High School Voter Campaign Coordinator

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Texas Civil Rights Project
Published
September 4, 2019
Location
Austin, Texas
Category
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
Entry Level
Education (minimum)
Not specified
Travel Required?
Occasionally
Base Salary
$40,000 - 50,000

Description

The Texas Civil Rights Project’s Voting Rights Program tackles the systemic issues that suppress democratic participation in Texas — from voter registration to the moment when an individual cast their ballot. Through litigation and advocacy, TCRP fights to turn the tide on the state’s abysmal voting rights record by removing barriers to voter registration, supporting grassroots voter mobilization efforts, and opposing new attempts to suppress voting.

Our high school voter registration campaign seeks to smash one such barrier to voting: Texas’s failure to fully comply with a unique state law requiring every high school to offer voter registration to eligible students. If fully implemented, this law would strengthen our democracy by empowering young people to participate in our elections from the moment they become adults and develop a lifelong habit of voting. However, although this law has been on the books for more than thirty years, a majority of schools still do not take the first step required under law to register students, depriving hundreds of thousands of young Texans every year of this gateway to democracy.

We are seeking a High School Voter Campaign Coordinator to change that--to lead our campaign (known as Own Our Vote) to make this law’s vision a living reality in Texas. The Coordinator will work closely with our partners — grassroots organizations, educators, parents, students, and community volunteers across the state of Texas — as we work together to register students. The Coordinator will coordinate our research efforts to measure compliance with the law, seek out opportunities to expand public support for the law, and advocate for reforms that would update it for the 21st Century.

As part of the Voting Rights Department, the High School Voter Campaign Coordinator will be managed by the Voting Rights Program Director while working closely with our Community Engagement Department and will be housed in either TCRP’s Austin or Houston office. To apply, please follow application details within this link.

Please note: This is a one-year position; an extension is contingent on performance and additional funding.

Overview of Key Responsibilities

  • Take ownership of our high school voter registration campaign, setting the campaign’s goals and devising strategies and tactics to achieve them;
  • Develop meaningful, regular programming to support the work of our high school voter registration program and high school voter registration efforts;
  • Spearheading a public education campaign to expand knowledge about the high school voter registration law, build public support for full implementation of the law and reforms to strengthen it, and make compliance with the law a top voting rights issue in Texas;
  • Work closely with Own Our Vote partners and stakeholders to support their work registering students, including developing resource materials to bolster their work; connecting them with educators, students, and community volunteers; and sharing best practices;
  • Seek out and onboard new partners for the Own Our Vote coalition and develop new relationships with other relevant stakeholders;
  • Helping to plan and present at an annual statewide summit of grassroots organizations working together to register high school students;
  • Coordinate with and expand our Advisory Council of leading Texans who advocate on behalf of the high school voter registration law;
  • Draft future installments in our landmark series of reports regarding the state’s compliance with the high school voter registration law, including tracking and compiling relevant data;
  • Coordinate with the rest of the TCRP Voting Rights team and other departments in TCRP, including in particular the Community Engagement Department, to achieve the campaign’s objectives;
  • Serve as principal spokesperson for the high school voter registration program.

Ideal candidates should have the following characteristics:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including willingness and ability to engage in substantial public speaking;
  • Can juggle and prioritize across multiple projects, both for yourself and for a team, without dropping any balls;
  • Ability to set goals, and develop and execute strategies and tactics to achieve them;
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, and quickly jump onto urgent matters and opportunities as they come up;
  • Demonstrated ability to get people to take action, including being able to tell a compelling story about why this work is important;
  • Able to build strong relationships and work collaboratively across diverse communities—including in particular communities of color, immigrant communities, and persons with disabilities—and across different teams internally;
  • Experience organizing, managing, and deploying volunteers with either a campaign or grassroots organization;
  • Experience advocating for or against policy change;
  • Experience working in a coalition and with stakeholders;
  • Familiarity with event planning and an understanding of what it takes to put together a successful event (like a training or community event);
  • An understanding of the voting rights political landscape in Texas;
  • Ability to read, write, and speak in Spanish is a plus.
  • Graduate degree is a plus
  • Willingness and ability to learn technology quickly.
  • Having a positive, can do attitude.

About TCRP

At TCRP, we are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We use our tools of litigation and legal advocacy to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. We undertake our work with a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity, justice and without fear.

We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to different people’s styles and strengths. Learn more at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.

Compensation

Salary will be based on years of experience, with a starting salary rate of $42,500.  TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. Benefits include: employer-paid health insurance, four weeks paid vacation, eight weeks paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave to 14 weeks in total), a $500 professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a winter break between December 25th and New Year’s Day.

How to Apply

To apply, please follow this link. For consideration, the deadline to apply is 09/20/2019, though we will be reviewing applications as soon as we receive them, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Inclusion & Non-Discrimination

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. TCRP offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, professional development opportunities, and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance.

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