Details: Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Jolt is seeking a dynamic and well-organized leader who excels in a fast-paced, growing, and diverse environment. The Organizing Director will be charged with developing, managing, and training Jolt’s statewide team of organizers and chapter leaders to register/mobilize voters, win on its issue agenda, and lift up the story and power of young Latinos in Texas. The Organizing Director will be focused on building a metrics and data driven organizing department, employing the best of distributed and relational organizing models, that has the ability to mobilize young people of color to scale in Texas. The Organizing Director will work closely with the organization’s senior team and Executive Director to gather key input on campaigns and program development. Jolt seeks to build a supportive, mission focused, fun, and honest environment for staff and volunteers.
Jolt is a youth membership organization that increases the civic participation of Latinos to build a stronger Texas and democracy. Jolt supports its members to make systemic change on racial, economic, environmental and gender justice. Jolt supports young people to self-organize through chapters that focus on voter registration/mobilization, issue, and cultural organizing.
Founded in 2016, Jolt organizes the Latino community in Texas to determine what happens on school boards, at the Governor’s Mansion, and all the way to Congress to ensure our government works for working families of color. Jolt seeks to build a movement that shifts the balance of power from a few dominant corporate interests into the hands of working people and communities of color in one of the nation’s largest “majority minority” states. Jolt believes that Texas is poised for change, with a growing and disaffected Latino population, but demographics alone aren’t destiny. Winning change requires building a homegrown movement and a smart, focused, long-term strategy that can deliver equality and power to those who are most excluded and often first impacted.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the opportunity to bring together millions of Latinos to fight for full equality. Almost 10.8 million Latinos, making up 40 percent of the total population, reside in Texas. Despite their numbers, Latino voices are ignored by the state’s political leadership and have not shared in the state’s prosperity. Today, 60 percent of Latino workers in Texas make less than $15 an hour; the median household income for Latinos is just $37,000, compared to $64,000 for whites; and 27 percent of Latinos don’t have healthcare -- the highest rate for any ethnic group in the state.
Today, 1 in 3 eligible voters in the state is Latino, and projections indicate that by 2030 Latinos will make up the majority of the state’s population. With this shift comes the opportunity to organize millions of Latinos to fight for lasting change. But change doesn’t come easy. Although Latino voters make up a large share of the voting population and their numbers will continue to grow, eligible Latinos are also less likely to vote than other Americans.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
The Organizing Director will conceive, manage, and lead with input from the senior staff and Executive Director in the following:
Staff Recruitment and Management
- Manage the recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and retention of organizing staff across Texas
- Develop and manage leadership pipeline for organizers across Texas
- Manage organizing team meetings and strategic planning to ensure a highly motivated and metrics driven team
Program Development and Management
- Craft, implement, and modify Jolt’s chapter organizing model to ensure optimum efficiency and impact
- Manage Jolt’s leadership development program to build a broad base of volunteer leaders while also developing a cohort of key leaders positioned to take positions of power in government, media, and the nonprofit sector
- Manage campaigns, execution of high level statewide mobilizations/actions, and work in partnership with Jolt’s communications and policy staff to win on our issue agenda
- Oversee development and management of the Organizing department to ensure alignment in a growing organization
- Enhance and manage evaluation systems to ensure quality work outputs
- Craft new program/project plans: assess organizational needs, develop budgets, staffing structures, and operational work plans
- Work collaboratively with senior staff team to craft and manage campaigns, goals, and modify plans as necessary
- Develop organizational culture, systems, and events to build a supportive, mission focused, fun, and honest environment for staff and volunteers
- Develop and manage partnerships with key allies in Texas
- Assist with other duties as assigned
The Organizing Director should be a highly motivated individual with the following skill-set:
- 4+ years of experience in civic engagement, campaigns and/or issue advocacy that includes grassroots community organizing and approaches to power-building in and outside of an electoral context
- Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills; successful at motivating staff to meet recruitment and voter contact goals
- Knowledge of the political and progressive landscape in Texas
- Familiarity with campaign and member organizing tools including use of VAN, in-person and online strategies
- Diplomatic, mature approach to problem solving and the ability to think independently and creatively
- Passion, energy, and drive for the Jolt mission and strengthening the capacity of our members
- A track record of advancing racial justice and ability to work effectively with communities of color
- Two to three years experience managing budgets of at least half a million
- Minimum of two years experience managing and leading a team of organizers
- Experience designing, maintaining, and improving a goal oriented accountability structure
- Excellent communicator written and spoken
- Experience with relational and distributed organizing models
- High proficiency: Google Drive Suite, Slack, and other commonly used software
- Ability to collect, synthesize, and process information quickly and with accuracy
- Highly organized, with outstanding attention to detail
- Commitment to social justice
- Ability to work with deadlines, under pressure, and be flexible
- Ability to travel within state or region
- Ability to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends when necessary
- Adaptability: Demonstrates a willingness to be flexible, versatile in a fast-pace working environment
- Behave Ethically: Understands ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that their own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
- Build Relationships: Establishes and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
- Foster Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
- Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization
- Bachelor's degree
REPORTS TO & LOCATION
This position reports to the Deputy Director; it is preferred that the Organizing Director reside in Houston, Texas.
Employer paid health and life insurance.
Employee paid dental, vision, and dependent health insurance.
Employer retirement plan match.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply please send resume, cover letter, two relevant writing samples, and three professional references to email address listed.