Temporary Special Events Assistant

Title: Temporary Special Events Assistant
Organization: Equality Texas
Location: Austin, TX (Hybrid)
Pay Rate: $25/hr
Employment Type: Temporary
Hours Per Week: Fluctuates
Reports To: Development Director
Contact Email: jobs@equalitytexas.org

 

THE POSITION

Equality Texas—the state’s leading organization solely dedicated to securing full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ Texans—is seeking a temporary Special Events Assistant. The Special Events Assistant will support the Development team in the day-to-day functions of planning and executing Equality Texas’ 4th Annual Gala.

The ideal candidate has excellent independent judgment, strong interpersonal and communication skills, experience with project management and events, a proven track record of recruiting and motivating others to invest their time into volunteer efforts, and a commitment to equality for all LGBTQ+ Texans.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist with item procurement for the silent auction, brainstorm creative auction packages, creating auction materials and tracking procurement progress.
  • Managing volunteers during the 4th Annual Equality Texas gala.
  • Collaborate with the Development team to execute fundraising tactics for the night of the Annual Gala.
  • Solicit potential vendors, donors, guests, and sponsors. 
  • Help with procurement packet mailings, invitation mailings, and other tasks.
  • Process gift forms and collect pledges for donations in the database.
  • Support events team on all Gala administrative needs
  • Assist in donation, sponsorship, ticket sales and solicitation activity.
  • Coordinate seating chart allocation, schedule meetings with venue, edit marketing materials, edit video and script for Gala program, etc. 

WORK PERIOD

  • September 19 to October 19: 20 hours/week
  • October 19 to November 19: 28 hours/week (Day of Gala – November 19th)
  • November 21 to January 1: As needed, up to 20 hours/week
  • January 1 to February 28: 20 hours/week (Day of Event – February 11th)

CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organization
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Experience in Word, Excel, Outlook, and Google Drive
  • Previous events knowledge strongly preferred
  • Must be comfortable being flexible in day-to-day tasks, since responsibilities change based on necessary projects and changing deadlines.
  • Candidates must have a desire to learn and a willingness to receive feedback.

Desired Credentials:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 3 years of professional experience in events, communication, production management, hospitality, or related fields. 
  • Professional experience with nonprofit fundraising events, galas, or major events.

COMPENSATION

Compensation for this position is negotiable, depending on experience, and is highly competitive ($25/hr).  

TO APPLY

Send a cover letter and resume with three professional references by email to jobs@equalitytexas.org describing your interest in this position, and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above. Include “EQTX Events Assistant” in the subject line of your email. When submitting your application, please be sure to submit both a cover letter (with a document name formatted as “Last name.First name-Cover Letter”) and your resume (with document name formatted as “Last name.First name-Resume”). Please also indicate in your cover letter where you heard of this career opportunity. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.  Applications accepted until the position is filled.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Equality Texas envisions a Texas where all LGBTQ+ people and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of their fellow Texans and in all areas of the law. Headquartered in Austin, Equality Texas is dedicated to securing full legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration. With tens of thousands of members across the state, Equality Texas is the state’s leading state-wide organizing and advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ Texans. Today’s Equality Texas is comprised of two connected nonprofit corporations:

Equality Texas Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational programming on LGBTQ+ issues and conducts campaigns to build public support for equal rights, and

Equality Texas, a 501(c)4 organization that conducts direct lobbying and advocacy efforts to advance pro-LGBTQ+ legislation and candidates and to defeat anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Each organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors; these Boards have 33 members in total who represent a cross-section of LGBTQ community, business, and philanthropic leaders and allies. Equality Texas had combined (c)3 and (c)4 revenue of roughly $1.2 million in 2020.

Equality Texas values the leadership of people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals, and strongly encourages people of all traditionally underrepresented identities to apply.

No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

 

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EQTX Endorses Openly LGBTQ members of the Caucus

September 7, 2022 by Johnathan Gooch

Contact: Johnathan Gooch, Communications Director, Equality Texas, johnathan.gooch@equalitytexas.org

Equality Texas, the largest nonpartisan statewide political advocacy organization working for the elimination of discrimination against the LGTBQ+ community, today endorses the following openly LGBTQ members of the LGBTQ caucus.

