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Convention Director Austin, TX
Organizing Director Austin, TX
Constituency Organizer | Millennial / Gen Z Austin, TX
Constituency Organizer | LGBTQ+ Austin, TX
Constituency Organizer | African American Austin, TX
Research Director Austin, TX
Voter Protection Director Austin, TX
Internships Austin, TX
Fellowship: Resume Bank Austin, TX

Convention Director

The Texas Democratic Convention is the largest state Democratic convention in the country. This is one of the most prominent events in Democratic politics.

Description: The Texas Democratic Party seeks a Convention Director to lead state and national convention planning and coordination. The Convention Director will report to the Operations Director and work closely alongside the Finance Director, Primary Director, Senior Brand Director, and Executive Director. The Convention Director will have significant cross-departmental responsibilities.

At the 2018 convention in Fort Worth, the state party engaged more than 10,000 attendees: 7,500 delegates, 5,000 guests, 200+ candidates, and 100+ vendors. We organized more than 77 meetings and caucuses.

In a presidential election year, for the 2020 convention in San Antonio, we expect more than 15,000 attendees and will feature our Party’s elected officials, candidates, and rising stars. We will generate millions in earned media, with placements in national, state and local outlets. We will show the world that Texas is the biggest battleground state.

The right fit for this job is a person who has impeccable organizational, interpersonal, communication, and planning skills. This person is highly responsible, creative, takes initiative, and has a sense of humor and team spirit.

Convention Director Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversee the planning of the 2020 Texas Democratic Convention, tracking budgetary requirements, dates, and corresponding projected revenue.
  • Assist the Political Director of the Convention on logistics to achieve the required legal requirements and duties under the Texas Democratic Party Rules and Texas statutes.
  • Assist the Executive Director in selecting and coordinating the speakers for the general session and other venues.
  • Manage relationships with the city of San Antonio, hotels and convention center staff, including tracking hotel room block bookings ahead of deadlines to ensure room-night minimums are met.
  • Liaise with Freeman A/V for convention advance, program, seating layout, and stage design. Responsibilities also include coordinating move-in/move-out with venue(s), working with organized labor as necessary, and coordinate rental and placement of booths.
  • Work with venues, including hotels, partner organizations, and Freeman to ensure programming is accessible to handicapped, low-hearing, deaf, low-vision, and blind participants.
  • Handle venue, vendor, staff, and participant logistics.
  • Oversee catering at various convention venues and that food and beverage minimums are met.
  • Manage timing and room assignments for some 80 official and ancillary meetings, caucuses, and programs. Update partners and stakeholders and coordinate recruitment of approximately 100 volunteers.
  • Coordinate numerous moving pieces and cross-departmental and cross-partner requests and concerns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Superior project management skills. Know how to plan a project or program, track progress, and adjust resources as needed.
  • Outstanding communication skills-keeping all stakeholders informed in up-to-the-minute developments
  • Proficient in budgeting and projecting income
  • Ultimate team player-knows how to delegate appropriate tasks to appropriate staff members
  • Willingness to travel in Texas and nationally.
  • Familiarity with Texas and Texas politics helpful.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience.
Employee Classification: This position begins on January 7 and concludes on July 31, 2020. Additional employment opportunities may be offered to extend employment, in a separate role, until November 30, 2020.
Start Date: January 7, 2020
Department: Operations
Reports to: Operations Director

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. No phone calls please.


 

Organizing Director

Texas is the biggest battleground state in the country, and Texas Democrats are poised to win. The polls are showing Donald Trump loses to a Democratic champion and we are in a dead heat for the United States Senate.

