Work For ME, DTE! Fellowship Application

Soulardarity and Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MJEC) has joined to bring a unique opportunity to Highland Park, Detroit and surrounding cities. In recent months, DTE has submitted energy plans and rate hike proposals that show what they think that future looks like: a new billion dollar methane gas burning facility, weakening the solar industry, and making sure that solar on your rooftops and in your communities stays unaffordable. Meanwhile, they’re building the NEXUS gas pipeline and running other unregulated subsidiaries that invest in more fossil fuels, releasing more asthma-inducing and climate-causing gases into the air. They say that this plan is the most “cost-effective” option for their ratepayers, while they promise DTE Energy and subsidiaries shareholders a doubling of their profits in the next 10 years! We need actions that will bring jobs, and clean, safe and healthy community solutions for a new green economy. We should rebuild Detroit and all of our neighboring communities throughout Southeast Michigan – cleaner and greener, with no shut offs, and with strong and sustainable infrastructure for future generations. We want 100% clean energy commitment now, while there is still time.

We are hiring 4 W4M DTE fellows to work with our campaign from May through August.

What You Need to Apply:
+ Some history of engagement with energy democracy or environmental justice work in the Metro Detroit area.
+ Frontline community members are encouraged to apply.
+ Ability to commit 5-10 hours per week on fellowship activities, totaling about 100 hours from May through August 2019

What you Get:
+$2000 - paid half upfront, quarter midway, quarter at the close of the fellowship
+ Training and capacity building on energy democracy and environmental justice
+ Building relationships with local and national movement community
+ Getting your voice heard and your community’s needs addressed

The Day-to-Day Expectations:
+ Attend all-day organizing training May 3-5
+ Promote W4M DTE campaign goals at local community meetings and events
+ Fellowship meetings every 2 weeks
+ Campaign team meetings every month
+ Supporting outreach and logistics for W4M DTE campaign events and outcomes in person and digitally
+ Write 1 blog post for W4M DTE campaign
+ Coordinate with campaign operations team on messaging and logistics for outreach work

So You Want the Job?
Please follow these instructions: You may submit a resume or other supplemental materials in pdf format to **** in an email whose subject line is “ W4MDTE Fellowship Applicant - [YOUR NAME]”

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applications will close on April 26th. There are 4 total positions available.

Soulardarity and MJEC promotes equal opportunity and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ, and those from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Email address *
First Name *
Last Name *
Phone Number (include zipcode) *
Are you currently a resident of Southeast Michigan? *
Fellows must be based in southeast Michigan and be a DTE customer.
In what city do you reside? *
What identities are important to you? *
Examples include identity based on age, religion, social class or caste, culture, deafhood, dialect, disability, education, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, generation, occupation, profession, race, political party affiliation, sexual orientation, settlement, urban and rural habitation, and veteran status.
Briefly tell us about your experiences with environmental justice and/or energy democracy work. (50 words or less) *
What excites you about this fellowship? *
What do you foresee to be challenging about this organizing fellowship? *
What skills and expertise are you bringing to this fellowship? *
What are you hoping to gain by participating in this fellowship? What kind of support will you need from MEJC or Soulardarity? *
This fellowship requires travel throughout the Detroit Metro Area. Do you have an up-to-date driver's license and access to a reliable means of transportation? *
I have read the position description and understand the expectations of the position, such as committing 5-10 hours per week on fellowship activities, for a total of about 100 hours from May through August 2019 *
If you are selected for an interview, what would be a good date and time for you to meet at our office in Highland Park? *
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