Regional Director of Advocacy and Outreach

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    Job Title: Regional Director of Advocacy and Outreach
    Department: Policy
    Reports to: Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Dr. Libby Cohen

    Locations:

    • Houston area (3 positions)
    • Dallas/Ft. Worth (3 positions—roughly 1 each for Dallas County and Tarrant County, and 1 for Collin and Denton Counties)
    • Central Texas (1 position, Austin area/Waco)
    • El Paso (1 position)
    • Rio Grande Valley (1 position)
    • Lubbock/Amarillo (1 position)
    • West Texas (1 position, Midland/Odessa/San Angelo/Abilene)
    • East Texas (1 position, Tyler/Mt. Pleasant/Lufkin)

    Company Introduction:

    The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with two distinct but related missions. First, we support programmatic initiatives structured to identify, pilot, and scale systemic improvements in public education. Second, we support public policy solutions that invest in our students, encourage innovation and autonomy, and improve college and workforce readiness.

    The future of Texas – our economy, communities, and citizenry – depends on how well we prepare our students today. All students deserve a level playing field and equal access to a quality public education. We believe our public schools represent our greatest hope for educating and preparing all 5+ million Texas students for the future.

    If you’re ready to get engaged, join us to help strengthen and improve public schools for all Texas students. Because the future of Texas is in our public schools.

    Come be part of our journey!

    The Role:

    Regional Director of Advocacy and Outreach

    The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is seeking full-time Regional Directors of Advocacy and Outreach for the regions listed above to be part of a new statewide team that will work together to build and mobilize a robust pro-public education constituency across the state. We are looking for energetic, highly motivated mid-career individuals with a passion for the goals and ideals of public education.

    The ideal candidate will combine a deep optimism about the capacity of ordinary people to shape policy outcomes with a pragmatic political orientation. They will have a strong appetite for developing relationships with a diverse array of people, especially those inside and connected to public schools, and a demonstrated track record of motivating people to work towards a shared goal. This position is an excellent opportunity to be part of shaping a new initiative from one of the most respected public education advocacy organizations in Texas.

    Responsibilities:

    • Advance the Foundation’s legislative priorities and help foster a pro-public education political climate across Texas by finding, developing, and activating public education supporters in your region
    • Coach Foundation alumni, including public school principals and aspiring teachers, in advocacy skills and civic leadership
    • Represent the Foundation and its interests in education, civic, philanthropic, and business settings
    • Grow usership of the Foundation’s digital advocacy tools
    • Understand key challenges and opportunities in public education in your region so as to help inform the Foundation’s policy knowledge and programmatic objectives
    • Collaborate with organizations and individuals to support broad-based get-out-the-vote efforts and increased voter awareness of public education issues
    • Develop a local network of influencers and changemakers willing to partner with us to pursue pro-public education policy at the state level
    • Elevate the public profile of the Foundation in your region

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher
    • 5+ years of work experience in a relevant field (education, civic engagement, advocacy non-profit, public policy, politics, social work)
    • Strong internal motivation to work for educational equity and excellence in Texas
    • Demonstrated ability to create and motivate teams, as well as develop relationships with people from a wide range of backgrounds (ethnic, socioeconomic, professional, educational, and generational)
    • Excellent written, oral, and listening communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills
    • Desire to understand public education policy and translate it to different audiences
    • Ability and willingness to work in a flexible, highly independent setting
    • Availability to travel (mostly regional) and work some weekends and evenings
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and G Suite
    • Preferred: existing relationships/experience working in Texas, fluency in Spanish, prior advocacy experience, proficiency in customer relations management software (e.g. Salesforce, Nation Builder) and digital grassroots advocacy tools (e.g. Phone2Action, Voter Voice)
    • Please note: To avoid any potential conflicts of interest, we will not be accepting applications from sitting elected officials.

    Physical Demands:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to fulfill these requirements.

    Salary and Benefits:

    Salary is commensurate with experience. Raise Your Hand Texas offers a benefits package, including health, dental, life, and retirement.

    Application Instructions:

    Please send your resume and cover letter to careers@ryht.org.