The TDP is seeking a top-tier, self-motivated, and innovative Organizing Director who will be responsible for creating a strategic field plan (in collaboration with the party and political leadership), building an ambitious volunteer development program, and executing a massive statewide voter turnout operation. This person will work closely with the political, data, and training departments to develop and execute 2019 and 2020 programs.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing a volunteer-driven voter contact program that supports electoral efforts up-and-down-the-ballot
  • Training, managing and supporting a team of regionally distributed organizers and managers dedicated to expanding our volunteer base capacity
  • Training, managing and supporting a special team of organizers focused on registering, training, and mobilizing core Democratic constituencies
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  • ring an organizational culture of accountability, sustainability, respect, and excellence

  • Working collaboratively with other senior staff to ensure all departments are creating something greater than the sum of its parts

Requirements include:

  • Three cycles of organizing experience (electoral, advocacy, political or union organizing)
  • At least two years of experience managing staff
  • Superior project management skills, including effective task delegation and tracking, and familiarity with collaborative task management tools
  • Demonstrated a history of excellent staff management, including staff training
  • Proficiency with voter registration efforts, base-vote and get-out-the-vote drives
  • Ability to communicate priorities, needs, and expectations up and down the chain of command
  • Strong lateral management skills
  • Proficiency with organizing tools, including Votebuilder/VAN, MobilizeAmerica, and / or texting platforms
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively and clearly communicate with different types of stakeholders, from high level elected officials to grassroots activists
  • An absolute commitment to complete the 2020 cycle at the Texas Democratic Party

Preferred background and experience:

  • Experience organizing in communities of color and/or non-English-speaking communities
  • Leadership position within a state party
  • Texas ties and / or battleground state experience

Send resume, cover letter to [email protected] using the subject line: “Organizing Director: (First Name, Last Name)”.


 

Millennial / Gen Z Constituency Organizer

The Texas Democratic Party is currently seeking applications for the newly created Millennial / Gen Z Constituency Organizer position. The Constituency Organizer will develop and leverage relationships in order to directly support voter contact programs that perform targeted outreach to the Millennial / Gen Z community across the state. Exceptional candidates have previous experience in campaign, union, or constituency group organizing.

The Constituency Organizer must be a self-starter, team builder, and must care deeply about the future success of progressive politics in Texas. The Constituency Organizer will report directly to the Deputy Organizing Director.

The position is full-time and cycle only.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Be an ambassador of the Texas Democratic Party across the state.
  • Develop relationships with key local leaders of the Democratic Party, and build partnerships that support the coordinated organizing effort.
  • Recruit, train, and empower volunteers to become leaders and create local teams for voter contact activities
  • Coordinate with local parties and campaigns in facilitating trainings of local volunteers.
  • Assist with organizing and advancing State Party & Statewide events.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Deputy Organizing Director.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Set up or participate in regular calls/meetings with state party’s Young Democrats and
  • College Democrats caucuses.
  • Set up 1:1 conversations with key Millennial / Gen Z community leaders contacts – covering each county in the state.
  • Build a list of Millennial / Gen Z leaders statewide that can be engaged to support the state’s organizing plan
  • Work with Deputy Organizing Director to set up regular voter contact events
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Organizing Director to give Millennial / Gen Z specific input on eventual field and organizing plan.
  • Identify and train surrogates from the Millennial / Gen Z community to participate in events and press calls.
  • Regularly collect stories of Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s impact on the Millennial / Gen Z community.
  • Liaise and collaborate with partner organizations engaged in youth and campus organizing.

Required Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized and committed to details
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines at once
  • Team building and motivating team members

Required Tools:

  • Reliable transportation
  • A reliable laptop
  • A reliable cell phone

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience managing staff and volunteers
  • Experience working in diverse communities
  • Experience working with community leaders
  • Experience in digital and distributed organizing
  • Experience in organizing in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

Salary: $42,000/yr

How to Apply:
Send your resume, a cover letter, and three professional references via email to [email protected] using the subject line: “Millennial / Gen Z Constituency Organizer (First Name, Last Name)”.


 

LGBTQ+ Constituency Organizer

The Texas Democratic Party is currently seeking applications for the newly created LGBTQ+ Constituency Organizer position. The Constituency Organizer will develop and leverage relationships in order to directly support voter contact programs that perform targeted outreach to the LGBTQ+ community across the state. Exceptional candidates have previous experience in campaign, union, or constituency group organizing.

The Constituency Organizer must be a self-starter, team builder, and must care deeply about the future success of progressive politics in Texas. The Constituency Organizer will report directly to the Deputy Organizing Director.

