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 100,000 members and supporters who are reflective of Texas’ growing population – people of color, low moderate income 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 neighborhood infrastructure, family sustaining jobs, affordable housing, community schools, health access and immigrant rights. TOP also runs the largest independent grassroots electoral field operation in the state, activating over 200,000 voters of color each election cycle.
JOB DESCRIPTION: TOP is seeking an at large community organizer who is highly motivated, creative and committed to social justice. Working under the supervision of the Dallas Coordinator, the Right2Justice/Education community organizer will be directly responsible for developing relationships with community members and civic leaders to establish an active group of community leaders who can effectively advocate for criminal justice reform, the accountability of elected officials, and effective policy reforms across Texas.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
● Build a community led membership base
● Identify, recruit and develop grassroots leaders through campaign activities and ongoing training
● Work with leaders to build the School to Prison pipeline Right 2 Justice committee
● Organize and drive turnout to events including neighborhood meetings, press conferences, town halls, and forums on at least a bi-weekly basis
● Help develop a comprehensive strategy to advance campaign goals
● Conduct grassroots lobbying activities with community leaders including petition drives, letter writing campaigns and meetings with local elected officials
● Maintain regular communications with the community and allies.
● Help develop and execute organizing plans; map out key community and constituent targets; and identify and implement effective strategies to engage impacted communities
● Develop and maintain relationships with community allies
● Prepare written reports and compile statistical data as required
● Participate in power building activities in issue organizing and Get Out the Vote (GOTV), including but not limited to canvassing door-to-door, phone banking, and text banking, as needed.
Qualifications and Competencies:
● Strong commitment to social, racial and economic justice.
● Strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills.
● Ability to work well with all religious, cultural, ethnic and social groups
● Ability to move community members to action.
● Ability to identify, recruit and develop community leaders.
● Willingness to work long and often irregular hours including evenings and weekends;
● Willingness to learn and grow within the TOP culture.
● Full Time access to a car.
● Bilingual in both Spanish and English strongly preferred.
● Computer competency – Word, Internet required; Experience in working with database systems (VAN or other) is a plus.
**Women of color and directly impacted individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
***Salary range: $40,000 – $43,000, depending on experience. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, 401(k), paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, and travel reimbursement.
This position is within a bargaining unit that is represented by a union.
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.