Pay for this position is commensurate with experience.

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