The position is full-time and cycle only.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Be an ambassador of the Texas Democratic Party across the state.
  • Develop relationships with key local leaders of the Democratic Party, and build partnerships that support the coordinated organizing effort.
  • Recruit, train, and empower volunteers to become leaders and create local teams for voter contact activities
  • Coordinate with local parties and campaigns in facilitating trainings of local volunteers.
  • Assist with organizing and advancing State Party & Statewide events.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Deputy Organizing Director.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Set up or participate in regular calls/meetings with state party’s LGBTQ+ caucuses.
  • Set up 1:1 meetings with key LGBTQ+ community leaders contacts – covering each county in the state.
  • Build a list of LGBTQ+ leaders statewide that can be engaged to support the state’s organizing plan
  • Work with the Deputy Organizing Director to set up regular voter contact events
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Organizing Director to give LGBTQ+ specific input on eventual field and organizing plan.
  • Identify and train surrogates from the LGBTQ+ community to participate in events and press calls.
  • Regularly collect stories of Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s impact on the LGBTQ+ community.

Required Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized and committed to details
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines at once
  • Team building and motivating team members

Required Tools:

  • Reliable transportation
  • A reliable laptop
  • A reliable cell phone

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience managing staff and volunteers
  • Experience working in diverse communities
  • Experience working with community leaders
  • Experience in digital and distributed organizing
  • Experience in organizing in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

Salary: $42,000/yr

How to Apply:
Send your resume, a cover letter, and three professional references via email to [email protected] using the subject line: “LGBTQ+ Constituency Organizer (First Name, Last Name)”.


 

African American Constituency Organizer

The Texas Democratic Party is currently seeking applications for the newly created African American Constituency Organizer position. The Constituency Organizer will develop and leverage relationships in order to directly support voter contact programs that perform targeted outreach to the African American community across the state. Exceptional candidates have previous experience in campaign, union, or constituency group organizing.

The Constituency Organizer must be a self-starter, team builder, and must care deeply about the future success of progressive politics in Texas. The Constituency Organizer will report directly to the Deputy Organizing Director.

The position is full-time and cycle only.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Be an ambassador of the Texas Democratic Party across the state.
  • Develop relationships with key local leaders of the Democratic Party, and build partnerships that support the coordinated organizing effort.
  • Recruit, train, and empower volunteers to become leaders and create local teams for voter contact activities
  • Coordinate with local parties and campaigns in facilitating trainings of local volunteers.
  • Assist with organizing and advancing State Party & Statewide events.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Deputy Organizing Director.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Set up or participate in regular calls/meetings with state party’s African American caucus.
  • Set up 1:1 conversations with key African American community leaders contacts – covering each county in the state.
  • Build a list of African American leaders statewide that can be engaged to support the state’s organizing plan
  • Work with Deputy Organizing Director to set up regular voter contact events
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Organizing Director to give African American specific input on eventual field and organizing plan.
  • Identify and train surrogates from the African American community to participate in events and press calls.
  • Regularly collect stories of Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s impact on the African American community.

Required Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized and committed to details
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines at once
  • Team building and motivating team members

Required Tools:

  • Reliable transportation
  • A reliable laptop
  • A reliable cell phone

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience managing staff and volunteers
  • Experience working in diverse communities
  • Experience working with community leaders
  • Experience in digital and distributed organizing
  • Experience in organizing in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

Salary: $42,000/yr

How to Apply:
Send your resume, a cover letter, and three professional references via email to [email protected] using the subject line: “African American Constituency Organizer (First Name, Last Name)”.


