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Associate Director of Communications

Alamo (Rio Grande Valley), Austin, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, TX

(remote until at least September 2021)Overview of the Opportunity

*Please note: all application materials MUST be submitted through our website submission form:

https://texascivilrightsproject.submittable.com/submit/198163/associate-director-of-communications

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is a community lawyering organization, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts, and seeking to advance a vision of a Texas in which all communities can thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear. We know that to best serve the social justice movement in Texas, we must change hearts and minds along with formal changes to law and policy. To advance that goal, we are seeking candidates for a new role, an Associate Director of Communications. This high-level position will be part of the Community Engagement team and will report directly to and work closely with, the Director of Advocacy and Communications.

At the core, our new Associate Director of Communications (ADC) will be our master strategist in charge of driving broad narrative change, developing TCRP’s messaging, earning strategic media attention, and overseeing digital communications as integrated parts of TCRP’s overarching legal and policy goals. The ADC will be a thought partner to our Director of Advocacy and Communications, and will directly supervise a team of two to three.

About TCRP

For more than thirty years, TCRP has been a committed partner to community organizers, families, and advocacy groups across the state. Whether through litigation or other means of legal advocacy, the attorneys and advocates at TCRP work to dismantle mass incarceration, fight discrimination in voting and civic participation, and right injustices occurring at the Texas border, all under a race equity lens. TCRP’s lawyers work with coalitions of community-based organizations to identify injustices facing Texas communities and develop systemic solutions using litigation and other legal advocacy tools. Learn more about TCRP at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.

TCRP’s Advocacy and Communications team plays a central role in the organization’s internal and external functioning and legislative success and, as such, acts as TCRP’s main connective tissue. As a key program that crosscuts all other programs and departments, the Advocacy and Communications Program keeps abreast of the priorities, goals, and opportunities across TCRP and ensures that internal and external messaging is consistently strategic and aligned with TCRP’s mission and vision.

In recent years, the Advocacy and Communications Program has spearheaded several nationally recognized TCRP campaigns, including the 2020 Election Protection project; the End the Zero Tolerance policy, in which TCRP worked with national partners, campaign staff, and media consultants to bring awareness to the horrific practice of family separation; and the Democracy from the Ground Up campaign, in partnership with MOVE Texas and the Texas Freedom Network, focused on passing local reforms through policy, media, digital, and organizing advocacy. The Advocacy and Communications Program integrates coalition organizing, communication strategies, and other advocacy tactics with litigation and other types of legal advocacy in order to achieve broad social justice and magnify TCRP’s impact statewide.

The Texas Civil Rights Project comprises five regional offices across the state of Texas with close to 40 employees and an annual budget of over $5 million dollars. TCRP is currently operating under a remote work policy until at least September 7, 2021, with all of our physical offices closed. When we return, this position can be based at any of TCRP’s offices: Alamo (in the Rio Grande Valley), Austin, Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio.

About the Role

TCRP understands that narratives are power. Narratives develop over time and have enormous effects on our work. We can expand the universe of what is possible with a good narrative or we can limit our imagination of the possible with a bad one. At TCRP, we attempt to develop the narratives we need to win policy and culture change by creating stories with our staff, clients, partners, and the media structures we are trying to influence. We explicitly approach our work in this space with an equity lens, both because we need more and different perspectives telling stories and also because we recognize the professional development import of media.

