Dallas Community Organizer, Texas Organizing Project

Texas Organizing Project is seeking a talented and dedicated Campaign Organizer to build our organization through helping drive a citywide campaign to fight for excellent public schools for every child.
This campaign was started in late 2009 by TOP neighborhood leaders – parents and grandparents – to put a stop to the school to prison pipeline in Dallas ISD schools, where students of color make up more than 96% of total district enrollment. Since then TOP leaders, along with coalition partners, have made great strides by organizing for and winning a district wide Task Force on the issue and an alternative campus-wide approach to discipline that has been implemented in 26 Dallas ISD schools. In 2014 TOP parent leaders and allies were successful in stopping an effort to turn the entire school district into a home rule charter district, which could have potentially stripped away parent, student, and voter rights as well as jeopardized efforts to continue curbing the pipeline to prison and improving access to an excellent public education for all students. The current focus of the campaign is on getting Dallas ISD to use the community school model to turn around struggling schools.

The ideal candidate is an experienced community organizer who is also a coalition-builder and strategist who believes deeply in the importance of building community leadership, capacity and power. The Campaign Organizer will work in partnership with a second Campaign Organizer to together drive campaign strategy and execution. S/he will be responsible for working with community leaders to execute a sophisticated campaign plan, coordinate related activities and efforts of allies to advance our campaign priorities and establish the basis for longer-term, ongoing work in Dallas. S/he must be able to organize and effectively communicate at all levels – with grassroots community people as well as established community leaders and policy experts. The Campaign Organizer will report directly to the Dallas County Director and will also work closely with existing community leaders, community organizers and core partners in building TOP as an organization.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Build a large base of TOP members who will participate in demanding changes from the school district and creating the political climate that allows for those changes to be adopted.

  • Recruit, turn out and develop community leaders as part of a campaign committee across a variety of low and moderate income Dallas neighborhoods.

  • Execute a sophisticated and winning campaign strategy by working with a campaign committee, staff, and allies.

  • Identify hot organizing issues that parents want to address in Dallas ISD schools.

  • Organize direct actions, events, and other tactics to move the campaign forward.

  • Coordinate campaign messaging, traditional media work, mass communications, and digital organizing with TOP’s communications department.

  • Regularly communicate the campaign’s progress to our members, staff, and partners.

  • Work with the existing database (VAN) to track members, participation and progress towards achieving success.

  • Develop and manage relationships with partner organizations.

  • Work with partners to move the campaign forward. This may include joint strategy meetings, joint actions or other events, relationship building, etc.

  • Manage and develop relationships with DISD Trustees, school administrators, reporters, and other key stakeholders and decision makers.

  • Enhance our reputation and brand, and promote our values.

  • Other duties, as required.

Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Excellent community organizing skills, strategizing, and execution of organizing campaigns

  • Passion and commitment to social, economic, and racial justice

  • Belief in and ability to animate TOP’s values: Passion, Perseverance, Vision, Justice and Integrity

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with demonstrated focus on research, policy analysis, outreach, and targeted communications

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Relentless drive, tenacity and a willingness to do what it takes to advance our mission and values

  • Excellent time management, project management, and delegation skills

  • Ability to work effectively with strong personalities, peers, public officials, and allies

  • Familiarity with nonprofit role in advocacy

  • Similar experience in grassroots organizing, labor, or political organization

  • Belief in and ability to animate TOP’s values: Passion, Perseverance, Vision, Justice and Integrity

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

  • Willingness to work long and often irregular hours including evenings and weekends

  • Fulltime access to a car

  • Computer competency – Word, Internet required; Experience in working with database systems a plus

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, 401(k), paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, and travel reimbursement.

Please email a resume, cover letter and three professional references to recruit@organizetexas.org