Chapter Organizer, Michigan Physicians for Social Responsibility
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a nationwide organization working to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival, seeks a strong leader to organize a PSR chapter in Michigan. This person will launch an energy efficiency and clean energy program, which will serve as a base for building membership and volunteer leadership for the new Michigan PSR.
About PSR: Physicians for Social Responsibility, a membership organization comprised of physicians, nurses, public health professionals, medical students and concerned citizens, mobilizes its members to press for a safer, healthier and more peaceful world. Nationwide, the organization addresses the issues of climate change, clean energy, environmental toxics, nuclear arms and nuclear energy. The new Michigan chapter will focus initially on energy efficiency and clean energy. The chapter will be based in Ann Arbor and will be housed in the Ecology Center.
About the Position: The Chapter Organizer will work with PSR’s existing individual members and will recruit, train and engage new health professionals to build support for Michigan’s energy efficiency policy and to close coal-fired power plants. In addition, the Organizer will, with guidance from the national PSR staff, reach out to medical and health professionals and support and facilitate their training and engagement on these issues.
Supervision of this position will be shared between the national PSR office and the onsite staff of the Ecology Center. PSR will provide guidance on the health aspects of the issues as well as providing template materials on relevant health effects. We will also guide and support the strategy for chapter building and provide information and materials on the necessary administrative steps. The Ecology Center will guide the on-the-ground work as the target issues play out in the state and will facilitate the Organizer’s integration into existing coalitions.
This is a part-time position with the potential to be expanded into a full-time position. It is a mid-level job, ideal for a go-getter who aspires to work their way into an executive director position.
- Reach out to doctors, nurses, and public health professionals.
- Engage health professionals to advance policy changes in Michigan to support energy efficiency and coal plant retirement.
- Organize training opportunities where PSR will build health professionals’ advocacy skills.
- Engage chapter members in such tasks as writing letters to the editor and op-eds, testifying at hearings and briefings, and presenting in public events, and generating earned media (etc.).
- Work with PSR members, partner organizations and local coalition partnerships.
- Communicate regularly with PSR members in Michigan, sending e-action alerts and promoting chapter activities and accomplishments.
- With guidance from the national PSR staff, assume a leadership role in managing administrative elements including budgeting, fundraising, tax and other filings.
Qualifications and Experience:
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
- Strong leadership skills. An engaging and energetic personality and the ability to inspire and motivate volunteers. Entrepreneurial attitude.
- Three to five years of experience working in nonprofit advocacy and organizing, including outreach, volunteer training, and member communications.
- Ability to work with health professionals and to nurture them in activism.
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrable interest in energy-related issues. Awareness of PSR’s other issues – climate change, toxics, opposing nuclear power, working for a nuclear weapons-free world – is a strong plus.
- Competence using MS Office Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
- Experience in fundraising and financial administration.
This is a part-time position (20 to 30 hours/week) with some evening and weekend hours required. We ask for a minimum two-year commitment. Salary is commensurate with experience. PSR offers excellent benefits including health care insurance, an intellectually stimulating environment and passionate, dedicated colleagues.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and salary requirements, resume, and three supervisory references to email@example.com. Please include “Chapter Organizer” in the subject line. Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please. PSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Location: Washington, DC
Guided by the values and expertise of medicine and public health, Physicians for Social Responsibility works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. PSR's strategy for achieving its mission is to educate and activate the medical and broader health community, and the public, through research, analysis, collaboration, and targeted communications and to advocate for government and societal change at the local, state, national, and international level. Founded in 1961, PSR is now the largest physician-led organization in the U.S. with 50,000 members and e-activists working to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment and for the prevention of nuclear war.
Physicians for Social Responsibility is looking for highly motivated undergraduates, recent grads, and graduate students with a demonstrated interest in non- partisan voter education and PSR’s core issues to fill full- and part-time internships beginning in September and continuing through December. Interns should have strong research and writing skills and the ability to adapt to a multi-issue workplace. Currently PSR is seeking a fall intern to assist the Development Department. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about grant writing, cultivation of donors and other essential fundraising skills.
PSR’s development intern will be responsible for seeking new opportunities to promote PSR, research and develop new funding opportunities, and assist with strategy development to take advantage of these opportunities.
Other Responsibilities may include:
- Updating donor records
- Assisting with development mailings
- Providing support for event host committees
- Experience in general office, clerical, and administrative support
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
- Interest in development, fundraising, and grant-writing
- Commitment to PSR goals and mission
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
- Highly organized, able to manage multiple projects at once
- Interest in development, fundraising, and grant-writing
To apply for our internship program, we ask that you please send a cover letter detailing when you are available to intern at PSR, your resume, and brief writing sample (3-5 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “Development Intern” in the subject line.
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months. PSR provides strong mentoring and professional development opportunities for Scoville Fellows from any discipline. Scoville Fellows at PSR can expect to be meaningfully engaged in substantive work related to prudent and effective steps toward a world free of nuclear weapons, prevention of the use or spread of nuclear weapons, and promoting diplomacy and alternative conflict resolution techniques to avoid war. PSR’s current security programs include analytical work to develop new knowledge about the dangers nuclear weapons and security policies pose to human life and health, organizing work to mobilize doctors and allied health professionals for peace and security, and advocacy work to ensure that the interests of potential victims of nuclear weapons and war are represented in the policy process. For further information, please visit http://www.scoville.org/