Vote for the 2017 “Water Snake of the Year”

The notorious awardee will be announced at the PWB Appreciation Potluck on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 6pm-8pm at 7700 Second Ave, Detroit.
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Seeking Membership Coordinator

The People’s Water Board is seeking qualified candidates to serve as a Membership Coordinator. The work needs, qualifications and payment for one independent contractor position are listed below. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. The application date has been extended!

Interested persons may apply until Friday, October 6 at 11:59pm ET at
PWB Membership Coordinator Application

People’s Water Board
Position Description – September 2017

Position Purpose: To provide coordination support to the People’s Water Board (PWB) for and among its membership organizations to support coalition work and needs.

Position Description:  This is a part-time, contracted position up to 80 hours per month (estimated at 20 hours per week) through East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), fiscal sponsor of the PWB. The contract position is managed and supervised by the PWB Contract Team.

Position Duties and Responsibilities include:

  1. Develop a plan to meet with and discuss water-related interests and activities of each PWB member organization.
  2. Invite and follow up with PWB member organizations to participate in monthly meetings, committees, and actions.
  3. Build PWB membership participation in water-related meetings, forums, and activities at the local, state and national level.
  4. Organize PWB membership data for effective coordination and outreach.
  5. Explore and invite water rights groups to join the PWB and/or water-related campaigns.
  6. Coordinate PWB membership communication and draft monthly meeting agendas with the Coordinating Committee and Contract Team.
  7. Gather and post PWB meeting minutes (including past years) onto the PWB wiki for reference.
  8. Assist the Finance Committee with fundraising coordination and communication.
  9. Attend PWB monthly meetings.
  10. Report in writing on the above activities on a monthly basis.
  11. Carry out other PWB duties as they develop and/or are assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Strong written and oral communication and listening skills.
  • Effective organizing and coordinating skills, including leadership development.
  • Planning skills know-how, i.e., developing and implement plans to accomplish short and long term goals.
  • Ability to work independently to achieve objectives and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrable organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity to meet identified goals, objectives and timelines.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Social Justice issues, especially the human right to clean, affordable water.
  • Must be able to use your own computer for this work or access one for regular use.
  • Must have access to reliable Internet service.
  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree, or high school diploma (or equivalent) with substantial community-based work experience.
  • Must be able to access transportation to get to PWB meetings or other activities for representation.

Position Preferences:

  • Resident of Detroit.
  • People of color strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Bilingual, especially Spanish and/or Arabic.
  • Knowledge of google drive, (e.g., documents, spreadsheets, forms) and wikis.
  • Experience with infographics and/or graphic design.
  • Familiarity with WordPress.
  • Flexible schedule availability.

Position Payment and Stipulations:

  • $15 per hour up to 80 hours per month with a goal of up to 20 hours per week.
  • Up to $50 reimbursement for mobile telephone expenses per month (upon submission of documentation).
  • Up to $50 reimbursement for work-related expenses (e.g., travel, Internet) per month (upon submission of documentation).
  • No other remuneration or benefits are included or implied.
  • Work payments will be paid twice monthly upon proper submission of work bill invoices and reimbursement receipts, if any; and upon approval of the Contract Team.
  • Contract ends December 31, 2017. The agreement may be extended or hours increased depending upon available funding; and may be terminated by either party with 30-day notice.
  • This position is contracted through the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), fiscal sponsor of the People’s Water Board, and executed by the PWB’s Coordinating and Finance Committees.
  • An IRS Form 1099-Misc will be issued at the end of the year for this independent contractor position. The contractor is responsible for income tax filings and payments.

Position Application and (Anticipated) Hiring Process

  • Fri, September 22, 2017: Job posting and online application form opens up.
  • Fri, October 6: Application closes at 11:59pm ET
  • Sat-Sun, October 7-8: Contract Team reviews applications and begins calls to set up interviews; qualified applicants will be called for interviews or follow up questions.
  • Mon-Tue, October 9-10: Contract Team will interview applicants. At conclusion, Contract Team submits contractor recommendation to Coordinating & Finance Committees; group selects contractor and contacts new Membership Coordinator.
  • Wed, October 11: The new Membership Coordinator will meet with the Contract Team to discuss a work plan, supervision-support aims, sign a contract and address questions and begin work.