Local Engagement Specialist – Dallas, TX

The Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas 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. The Dallas Engagement Specialist will work out of the Dallas office, but will spend a great deal of time working in the community and surrounding areas.

Primary Responsibilities:
Work with the Community Engagement Network volunteers. Organize ACLU members, volunteers, and community members to advance ACLU of Texas program goals and issue campaigns. Provide volunteers information, guidance, assistance, training, and act as primary liaison between volunteers and staff. Build and strengthen relationships and communications with other groups and coalitions who share our values, including both traditional and new allies. Plan, coordinate, and facilitate “Know Your Rights” training sessions and other educational programs. 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. Organize quarterly events around priority issue areas to educate and mobilize ACLU members and the broader public. Represent the ACLU of Texas at meetings, tabling events, coalition meetings, public speaking engagements, and in local media interviews, either as a speaker or facilitator. 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 Community Engagement Network and volunteer activist needs and accomplishments. 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 Dallas Engagement Specialist must have a strong understanding of and passion for the ACLU’s mission. Applicants must be conversant in and speak compellingly about the ACLU’s work across the many issue areas of civil liberties and civil rights within identified strategic priority issues. The Engagement Specialists have a unique role that combines elements of community organizing, public education, outreach, and strategic policy work. The Local Engagement Specialists act as a liaison between the community and the ACLU’s resources and expertise to give community members the tools they need to advocate for themselves and create positive changes with the following qualifications:

Excellent leadership skills to facilitate communication and collaboration with a diverse group of Community Empowerment Network volunteers. Two years’ experience developing and coordinating successful political, legislative, or activist campaigns and working with and motivating volunteers. 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. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, database management, and various web platforms. Travel and flexible work schedule required. 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; excellent medical and dental insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) with organizational match; reimbursements for travel & phone use; and generous paid time off policies.

Application Process

Electronic applications in MS Word or pdf format are preferred. Submit a letter of interest mentioning where you saw this posting, along with a résumé and the ACLU of Texas application to:
E-mail: jobs@aclutx.org, cc: cduble@aclutx.org
Or mail: ACLU of Texas, Attn: Engagement Specialist Search, P.O. 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.

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