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Texas Organizing & Recruitment Associate

Run for Something

Run for Something

Texas, USA
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023
About Run for Something
Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in 2017, we’ve recruited 116,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,200 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 640 candidates across 48 states – 56% are women, 58% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are under the age of 40. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.
The Run for Something network includes Run for Something (a 527 non-federal PAC),Run for Something Action Fund (a 501c4), and Run for Something Civics (a newly launched, non-partisan 501c3).
We have ambitious plans for 2023 and beyond. Read about them in our Strategic Plan here.
We highly encourage all job applicants to visit our Careers page to learn about our work environment, values, compensation and benefits policies, interview process, and more.
Position Summary
Position Name: Texas Organizing & Recruitment Associate
Reporting Structure: This position will report to the Texas State Director
Location: Remote, Texas
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Essential Duties: The essential duties of the Texas Organizing & Recruitment Associate include: candidate recruitment, management of local recruitment partnerships, and support RFS’ Democracy Defenders program.
Position Summary:
Under the supervision and direction of the Texas State Director, the Organizing & Recruitment Associate will be responsible for coordinating RFS’ grassroots candidate recruitment efforts. Some of the key responsibilities for this role include: working with the State Director to create plans to support the recruitment and development of candidates for local office, coordination of local recruitment partnerships and events, and support RFS’ Democracy Defenders program.
We’re looking for folks who have an entrepreneurial mindset: self-starters who are able to identify new opportunities, learn from missteps, and find solutions when obstacles present themselves. O&R Associates are expected to have a firm understanding of community organizing best practices OR experience running-for and/or serving in a local elected office. Ideal candidates for this position will also have a passion for grassroots progressive politics, strong communication skills, and demonstrated commitment to RFS’ core mission. This position must also hold themselves to our DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) goals and contribute to a culture of anti-racism.
Responsibilities
The Organizing & Recruitment will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:
CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT + PIPELINE SUPPORT (70%):
-Works with the State Director to develop and execute plans to increase the number of young people running for local office within the state
-Provides priority support to RFS’ Democracy Defenders program -- aimed at recruiting progressive candidates for offices related to election administration, regardless of age
-Coordinates and maintains a growing list of prospective candidates within the state; helps source potential candidates through research, partners, events, outreach to RFS alums, and other forms of community engagement
-Takes a hands-on approach with prospective candidates. Conducts regular 1:1s, makes hard asks, moves prospects steadily along the ladder of engagement. Provides ongoing support to prospective candidates at every step
-Collects information on potential recruitment targets as well as confirmed and potential candidates.
-Submits weekly reports to track progress and report updates. Comes to weekly team meetings prepared to discuss overall progress
LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS (30%):
-Works with the State Director to ensure that relationships are maintained with diverse coalition partners. This includes partnerships with state + local Democratic parties, legislative caucuses, young Dems chapters, aligned movement and issue organizations, elected leaders, and local grassroots organizers
-Helps the State Director and partners to identify recruitment and training opportunities well in advance of filing deadlines
-Regularly represents RFS at joint recruitment, training, and mobilization events
-Keeps partnership tracking database up-to-date; provides regular written and verbal updates on partnership progress within the state
Non-Essential Responsibilities:
-Provides occasional support for wider RFS initiatives
Key Goals
-Coordinates RFS’ candidate recruitment efforts within your assigned state
-Helps to build + maintain partnerships with an array state & local organizations
-Conducts research to identify priority recruitment targets and potential candidates
-Represents RFS at information sessions, recruitment events, and trainings with partners
-Maintains communication with and support for a portfolio of prospective candidates
-Ensure tracking databases are updated weekly
-Prioritizes on the ground recruitment support for Run for Something’s election administration program
Qualifications
-The O&R Associate will need to live in Texas, full-time
-Required Experience: 2+ years of experience in labor, issue, or community organizing OR 2+ years of experience as a candidate and/or local elected official
-Knowledge of organizing & advocacy best practices
-Understanding of state and local level politics work in Texas
-Intermediate knowledge of how political campaigns are planned and developed
-Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, and manage volunteers
-Experience with public speaking and online research
-Strong interpersonal & relationship-building skills
-Excellent written & verbal communication skills
-Proven record of success, working as a member of a team
-Ability to work independently and meet key deadlines in a remote environment
-Comfortable using online tools to report, track, and manage progress to goals
-Commitment to preserving American democracy through free and fair elections
-Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
-Ability to work independently for extended periods of time in a remote environment
-Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission
Plus Qualifications
-Candidate recruitment and training experience Campaign management experience
-Fluency in more than one language
-Experience running for office in Texas Experience with organizing databases, VAN, Every Action, Hustle, etc.
Run for Something is committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in elected office, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. Learn more about our commitment here.
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.
Work Environment
Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. The Organizing and Recruitment Associate will need to live in or relocate to the state they are representing; please note that Run for Something does not cover relocation or moving costs.
This position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff or team events per year, which may include overnight travel. This position will also require traveling up to 35% across the state of Texas. Run for Something’s reasonable accommodations policy applies to employees who are unable to travel or participate in gatherings.
This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday. This position will require some nights and weekends work.
Learn more about what it’s like to work at Run for Something at our Careers page.
Essential Physical Requirements
-As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
-The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
-The position requires the ability to attend events which may encompass all or part of the work day.
-This position requires frequent travel, as described above. The candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to travel throughout areas that require transportation by car. The candidate must be able to conduct overnight travel when necessary during these trips.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary for this position is set at $72,600. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.
Learn more about our compensation policy here.
Benefits at Run for Something include:
-Four Day Work Week (learn more here)
-Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
-Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
-Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
-Professional Development Stipend
-Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
-Equipment Stipend
-401k
-Work from Home Stipend
-Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
-12 weeks paid family leave
-Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
-Employee Assistance Program
-~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
-Flexible, remote work environment
-Transition payment for departing employees
Work Authorization
Given campaign finance restrictions, candidates for this position must possess valid work authorizations, and cannot be foreign nationals. This means that we are legally prohibited from hiring anyone for this position who is not a US citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
To Apply
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications.
Learn more about our interview process here.
No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. As a general policy, we don’t conduct informational interviews for candidates who have applied for specific opportunities at Run for Something to ensure equity in our hiring process and to give everyone who has applied a fair chance to succeed. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed.
If you need accessibility or disability accommodations in any step of the application or interview process, please contact hiring@runforsomething.net, with the job title + “accommodation request” in the subject line.