Deputy Director for Detroit Disability Power

Detroit Disability Power's mission is to leverage and build the organizing power of the disability community to ensure the full inclusion of people with disabilities in Metro Detroit. We organize people with disabilities and our allies, train community members about disability inclusion and dismantling able-ism, and plan fun and educational community building events. 

Detroit Disability Power is seeking a collaborative, experienced, and visionary Deputy Director to help plant and grow this start-up social justice organization. The role of the Deputy Director will be to work with the Executive Director to determine policy priorities and systematize internal operations, as well as lead external communications efforts. 


• Research and compile possible policy solutions for issues facing people with disabilities in Metro-Detroit, including housing, transportation, voting, and employment access, and more, that can be used by members and staff to promote and organize around a proactive disability policy agenda; 

• Collectively strategize pathways to these policy solutions with Executive Director, Organizers, and DDP Members, including power analysis, needs assessments, and media and organizing goals so that we are engaging in effective and impactful systems change; 

• Set up and maintain systems for internal operations related to communications, evaluation, and tracking of members and small donors so that we can make informed and efficient decisions and take responsible and decisive action; 

• Work with the Executive Director to determine and execute external communication goals and messaging, including a yearly media plan (including earned, paid and social media), a member communication plan, and assessment of what media & communication skill building is needed by staff and members to ensure excellent messaging and media engagement, as well as leadership development. 

Required Skills 

• Knowledge of disability issues, rights, and culture and commitment to disability inclusion, dismantling able-ism, and intersectional strategies- specifically a strong racial equity analysis 

• Well organized and able to meet deadlines 

• Excellent written & in-person communication 

• Deep understanding of policy and the political process 

• Ability to think and work creatively and critically 

• Committed to engaging the disability community and our allies 

• Willingness to try new things and maintain a learning attitude 

• Proficient in social media communication 

• Desire to work with diverse populations 

• Ability to communicate with diverse community members 

• Understanding of the political process and how decisions are made, including ability to strategize, set goals, map out and help implement a plan of action 

• Desire and ability to collaborate and to build relationships locally & nationally to bolster our work 

• Computer literacy and experience with MS Office Suite as well as proficient in social media communication 

• Willingness and ability to engage in big-picture and detail-oriented work 

• Willingness to speak up, suggest new ideas, receive feedback, adjust plans to ensure successful completion of goals, and be a part of the solution 

• A relational leader and good team player, able to work with a broad team of staff and grassroots leaders 

• Ability to practice showing up for co-workers with consistent follow- through and good communication 

Preferred Experience Note: Ideal candidates have a majority of these experiences 

• 5+ years working for a social justice and/or non-profit organization 

• 3+ years as a leader in an organization 

• Experience or understanding of community engagement/organizing 

• Experience in policy research 

• Experience leading organizational communications 

• Experience working with elected officials 

• Experience with small donor fundraising 

This position is full-time (40 hours a week). The Deputy Director must be able to work primarily from our Detroit office. Pay is based on knowledge, experience and candidate’s education level and/or years of experience in the field. Pay range expected to be between $57,000-$60,000 a year. Benefits package includes 

earned paid time off (8 hours biweekly), holiday pay, medical/dental/vision, 403 (b) employer match and parental leave. 

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DDP values and specifically seeks applicants who are people of color, women, LGBTQIA and gender fluid people, people with disabilities, veterans, and members of other diverse identities. If this is you, know that your contributions and leadership are especially valuable at DDP.