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21 Feb 2023

Full-Time Strategic Campaigns Manager

Michigan Environmental Council – Posted by joebower Lansing, Michigan, United States

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Policy Officer and the Board of the Michigan Environmental Council Action Fund (MEC Action Fund), the Strategic Campaigns Manager is responsible for building MEC’s political strength by overseeing external ballot and priority issue advocacy campaigns.


Issue Advocacy Campaign Management

The Strategic Campaigns Manager will develop, oversee, and run issue advocacy campaigns on priority issues. This work includes:

  • Developing campaign plans, overseeing project management, and deploying c4 and c3 campaign tactics such as digital ads, patch through calls, mailers, etc.;
  • Coordinating and managing coalitions and recruiting partner groups and overseeing consultants;
  • Contributing to the development and execution of a strategy to build power for MEC and MEC Action Fund;
  • Keeping abreast of major activity in Lansing that influences the legislative calendar and leadership priorities;
  • Contributes to the development of fundraising campaigns

Michigan Environmental Council Action Fund Executive Leadership

This position serves as the Campaign Manager for the Michigan Environmental Council Action Fund, an affiliated 501c4 nonprofit organization. This position serves on the organization board and manages all aspects of the nonprofit organization, including governance and compliance with state and federal rules and regulations pertaining to nonprofits. The Strategic Campaigns Manager serves as the link between MEC’s 501c3 and 501c4 policy operations and is directly engaged on policies that have the potential of transforming into ballot campaigns.

  • In collaboration with MEC’s and MEC Action Fund’s leadership, identifies and prioritizes policy issues for development that may benefit from or require ballot initiative support
  • Evaluates need for and viability of ballot campaign options for priority policies
  • Convenes and oversees the MEC Action Fund’s Board of Directors
  • Manages MECAF’s finances, including
    • Developing annual and campaign budgets
    • Overseeing expenditures and accounting
    • Ensuring appropriate tax filings and audits
  • Drafts and implements campaign plans and budgets
  • Hires and manages campaign staff and contractors as appropriate
  • Represents MECAF to the public and at strategic coalitions and roundtables
  • Designs, executes and supports fundraising campaigns to cover MEC Action Fund operations and programs

The Strategic Campaigns Manager must diligently and accurately record and report work hours spent conducting MEC Action Fund business.


CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, OR REGISTRATIONS: This position must register with the State of Michigan as a Lobbyist Agent of MEC.


  • Senior leadership roles in political or issue advocacy campaigns at the statewide (preferred) or local levels
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to coordinate multiple projects, set priorities, organize time and identify resources as needed
  • Understanding of and familiarity with a broad array of campaign tactics including digital, mail and patch-through calling
  • Political or nonprofit fundraising experience
  • Experience generating collaboration and working through conflict with diverse constituents, teams and colleagues
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical and financial skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to proactively identify opportunities to propose solutions, make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to understand and explain complex policy issues
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Passion for the Environmental Council’s mission, members and partners
  • Proficiency using Zoom, Adobe Acrobat and Google Suite (Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets and Slides)
  • Understanding the Michigan Voter Action Network and other campaign tools


  • Extensive understanding of and familiarity with Michigan’s legislative and political landscape
  • Understanding and familiarity with environmental policy
  • Understanding of Salesforce and Asana


  • This position is based in Lansing and requires occasional travel to other locations in Michigan and nationally. The Environmental Council maintains a flexible office structure allowing remote work as necessary or feasible
  • This position requires occasional work outside of normal hours including evenings and weekends
  • The Environmental Council has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless you qualify for a federal government approved accommodation.


The Environmental Council provides staff with an industry-leading compensation package. This position includes a salary between $66,900 and $88,600, commensurate with experience. Benefits include full medical, dental and vision benefits; organizational matching to a 403(b) retirement program and a flexible schedule with unlimited paid time off.

MEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the Michigan citizens we serve. MEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.

How to Apply

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit a single PDF with 1) a strong, detailed cover letter, 2) a resume and 3) at least three references (minimum two professional) to [email protected]. Include “Strategic Campaigns Manager” in the subject line. Please direct questions about the job description to Chief Policy Officer Charlotte Jameson at [email protected]. Application review underway and continues until the position is filled.

Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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