Again, our new Associate Director of Communications will be our master strategist in charge of driving broad narrative change, messaging, earned media, and digital communications as integrated parts of TCRP’s overarching legal and policy goals. That includes:

Narrative Change & Messaging

  • Develop and advance long-term strategies to persuade the Texas public and decision-makers of the legal and policy changes TCRP advocates, centering, in particular, the Black and brown communities that have been historically excluded from or minimized in public discourse
  • Oversee the creation and execution of overall message framing, guiding the creation of talking points, press releases, blog posts, and social media, utilizing a sharp race-class equity lens and TCRP’s unique “nerdy activist” voice

Media Relations

  • Develop and leverage our relationships and trust with the right media outlets to leverage our legal and policy goals
  • Hone and execute TCRP’s internal press and media protocols, which are geared to ensure that TCRP responds quickly and effectively to media moments, centers the voices of our clients and the communities we serve, and equitably distributes opportunities across staff
  • Ensure that TCRP spokespeople are ready to effectively communicate to the media, through ongoing training, creation of talking points, preparation before interviews and regular debriefs to advance constant learning

Digital Communications

  • Hone TCRP’s digital strategy and oversee execution across social media platforms, leaning into graphic-based and creative opportunities to elevate our messages and develop our brand

Team Management

  • Guide and empower a high performing team of two to three people to execute our communications goals and priorities
  • Bring an equity lens to all aspects of strategy, priority setting, and team development, grounded in TCRP’s commitment to justice and equality and our organizational values

Qualifications & Compensation

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Master storytelling and writing skills. You have at least four years of experience in communications strategies. You have a nuanced understanding of what stories and messages resonate and how to drive diverse audiences to action. You are a quick and able writer, who is comfortable knocking our talking points and press releases under pressure.
  • Experience coaching and training spokespeople. Ideally, you have given introductory media trainings as well as more personalized coaching for organizational spokespeople.
  • Experience and comfort in the digital sphere: You have experience in — and are excited about! — digital communications, cutting-edge website management, and peer-to-peer technology tools.
  • Meaningful team management skills and experience. You have previously managed at least a small team. You know how to delegate and give meaningful feedback. You have experience holding a team accountable and providing support for growth.
  • Deep commitment to racial equity and inclusion. You should recognize ways that race and other identities intersect in our work and are driven to make changes in systems and practices to operationalize equity.
  • An inclusive and collaborative approach. This role is dependent on collaboration with diverse stakeholders — our internal team, our clients, and our partner organizations, at a minimum. An ideal candidate will be excited about such a people-focused role and have a track record of successful collaboration.
  • Strong organizational skills. TCRP is a high-paced environment, and this role will require the ability to stay on top of quickly developing news stories and work across the organization — expect a variety of moving parts! At all times! Strong organizational skills and systems will be critical.

The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $100,000.

In addition, TCRP offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities, and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. We envision and work towards an organization that reflects the communities we serve and a culture of ​radical inclusion, ​continuous growth​, and openness. TCRP benefits include: employer-paid health insurance, four weeks paid vacation, eight weeks paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave to 14 weeks in total), a $500 professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a two-week winter break.

This position is FLSA exempt and does not qualify for overtime compensation. A minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, are expected. Occasional travel, largely within Texas to TCRP’s other offices, is also expected.

What Else?

How to Apply

To apply, please follow this link:

https://texascivilrightsproject.submittable.com/submit/198163/associate-director-of-communications

We encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible, but no later than 11:59pm central time on July 25th, 2021.

Inclusion & Non-Discrimination

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, Black and other people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, languages spoken, socioeconomic status, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

Note: Research shows that while men apply for positions when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women, Black people, people of color and other historically underrepresented groups only apply when they check every box. If you feel like this is the position for you even though you don’t check every box please apply, you could be exactly what we’re looking for!

Associate Director of Communications

Alamo (Rio Grande Valley), Austin, Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, TX

(remote until at least September 2021)Overview of the Opportunity

*Please note: all application materials MUST be submitted through our…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 30, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 25, 2021

Salary

$85,000 - $100,000

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in or near Austin, TX
Associated Location
Austin, TX, USA

How to Apply

All application materials MUST be submitted through our website submission form:

https://texascivilrightsproject.submittable.com/submit/198163/associate-director-of-communications

All application materials MUST be submitted through our website submission form:

https://texascivilrightsproject.submittable.com/submit/198163…

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