We Vote MN is a partnership of Minnesota nonprofits organizations, coordinated by Minnesota Voice Foundation. This program was launched in 2014 and is the hub for civic engagement among nonpartisan organizations.
Established in 2011, Minnesota Voice Foundation is a member-based coalition of non-profit organizations working toward permanent change in racial, social, and economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state, especially focused in underrepresented communities; making sure that every Minnesotans’ voice is heard, and the state reflects the values of its people. Our partners are grounded in the belief that: decision makers will be held accountable when collective power has been built; more participation equals a stronger democracy; and that public institutions will improve people’s lives when they advance people driven solutions and address racial and economic disparities.
We are the backbone strategists for the We Vote MN coalition’s execution of a collective impact model, using data driven best practices, leadership development, and grants to help our partners maximize our collective capacities. To be a part of the coalition, an organization makes a commitment to leading with racial equity, to meeting measurable goals as defined in our annual written collective impact plan and a subsequent written division of labor. Our organizational goals are:
- Promote and engage non-profits as key messengers; entry points for voter engagement; incubators of untapped social capital that could be harnessed with investments in leadership development inside and outside the metro areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Fill the gap for nonprofit professional development in civic engagement for communities of color in the state
People from communities of color learn skills to engage fully in our democracy
- People from communities of color are informed of the effects of public policy on them and their communities and have the means to address their concerns
Minnesota Voice seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented person to join our team as a Voting Rights Table Director. This position serves as the primary role for capacity building, direction and leadership of the organization. The Director must have both the vision and skills to enable the organization to sustain our successful programs and grow and adapt to changing environments. This position is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the Voting Rights Table. The person in this position advocates for protecting voting rights to policy development and practice with local and state partners and policy makers. Other key duties include oversight of fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The job requires a flexible schedule, creativity, attention to detail, ability to communicate, engage and collaborate with a wide variety of audiences and partners.
- Organizes and facilitates coalition development and capacity building.
- Looks for opportunities to engage new community partners and build coalition membership Community event planning related to coalition’s mission and goals.
- Partners with the board and members to develop organizational plans for the coalition and the community at large – organizes and facilitates strategic planning for the organization.
- Maintains and utilizes a working knowledge of significant developments, trends, and best practices.
- Attend trainings, research local and national trends for voting rights.
- Maintains connections with other voting rights coalitions and looks for opportunities to collaborate on projects and bring attention to substance abuse prevention and Burlington Partnership’s mission.
- Research and evaluate relevant community data.
- Assist with implementation of community needs and resource assessments and surveys as appropriate
- Responsible for effective administration of coalition operations.
- Responsible for providing direct and appropriate supervision, oversight, and support to specified team staff.
- Provide support and oversight for the supervision of volunteers.
- Facilitate the planning and preparation of coalition and committee meetings.
- Collaborate with local non-profits, city officials, government agencies and other relevant partners on appropriate strategies.
- Build strong, long-term working relationships.
- Some in-state travel required
- Other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- 1-2 cycles experience in labor, political or community organizing and political campaigns preferred
- Past experience with voter registration programs preferred
- Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively
- Ability to work well under pressure, be detail-oriented and meet deadlines
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, specifically including the ability to translate technical instructions into easy-to-follow language for non-technical audiences
- Patience working with people with a wide range of skill levels
- Excellent organizational, time-management, oral and written communications skills
- Strong Microsoft Excel skills preferred
- Diplomatic, professional approach to problem-solving
- The ability to think independently and creatively
- Experience working in coalition with partners or experience working in diverse communities, particularly in communities of color
- Send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: [email protected]
- To ensure your submission is properly routed, use the subject line “Voting Rights Table Director”
- Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled; however, preference will be given to resumes received by January 17th.
- No calls please.
Term of Employment: Full time
Compensation: Compensation is $45,000 – $60,000 (commensurate with experience) and includes a full benefits package.
Reports To: Executive Director
Minnesota Voice is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.