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FREEDOM TO MARRY SEEKS MARRIAGE RELATED
FIELD CONTRACTOR

FREEDOM TO MARRY is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. Pursuing our Roadmap to Victory national strategy, we create the climate for a Supreme Court victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.

EQUALITY TEXAS FOUNDATION conducts research and educates Texans about policies and their effect on Texans of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.  The Foundation also coordinates efforts of LGBT and allied organizations across the state to achieve its goals and objectives.  The Foundation programs serve to educate and empower Texans on equality issues. 

THE WORK

Freedom to Marry and Equality Texas seek experienced community organizers to lead public education efforts to increase support for marriage for same-sex couples in Texas. The contractor will work with Freedom to Marry national staff and local partner, Equality Texas, to develop and implement a plan for earned media, field and coalition involvement with demonstrable goals and timelines. The organizers will work independently between now and the end of 2014. 

Supported by Freedom to Marry’s press and social media staff, we want individuals capable of generating earned media by creating opportunities to demonstrate public support and by working to publicize the stories of individuals, couples and “unlikely” supporters through traditional and social media. Each contractor will be responsible for identifying and collecting personal stories of support, as well as leading outreach to new coalition partners, community leaders and strategic partners.

This team of contractors will play an important role in Freedom to Marry’s new public education program: Southerners for the Freedom to Marry. Their work plans and deliverables will be overseen by Freedom to Marry’s Field Director who will require regular reporting and daily tracking of campaign progress. In addition they will partner with and act as a resource with identified local groups who are members of the campaign program. 

Preference will be given to those individuals with experience in and knowledge of:

  • Public education campaigns to build support for progressive issues in red states
  • Legislative or candidate campaigns
  • Public relations work utilizing field tactics to drive earned media coverage
  • Managing “Town Hall” events or providing community trainings
  • Building and managing coalition relationships
  • Conducting outreach to leaders of business, clergy, or Republican communities
  • Conducting outreach to individuals or organizational leaders among communities of color
  • Community or political work done within the targeted state
  • Volunteer or paid work on the freedom to marry or on LGBT issues

COMPENSATION: Monthly rate commensurate with the expected volume of work, paid upon invoice, plus reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and background to: Amy Mello at Amy@FreedomtoMarry.org

 
 
 
Development Internships (Austin)Interns Wanted

Post date: January 2014
Closing date: OPEN



Interns are encouraged to seek academic credit for their work. Average hours are 12-20 per week, with flexibility in days and hours. Preferred candidates will be available to intern for the entire academic year, but those available only for the fall semester will also be considered. All positions are unpaid.
Equality Texas envisions a state where all Texans are treated equally, with dignity and respect. Equality Texas is comprised of two components: “Equality Texas Foundation” (C3) educates and engages the public about policies and their effect on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Texans, and “Equality Texas” (C4) advocates and lobbies for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Together, these two entities work to eliminate discrimination and secure full equality for all Texans. Current priorities include building business support for statewide nondiscrimination laws, working to pass nondiscrimination ordinances at the municipal level, and amplifying the discussion of why marriage matters for Texans.
 
Fundraising and marketing are critical to the success of this work. The development and marketing intern will expand fundraising and marketing opportunities through assisting with data management, donor solicitation and stewardship, event planning, identifying beneficiary opportunities, and other assignments as needed to ensure organizational success.
 
 
We are currently seeking interns for the Fall 2013 Semester and for Spring 2014 Semester.

 
Responsibilities include: 
  • Assist with cleansing donor data between financial and donor management software
  • Research grant and community beneficiary opportunities
  • Support state-wide and Austin fundraising events as needed
  • Solicit and steward donors through email, phone, and other opportunities
  • Promote the organization through social media
  • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: 
  • Pursuing BA/BS at four-year accredited college or university in Austin
  • Preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Prefer junior or senior, but will consider other class levels
  • An interest in working to end LGBT discrimination in the state of Texas
  • Preferred knowledge of the political scene in Texas
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Comfort working in a team and taking direction from a supervisor Preferred knowledge of graphic design
 
The Equality Texas office is located in downtown Austin within walking distance to the State Capitol. The office is a friendly and fun place to work. Internships with the Development Department offer you a chance to make a difference while you build your experience and résumé.
 
How to Respond:

Please send your cover letter, resume, two professional references, and two writing samples to Lauren Zurbrügg, at laurenz@equalitytexas.org. In your cover letter, please indicate why you would be a good fit for this internship, as well as the days and hours you are available to work.