“The LGBTQ caucus has been a team of staunch allies and advocates in dark times. Having so many openly LGBTQ members of the house is a comfort to queer Texans across the state,” said Rachel Hill, Government Affairs Director at Equality Texas. “We couldn’t do our work without these champions of equality.”

Equality Texas is proud to endorse:

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Equality Texas is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, serving as the largest nonpartisan statewide political advocacy organization working for the elimination of discrimination targeting the LGTBQ+ community. This work occurs primarily within, but not limited to, odd-numbered years when the Texas Legislature is in session. During the session, Equality Texas works to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ Texans alongside pro-equality legislators and protects LGBTQ+ Texans from legislative attacks.

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Queer Texas Crisis Fund Announcement

June 3, 2022 by Johnathan Gooch

Contact:  Johnathan Gooch | johnathan.gooch@equalitytexas.org

                          

DALLAS, TX  – May 31, 2022 –  Texas Pride Impact Funds (TPIF) in partnership with Equality Texas Foundation announce that $42,000 of rapid response funding is being distributed to grassroots nonprofits serving trans individuals, their families, and communities. We’re grateful for the support of Gucci, Pure for Men, and TENT who helped make these community-focused grants possible. The partnership is also launching the Queer Texas Crisis Fund (QTCF) 2022 fundraising campaign commencing with the start of Pride Month.

The politically driven attempts to ban lifesaving, affirming health care for trans youth  including the recent DFPS investigations of trans kids and their loving  families have resulted in severe, life-threatening consequences.  Trans-supportive organizations across Texas have seen: 

(1) increased demand for mental health services for trans kids and parents alike; (2) skyrocketing requests of gender marker and name correction services; and (3) parents retreating from trusted online support groups in this climate of parental investigations; and (4) new financial burdens on families for legal defense and the cost of maintaining lifesaving care at significant distances from home.

In response to these accelerating, political attacks on trans youth and their parents, TPIF’s Pride Month activities will focus on honoring people of transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer experience.  The initiative is intended to bring desperately needed resources to small non-profit organizations already working, with minimal resources, and now experiencing compounding duress due to the reckless, politically driven assaults.

“Age-appropriate and individualized medical treatments for trans youth are supported by the state and nation’s largest physicians’ groups including the American and Texas Medical Associations,” said TPIF Executive Director Ron Guillard. “These organizations also oppose Texas’ abuse investigations and other efforts to block or alter gender-affirming care for minors. Sadly, this is just another example of the pattern of some Texas government leaders continuing to deny science, claiming false narratives for political gain. With our Pride Month QTCF 2022 fundraising we are committed to face the urgency to deliver more support to families of trans youth and the non-profits supporting them, and to build a stronger and mightier ecosystem of actors working on LGBTQ+ equality in Texas.”

“Since 2021, anti-LGBTQ+ politicians, including the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general have been laying the groundwork to turn Texans against their LGBTQ+ neighbors. They have found it politically advantageous to spread lies about and villainize LGBTQ+ people—especially transgender people. As a result of this sustained fear-mongering we have seen a marked increase in bias and discrimination across the state that has had serious consequences for LGBTQ+ Texans’ sense of safety and well-being. Grassroots organizations across Texas are providing critical resources that we are happy to support,” said Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez.

QTCF originally launched in the summer of 2020 as an innovative partnership between the two organizations to raise money during the COVID-19 pandemic to support LGBTQ+ serving nonprofit organizations providing emergency relief to communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This unique partnership brings together complementary strengths of the two organizations and their collective access to resources. 

“With Equality Texas, we have high hopes for QTCF 2022 fundraising based on donation patterns and donor activism over the past two months. A February Twitter post singling out TPIF’s work in support of the trans community across Texas resulted in a cycle of donations from around the globe. A generous contribution by the Laughing Gull Foundation, Durham NC, to TPIF for our rapid response support of Texas organizations in crisis because of our governor’s and attorney general’s actions cemented our commitment to launch the rapid response awards and follow-on QTCF 2022 fundraising. As a community foundation, Texas Pride Impact Funds is eager to leverage our influence and networks to access more resources, whether given to us for regranting initiatives or where we recommend direct funding needs, as we continually strive to stay abreast of – and help meet – the greatest needs in the LGBTQ+ communities across our large state.”