 

Research Director

The Texas Democratic Party is seeking a research director to join our messaging team in Austin, Texas. We’re looking for a researcher who is passionate about fighting Trump Republicans in Texas and working on the ground to build Texas Democratic Party infrastructure.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Executing short- and long-term research goals
  • Fact-checking all public communications
  • Drafting memos, talking points, and rapid response documents
  • Monitoring election activity around the state
  • Managing research staff
  • Performing background checks
  • Performing additional specific research responsibilities, as directed

Requirements include:

  • 2+ years of experience in political research
  • Analytical and communications skills
  • Experience with LexisNexis, government databases, congressional and legislative vote analyses, and other relevant databases
  • Experience compiling databases, and searching media, courthouse, campaign finance, public record, corporate and business filings, and tracking research into research books
  • Bachelor’s degree

The research director will report to the senior brand director and work in collaboration with the communications, digital, finance, operations, and political departments. Some travel required. Applicants must have strong verbal and written communication skills. Legal experience a plus.

Send resume, cover letter to [email protected] using the subject line: “Research Director: (First Name, Last Name)”. Salary is $55k-60k, commensurate with experience.


Fellowship: Resume Bank

The Texas Democratic Party is seeking a part-time, self-motivated, and ready to learn fellow in its Candidate Services Department. This fellow will be responsible for designing and executing the construction of a resume bank for Democratic operatives seeking work in Texas and employers scouting for talent. The fellowship will run for three months, and applicants must have access to a laptop with the appropriate capacity to do this work. They will report to the Candidate Services Director.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Designing and managing intake of a resume collection bank (in a platform such as Airtable) that can be used by employers seeking talent
  • Periodic maintenance of said resume bank to remove irrelevant entries
  • Solicitation of new resume entries from a diverse array of local and out-of-state operatives
  • Organizing remote “career services” events for resume submissions

Qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • Experience working in and maintaining data within database platforms such as or similar to Airtable
  • At least one cycle of campaign experience
  • Meticulous organizational skills and attention to detail

This will be a part-time, temporary fellowship. Fellows do not need to receive college credit for their work, but they must be students at an accredited university or college. The fellow will work no more than 20 hours per week and be paid a flat fee for the entirety of their work. The pay level will depend on their year of university.

How to Apply:
Send your resume and a cover letter via email to [email protected] using the subject line: “Resume Bank Fellow: (First Name, Last Name)”.


Internship Program

The Texas Democratic Party is seeking Political Interns. Interns will gain hands-on experience working at the Texas Democratic Party’s statewide headquarters located in Austin. This is not just another paper-pushing internship — you will learn about modern political campaigns and play a role in our coordinated campaign effort to elect Democrats up and down the ballot across the entire state of Texas. Interns will be asked to research campaign districts, help create campaign plans, contribute to our communications strategy, and help plan and execute candidate training. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Interns will receive a small stipend and must be eligible to receive college credit. No calls, please.


Voter Protection Director

Texas Democratic Party’s mission is to create a full service educational and action plan to expand opportunities for Texans to be registered to vote, educated on all aspects of voting, and have full range of protections from any form of intimidation or voter suppression in casting a ballot or full participation in all aspects of Texas government.

We seek a talented Voter Protection Director to ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast their ballot. Our right to vote is fundamental to all that we hope to accomplish; the Voter Protection Director is a crucial role that will develop, implement, and manage a robust, year-round voter protection program, ensuring free and fair elections in Texas.

As our Voter Protection Director, you will have 5 major areas of responsibility:

Hire and manage a team to execute Voter Protection programs

  • Recruit and hire great people to join your team.
  • Ensure that team members have clear, ambitious goals and are on track to meet them, troubleshooting where necessary.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration between team members, as well as across teams with other departments.
  • Serve as a thought partner for team members, helping them make decisions and solving tough problems.

Lead strategies to expand access and defend against incursions to the franchise at the state, local, and municipal level

  • Work across the state to develop proactive strategies to expand access to voting, including through legislation, executive action, public campaigns, and lobbying county and state-level officials, and considering improvements to voter registration, ballot access, and ballot counting.
  • Working with County Liaisons and other partners, collaborate with appropriate parties at every level of government to implement reforms ahead of the 2020 Election.
  • Monitor and inform legislation related to voting and elections.
  • Identify potential threats to the franchise and mobilize a coordinated response within the Party, including communications and press.

