The Engagement Specialist will inspire, support, and strengthen community members and volunteer activists while implementing education and mobilization campaigns. Engagement Specialists act as the face of the ACLU in their regions, offering support, information, and expertise. The Engagement Specialist will help build a sustainable volunteer program by increasing training, diversifying, and activating volunteers to promote local initiatives and participate in strategic campaigns. The Engagement Specialist will educate, motivate, and develop leaders in affected communities to advocate for change, while simultaneously developing relationships with public officials, law enforcement, faith leaders, coalition partners, and community and business leaders to galvanize support for ACLU of Texas programs and strategic areas of focus. The Engagement Specialist will work in an ACLU of Texas office but will spend a great deal of time working in the community and surrounding areas. Responsibilities include:
- Build and strengthen relationships and communications with local organizations and coalitions who share our values, including both traditional and new allies
- Represent the ACLU of Texas at local coalition meetings, tabling opportunities, partner events, public speaking engagements, and more;
- Coordinate the internal response to local events connected to our priority issue areas by connecting with expert staff across departments and integrating their input;
- Strategize about how to expand and mobilize the base of volunteer activists in Dallas, and develop ways to deepen personal relationships with volunteers and community members;
- Organize quarterly events and develop regular educational and action-oriented programming around priority issue areas to educate and mobilize volunteer activists and the broader public;
- Plan, coordinate, and facilitate “Know Your Rights” training sessions and other educational programs;
- Mobilize ACLU members, volunteer activists, and community members to advance ACLU of Texas programmatic goals and mission in their local metro area and region;
- Provide volunteers information, guidance, assistance, training, and act as primary liaison between volunteers and staff;
- Represent relevant community attitudes and concerns to ACLU of Texas staff;
- Connect other departments to community members who can plug into their projects, ranging from blog posts to lawsuits;
- Identify and recruit potential clients and local problems for impact litigation and work with ACLU of Texas attorneys to support lawsuits;
- Identify and recruit potential witnesses for public hearings and speakers for press conferences to influence policymakers;
- Produce flyers, brochures, information packets, and other publications;
- Prepare quarterly reports on significant engagement accomplishments in their metro area and region;
- Develop, strengthen and nurture alliances with communities of color, youth groups, and other interest groups on key ACLU of Texas issues;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The ACLU of Texas Engagement Specialists have a unique role that combines elements of community organizing, public education, outreach, and strategic policy work. The Engagement Specialists act as a liaison between the community and the ACLU of Texas resources and expertise, to give community members the tools they need to advocate for themselves and create positive change. To meet the needs of this role, the Engagement Specialist must have a strong understanding of and passion for the ACLU of Texas’ mission. Applicants must be conversant in and speak compellingly about the ACLU of Texas’ work across the many issue areas of civil liberties and civil rights within identified strategic priority issues. Applicants should be dynamic and strategic thinkers who enjoy behind the scenes work to make change. Please only apply if you have the following qualifications:
- Three years’ experience developing and coordinating successful political, legislative, or activist campaigns and working with and motivating volunteers;
- Excellent leadership skills to facilitate communication and collaboration with a diverse group of volunteer activists;
- Demonstrated experience with web-based communication and organizing;
- Demonstrated experience as an advocate and public spokesperson (audiences from 10 to 100);
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
- Demonstrated experience working effectively with lawyers or other professional staff with the ability to articulate complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences;
- Demonstrated ability to be a “quick study” on a dynamic array of subjects;
- Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, and adapt to frequently changing demands and environments;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, and Excel), database management, and various web platforms;
- Travel and flexible work schedule required;
- Reliable transportation allowing easy movement and travel throughout the local community;
- Voter Activation Network (VAN) experience desired, but not required;
- Spanish fluency desired, but not required;
- B.A. degree is desired, but not required.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of ACLU of Texas’s salary scale. Excellent benefits include a generous Paid Time Off policy, medical, dental and vision insurance; 401(k) plan with an employer match; life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.
Electronic applications in MS Word or PDF are preferred. Submit a letter of interest mentioning where you saw this posting, along with a résumé and the ACLU of Texas application (available at www.aclutx.org, under ‘careers’) by email or mail:
Mail: ACLU of Texas
Attn: Engagement Specialist Search
PO Box 8306, Houston, TX 77288-8306
Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.
The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Texas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.