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Regional Field Organizer – Rio Grande Valley
Posted:  November 5, 2021
Application Due:  rolling
Location:  Rio Grande Valley

Title: Regional Field Organizer
Organization: Equality Texas and Equality Texas Foundation
Reports to: Field Director
Location: Rio Grande Valley region, TX

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 February 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 the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) region of Texas. There is flexibility in the county within the RGV. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

This Regional Field Organizer reports to the Field Director and is based in Collin County. 

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying, cultivating, and supporting community volunteers who will participate in the Turn OUT for Texas campaign to promote LGBTQ+ equality within the target district.
  • Recruiting and organizing people to conduct voter identification and mobilization for Texas House races. 
  • Recruiting volunteers to participate in voter registration efforts within the target region. 
  • Speaking at events and to small groups on behalf of Equality Texas.
  • Planning events, and recruiting volunteers to participate in relevant trainings and programs that develop grassroots leadership and support our Turn OUT for Texas campaign.
  • Collaborating with grassroots leaders, allies, and Equality Texas staff to execute large and effective community actions.
  • Completing and executing work plans.
  • Managing simultaneous projects and shifting priorities.
  • Advancing other Equality Texas priorities through organizing.

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.

  • Experience in community/field organizing and at least one year of experience working directly with volunteers strongly preferred. 
  • A history of successful collaboration with people from diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, racial, economic, and ethnic backgrounds and a broad range of ages, ideological positions, and religious views.  
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to form connections with strangers. Knowledge of relational organizing is a plus.
  • Strong oral communications skills. Fluency in Spanish is a strong plus.
  • Superb organization skills; detail-oriented with strong follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Previous experience with door-to-door canvassing, signature gathering, and phonebanking a plus.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, and eager to learn new skills.
  • Attention to data tracking, measurable goals, and results.
  • Ability to travel around the region as necessary and participate in evening and weekend meetings.
  • Candidates must be willing to be deputized to register voters – the ideal candidate is already deputized in the County where they will be working.
  • Candidates must have a desire to learn and a willingness to receive feedback.
  • Individuals with knowledge of current political alignments and opportunities for collaboration specifically in Texas with a broad range of groups and familiarity with the advocacy and community organizing landscape around the state are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 – RGV” 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.