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Field Director
Posted:  December 19, 2020
Application Due:  January 17, 2021
Location:  Austin, TX

THE POSITION

Equality Texas is seeking a Field Director to manage the operation and execution of all field organizing activities to advance our organization’s mission of full lived equality for all LGBTQ+ Texans. The Field Director is responsible for managing campaigns that persuade or pressure decision-makers to accomplish advocacy goals, establish and maintain partner and coalition relationships, and create strategies that map out the path to accomplishing short-, medium-, and long-term goals. They will oversee activities such as deep canvassing, staffing and coordinating local events across Texas, supporting steering committees, pride, volunteer engagement, and phone and text banking. The Field Director works closely with programmatic staff and field staff to ensure campaigns are run effectively and efficiently.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Write and implement a comprehensive, data driven field plan
  • Recruit, onboard, and train volunteer organizers across Texas.
  • Oversee all aspects of hiring, training, and supervision of field staff including direct management of Field Supervisors
  • Develop and execute effective campaign plans that help engage, educate, and mobilize Equality Texans.
  • Provide recommendations on new strategies, tactics, and tools for the implementation of all organizing campaigns.
  • Establish systems of accountability to ensure the meeting of all campaign goals including the implementation of regular assessments on campaign progress-to-goals
  • Oversee organizing reporting systems and tools;
  • Use data capture platforms (e.g. NGP VAN) and campaign communications platforms (e.g. SMS) to conduct strategic outreach
  • Collaborate with Law & Policy to determine strategic in-state legislative policy imperatives.
  • Collaborate with organizing staff and other members of the team to respond to emergent situation
  • Identify partners for collaboration, capacity-building and other scalable organizing projects

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage complex projects with various community stakeholders and coalition members.
  • Fortify, build, and rebuild relationships with community partners and organizations to drive collaborative work across the state.
  • Build and manage a field leadership team to execute complex field plan
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously, meeting frequent deadlines
  • Motivate staff to meet field goals
  • Motivate and encourage volunteers to share their stories during legislative session or meetings with key stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned

CANDIDATE SKILL PROFILE/REQUIREMENTS

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • 5-7 years of relevant experience including field, advocacy, communications, research, organizing or partnership outreach
  • Extensive experience managing and training high performing staffers
  • Demonstrated success as a project manager
  • Intimate familiarity with the legislative process
  • Experience working with diverse communities and committed to acting on the belief that racial equity and social justice are critical components of our work
  • Experience with strategic planning and implementation of campaign organizers to issue and political advocacy efforts
  • Proficiency in the management and operation of campaign platforms and tools including but not limited to NGP VAN, SMS platforms, and other communications platforms and tools
  • Ability to develop, manage and train others on range or organizing models (fundraising, membership, electoral, activist development, etc.);
  • Ability to work independently in politically-sensitive and high-pressure environments
  • Ability to manage and direct large-scale staff across functions and locations;
  • Excellent problem-solving and relational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to work irregular hours
  • Ability to work in a non-partisan / bi-partisan manner

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please email your resume and cover letter detailing how your experience prepares you to assume the responsibilities and expectations of the Field Director role at Equality Texas to jobs@equalitytexas.org with subject line: EQTX Field Director.

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 2018.

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.