MiCAN is Seeking a Leader!

MiCAN Climate Action Network Leader

Salary Range: $55,000-70,000 starting salary

Deadline to apply: April 3, 2022

Target hire start date: May 2022

Type: Full-time

Location: Flexible within Michigan

The Michigan Climate Action Network (MiCAN) is seeking a strong leader to guide the largest network and serve as a leading voice for climate action in Michigan. The ideal candidate is an effective leader who is passionate about climate and justice, and has experience in public policy advocacy, networking, coalition building, and facilitation. The person in this role will have tremendous opportunity to grow the influence of MiCAN to match the urgency of the climate crisis, which could include establishing MiCAN as a 501c3 organization. Candidates with higher levels of experience may be considered for a Director level position, other candidates will be considered for a Manager level position. The MiCAN leader will work closely with the MiCAN Steering Committee and the Groundwork’s Climate and Environment Program Director. This position is full-time and year-round with the location flexible within Michigan.   


About the Michigan Climate Action Network

MiCAN is a statewide network of 76 organizations and thousands of individuals formed in 2015 to solve the climate crisis by building a more powerful and more justice-centered movement. Over the last seven years, MICAN has worked to elevate climate to be a top priority in Michigan and advanced ambitious and equitable solutions primarily at the local and state levels. We engage over 5,000 people to take action each year, promote ambitious policies, support the work of dozens of partner groups, and convene hundreds of people at our annual Climate Summit. 


Job Description: 

The Michigan Climate Action Network Leader will be a visible leader on climate and justice in Michigan who will work with MiCAN members and partners to move forward climate solutions with the urgency and justice that science demands. MiCAN is housed at Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and is part of Groundwork’s Climate and Environment Program. 


Responsibilities of this role include:


  • Leading the strategic direction of MiCAN, including long-term strategic planning, development of campaign plans to advance bold and equitable climate solutions in Michigan, and financial management;
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of MiCAN, overseeing staff and interns, hiring and onboarding new staff to grow our organization and impact, and building a cohesive team;
  • Leading MiCAN’s fundraising efforts, including establishing and maintaining relationships with foundations and donors, holding meetings, and overseeing grant writing, donor mailings, and other outreach;
  • Developing and supporting a strong member Steering Committee, convening quarterly meetings and seeking input on strategic direction; 
  • Overseeing MiCAN’s social media and email engagement, providing strategic and policy direction for weekly outreach and the overall growth and engagement goals;
  • Representing MiCAN in regional coalitions, events, and to the general public and to members of the media; 
  • Organizing and facilitating meetings, webinars, and other events including the Michigan Climate and Clean Energy Summit;
  • Elevating campaigns and priorities in the media through organizing events, issuing press releases, and placing op-eds; 
  • Expanding our network with a focus on building new relationships and deepening existing partnerships with MiCAN members, partners, and coalitions;
  • Cultivating strong relationships with elected officials, climate scientists, environmental and climate justice leaders, business leaders, non-profit partners, and tribal governments; and
  • May include developing systems, relationships, legal requirements, and other steps needed to create an independent 501(C)(3) organization. 

Professional Requirements

Candidates for this position must demonstrate:

  • Deep concern about the impacts of climate change, a passion to mitigate further warming, and commitment to MiCAN’s mission, and to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice;
  • Deep understanding of climate change, energy policy, and environmental justice;
  • Strong leadership and organizational management experience with the ability to lead teams, set and achieve goals, and manage a budget;
  • Ability to fundraise, including grant writing, major donor cultivation, and working with foundations; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people; 
  • Self-directed and entrepreneurial with a proven ability to work independently while also collaborating well with others in a team setting;  
  • Ability to recruit, mentor, and manage a highly functional team;
  • Proven networking skills and experience developing partnerships and building diverse coalitions; and
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors or steering committees and ability to cultivate existing and new steering committee relationships.


Desired Qualifications

  • At least six years of professional experience in grassroots organizing, coalition building, communications, public policy, or related field;
  • Strong understanding of policy advocacy and grassroots organizing; and
  • Familiarity with the political landscape in Michigan, with existing relationships with Michigan advocacy organizations.


At MiCAN and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, the candidate will join a driven team of individuals who strive to create a positive, collaborative, healthy, and inspired working environment that gives the staff the support to be the leaders in their field.


Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure

This is a full-time position with flexible hours, generous vacation and health benefits, retirement contribution matching, and a competitive salary range. This position has a salary range of  $55,000-70,000, commensurate with experience. The Groundwork Center is located in northwest lower Michigan, and this position will be based in Michigan. 


Please send a one-page cover letter, resume and three references to: [email protected] with the subject line: MiCAN Leader. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

 Groundwork Center is committed to creating a diverse workplace and seeks a wide-range of perspectives and backgrounds. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Groundwork Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in their employment decisions. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.

*The safety and wellbeing of our staff, contractors, and communities is our top priority. Therefore, travel responsibilities of this position have been paused and replaced with remote communications in response to Covid-19. These responsibilities will resume in-person once it is safe to do so.


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