Grassroots Organizer

28 Aug, 2021

Jobs

Grassroots Organizer

Common Cause
Washington, DC

NOTE: This is a temporary contract position lasting for two months from hire date.

LOCATION: Austin preferred, open to candidates based anywhere who are open to traveling to Austin for during of our legislative special session.

SALARY RANGE: $4,500 per month.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Use your grassroots and digital organizing skills to fight for voting rights and representative government in Texas during the upcoming legislative special session. Common Cause is seeking a passionate, strategic, self-reliant, and collaborative organizer to assist in our efforts to build a democracy grassroots movement throughout the state. The Texas Organizer will be instrumental in moving priority campaigns by educating, training, and mobilizing activists, CCTX members, and action teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Engage our current members so that they are more connected to Common Cause Texas and have the tools they need to stand up for our democracy:

  • Work with the executive director and CCTX team to develop, strengthen, and maintain a grassroots organizing network across Texas;
  • Organize in-person advocacy events including advocacy days, rallies, petition deliveries, protests;
  • Recruit and manage volunteers and interns;
  • Generate toolkits and assets to support volunteers;
  • Coordinate rapid response in-person events;
  • Coordinate local actions;
  • Deepen and build support through online organizing:
  • Create and implement online campaign plans;
  • Develop public outreach materials including factsheets, action alerts, presentations, online updates, text messages, and email blasts;
  • Update Let Texas Vote website;
  • Draft advocacy emails and blogs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience, education, and technical proficiency:

  • At least 2 years of experience in organizing, advocacy, project management, fundraising or similar fields;
  • Working knowledge of statewide democracy issues, including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, ethics, and more;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Canva, and current social media platforms;
  • Understanding of the political landscape and policy trends in Texas;
  • Action Network (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery.

General competencies:

  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, including the experience in working effectively with those belonging to groups of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability, age and socioeconomic status;
  • Working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and bias;
  • The ability to craft compelling messages and explain complex ideas in accessible ways;
  • Commitment to political reform and social and economic justice;
  • Strong empathy, and ability and desire to work in diverse settings as part of a team;
  • Commitment to professionalism including standards for self and others.

You’ll thrive if you have/are:

  • A “can do” attitude and exceptional organizational skills, with a strong capacity to manage systems, projects & people;
  • A self-starter with an ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment with competing priorities – this position involves significant contact with members, key stakeholders, and volunteers ;
  • Ability to speak more than one language, Spanish preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize and plan backward;
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility to occasionally work evenings and weekends.

TO APPLY:

Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include “Texas Grassroots Organizer” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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ABOUT US:

Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process. Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org and https://www.commoncause.org/Texas/.

Equity and inclusion:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or marital status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, activities or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice. 

Job posted: 2021-08-28