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About Texas Pride Impact Funds

The Mission of TPIF is to inspire giving and investment to secure equitable opportunities that serve and enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ Texans for generations to come. TPIF was chartered in 2015 as the first LGBTQ+ statewide foundation for Texas. The organization operates under fiscal sponsorship of the Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)(3), publicly supported charity, Federal Tax ID 75-2890371. The Dallas Foundation provides TPIF investment management and other administrative services, helping TPIF leaders and volunteers focus on community and donor engagement.

In November 2018, TPIF launched its annual Community Grants program, awarding $120,000 to sixteen LGBTQ+ supportive organizations across Texas; to date a total of $850,000 grants have been awarded (through March 2022). TPIF prioritizes organizations and projects that address the current and direct needs of LGBTQ+ communities while also seeking to correct the systemic injustices that unfairly burden people living within these identities and at their intersections. TPIF is supported by a growing donor community of individuals and families, corporations, and institutional donors.

About Equality Texas

Equality Texas is the largest statewide organization working to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration. The Equality Texas Foundation works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration.

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Equality Texas Endorses Venton Jones in May 24 Dallas Democratic Primary Runoff

May 20, 2022 by Johnathan Gooch

Contact: Johnathan Gooch, Equality Texas,  johnathan.gooch@equalitytexas.org 

Austin, Texas – May 20th, 2022 – Equality Texas, the largest statewide organization working to secure full equality for LGBTQ+ Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration, today endorsed Democratic Texas House Candidate Venton Jones for the May 24th primary runoff election.

“It is critically important that Equality Texans turn out en masse to vote on May 24th to ensure that we select politicians who will focus on platforms that address the needs of their communities rather than stoking fear to turn us against each other. Venton is a tireless advocate working to improve healthcare access, fighting for marginalized communities, and protecting voting rights for all Texans. We are confident he will continue this work for House District 100 when elected. Venton would also represent a number of historic firsts.  When elected, he will become the first out Black gay man openly living with HIV elected to the Texas House of Representatives and a welcome addition to the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus, House District 100, and the state of Texas will greatly benefit from his leadership,” said Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas.

“I represent a new generation of leaders committed to advancing equity and justice through experience, public policy, and organizing diverse communities. I will focus my energy on what is most important – the people of House District 100 and working to earn their trust, support and vote. Across our races, backgrounds, we want to be treated with dignity and respect. We all have a role to play in fostering a district where each one of us has the freedom to be ourselves, pursue our dreams, and have a good life—no exceptions” said Venton Jones, Democratic candidate for Texas House 100 in Dallas.

Early voting for the runoff election will end tomorrow, Friday, May 20. Tuesday, May 24 is Election Day. Voters will need to bring a valid photo ID when they head to the polling sites to vote. Election Day polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 24. As long as you are in line before 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

DART will be offering free transportation on election day and no proof of voter registration is required. Riders can use the promo code VOTE22 when checking out in the GoPass app for a complimentary Adult Local Day Pass. V Absentee and mail-in ballots must be postmarked or delivered by hand by 7pm.

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Equality Texas is the largest statewide organization working to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration.

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Statement on SCOTX Decision on Gov. Abbott’s directive to Department of Family and Protective Services

May 13, 2022 by Johnathan Gooch

For Immediate Release: All in For Equality Coalition Responds to Texas Supreme Court Decision on Gov. Abbott’s directive to Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate trans kids and their loving parents

Contact: Johnathan Gooch, Equality Texas, johnathan.gooch@equalitytexas.org

May 13, 2022 – AUSTIN, TEXAS Today the Texas Supreme Court weighed in on Gov. Abbott’s directive to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate parents that provide life-saving gender-affirming care to their children. The court was considering an appellate court’s decision to affirm an injunction that prevents DFPS from investigating the families of trans kids. That injunction prevented DFPS or the Governor from investigating families. Today, Texas’ highest court said that the Governor does not have the authority to investigate families or to direct DFPS to do so. While the court’s ruling narrows the scope of the injunction, it unequivocally states that the Governor was acting beyond the scope of his authority.

The Court narrowed the injunction on a technicality—the appeals court was only allowed to consider the potential harm to the plaintiffs, not the harm to all families in Texas. Therefore, the family involved in this dispute and Dr. Megan Mooney will remain protected under the injunction finding that DFPS’s actions were unlawful and caused irreparable harm. It would be unconscionable for DFPS to resume investigations. The Governor’s Directive is not the law and DFPS is not obligated to follow it.

