Latest Public Affairs News & Articles
Texas Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA) seeks a Texas Organizer to join our team. Applicants should align with the organization’s core values, including racial justice and anti-racism and an understanding and commitment to the principles of harm reduction. This position is a new role created to build power across Texas and change state and local laws.
This team member will work with the advocacy and training team to build a network of directly impacted harm reduction leaders to win campaigns to end the War on Drugs and advance the Harm Reduction movement in Texas. The position will coordinate a statewide alliance of harm reduction advocates, building a strong network and creating opportunities for training, support, and collective action. A key component of this position will be to support the soon-to-launch leadership cohort in collaboration with Reframe Health and Justice.
The ideal candidate for Texas Organizer will have 3-5 years of grassroots organizing and campaign-building experience, a deep understanding of the harms caused by the War on Drugs, and the challenges facing people who use drugs in Texas.
- Support the leadership development of directly impacted harm reduction advocates across the state through monthly alliance meetings and advocacy coaching
- Assist in the launch of the inaugural leadership cohort in collaboration with Reframe Health and Justice
- Help develop a Texas Harm Reduction strategy that includes the voices and input from directly impacted leaders across the state
- Help translate issues and concerns facing harm reduction programs into actionable local advocacy campaigns in different Texas cities
- Coordinate ongoing trainings in community organizing for policy change
- Attend community and coalition meetings as needed
- Attend staff meetings, trainings and conferences as assigned
- 3-5 years of professional or volunteer experience in community organizing, harm reduction advocacy, and/or policy analysis
- An understanding of and commitment to the relationship between abolition and the harm reduction movement
- Personal knowledge or experience with drug use or extensive knowledge of issues facing drug users
- Must be passionate about changing policies and laws, and have an understanding of the systems of oppression that contribute to drug use and overdose, houselessness, arrest and incarceration
- Excellent verbal and written communication and listening skills including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences
- Ability to work as part of a team, receive and give feedback, and address conflicts and concerns in a healthy manner
- Must be able to communicate and coordinate with a diverse set of people including people who use drugs, elected officials and community partners
Strong Applicants also have:
- Bilingual: Spanish/English
- Experience in Texas legislative strategy and/or policy analysis
More about the job:
This full-time, salaried position will be a remote and/or based out of our Austin, Texas, office. Salary range for Texas Organizer is $55,000 – $65,000 per year, based on experience, with benefits including health, dental, vision, vacation, sick leave and holidays.
More about the organization:
The Texas Harm Reduction Alliance (THRA) emerged in early 2019 in response to unprecedented opioid overdose rates and apparent statewide need for harm reduction policy advocacy, education, and capacity-building for direct services with people impacted by substance use, overdose, HIV, hepatitis, and sex work. THRA is a resource for all community sectors and organizations seeking evidence-informed pathways to improvement of conditions and outcomes related to drug use and related activity. We operate a direct services program in the Austin area that provides overdose prevention education, naloxone, and linkage to same-day medicine-based treatment for opioid use disorders.
Texas Harm Reduction Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not to discriminate in employing staff, or selection of volunteers, on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, justice involvement or conviction, veteran status, financial status or HIV status.
How to Apply:
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org with Texas Organizer in subject line, in (.doc) or (.pdf) format:
- Letter of introduction including commitment to core values referenced above
- Current resume/vitae
- Contact information and three professional references
Job posted: 2022-01-09