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About Rising Voices 

Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the state of Michigan, and  are often the margin of victory in key municipalities and counties in Michigan. From  Bengalis in Detroit and Hamtramck through Macomb County, South and East Asians in  Oakland and Washtenaw Counties and Burmese in Battle Creek, to Southeast Asians  in Kentwood and Holland on the west side of the state, Asian American Michiganders  voted in record numbers in 2020. Rising Voices works to keep the momentum going.  As the only Asian American organization in the state working to elect progressive  candidates and move progressive policy, Rising Voices seeks, in addition to its non-partisan work, to continue to build up the power of Asian American communities in  Michigan to have a seat at the policymaking table and be acknowledged as a powerful  political force. 

Formed in 2019, Rising Voices is a 501(c4) nonprofit organization that seeks to  organize and develop the leadership of Asian American women (cis, trans, Gender Non Conforming and femme-identifying) and young people for power around progressive  values and issues in the state of Michigan.  

Rising Voices is c4-facing, however much of the work is c3 and non-partisan and is  funded through Rising Voices Fund. Learn more about Rising Voices here

About the Role 

The Executive Director embodies and advances the organization’s mission through  compassionate, strategic, creative, principled, trauma-informed, and values-aligned leadership. The principal role of the Executive Director in this period of dynamic growth for the organization, is to direct the overall vision and strategy of the organization, raise funds, supervise director level staff, and liaise with the boards of directors and external stakeholders.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Serve as a public-facing organizer, thought leader, and trusted partner 
  • Cultivate new revenue sources through institutional funders; individuals; membership  dues; and earned income; and work with both boards to develop fundraising/ development plans 
  • With the support of staff and boards, write grants, applications, and requests for  proposals, ensure compliance with terms of grant agreements, and report the impact  of organizing and advocacy efforts in a timely manner 
  • Work with staff team to create budgets and approve financial reports
  • Supervise and work with senior staff to create and approve programs for the c3, the c4, and the superPAC, including organizing/campaigns, field, politics/policy,  communications/narrative, and internal organizational development work 
  • With the senior staff, oversee and approve all aspects of human resource  management including, but not limited to, staff hiring, supervision, training and  mentoring – to build a sustainable, joyful, healing workplace 
  • Develop and maintain external relationships, including with potential partner  organizations and individuals supporting the work of the organization 

Desired Experience 

  • At least five years of community, labor, and/or electoral organizing experience, or  equivalent experience;  
  • Prior experience in management or supervising a team; 
  • Experience with training, mentorship and leadership development of staff; 
  • Experience in nonprofit management 
  • Experience with healing justice approaches and practice 
  • Connection to Asian American Communities 
  • Experience working in multi-racial, BIPOC, coalitions and settings

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of local, state, and federal politics and policymaking for  the purposes of campaign direction 
  • Knowledge of 501(c)3, 501(c)4 and 527 political organization compliance 
  • Familiarity with grant writing and fundraising 
  • Familiarity with budget development 
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate  effectively to different audiences for different ends 
  • Strong skills in relational organizing 
  • Ability to lead with compassion and empathy 
  • Ability to synthesize a lot of complex information and data and communicate it  clearly across lines of difference 
  • Ability to be an authentic leader who is honest and forthcoming 
  • Excellent conflict management and resolution skills

Reporting Relationships 

The Executive Director reports to the 501(c4) Advisory Board, and the 501(c3)  Independent Advisory Committee and directly supervises the senior leadership team  including the Field Director, Communications Director, and Operations and Program  Associate. The Executive Director may also supervise organizers. 

Physical Demands 

  • Must have the physical ability to carry items up to 10 pounds on occasion 
  • Must be able to travel domestically on an airplane up to 20 times per year 
  • Must be able to drive extensively throughout the state of Michigan 
  • Must be able to be outside in the elements 5 hours continuously per day during  campaign season 

Work Environment 

  • The position is a full time position that works 40 hours per week. (Time divided  between C3, C4, and superPAC) 
  • This position is currently a remote position, based in the state of Michigan 
  • The position occasionally requires weekend work (Saturday and Sunday) 
  • The position requires work outside up to 4 days a month and will be exposed to the  elements and inclement weather during election season 
  • The position requires national travel up to 4 days a month once it is safe to do so. 
  • This position requires a driver’s license and on demand access to a vehicle

Compensation and Benefits 

The annual salary for this role is $85,000 to $95,000, depending on experience. The  benefits include employer-matching 401k retirement plan, 100% employer-paid health  insurance (HDHP + HSA; PPO + FSA options), prescription coverage, dental insurance,  vision insurance, flexible work schedule, 12 paid holidays and 3 weeks vacation each  year.  

We believe in a culture of care that includes health insurance for employees and  their families, parental leave, flextime, paid and sick time off, annual stipends for  remote working costs (technology, office equipment, wifi/cell phone) and professional  development, and sabbatical leave after five years of employment. 

Relocation expense reimbursement available for individuals relocating to Michigan.

Nominations and Applications 

Please send Executive Director candidate nominations to Linda Nguyen at To apply for the role, please send your resume to Annette Rodriguez at Resumes will be reviewed as they are received, and initial conversations will  be conducted on a rolling basis. After the initial conversation, a hiring team made up  of Rising Voices board and staff will review applications and interviews will commence. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom video conference. The hiring team anticipates two rounds of interviews, including an immersion exercise. 

Rising Voices is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek  applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as  well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants  shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin,  ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color,  marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome  (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions.

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