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The Texas Civil Rights Project ("TCRP") seeks a Voting Rights Outreach Coordinator dedicated to expanding and deepening partnerships with people and organizations across Texas to advance our voting rights priorities, including expanding access to voter registration and ensuring that every eligible Texan can cast a ballot that counts.
This individual will be responsible for coordinating work between the Voting Rights Program of our Legal Department and our Community Engagement Department, engaging with and expanding our base of individual and organizational supporters, and creating and executing creative and impactful actions to move our voting rights priorities forward.
As part of the Community Engagement Department, the Outreach Coordinator will be housed in either TCRP's Austin or San Antonio office and will be managed by the Director of Advocacy & Communications.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references in PDF or Word format to megan-at-texascivilrightsproject.org (replace the -at- with @, please). The deadline to apply for this position is January 18, 2019.
At TCRP, we are Texas lawyers for Texas communities. We use legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In our twenty-eight-year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits and projects, defending voting rights, reforming systems of criminal justice, and fighting institutional discrimination in pursuit of racial and economic justice. Our efforts have helped countless low- income and otherwise marginalized Texans and have widely advanced equality and justice. Today -- with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals around the state and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies --TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas.
We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to different people's styles and strengths. Learn more at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.
Overview of Key Responsibilities
• Develop meaningful, regular programming to identify, recruit, and mobilize TCRP supporters to engage in our voting rights work, including and especially volunteers for our election protection and high school voter registration efforts.
• Plan, coordinate, and facilitate training sessions and other educational programs, including TCRP's annual Take Back the Vote convening.
• Develop, strengthen and expand partnerships across diverse communities, including in particular communities of color, immigrant communities, and young people.
• With our Legal Department and partners, develop and implement legal advocacy initiatives in response to shifts in federal local and state policies affecting voting rights.
• Identify potential clients and witnesses as needed for advocacy, media, or impact litigation purposes.
• Assist in developing traditional media and digital advocacy, which may include: drafting press releases, working with reporters, coordinating press events, and developing content, as well as serving as a media spokesperson on the issue in print and broadcast media.
• Track and compile data for reporting regarding our supporters;
• Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and assist in fundraising efforts.
Ideal candidates should have the following characteristics:
• Strong writing skills.
• Can juggle and prioritize across multiple projects without dropping any balls.
• Can quickly jump onto things that are urgent as they come up.
• Ability to get people to take action; including being able to tell a compelling story about why this work is important.
• Able to build strong relationships across diverse communities, including in particular communities of color and immigrant communities; and across different teams internally.
• Ability to take initiative and solve problems.
• Can spot opportunities and jump on them.
• Familiarity with event planning and an understanding of what it takes to put together a successful event (like a training, community event).
• Willingness to do public speaking.
• An understanding of the voting rights political landscape in Texas
• Ability to read, write, and speak in Spanish is preferred but not required.
• Willingness and ability to learn technology quickly.
Salary will be based on years of experience and will be competitive in the nonprofit market. TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. Benefits include: employer-paid health insurance, dental/vision insurance, four weeks paid vacation, six weeks paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave to 12 weeks in total), a $500 professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a winter break between December 25th and New Year's Day.
Inclusion & Non-Discrimination
TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture -- women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. TCRP offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance.
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