LOCATION: Telecommute from anywhere in Texas with preference for El Paso, San Antonio, or the Rio Grande Valley.
SALARY RANGE: $40,000-$43,000, dependent on experience; full time position through November 2020.
OBJECTIVE: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Voting Rights Organizer will lead Common Cause Texas’ organizing work around voting rights, including but not limited to election protection, Common Cause’s Let Texas Vote advocacy campaign, and reform work at both the local and legislative levels.
- Volunteer recruitment: Our volunteer poll monitors are the single most important component of Common Cause’s election protection work. Your role will be to use a variety of tactics to recruit volunteer poll monitors.
- Training material development: Cooperatively with others, you will develop training presentations and accompanying materials.
- Conduct trainings: Traveling throughout Texas, you’ll conduct poll monitor trainings and assist in preparing our Election Protection Fellows to conduct trainings.
- Deploy poll monitors: You’ll assist in gathering the data needed to allow us to determine which poll sites to assign monitors to, and you’ll assist in managing volunteers during early vote and on election day, including reassigning volunteers based on a variety of factors.
- Problems at the Polls: The Voting Rights Organizer will assist as needed to address issues as they arise to ensure no Texan is deprived of their right to vote.
- Election administration meetings: Under the direction of the executive director and deputy director, you’ll engage with election administrators about election plans, ensure they are aware of our program, and work with them as needed to resolve issues and problems.
- Analysis: Assist in analyzing the problems we see throughout the election cycle, developing a report summarizing those issues, and issuing recommendations for legislative or local reforms that would prevent those problems in the future.
- Coalition coordination: Take part in regular meetings with the Texas Election Protection Coalition, Texas Election Reform Coalition, national partners, and Common Cause Election Protection staff in other states.
- Building power: Via our Let Texas Vote campaign, work to build power around a package of election reforms designed to make it easier for Texans to register and vote.
- Coalition building: Reach out to organizations across the state to develop collaborative partnerships, strengthen existing partnerships, and build existing coalitions.
- Democracy Fellowship: Our paid fellowship program seeks to train the next generation of democracy advocates. You’ll work with the Executive Director to develop the curriculum for the Fellowship and be charged with administering the program.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to build and cultivate relationships with people and organizations of various orientations and backgrounds.
- Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and the ability to motivate people to act.
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency, including the ability to work effectively with those belonging to groups of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, language, ability, age and socioeconomic status.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability for clear, concise and persuasive writing.
- Ability to work independently, initiate projects and work with minimal supervision.
- Experience coordinating volunteers.
- Familiarity with online advocacy/organizing tools
- Flexibility, creativity, curiosity and a good sense of humor.
- Flexibility to work nights and weekends and travel in Texas.
- Perform exceptionally well under pressure, while managing multiple projects with a high degree of accuracy and diplomacy.
- Must maintain a high level of professionalism, honesty, and reliability.
- Commitment to advancing racial equity and nonpartisanship through our democracy agenda.
- Commitment to Common Cause’s issues and public interest advocacy with special attention to voting rights and issues.
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Higher education is preferred.
- Flexibility to work nights and weekends required. Some travel may be required. If public health concerns do not allow for safe travel, much or all of this work will be done remotely.
We offer a robust and competitive benefits package inclusive of:
- Competitive paid time off policy
- Comprehensive health insurance
- Life and disability insurance
- 401(k) and FSA
- Yearly professional development stipend
- Commuter benefits
TO APPLY: Please submit resume and cover letter to Director of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “VOTING RIGHTS ORGANIZER” in the subject line. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
EQUITY & INCLUSION: Must be authorized to work in the United States. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.
ABOUT COMMON CAUSE:
Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process. Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.2 million members and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country. More information can be found at: www.commoncause.org.
Common Cause is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of any race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, income class, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or marital status, as well as applicants who have been previously incarcerated.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.