Texas State Deputy Director

20 Dec, 2021


Texas State Deputy Director

Council for a Strong America
Remote (TX)


Texas State Office and State Operations


This is a remote position and could be based anywhere in Texas. Preference for Austin, Houston, or Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Job Overview

The State Deputy Director assists in building and cultivating a statewide organization of leaders in law enforcement, retired military, and business including mobilizing these messengers to support increased state and federal investments in programs and policies for children and youth that benefit public safety, national security, and our economy. This position will also play a significant role in managing and cultivating relationships with funders and a variety of allied organizations.

Responsibilities and Duties

The State Deputy Director:

  • Helps set legislative agendas and interim priorities for each CSA organization operating in Texas by working closely with state and local allies to identify policy opportunities and threats; works closely with the team to develop and work a strategic advocacy plan to advance said agenda(s).
  • Manages messaging around broad policy goals and advocacy issues including earned-media campaigns, social media efforts, meetings with state policymakers and administration officials, and other written materials.
  • Supports fundraising efforts and prospects for new funders for the state office.
  • Recruits, engages, and mobilizes prominent leaders in law enforcement, retired military, and business in key areas across that state, including conference attendance.
  • Tracks progress and manages all grant activity.
  • Cultivates relationships with policymakers, funders, and media to support the above duties and the CSA team.
  • Participates in and/or helps lead coalitions of stakeholders, particularly in early childhood policy.
  • Supervises 1 team member.



  • Knowledge of the Texas early childhood policy space.
  • Understanding the legislative process and advocacy strategies.
  • Ability to persuade others to join a cause and take action as well as influence without authority.
  • Superior diplomatic skills and ability to work effectively with complex relationships.
  • Well-organized, able to work independently to achieve goals.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects at once, respond rapidly and flexibly to changing priorities, and comfort with ambiguity.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to independently lead effective meetings with state legislators, allies, and members.
  • Ability to persevere.
  • Adequate capacity to independently learn and work with Word/Excel/PowerPoint, Salesforce, and Google Suite.
  • Strong commitment to our mission and strategic vision.


  • Knowledge of and contacts with states’ law enforcement, military, business, and the Texas Legislature.
  • Knowledge of education, child, and family policy.
  • Experience cultivating and sustaining relationships with funders.
  • Experience working independently or remotely.

Minimum experience required: 

5-8 years of relevant, professional experience in government affairs, public policy, or advocacy.


College degree or equivalent experience required.


Frequent travel is required within the state. Occasional travel is required out of state.

Overnight: Yes

Duration: 1-4 days


$70,000-$80,000 per year plus benefits, commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: 

Only applications with a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications for the position will be considered.

Council for a Strong America is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and strongly encourage all to apply. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our employees.

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Job posted: 2021-12-20