Texas Advocates for Justice - Austin Lead Organizer

Grassroots Leadership seeks a Lead Organizer for our Texas Advocates for Justice (TAJ) program, based in Austin, TX. The Lead Organizer will be responsible for supporting and increasing TAJ-Austin membership, and collaboratively developing campaigns involving policy, legislation, and political strategies in order to secure member-driven victories. The Lead Organizer will report directly to  the TAJ Statewide Director, and will work closely with TAJ chapter organizers in other Texas cities, and Grassroots Leadership criminal justice program staff, immigration organizers and TAJ membership to support the leadership and needs of communities most impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization in Texas.

About Texas Advocates for Justice:

Texas Advocates for Justice is a community organizing and base-building program of Grassroots Leadership that unites individuals and families who are directly impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization in Texas. We believe no true, long-lasting change in the way our society deals with incarceration will be altered unless that change effort is led by those whose lives and communities have been directly impacted. We use our personal stories and direct experience with incarceration to build power and lead campaigns to transform the criminal justice system and build safe and healthy communities.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise Austin Field Organizer(s) and Amos Walker Fellows
  • Coordinate TAJ - Austin chapter regular meetings
  • Provide support to existing TAJ members and increase TAJ membership
  • Collaboratively and strategically develop and implement local campaigns to challenge criminalization and mass incarceration
  • Deliver political education and community organizing trainings
  • Maintain TAJ-Austin internal communications
  • Plan logistics for events, gatherings, and meetings of TAJ
  • Regularly report TAJ-Austin updates and activities to TAJ Statewide Director and other TAJ chapter organizers
  • Any other tasks assigned by the TAJ Statewide Director

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or experience in the criminal justice system and commitment to ending disproportionate impact of mass incarceration and criminalization on communities of color.
  • Experience in community organizing, base-building efforts, and demonstrated commitment to leadership development amongst impacted communities.
  • Familiarity with Texas legislative and local government processes.
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and spokesperson communication skills.
  • Team player; ability to work effectively with diverse grassroots constituencies, coalition partners, and policy-makers.
  • Strong ability to manage partner relationships and conflict.
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations in politically challenging environment, think strategically and take initiative.
  • Ability to work in close proximity to others
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Extremely well-organized

More about the job:

This full-time, 40 hrs/wk position will be based in Austin, TX. Compensation will be $45,000 annual salary. The full-time position is eligible for Grassroots Leadership benefits, some reimbursement costs, and a $50 per month cell phone stipend, are included.

About the organization:

Founded in 1980, Grassroots Leadership is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization based in Austin, Texas working for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation and criminalization are things of the past. We work to transform the justice and immigration systems through organizing, research, advocacy and public education, building bridges between communities to increase the capacity of local leaders and coalitions, and mobilizing those most impacted by incarceration and deportation.

It is the policy of Grassroots Leadership not to discriminate in the employment of staff, or in the selection of volunteers, on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, financial status or HIV status. Grassroots Leadership works affirmatively to build a staff and board that includes people of many different races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, ages and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated and family members of those who are and have been in prison or immigrant detention.

Grassroots Leadership is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color and formerly incarcerated people. People of color, immigrant community members, formerly incarcerated people, people who have family in prisons or detention centers, women, queer, and trans people are encouraged to apply. We do not discourage or discriminate against people with convictions, and you will not be asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime on the application or interview.

How to apply:

Please send letter of introduction, resume/vitae and three employment-related references to HR@grassrootsleadership.org with “TAJ Lead Organizer Position” in the subject line. Questions about the position should be directed to the same email address.