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North Texas Field Coordinator
Posted:  July 5, 2018
Application Due:  July 27, 2018
Location:  North Texas

Equality Texas is comprised of two organizations that share a single vision of Texas where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of all Texans and in all areas of the law. The Equality Texas Foundation, an IRS 501 C(3) public charity, works to secure full equality for lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Texans by focusing on education, community organizing, and collaboration.  As an IRS 501(C)(4) organization, Equality Texas works toward the same goal through political action.

Equality Texas is based in Austin and has staff in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Six full-time staff and four contractors comprise the statewide workforce. Two separate and committed boards, with a combined census of 30 diverse members representing all regions of the state, provide legislative guidance, fundraising support, and organizational governance.

Over the next several years, Equality Texas will work to make equality real for LGBTQ Texans by increasing the number of residents protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in cities, towns, counties, school districts, government agencies and public and private workplaces.  This effort will require greater community engagement to ensure that a majority of Texans are supportive of LGBTQ equal treatment and will take action to help us advance our mission.

To reach this goal, Equality Texas is seeking an experienced field coordinator for a newly-created position in North Texas.

The North Texas Field Coordinator

The North Texas Field Coordinator will oversee Equality Texas’s grassroots organizing efforts in the DFW Metroplex with an emphasis on growing our network of engaged volunteer activists and supporters in order to execute civic engagement, issue-based advocacy, and electoral campaigns.

The North Texas Field Coordinator will be required to:

  • Design, plan, develop, and execute a comprehensive strategy to increase grassroots support for LGBTQ equality in North Texas.
  • Implement civic engagement, public education, issue-based advocacy, and electoral campaigns in North Texas at the direction of the Chief Program Officer and in collaboration with other Equality Texas program staff across the state.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization, and with partner and allied organizations, to ensure maximum effectiveness of program efforts and campaigns in the region.
  • Prepare and lead advocacy and organizing trainings.
  • Coordinate logistics of outreach events, including recruitment and training of volunteers for successful execution of outreach activities.
  • Represent Equality Texas at community events, public forums, and conferences, including panel discussions and other public speaking engagements.
  • Travel frequently across the North Texas area to assist in planning and execution of grassroots public education, issue-based advocacy, and electoral campaigns.
  • Periodic travel to Austin headquarters for organizational trainings and events.

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following experience and characteristics:  

  • A record of success in grassroots organizing and/or campaign experience.
  • Strong knowledge of organizing principles, including volunteer recruitment, training, and retention.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative process, civic engagement, and political advocacy are required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to LGBTQ equal treatment and the mission of Equality Texas.
  • Experience working effectively independently and as a team member.
  • A reputation as an innovator, change agent and builder.
  • Excellent human relations skills, persuasive writing, presentation, and public speaking skills, exceptional judgment and maturity.
  • Demonstrated experience building, nurturing and creating collaborations with community leaders, political and business leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • A strong work ethic, honesty, integrity, a high energy level, and a commitment to teamwork.

Reporting Relationships

The North Texas Field Coordinator works under the direction of the Chief Program Officer, who is based in Houston.

Requirements, Career Path and Education Background

The ideal candidate has a creative, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to work, the ability to represent Equality Texas with professionalism, and possesses strong and engaging communication skills (both written and spoken.)   Excellent organizational skills are required, coupled with the ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines, and a talent to work effectively with volunteers.

Familiarity with NGP/VAN or a broad understanding of maximizing ECRM software is required.  Knowledge of/or passion for LGBTQ equality issues is strongly preferred. Fluency in English and Spanish is desired.  A bachelor’s degree is preferred.

At a minimum, this position requires:

  • At least two years grassroots organizing and/or campaign experience.
  • Strong knowledge of organizing principles, including volunteer recruitment, training, and retention.
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative process, civic engagement, and political advocacy.

Compensation

Equality Texas is offering an industry competitive compensation package based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Application Process

Please submit the following to Info@equalitytexas.org with the subject line “North Texas Field”:

1.) Cover letter:  All candidates are strongly encouraged to develop a cover letter that describes how their qualifications, experiences and past successes in field organizing or campaigns intersect with Equality Texas’ requirements for this position.

2.) Resume/CV

3.) Compensation history and compensation requirements

All three attachments must be received; incomplete applications will not be considered.  Due to the anticipated volume of applications only principal, qualified candidates will receive a response.  We ask that no phone calls be placed to Equality Texas.

To learn more about Equality Texas, please visit the website: https://www.equalitytexas.org

Equality Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and actively seeks and desires a diverse pool of candidates.