Build and sustain strong partnerships with national, state, local, and municipal level officials and organizations

  • Build and manage your statewide Voter Protection Committee.
  • Supervise the Deputy Director and Organizer in their work to recruit, train, and manage volunteer attorneys to serve as County Liaisons. Support staff and volunteers as they cultivate relationships with local level Elections Officials in counties, proactively advancing access to voting and responding to problems.
  • Cultivate relationships with State Elections Officials to advance your priorities and respond to threats to voting.
  • Maintain strong relationships with counterparts at the DNC, voting rights organizations, as well as local activists and more.

Supervise your team’s voter education, outreach, and intervention programs, both year-round and specific to Elections. Working with campaign leadership:

  • Ensure that the Voter Protection Hotline provides top-quality service to voters year-round by supervising trainings, operations, reporting, and issue resolution. Working with your team, monitor calls to the hotline to identify trends and proactively resolve issues.
  • Design and supervise the execution of poll watcher programs for Elections, including the prioritization of precincts, assignment of volunteers, trainings, reporting mechanisms, and issue resolution processes.
  • Ensure that all communications to voters include timely, relevant, and accurate information about voting and their rights, including the voter protection hotline number. Working with Digital and Communications, develop specific voter protection campaigns to educate voters through digital, paid, and earned media.
  • Run the Voter Protection Boiler Room on Election Day and Early Voting, making sure that voters’ issues are thoroughly documented, resolved where possible, and escalated and aggregated where appropriate.
  • Advocate for campaign-initiated practices that expand voting, such as mailing absentee ballot applications directly to voters

Prepare for and file potential litigation and serve as legal resource for team

  • Working with the Party’s Counsel, prepare for potential litigation before, during, and after Election Day, including drafting common filings. Ensure that county liaisons are ready to participate in election day litigation.
  • Design and supervise the testing of a potential provisional ballot chase program, ensuring it is ready to be enacted if necessary.
  • Serve as a statewide resource and point person for questions relating to voter suppression, intimidation, or efforts aimed at disenfranchising voters of Texas.

Who You Are
We are seeking someone who, at their core, is fueled by the satisfaction of fighting for justice. You should be a person who doubles as an organizer and political operative, eager to build an army of people who together will create meaningful change. Additionally, you should be or have:

  • A seasoned, data-driven organizer and/or political operative: Demonstrated ability to stand up large-scale, diverse volunteer organizations that effectively deliver results by motivating and holding volunteers accountable for their goals. A track record of achieving wins through working with government officials and maneuvering complicated political situations. Adept at using data to inform strategy development, monitor progress to goal, and report on and analyze outcomes, including familiarity with VAN/Votebuilder, LBJ, Excel, and other tools.
  • A strategically-minded person: Possesses strong legal analysis skills and experience the law to advance the goals of your client. Creative problem-solver who sees opportunity for novel interpretations and challenges to existing, as well as interest and ability to propose new regulations.
  • Superb project management skills: Demonstrated excellence in developing and leading the execution of multiple, complex projects simultaneously. Able to spot issues ahead of time, creatively resolve them, and keep the team on track to meet its goals.
  • Excellent people manager: Demonstrated ability to lead complex and diverse teams to achieve ambitious results. Can effectively build trust with direct reports, give strong and effective feedback and provide sound advice on problem solving programmatic challenges.
  • Strong lens and judgement on issues of race and equity: Clearly and consistently articulates a sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism as it relates to the work we do and how we operate internally at [PARTY]. Organizes from a racial justice perspective, with emphasis on voter suppression’s disproportionate impact on communities of color.
  • Commitment to Democratic values
  • Start Date
    As Soon as Possible

    Salary
    The salary for this position is commensurate on the quality and breadth of experience the successful candidate brings to the table. Salary range begins at $58,000 upwards.

    Benefits
    Progressive employee benefits program. Comprehensive benefits package, including medical & dental coverage. Paid vacation, parental leave, etc.

    Reports to
    Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party

    How to Apply
    To apply please send a writing sample, resume, and three references to [email protected] Please only list the words “Voter Protection Director [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line. Interviews will be on a rolling basis. Applications improperly submitted will not be accepted


     

    The Texas Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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