Job Announcements: Two Opportunities to Work With Detroit People’s Platform


We are pleased to announce two opportunities to work with BMP’s place-based project, Detroit People’s Platform (DPP)! Please review the full descriptions, responsibilities, and qualifications for each role and how to apply below.

Request for Proposals: Narrative Report on Transit Justice Organizing in Detroit

The Building Movement Project and Detroit People’s Platform seek an experienced writer to develop a narrative report about DPP’s organizing campaigns on transit justice. The report’s ideal audience will include funders and community organizers. A similar project in 2017 led to the 20-page report “Fighting for Equity in Development” that was based on nearly a dozen interviews and close partnership with BMP/DPP staff to inform the report narrative. The consultant will be responsible for conducting interviews, doing research, and writing the report. BMP/DPP staff will support the consultant by identifying community members, coalition partners, and other key interviewees, providing guidance as needed to shape the narrative, and managing the design, layout and promotion of the report.

People with experience writing about community organizing campaigns, and who have an understanding of racial and economic justice are invited to submit a proposed scope of work and estimate budget or number of hours needed to complete the project. BMP is willing to negotiate an hourly rate (no higher than $100 an hour) or a fixed price for the project.

Interested writers should complete this google form by Monday, January 4th, 2021.

Campaign Research Coordinator

For nearly two decades, the Building Movement Project (BMP) has cultivated the potential for nonprofit organizations to effectively partner with movements for progressive social change. As part of BMP’s commitment to learning with and from groups and leaders at the local level, BMP has incubated the Detroit People’s Platform (DPP) since 2013. DPP builds the voice and power of Detroit residents to have a say in the issues that affect their lives, particularly in the areas of transportation, housing, equitable development and access to needed services. The work of Detroit People’s Platform is guided by a commitment to organizing local residents to be leaders in addressing inequality in Detroit, the nation’s largest majority-Black city. Although working primarily within the City of Detroit across all seven city council districts, DPP is committed to working across organizational boundaries in order to achieve change locally, across the Southeast Michigan region, and statewide. 

Detroit People’s Platform has worked in partnership with many coalition partners to win policy changes that benefit Detroiters. DPP organized bus riders to lead successful campaigns to restore critical bus service that connects Detroiters to key jobs and institutions. DPP was also a key partner in citywide campaigns for community benefit agreements that contributed to Detroit becoming the first city in the nation to establish an ordinance requiring developers to engage in the CBA process.

We are seeking a full-time Research Coordinator who will take on a lead role in the research activities for DPP. This position will work in partnership with the Detroit Director, as well as the staff responsible for coalition building, community organizing and political education. The position will have a key responsibility for informing the campaign strategy and policy demands / proposals to ensure that Detroit People’s Platform wins progress towards racial and economic justice for Detroiters. The Research Coordinator will also take responsibility for documentation and evaluation of campaign activities and wins to demonstrate to DPP’s membership base, coalition partners, and funders that DPP’s activities are impactful.

Read the full position description and apply here.

The Building Movement Project and Detroit People’s Platform are fiscally sponsored by TSNE MissionWorks. As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Building Movement Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

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