Southwest Organizer

Thursday, Jan 11 2018

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:     Use your grassroots organizing skills to fight for voting rights and representative government in the Southwest. Common Cause is seeking a passionate, strategic, self-reliant, and collaborative organizer to assist in our efforts to build a democracy grassroots movement throughout the Southwest. The Southwest Organizer will be instrumental in moving priority campaigns by educating, training, and mobilizing activists and action teams.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
•    Collaborate with the National Grassroots Organizer and state executive directors to develop, strengthen, and maintain a grassroots organizing network across the Southwest;
•    Create and implement campaign plans for priority multi-year campaigns including passing online voter registration in Texas and local ballot measures across Texas and New Mexico;
•    Build coalition support, organize members, and educate the public and elected officials on Common Cause’s work and campaigns;
•    Develop public outreach materials including factsheets, action alerts, presentations, online updates, text messages, and email blasts;
•    Recruit and develop diverse leadership of grassroots members, especially youth and people living in low-income communities and communities of color;
•    Develop and coordinate trainings for grassroots activists on legislative advocacy, elections reform, and other skills as needed;
•    Work with, gain support, and convene a conference of local election officials and elected officials to gain support for priority campaigns;
•    Stay abreast of legislative and organizational developments throughout the region, building and maintaining relationships with key Congressional and state targets;
•    Coordinate rapid response in-person events that may include petition deliveries, rallies, stand-up news conferences, and other creative actions that earn media attention;
•    Assist with regional fundraising for our organizing campaigns in coordination with the National Grassroots Organizer and state executive directors.
•    This position is based in Austin, Texas, but will require significant travel around Texas and to other Southwestern states.
                                                
QUALIFICATIONS:
•    At least 1-3 years of experience in organizing, advocacy, project management, or similar fields
•    Working knowledge of statewide democracy issues, including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, ethics, and more.
•    Bachelor's degree preferred. We will, however, consider non-degreed candidates with exceptional organizing experience.
•    Experience as a community organizer working in low-income communities and communities of color.
•    Commitment to political reform and social and economic justice.
•    Bilingual preferred.
•    Able to take initiative and a self-starter.
•    Ability to travel extensively and overnight throughout the Southwestern region.
•    Understanding of the political landscape and policy trends in Texas and other Southwestern states.
•    Strong empathy, ability, and desire to work in diverse settings.
•    Ability to multi-task and to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.
•    Willingness to work flexible hours—including occasional weeknights and weekends.
•    Commitment to working as part of a team. Commitment to professionalism including standards for self and others.
•    Written and verbal communications skills both for external and internal platforms.
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and current social media platforms required. Action Network (or similar website and advocacy management program) mastery is a plus.
 
FLSA STATUS: Exempt                       
 
TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Director of Human Resources at hr@commoncause.org and include SOUTHWEST ORGANIZER – TEXAS in the subject line; or fax to 202.355.7546.  No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
 
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE:
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring core values of American Democracy, reinventing an open, honest, and accountable government that works for the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard.
 
Founded 45 years ago, Common Cause has 1,000,000 members and supporters, and chapters in 35 states around the country. At the national and state level, Common Cause is actively engaged in defending and advancing the core values of our democracy, which include politics not dominated by money, full access to voting and fair elections, economic opportunity for all, an ethical and accountable government, and an open and democratic media. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org.


Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.

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