The Tahirih Justice Center, a national non-profit legal and social services organization, seeks a Community Organizer to join its newly formed Public Policy team in Houston, Texas. The Public Policy team will work to transform local policies and practices, to impact state and federal legislation, and to help shape public perception by advocating for systemic change on behalf of immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.
Reporting to the Public Policy Manager, this role will focus heavily on engaging with and building relationships among survivors, service-providers, and advocates across the state. They will assist in planning outreach and education events, leading joint initiatives with community and coalition partners, supporting public campaigns, and providing administrative support on project goals. This individual must be able to build participatory environments and work with diverse stakeholders. In particular, this role is ideal for someone who is a self-starter and champion multi-tasker.
Key Areas of Responsibility
- Represent Tahirih in coalition and community meetings, and at times lead such meetings, to advance policy objectives.
- Provide support for meetings, briefings, hearings, and events with legislators and agency officials.
- Accurately synthesize and communicate findings or relevant information to internal and external stakeholders in a timely fashion.
- Work closely with the Public Policy Manager to assist in coordinating and executing identified public policy strategies and tactics that elevate Tahirih’s mission.
- Lead client focus groups, centering policy work to reflect needs of survivors.
- 3-5 years of experience relevant to the position (advocacy, grassroots organizing, community outreach, etc.)
- Demonstrated understanding of working with diverse stakeholders.
- Track record of successfully meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Enjoys collaborating with others and being part of a strategically-focused team.
- Deeply committed to Tahirih’s mission and non-partisan style of advocacy.
- Cultural humility and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Demonstrated ability to persuasively communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated familiarity and/or experience working with population(s) that Tahirih serves.
- Conversant across disciplines and subjects related to Tahirih’s mission including human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage, immigration, and gender equality.
- Experience convening discussions at the regional, state, or federal level to move policy makers on specific issues.
About the Tahirih Justice Center: The Tahirih Justice Center is a growing national non-profit organization that supports the courage of immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, Congress, and communities. Through pro bono holistic legal services, community outreach and education and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih protects women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Tahirih’s 70 employees work from offices in the DC metro area, Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Annual salary and benefits: Competitive compensation depends on experience. Generous benefits include fully-paid employee health, vision and dental insurance; a 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan; flexible work schedules; professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities. Employees have a very generous self-managed leave benefit inclusive of vacation, sick and holidays, including an office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Priority will be given to those who apply by October 19, 2018. Please submit:
· Cover letter
· (3) References
Please note: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
Tahirih Justice Center is committed to equal opportunity and promotes equity and transparency as core values. Tahirih practices inclusiveness in decision making through the use of consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih does not discriminate against any person on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, ability, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Applicants committed to equity from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities are encouraged to apply.