Employment Policy: As an equal opportunity employer, Equality Texas embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender or gender expression, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interns WantedPublic Policy/Legislative Advocacy Internships (Houston)
Post date: January 2014
Closing date: OPEN

Interns are encouraged to earn academic credit for their work. Average hours are 12-20 per week, with flexibility in days and hours according to each intern's needs. All positions are unpaid.
Equality Texas is in the business of securing equality in the state by advocating and lobbying for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Through our Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy Program, we lobby members of the Texas Legislature and the leaders of Texas’ cities, towns and counties to enact policies that strengthen families and promote equality. The Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy internship at Equality Texas includes a variety of tasks in which you can use and develop your policy and advocacy skills.  Public policy interns are utilized year-round to assist the department in achieving its goals.
 
We are currently seeking interns for the Fall 2013 Semester and for Spring 2014 Semester.
 
The minimum time commitment for academic year interns is one semester. Interns are encouraged to earn credit for their time, but volunteers are welcome as well. Average hours per week are 12-20 hours with flexibility for actual days worked. All positions are non-paid. People with experience in public policy, advocacy, and law preferred.

Responsibilities include:
  • Conduct legislative research on a variety of issues in support of Equality Texas’ legislative agenda.
  • Assist in the drafting of legislation to be filed.
  • Assist the Communications and Field Departments in preparation of talking points for specific pieces of legislation and dissemination of information to affected constituents.
  • Perform administrative tasks as assigned. Tasks include: proofreading, editing, data-entry, filing, committee hearing preparation/monitoring, copying, etc.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned.
  • Upper-division and graduate interns may be requested to directly lobby legislators, under supervision.  

The Equality Texas office is located in the Montrose area of Houston. The office is a friendly and fun place to work. Internships with the Public Policy/Legislative Advocacy Department offer you a chance to make a difference while you build your experience and résumé.

 
How to Respond:

To apply, please e-mail a letter of interest and résumé to to Lisa Scheps, Operations Manager.  


In your letter, tell us why you would like to be an intern at Equality Texas and what civil rights issues concern you the most. Also, please include days and hours available, previous intern or volunteer experience, list any skills that are particularly suited for the internship position, and a phone number or e-mail at which you can be reached.

Employment Policy: As an equal opportunity employer, Equality Texas embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender or gender expression, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Field Internships - Local Community (Houston)Interns Wanted
Post date: January 2014
Closing date: OPEN

Interns are encouraged to earn academic credit for their work. Average hours are 12-20 per week, with flexibility in days and hours according to each intern's needs. All positions are unpaid.

The Field Department of Equality Texas coordinates and encourages the activism of Equality Texas members statewide to advocate and lobby for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Activism occurs through Equality Texas events, student clubs, Equality Project training, and the e-mail action center network and member activists. Our activities to advance LGBT civil rights include Equality Project trainings, Lobby Day at the Capitol (2013), organizing phone banks, volunteer recruitment & retention, and staffing information tables. Field Interns are utilized year-round to assist the department in achieving its goals.


We are currently seeking interns for the Fall 2013 Semester and for Spring 2014 Semester.
 
The minimum time commitment for academic year interns is one semester. Interns are encouraged to earn credit for their time, but volunteers are welcome as well. Average hours per week are 12-20 hours with flexibility for actual days worked. All positions are non-paid. People with experience in community organizing or grassroots organizations preferred.

Responsibilities include:
  • Assist in the management of Equality Project trainings in your local community.
  • Research for local campaigns and/or outreach projects.
  • Coordinate volunteers for various advocacy campaigns and Equality Texas outreach teams in your local community.
     

This internship is essentially home-based, with training at, and support provided from, Equality Texas statewide office in Austin. Internships with the Field Department offer you a chance to make a difference while you build your experience and résumé.

 
How to Respond:

To apply, please e-mail a letter of interest and résumé to to Lisa Scheps, Operations Manager.


In your letter, tell us why you would like to be an intern at Equality Texas and what civil rights issues concern you the most. Also, please include days and hours available, previous intern or volunteer experience, list any skills that are particularly suited for the internship position, and a phone number or e-mail at which you can be reached.