Political leaders in our state, like Abbott and Paxton, have continuously focused on falsely stoking fear, and trying to criminalize transgender young people and their families. It is indefensible for any state leader to weaponize the child welfare system. Loving families belong together; providing life-saving care, recognized by every major medical association, is the epitome of love. Transgender youth deserve to be happy, safe, and—most importantly—alive.

The Court today ruled that the Governor cannot play politics with DFPS. The Governor’s misinformed and malicious opinions do not change DFPS’s mandate. Our coalition of organizations fighting for LGBTQ+ equality calls upon DFPS to end the investigations into trans kids and their families. We trust families and their doctors to make the best decisions about their children’s health care. Trans youth belong here in the state they call home, to live authentically as who they are, and have the right to bodily autonomy. The parents that protect and support them deserve to be celebrated not investigated. 

 

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Equality Texas is the largest statewide organization working to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration.

The Transgender Education Network of Texas is the largest statewide, BIPOC trans-led, trans-focused policy, education, and advocacy organization in the state of Texas.

Founded in 1995, the Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of more than 150,000 religious and community leaders who support religious freedom, individual liberties and public education.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is the leading civil rights organization in the Lone Star State. Since our formation in 1938, we have worked in the courts, the legislature, and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty.

Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ+ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community.

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to end discrimination and achieve equality for transgender people, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities.

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Regional Field Organizer – Travis County

April 26, 2022 by Johnathan Gooch

Title: Regional Field Organizer
Organization: Equality Texas and Equality Texas Foundation
Reports to: Field Director
Location: Central Texas Travis County, Bexar County, Guadalupe County, or Hamilton County

THE POSITION

Equality Texas – the state’s leading organization solely dedicated to securing full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ Texans – is seeking a temporary Regional Field Organizer to support and mobilize volunteer leaders, activists, and advocates as part of our Turn OUT Texas electoral campaign. The position is set to begin in June and aims to wrap up shortly after the November 2022 elections.

The ideal candidate has excellent independent judgment, has strong interpersonal and communication skills, experience with project management, a proven track record of recruiting and motivating others to invest their time into volunteer efforts and a commitment to equality for all LGBTQ+ Texans. Personal connection and knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community is preferred.

This is a newly created 40/hr per week position based in any of the following Central Texas counties – Travis, Bexar, Guadalupe or Hamilton. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

This Regional Field Organizer reports to the Field Director and is based in one of the four central Texas counties listed above.. 

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

CANDIDATE PROFILE/REQUIREMENTS

We’re seeking candidates who are adept at mobilizing others for important causes. While the qualifications below describe a typical candidate, strong consideration will be granted to individuals who may not meet the listed qualifications but demonstrate strong skills, knowledge, and organizing potential.

Knowledge of LGBTQ+ policy issues is a plus but not a requirement.

COMPENSATION

Compensation for this position is negotiable and depends on experience and is highly competitive ($20/hr).  Benefits include mileage reimbursement, phone reimbursements.

TO APPLY

Send a cover letter and resume with three professional references by email to jobs@equalitytexas.org describing your interest in this position, and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above. Include “EQTX Regional Field Organizer – Central Texas” in the subject line of your email. When submitting your application, please be sure to submit both a cover letter (with a document name formatted as “Last name.First name-Cover Letter”) and your resume (with document name formatted as “Last name.First name-Resume”). Please also indicate in your cover letter where you heard of this career opportunity. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.  Applications accepted until position is filled.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

Equality Texas envisions a Texas where all LGBTQ+ people and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of their fellow Texans and in all areas of the law. Headquartered in Austin, Equality Texas is dedicated to securing full legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration. With tens of thousands of members across the state, Equality Texas is the state’s leading state-wide organizing and advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ Texans. Today’s Equality Texas is comprised of two connected nonprofit corporations:

Equality Texas Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational programming on LGBTQ+ issues and conducts campaigns to build public support for equal rights, and

Equality Texas, a 501(c)4 organization that conducts direct lobbying and advocacy efforts to advance pro-LGBTQ+ legislation and candidates and to defeat anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Each organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors; these Boards have 33 members in total who represent a cross-section of LGBTQ community, business, and philanthropic leaders and allies. Equality Texas had combined (c)3 and (c)4 revenue of roughly $1.2 million in 2020.

Equality Texas values the leadership of people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals, and strongly encourages people of all traditionally underrepresented identities to apply.

No applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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