Statewide Coordinator - Texas Advocates For Justice

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $43,000.00
Maximum: $46,000.00




2301 East Cesar Chavez Street
United States


Grassroots Leadership seeks a Statewide Coordinator for our Texas Advocates for Justice (TAJ) program, based in our Austin office (located at 2301 E. Cesar Chavez St). The Statewide Coordinator will work to establish new chapters to expand the TAJ network and act as the connector between TAJ chapters in cities across Texas. The Statewide Coordinator will work closely with the Grassroots Leadership Criminal Justice Program staff as well as the TAJ membership in order to strengthen the statewide infrastructure needed to support the leadership and needs of communities most impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization. This position will involve extensive traveling around the state and occasional travel out of the state.

About Texas Advocates for Justice

Texas Advocates for Justice is a community organizing and base-building program of Grassroots Leadership that unites individuals and families who are directly impacted by mass incarceration and criminalization in Texas. We believe no true, long-lasting change in the way our society deals with incarceration will be altered unless that change effort is led by those whose lives and communities have been directly impacted. We use our personal stories and direct experience with incarceration to build power and lead campaigns to transform the criminal justice system and build safe and healthy communities.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Build infrastructure and administrative procedures in order to provide necessary support to all TAJ chapters.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration across TAJ chapters.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with organizations in Texas cities that work to fight mass incarceration and criminalization.
  • Develop outreach plan in targeted cities and areas to recruit directly impacted individuals for TAJ trainings.
  • Coordinate ongoing development of curriculum for trainings centered on political education, community organizing and transformative justice.
  • Serve as logistical coordinator for TAJ new member trainings in targeted cities and areas.
  • Once chapters are established, support locally based campaign plans involving policy, legislation, and political strategies in order to secure member-driven victories.
  • Maintain and share regular reporting and documentation of TAJ activities in each chapter.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the criminal justice system and commitment to ending disproportionate impact of mass incarceration and criminalization on communities of color.
  • Experience in community organizing, base-building efforts, and demonstrated commitment to leadership development amongst impacted communities.
  • Familiarity with Texas legislative and local government processes.
  • Strong interpersonal, facilitation and spokesperson communication skills.
  • Team player; ability to work effectively with diverse grassroots constituencies, coalition partners, and policy-makers
  • Experience coordinating/leading groups or coalitions
  • Strong ability to manage partner relationships and conflict
  • Successful experience managing staff and interns
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations in politically challenging environment, think strategically and take initiative.
  • Ability to work in close proximity to others
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Extremely well-organized
  • Sense of humility and humor

Strong applicants may also have qualifications including:

  • Direct experience with the criminal justice system
  • Fluent in written and oral English and Spanish
  • Experience fundraising and grant-writing
  • Demonstrated communications experience

This full-time salaried position will be located in our Austin, TX office. Extensive travel within Texas and occasionally outside of the state will be required. Depending on qualifications, the salary ranges between $43,000 and $46,000 per year with excellent 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, including people who have been previously incarcerated and family members of those who are and have been in prison or immigrant detention.

Grassroots Leadership is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color and formerly incarcerated people. People of color, immigrant community members, formerly incarcerated people, people who have family in prisons or detention centers, 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 send letter of introduction, resume/vitae and three employment-related references to with “TAJ Statewide Coordinator” in the subject line. Please tell us why this position is of interest to you and include a resume. Questions about the position should be directed to the same email address.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send letter of introduction, resume/vitae and three employment-related references to with “TAJ Statewide Coordinator” in the subject line. Please tell us why this position is of interest to you and include a resume. Questions about the position should be directed to the same email address.