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Groundwork is currently hiring for these positions: Michigan Climate Action Network Leader and FoodCorps Service Member. See details for all positions below.


michigan 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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foodcorps service opportunity

Groundwork is seeking one Food Education FoodCorps service member for August 8, 2022 – July 7, 2023.

The application portal for 2022-2023 FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Members is open through May 27. Members for the program year must, at a minimum, serve 1,700 allowable hours between August 8, 2022 – July 7, 2023. 

FoodCorps has host sites across the country. The Groundwork service site is at the Groundwork Center Petoskey office. As a service member, you’ll implement FoodCorps’ evidence-based strategies to help schools in Emmet and Charlevoix counties become healthier places to grow and learn. The majority of a service member’s time is spent teaching in the classroom and garden, and the amount you are spending on each of the below activities will vary. You will lead hands-on lessons, influence healthy school meals, and build a schoolwide culture of health.

The service member(s) will collaborate with schools, food service staff, farmers and students to help them … 

  •     Learn why healthy food matters
  •     Grow, cook and try new things
  •     Eat healthy food every day
  •     Build a foundation for a bright future

Serving as an AmeriCorps member with FoodCorps is a full-time, 11½ - month commitment. The 1,700 hours you will serve August to July will take place mostly during school and business hours, but evenings and weekends are occasionally required. You’ll also join us in Portland, Oregon, in early August for a weeklong orientation (don’t worry, we’ll cover the costs).

To be considered for a FoodCorps service member position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of service 
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent

We are seeking a FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member with the following qualifications:

  • Experience teaching or working with groups of kids
  • Experience gardening and/or farming, community organizing, studying food systems or agriculture, or working in public health
  • Commitment to public service
  • Connection to and/or knowledge of the community you want to serve
  • Understanding of our mission and scope (school food, farm to school, race & class in the food system)
  • Potential to benefit from a year of serving with FoodCorps

Additionally, Groundwork requires that candidates:

  • Must have the ability to jump into a fast-paced school environment.
  • Must be able to relate well to youth, teachers, administrators, parents, other youth facilitators, and community partners.
  • Must be willing to attend wellness committee meetings, family nights, and other activities within the community.
  • Possess some knowledge of and experience with the food system and/or agriculture.
  • Must have excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Must be reliable, accountable, and a team player.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Passionate about strategic systems change, and interested in all of Groundwork’s programs.
  • Must have gardening experience.
  • Knowledge of indigenous history and culture is a bonus.

Contact Jen Schaap at Groundwork for more information on serving out of the Petoskey office. [email protected]

What You’ll Do

Service members work with schools, service site organizations and local communities to build healthy school food environments. They do this in a variety of ways:

  • Service members focus on teaching children in grades K-8 about food and nutrition in the classroom by developing and teaching lesson plans, integrating activities into subjects such as math, science and history, working with teachers and school administrators to increase food and nutrition education in curricula, and more.
  • Service members grow healthy food with students, teachers, and community members in school and community gardens, dynamic educational settings where kids can get their hands dirty and experience what they’re learning first-hand. While some service members expand/maintain already-existing school gardens, greenhouses, and hoop houses, others work to establish new gardens. Service members develop garden sustainability plans and recruit community volunteers to ensure that the projects they start last into the future.
  • Service members impact what's for lunch by sourcing food from local farms for cafeterias, promoting local foods through cafeteria taste tests, working with school food directors and staff to integrate healthier foods into breakfast, lunch and snack programs, and more.
  • Service members help build schoolwide cultures of health by working closely with teachers and school administrators, recruiting and training volunteers, organizing committees and running meetings, talking to press and public officials.
  • Service members spend time learning and participating in trainings, raising money to help support the local projects, and helping FoodCorps and schools assess the impact they are having. 

What You’ll Gain

Foodcorps offers you a unique and transformative service experience. You’ll make a measurable difference in the lives of your students, while gaining professional skills and becoming part of a network of changemakers that will continue to grow beyond your time with FoodCorps.

As an AmeriCorps service member with FoodCorps, you will be eligible to receive:

  • Up to $27,500 living stipend: paid bi-weekly
  • $6,495 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award, upon successful completion of your first (or second) term of service: for future schooling or repay qualified student loans. Learn more here.
  • Student loan forbearance: Learn more here.
  • Health insurance: Basic health, vision and dental coverage. Learn more here.
  • Partial childcare reimbursements: Learn more here.
  • Numerous training and professional development opportunities
  • The experience of a lifetime!

You may also be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, based on your total income.

FoodCorps also offers a limited amount of need-based funding to help minimize the cost of housing expenses as you transition to service. We know that the beginning of a FoodCorps service term can be challenging enough without the added worry of maintaining or obtaining safe and secure housing with limited funds. Our need-based housing assistance grants are intended to make this opportunity accessible to more people and to alleviate some of the personal stress that can come with beginning a new term of service. That said, we are working with a very limited amount of funds and cannot guarantee that you will be awarded a grant if you submit an application.

Learn more about the FoodCorps service opportunities, including links to application website.


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