EMPLOYMENT: Education Justice Campaign Coordinator (Dallas)

EMPLOYMENT: Education Justice Campaign Coordinator (Dallas)

About the Texas Organizing Project (TOP): Founded in 2009, TOP, has become the leading statewide organizing group in Texas, advancing racial and economic justice through community and electoral organizing. Our programs are anchored in the three largest metro regions of the state, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. We have a base of over 270,000 members and supporters who are reflective Texas’ growing population – Black and Latino working families. Through on the ground organizing, grass-roots leader trainings, direct action, policy advocacy and electoral engagement we have made gains in policy solutions and public investments in reforming the cash bail system, neighborhood infrastructure, family sustaining jobs, affordable housing, equitable public schools, health access and immigrant rights. TOP also runs the largest independent grassroots electoral field operation in the state, activating over 465,000 voters of color in the last election cycle.

The education justice campaign was started in late 2009 by TOP neighborhood leaders – parents and grandparents – to put a stop to the school to prison pipeline in Dallas ISD schools, where students of color make up more than 96% of total district enrollment and have been disproportionately impacted by suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in school for far too long. Over the last 10 years TOP leaders have won big victories to curb the school to prison pipeline, and have also been successful in organizing for other improvements under the umbrella of racial equity and education justice. Here are a few of our wins:
• Got the district to start a Task Force to stud and make recommendations on how to curb the school to prison pipeline
• Secured the implementation of an alternative campus-wide approach to discipline that in more than 50 Dallas ISD schools
• Won districtwide policy change in 2017 to ban discretionary suspensions for pre-K through 2nd graders
• Helped turn this local victory into statewide change by supporting the passage of the suspension ban through the Texas Legislature later in 2017
• Stopped an effort to turn the entire school district into a home rule charter district, which could have potentially stripped away parent, student, and voter rights as well as jeopardized efforts to continue curbing the pipeline to prison and improving access to an excellent public education for all students.
• In November of 2018 won a two-year revenue campaign that resulted in an additional $126 million for Dallas ISD schools. These extra resources were used for the expansion of pre-K, for staff raises, and to further efforts around racial equity.

Currently TOP members are focused on two priorities—securing a voice for parents, students, and educators in the allocation of school budgets through a process known as participatory budgeting, and pushing Dallas ISD to make improvements that bring about racial equity on the campuses.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Education Justice Campaign Coordinator
Texas Organizing Project is seeking a talented and dedicated Campaign Coordinator to help build our organization as part of an exciting effort interweaving community grassroots organizing, electoral organizing, and policy advocacy focused on education justice in Dallas, with potential to expand to our other counties in Texas. The Campaign Coordinator will be key in working with community members to build power for their communities and carrying out an innovative plan that will begin addressing some of the systemic issues that lead to racial inequities in our education system.

The ideal candidate is an experienced community organizer who is also a coalition-builder and strategist who believes deeply in the importance of building community leadership, capacity and power. The Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for working with community leaders, staff, and allies to create and execute a sophisticated campaign plan. S/he must be able to organize and effectively communicate at all levels – with grassroots community people as well as established community leaders and policy experts. The Campaign Coordinator will report directly to the Organizing Director and work closely with members, community organizers, existing community leaders and core partners in building TOP as an organization.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
– Plan and execute a sophisticated and winning campaign strategy by working with staff, allies, and member leaders
– Directly supervise and manage staff – check in on work plans, manage overall performance, project potential challenges, conduct performance reviews, and troubleshoot
– Work with a staff team to help create and execute the field plan
– Recruit, turnout and develop member leaders across a variety of Black and Latino communities across Dallas
– Together with the organizing team and leaders, build a base of TOP members who will demand changes and create the political climate that allows for policy and other demands to be adopted through direct action, communications and other strategies
– Arrange for and prepare community leaders to host community meetings and events
– Provide leadership and organizing training to field staff and members
– Develop and manage relationships with key partners to strengthen campaign
– Identify opportunities to organize actions and events to raise the profile of the campaign
– Work with key partners on joint campaign strategy, event scheduling, logistics planning and community turnout
– Coordinate campaign messaging, digital strategy, talking points and other communications tactics with TOP’s communications department
– Regularly communicate the campaign’s progress to our staff, members, and allies
– Coordinate, collaborate and strategize in tandem with TOP leadership (through the Education Justice Campaign Committee), staff and key partners
– Work with staff and allies to identify online and social media tactics to move strategy forward
– Use VAN to track data and metrics that relate to campaign progress
– Enhance TOP’s reputation and brand, and promote our values
– Drive culture among staff that embodies the values of the organization, accountability, self-development, and pride in smart and effective staff work
– Work with other senior TOP staff statewide on joint projects including staff meetings, planning for electoral work, external events, fundraising and support for the membership
– Other duties, as required

Qualifications and Competencies:
– Excellent community organizing skills, strategizing, and following through on organizing campaign
– Passion and commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
– Proven manager and supervisor capable of building high performing teams and motivating and developing staff
– Excellent written and verbal communications skills with demonstrated focus on research, policy analysis, outreach, and targeted communications
– Critical thinking and problem solving skills
– Relentless drive, tenacity and a willingness to do what it takes to advance our mission and values
– Excellent time management, project management and delegation skills
– Ability to work effectively with strong personalities, peers, public officials, and allies
– Familiarity with nonprofit role in advocacy
– Knowledge of VAN or similar database
– Similar experience in grassroots nonprofit, labor, or political organization
– Belief in and ability to animate TOP’s values: Passion, Perseverance, Vision, Justice and Integrity
– Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
– Full time access to a car

**Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

***Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, 401(k), paid time off, and travel reimbursement.

TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter and three professional references to: recruit@organizetexas.org with “Education Justice Campaign Coordinator” in the subject line.

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