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Michigan Voices

Michigan Voices is a 501(C)(3) organization that works to help build civic engagement capacity in progressive nonprofit organizations. Michigan Voices has over 100 table partners, which we provide with capacity support, regrants, data, and tools, they need to help create a healthy and thriving democracy through a racial equity lens. We focus on Civic Engagement (voter education, registration, turnout, issue advocacy, and constituency engagement), Civic Access (voting rights and election administration), and Civic Representation (census and redistricting).

Deputy Director Position Overview: Michigan Voices seeks a strategist with strong coalition skills who will help build the capacity of our organization, support staff growth, and maintain good relationships with partner organizations. The ideal candidate will provide high-level consultation, advice, leadership, and action, helping to facilitate success across the organization, focusing on development, communications, partnerships, and board support.

Primary Functions

Vision, Strategy, and Leadership

  • Serves as a collaborative member of the Senior Leadership Team to make staffing, structure, and resource decisions to achieve department and organizational goals, including developing and tracking team budgets and expenses.

  • Will work with the Executive Director to ensure all staff work plans and goals are aligned with the mission, values, and strategic direction of the organization

  • Developing, proposing, and implementing a collaborative, transparent system to establish and review organizational priorities; and to monitor and evaluate progress against them. The system will weave Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) principles.

  • Partner with Executive Director and Development Director to support funder stewardship, outreach, and applications to procure funding that supports program impact and general organization needs. Manage some grant management support, including grant compliance reporting.

  • Be a thought partner to department leads on people management, project planning, budget possibilities, process changes, or new ideas.

  • Stay abreast of developments in relevant fields, including an ability to spot emerging gaps and opportunities for impact in advancing bold new policies and ideas that shift power and promote structural reforms to build a racially just and equitable democracy.

  • Serve as "right hand" support to the Executive Director, providing strategic advice and assistance to all departments and key administrative follow-up on high-level tasks.

  • Represent the Executive Director when necessary and appropriate.

Staff Management

  • Lead annual staff and board work-planning processes ensuring both urgent and essential short-term and long-term goals are met.

  • Create and support processes to align the team, monitor progress, and share capacity.

  • Hold weekly supervision check-in meetings to ensure our focus is on the right priorities, smooth operations, and support professional development and growth.

  • Maintain a fun, challenging, rewarding, and warm team culture.

Partner Engagement

  • Work with the Partnership Manager to manage and implement the membership structure, including the new partner application process and adherence to membership requirements.

  • Work with the program managers, finance, and operations team to oversee the regranting process.

Board Management

  • Attend board meetings

  • Help staff organize presentations to the board

  • Support board relations by helping the Executive Director to prepare meeting materials, reports, and other pieces of information to assist the board in its decision-making and governance.


  • 4+ years in senior management roles, including staff supervision, human resources, fundraising, finance, and/or operations in a nonprofit organization

  • High-level understanding of social change and progressive movements backed by direct experience with grassroots and/or electoral efforts

  • Strategic systems thinker. Creative problem solver with past success designing and leading organizational development and capacity building

  • Excellent communicator and writer

  • Experience fundraising and grant writing

  • Collaborative leadership style.

  • Commitment to the mission, vision, and values of the organization

  • Proven ability to work in a dynamic environment and, when necessary, can take the initiative and make tough decisions

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice

  • Technology savvy with the capability to learn new tools quickly

  • Experience working with disenfranchised and historically marginalized communities

  • Proficiency in Google Suite tools and MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Willingness to travel

Compensation: This is a full-time position. The salary range for this position is $95,000 – $110,000 and is commensurate with experience. Benefits include 75% health insurance coverage for employees and eligible family members. 100% coverage for dental, vision, 401k, short & long-term disability, and a $75,000 life insurance policy. Our PTO package includes at least 22 paid days off per year and a reasonable time off policy that includes paid vacation, sick time, and parental leave.

Position Location: Our office is in Detroit, MI, although most of our work is remote with occasional in-person meetings.

To apply: Please send a detailed resume, a cover letter or statement of interest, a writing sample, and three references to with DEPUTY DIRECTOR in the subject line. The cover letter or statement of interest should be concise and compelling and outline why you would be a good fit for this position. Priority will be given to resumes received by March 14, 2023

Michigan Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Studies have shown that women, nonbinary folks, and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may come from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that's okay. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet all the qualifications described.

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