JOB DESCRIPTION LEAD ORGANIZER

LEAD ORGANIZER
Jolt Initiative 501c3 & Jolt Action 501c4

The Lead Organizer is the primary staff member charged with overseeing the organization’s membership recruitment, leadership development and campaigns.

Jolt is building a movement of Latinos that together have the power to transform Texas.  Jolt brings Latinos together to win on the issues that matter. Jolt doesn’t stand for any one party or politician- it stands for the Latino community, families, and parents who worked hard to give their children everything they didn’t have. Jolt supports Latinos to make change by making sure they have a say in how Texas is run.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the opportunity to bring together millions of Latinos to fight for equality and economic justice. Almost 10.8 million Latinos, making up 40 percent of the total population, reside in Texas. Despite their numbers Latino voices are ignored by the state’s political leadership and have not shared in the state’s prosperity. Today, 60 percent of Latino workers in Texas make less than $15 an hour; the median household income for Latinos is just $37,000, compared to $64,000 for whites; and 27 percent of Latinos don’t have healthcare —  the highest rate for any ethnic group in the state.

Today, 1 in 3 eligible voters in the state is Latino, and projections indicate that by 2030 Latinos will make up the majority of the state’s population. With this shift comes the opportunity to organize millions of Latinos to fight for lasting change.

But change doesn’t come easy. Although Latino voters make up a large share of the voting population and their numbers will continue to grow, eligible Latinos are also less likely to vote than other Americans. That’s where Jolt comes in.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

The Lead Organizer performs some or all of the following:

  • Assist in program and campaign design to ensure proper integration across the organization and it priorities
  • Oversee organizing staff staff and campaigns to ensure proper implementation, evaluation and improvement
  • Design systems of evaluation across the organization to ensure strong mission alignment, efficiency and outcomes
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the electoral and Latino community
  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile
  • Establish good working relationships with community partners to help achieve the goals of the organization
  • Develop and manage membership recruitment, development and retention systems
  • Assist with fundraising as needed
  • Assist with other duties assigned as necessary

PERSONAL SKILLS & CHARACTERISTICS
The Lead Organizer should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three or more years of progressive management experience in the non-profit sector organization
  • University Degree
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles as they relate to non-profit/progressive organizations
  • Two years of supervisory/management experience of staff or volunteers
  • Experience with data management and VAN
  • Knowledge of program and project management
  • Word processing, financial management, E-mail and Internet
  • Ability to work irregular hours and travel (many times in the evenings and weekends)
  • Preferred- Speak, write, and read English and Spanish fluently
  • Experience working with communities of color and diverse communities
  • Passion and dedication to fight for progressive values and a commitment to social justice

REPORTS TO & LOCATION
This position reports directly to the Executive Director; it is preferred that the Lead Organizer reside in Dallas or Austin, Texas.

COMPENSATION
Salary commensurate with education and experience. Competitive benefits. To apply please send resume, cover letter and two relevant writing samples to cristina@jolttx.org

 

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