Employment Policy: As an equal opportunity employer, Equality Texas embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender or gender expression, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interns WantedField Internships (Austin) 

Post date:
Closing date: CLOSED


Interns are encouraged to earn academic credit for their work. Average hours are 12-20 per week, with flexibility in days and hours according to each intern's needs. All positions are unpaid.
The Field Department of Equality Texas coordinates and encourages the activism of Equality Texas members statewide to advocate and lobby for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Activism occurs through Equality Texas events, student clubs, and the e-mail action center network and member activists. Our activities to advance LGBT civil rights include Lobby Day at the Capitol, organizing phone banks, volunteer recruitment & retention, and staffing information tables. Field Interns are utilized year-round to assist the department in achieving its goals.
 
We are currently seeking interns for the Summer 2013 Semester and for Fall 2013 Semester.
 
The minimum time commitment for academic year interns is one semester. Interns are encouraged to earn credit for their time, but volunteers are welcome as well. Average hours per week are 12-20 hours with flexibility for actual days worked. All positions are non-paid. People with experience in community organizing or grassroots organizations preferred.

Responsibilities include:
  • Research for local campaigns and/or outreach projects.
  • Coordinate volunteers for various advocacy campaigns and Equality Texas outreach teams across the state of Texas.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of field programs, with a focus on increasing the number of Equality Project trainings.
  • Conduct basic office responsibilities such as mailings, database entry, photocopying, filing, etc.
  • Conduct phone banking and outreach to targeted groups.
  • Assist in the management of Equality Project trainings.
  • Assist in field recruitment of participants for our bi-annual  Lobby Day at the Texas Capitol (2013). 
The Equality Texas office is located in the Montrose area of Houston. The office is a friendly and fun place to work.  Internships with the Field Department offer you a chance to make a difference while you build your experience and résumé.
 
How to Respond:

To apply, please e-mail a letter of interest and résumé to to Lisa Scheps, Operations Manager.  


In your letter, tell us why you would like to be an intern at Equality Texas and what civil rights issues concern you the most. Also, please include days and hours available, previous intern or volunteer experience, list any skills that are particularly suited for the internship position, and a phone number or e-mail at which you can be reached.

Employment Policy: As an equal opportunity employer, Equality Texas embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender or gender expression, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Social Media & Website Management Internship (Austin)Interns Wanted

Post date: January 2014
Closing date: Til filled


Interns are encouraged to earn academic credit for their work. Average hours are 12 to 20 per week, with flexibility in days and hours according to each intern's needs. All positions are unpaid.
Equality Texas is in the business of securing equality in the state by advocating and lobbying for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. To do this, we must educate and engage the public about policies and their effect on Texans of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Getting our message out is crucial to our success. Equality Texas’ Communications Program is reaching out to targeted audiences across our vast state to educate Texans about LGBT issues and people, changing hearts and minds along the way. Social Media & Website Managament Interns at Equality Texas will play an integral role in expanding our website and web2.0 presence, producing and managing content for our website, our YouTube Channel, and for our social networking and blog sites.  Communications interns are utilized year-round to assist the department in achieving its goals.
 
We are currently seeking interns for the Fall 2013 Semester and for Spring 2014 Semester.
 
The minimum time commitment for academic year interns is one semester. Interns are encouraged to earn credit for their time, but volunteers are welcome as well. Average hours per week are 12-20 hours with flexibility for actual days worked. All positions are non-paid. People with experience in journalism, film production, video editing, graphic design, social media and communications preferred. Experience with Salsa and Dingo, or comparable electronic constitutent relationship management (ECRM) and content management system (CMS) platforms, is required.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide content management support to Equality Texas website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blog, Google+).
  • Assist in targeted media outreach.
  • Assist in ensuring accurate and timely reporting of Equality Texas news, especially with regard to matters of advocacy during Legislative Session.
  • Assist in the production of video content for Equality Texas’ website and YouTube Channel and print content for the blog.
  • Perform administrative tasks as assigned by staff. Tasks include: proofreading, editing, data-entry, filing, content management, etc.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned by supervisor. 

Internships at Equality Texas offer the unique opportunity to work downtown, just blocks from the State Capitol, on social justice issues that are of personal importance to you, your friends, or your family. You will gain indispensable experience working with an advocacy group on some of today's most hotly debated issues. The Equality Texas office is a fun and friendly environment and a great place to build your professional experience and add to your resume.

 
How to Respond:

To apply, please e-mail a letter of interest and résumé to to Lisa Scheps, Operations Manager.


In your letter, tell us why you would like to be an intern at Equality Texas and what civil rights issues concern you the most. Also, please include days and hours available, previous intern or volunteer experience, list any skills that are particularly suited for the internship position, and a phone number or e-mail at which you can be reached.

Employment Policy: As an equal opportunity employer, Equality Texas embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender or gender expression, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


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