State Organizer - Local Progress
Position Location: Texas
About the Project:
Local Progress is the policy network of progressive elected officials from cities and counties around the country committed to shared prosperity, equal justice under law, sustainable cities, and good government that serves the public interest. Hand-in-hand with community-based organizations and unions committed to advancing a social justice agenda, the elected officials and staff of Local Progress are building the network to facilitate a genuine “inside/outside” strategy to reforming municipal policy and politics. Founded in 2012, Local Progress has grown to over 650 local elected official members representing cities, counties, and towns in 40 states. The network includes the leading progressive council members from cities and counties as diverse as Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Miami-Dade, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Francisco. We support members’ work across a variety of areas, but in 2017 our priority national work areas include sanctuary cities, police reform, equitable and sustainable infrastructure and shared economic prosperity.
Local Progress is a project of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and the Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPDA). CPD/A promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with 48 partner organizations in 30 states to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. CPD/A is a rapidly-expanding, dynamic organization that offers an exciting opportunity to drive ambitious policy campaigns and partner with community-based organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color. Our partners in Texas are the Texas Organizing Project and Workers Defense Project.
About the Job:
Local Progress is looking for a highly skilled organizer with a track record of building coalitions to envision and anchor our work in Texas. This is an exciting job for an organizer with a deep interest in municipal level policy who is interested in supporting the leadership of local elected officials, deepening coordination between elected officials and progressive community and labor organizations and developing and implementing a plan to build power for progressive issues across the state.
Lead Local Progress’ work to build in Texas:
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with Local Progress members in that state. Recruit new Local Progress members and build a leadership cohort to help guide Local Progress’ work in the state
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with Local Progress community and labor partners
- Organize Local Progress members and community and labor partners in a single state around a shared agenda and to create and execute a shared strategic plan
- Plan and execute local meetings and trainings for Local Progress members
- Provide and facilitate support to Local Progress members in policy, communications and campaigns
- Identify and execute state level campaigns where Local Progress members can work in coalition with community and labor partners
Support Local Progress’ national work
- Support work on large national Local Progress events such as the national convening
- Position may include national projects (policy, organizing or campaign related), identified based on skills of the applicant and organizational need
- A love for policy and politics and the desire to build a progressive social movement
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with a wide array of partners and members
- A track record of building successful coalitions
- Attention to detail and good organizational skills
- Ambition, drive, energy, and the ability to work flexible and long hours when necessary
- Previous experience with elected officials or municipal policy preferred
- Previous experience with training and/or meeting facilitation preferred
- At least 5 years of organizing or campaign experience
CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.