Houston in Action seeks Organizers

Houston in Action, a coalition of people and organizations working to build a stronger Houston through a culture of civic engagement, is recruiting Organizers for staff positions at up to 20 of our member organizations. Organizers will reach out to area communities who have been undercounted in the Census and/or disenfranchised and are historically less civically engaged.

Successful organizers will develop, sustain, and grow strong relationships within these communities, and gain a deepened understanding of assets, strengths, challenges and power dynamics of their community. Though embedded and staffed at Houston in Action member organizations, Community in Action Organizers will work and receive training as a cohort. They will work together to collaborate on strategies and coordinate tactics for engaging the specific communities the 2020 Census, voting, and other forms of civic engagement.

-Work with individuals from diverse backgrounds with different linguistic needs.
-Build relationships and organize in targeted communities (communities of color, low income, renters, youth 18 to 25, foreign born, limited English proficiency, LGBTQ, limited internet access, parents with young children, formerly incarcerated, and people with disabilities) throughout Harris County.
-Lead community outreach, organizing, and canvassing efforts to empower historically disenfranchised communities in Harris County to become civically engaged highlighted by goals and metrics in area of work
-Plan, prepare and execute community outreach and relationship development through tabling, visiting community hotspots, and canvassing as outlined by the Census Metrics and Goals, and future established metrics
-Track skills and leadership development needs and opportunities to grow base of HiA member organizations.
-Carry out one-on-one meetings and follow-up with community members and retain members for commitments, feedback, advocacy, and other community engagement opportunities. 
-Identify and provide training needed by HiA member organizations to ensure meaningful participation of said community in the 2020 Census, civic empowerment, and beyond. 
-Identify community stories to uplift internally and externally on social media, with a communications manager, or other communications channel
-Work with HiA Communications Manager and Community in Action Council to provide feedback on messaging efficacy for specific communities.
-Collect, record, and help analyze data related to the community engagement work. 
-Build relationships with other HiA Organizers to insure that data does not overlap and is clear and accurately collected in State Voices/HiA constituent relationship management (CRM) system.

– Ability to hold relationships with disenfranchised community, other HiA Community in Action organizers, and HiA member organizations
-Demonstrated commitment to social justice issues
-Experience working effectively and collaboratively with diverse populations
-Experience in successful outreach methods for different vulnerable communities
-High emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and a great listener
-Experience working with data-informed approaches, evaluating and improving programs 
-Willingness to work evenings and weekends on occasion
-Solutions-oriented and collaborative work style 
-Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Basecamp and Google Drive/Docs/Sheets 
-Strong communication skills; ability to synthesize information in an easily understandable manner 
-Ability to manage administrative and financial information
-Experience with public speaking 
-Skills in social media, digital and peer-to-peer outreach 
-Requires a car and driver’s license 
-A demonstrated interest and experience in civic engagement 
-Fluency in at least one additional language to English preferred 
-Experience in community organizing, nonprofit and/or social justice setting preferred

Experience in community organizing experience organizing in at least two of the following communities: communities of color, low income, renters, youth 18 to 25, foreign born, limited English proficiency, parents with young children, LGBTQ community, formerly incarcerated, and people with disabilities.

Compensation commensurate with experience plus benefits

Application procedure 
Submit one-page cover, resume, and three references by email to [email protected]

Resumes will be accepted until positions are filled.