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 Texas’ growing population – people of color, low-to-moderate income families. Through on the ground organizing, grassroots 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.
Position Summary: Texas Organizing Project is seeking a talented and dedicated Immigration Organizer to build our organization through helping drive a campaign for immigrant rights in Bexar County. The immigration organizer will help build a base of directly impacted people in Black and Latino Immigrant communities, through our standard outreach practices at TOP which include canvassing and phone banking.The ideal candidate is an experienced community organizer who believes deeply in the importance of building community leadership, capacity and people power. The Immigration Organizer will work in partnership with other staff and leaders to together drive campaign strategy and execution. 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 Immigration Organizer will report directly to the Immigration Justice Director and will also work closely with existing community leaders, community organizers and core partners in building TOP as an organization.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
● Practice all safety protocols, including COVID-19 safety requirements.
● Build a base of TOP members, the majority of whom are directly impacted by immigration issues, who will participate in demanding changes from decision makers and creating the political climate that allows for those changes to be adopted.
● Using a campaign committee structure, recruit, turn out, and develop community leaders across a variety of low-to-moderate income neighborhoods of color.
● Consistently track and input data into EveryAction database, training provided
● Consistent (weekly) community outreach and base-building responsibilities, including but not limited to canvassing/door-knocking; phone banking, text banking, etc.
● Participation in electoral organizing during election season on an as needed basis, including canvassing/door knocking, phone-banking
● Organize and drive turnout to events including campaign meetings, press conferences, town halls, and forums, etc.
● Move people to action, by having them complete surveys and any applicable petitions. Survey/petition quantity goals will be set in collaboration with your manager. Organize direct actions, and other tactics to move the campaign forward on a regular basis.
● Coordinate campaign messaging, traditional media work, mass communications, and digital organizing with TOP’s communications and digital department.
● Manage and develop relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers.
● Participate in immigrant coalition spaces at the state and national level. Develop and manage relationships with partner organizations to move the campaign forward. This may include joint strategy meetings, joint actions or other events, etc.
● Enhance our reputation and brand, and promote our values.
● Collaborate, support and work on other campaigns as necessary.
● Other duties, as required
● Excellent community organizing skills, strategizing, and execution of organizing campaigns. At least one year of work experience.
● Passion and commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
● Personal interest and passion for leadership development of grassroots immigrant leaders and engaging new communities in social justice and immigrant rights work
● Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines, and work in a fluid and fast-paced environment. Self-discipline and rigorous work ethic
● Collaborative and team-oriented work style
● Critical thinking and problem solving skills
● Excellent written and verbal communications skills
● Fluency in English and Spanish (strong written and verbal communication skills in both languages);
● Ability to manage personal transportation needs to move efficiently to different locations
● Computer competency – Word, ability to design outreach materials; Internet required; Experience in working with database systems a plus.
● Ability to work irregular hours including nights and occasional weekends (position is full-time salaried FLSA-exempt)
Salary: $50,350 – 53,000; Generous benefits package includes: comprehensive medical, dental, vision, 401(k), paid holidays including a weeklong period of rejuvenation at the end of each calendar year, vacation, parental leave, sick leave, and travel reimbursement.
*This position is within a bargaining unit that is represented by a union. To apply: Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Women of color and directly impacted individuals are strongly encouraged to apply