Grassroots Leadership is hiring for a Policy Campaign Organizer!

Grassroots Leadership is seeking a full-time Houston Texas Advocate for Justice Policy Campaign Organizer to support each chapter. The position will be responsible for formulating and implementing the strategies needed to win a campaign. An ideal applicant will have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, be a self-starter, and have experience with base-building work.

This position typically reports to the Lead Organizer.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Researching and developing local policies through campaigns that affect mass incarceration in Texas
  • Ability to formulate and implement strategies, setting goals and  determine actions to achieve the goals for a win
  • Develop training materials, toolkits, and popular education presentations and modules
  • Craft and support efforts to end mass incarceration, decriminalization, and deportation including local and national level
  • Staging locations for canvasses and other campaign events
  • Press releases, advertisements, phone scripts, and other forms of communication 
  • Responds quickly to the attacks of the other campaigns, monitor the media and the moves of opponents, making sure that attacks are rebutted quickly
  • Represent GRL through relationships with allied organizations
  • Success as an independent, self-motivated leader with an ability to drive projects to completion in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong background and experience in written communication, such as reports, policy positions, press release/ one-pagers

Experience, Knowledge, and skills required

  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and a commitment to ending the disproportionate impact of mass incarceration and criminalization on communities of color
  • A deep understanding of the challenges facing communities of color, immigrants, and low and moderate-income families
  • Experience working with grassroots organizations in diverse communities, working across departments or teams within an organization;
  • Able to strategically adapt to rapidly changing situations in a politically challenging environment
  • One or more years of experience in community organizing, base-building efforts, and facilitating leadership development amongst directly impacted communities
  • One or more years of experience with digital organizing, public relations, and/or marketing
  • Familiarity with state, city, and county level legislative processes
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals, coalition partners, and policy-makers
  • Strong ability to manage partner relationships and conflict 
  • Ability to work in close proximity to others or alone, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Extremely well-organized
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice

Strong applicants may also have

  • Event planning experience
  • Experience working with nonprofit and/or base-building organizations
  • Bilingual written and oral proficiency in English & Spanish
  • Experience working with Every Action (CRM) 
  • Direct experience with incarceration, immigrant detention or of a loved one

More about the job

This salaried at-will position will be located in Houston. Some travel within the city and occasional travel outside of the city or state will be required. Salary for this position will be $45,000 a year with full benefits. Full-time staff members are automatically enrolled in comprehensive health care plans, have flexible work schedules, and are able to take part in various employee benefits. 

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.  

Grassroots Leadership is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color and formerly incarcerated people. People of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who have family in prisons or have been impacted by the immigration enforcement system, 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. Please feel free to mention your experience with the criminal justice or immigration system as those experiences will be considered as an asset in this job.

Please send to HR@grassrootsleadership.org with POLICY CAMPAIGN ORGANIZER in the subject line, in (.doc) or (.pdf) format:

  • Letter of introduction
  • Current resume/vitae
  • Contact information for three professional references

Please briefly tell us why this position is of interest to you. Questions about the position should be directed to the same email address.