PPTV is hiring a Youth Organizer (Intern)

POSITION: Temporary, part-time (10 to 25 hours per week)
REPORTS TO: Community Outreach Specialist
LOCATION: San Antonio
DURATION: 26 weeks, June 20, 2016 through December 15, 2016

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV) is the statewide advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas that engages supporters of reproductive health to fight to protect and expand women’s access to preventative and reproductive healthcare, including abortion. The work at PPTV is fast paced and deals with complex and high priority matters related to the electoral and legislative politics of women’s health in Texas. Our programs range from talking to voters about the politics of abortion to advocating to protect state funding for breast cancer screenings.

The Youth Organizer will lead campus and community outreach activities to engage young people in the fight for reproductive health in Texas, including recruiting new supporters, engaging volunteers, executing effective issue and voter education campaigns, and hosting campus events.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit students and young people to support Planned Parenthood and access to reproductive healthcare through campus and community events and actions, including tabling, crowd canvassing, and phonebanking.
  • Promote engagement of existing supporters and development of volunteers through organized events and actions on and off campus, including participating in and leading trainings and facilitating meetings.
  • Build meaningful relationships and partners with campus organizations to further reproductive justice initiatives on campus.
  • Attend local community events on behalf of Planned Parenthood as requested.
  • Additional responsibilities, as needed.

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Three months of consistent volunteer experience with Planned Parenthood or another progressive organization.
  • Ability to function in a fast paced work environment and manage multiple tasks.
  • Working knowledge of Google Docs, Microsoft Office Suite, and other technical tools.
  • Participation with PP Generation, Youth Organizing & Policy Institute (YOPI), Student Leadership & Advocacy Meeting (SLAM), and other Planned Parenthood youth activities preferred, but not required.
  • Campaign experience preferred, but not required.

Personal Qualities/Other Attributes

  • Deep appreciation for mission of Planned Parenthood and reproductive justice.
  • Interest in Texas politics.
  • Enjoys operating in a fast-paced environment; a nimble and flexible work style.
  • A direct and open interpersonal communication style; a smart and confident leader.

Training

As a Youth Organizer, you will participate in regional, state, and national trainings run by experienced Planned Parenthood staff.  All Youth Organizers are required to attend the Planned Parenthood Youth Power Summit in Houston, August 19-21.  This training will supplement the valuable skills and experience you gain on your campus and in your community.

Compensation

This position is paid hourly at a rate of $10.00 per hour.

How to Apply

8/25/2016: THIS POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED.

To apply, send a one-page resume, cover letter of 650 words or less, and three references to sanantonio@pptexasvotes.org.

  • Each document should be a separate attachment; all attachments should be saved in PDF format and named in the format of “Last Name, First Name – Document Name”.
  • Cover letters included in the body of the email will not be accepted.
  • References from employment, academic and volunteer experience are acceptable.
  • Please indicate “Youth Organizer – San Antonio” in the email subject line.
  • All applications must be received by June 27, 2016.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental to our success at PPTV.  Employment opportunities are based on an individual’s capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established under the law.

What We Built

When the Texas Legislature convened 140 days ago two things were certain–some legislators would make it their mission to cut health care for Texans who need it most, and our supporters across the state would take decisive action to fight back.
Now, the legislative session has ended and the outcomes are clear: Vulnerable teens will face additional barriers in order to access their constitutional right to safe, legal abortion and women with the most need will lose access to critical cancer screenings from the provider they trust – Planned Parenthood.

Our strategy this legislative session was not just about defending against the imminent attacks. What we set out to do, and what we did, is work to build the grassroots power we need to create the change we want to see in Texas. And we did that thanks to supporters like you.

Together, we did this:

We recruited 25,862 new supporters from nearly every legislative district in the state who support the critical health care our health centers provide.

We delivered nearly 20,000 petitions to make sure the Legislature knows where Texans stand on women’s health and cancer screenings.

We conducted over 1,000 office visits to all 181 legislators to educate them about the services we provide and the important role our health centers fill in the communities we serve.

Planned Parenthood’s top priority is ensuring women get the health care they need. We can only do that with dedicated supporters like you.

Thank you,
Yvonne Gutierrez
Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

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Texas Manifesta: We Are Watching

Our Texas Manifesta: We Are Watching.  

On this January 13th, start of the 84th Texas Legislative session, we declare our values and our commitment to fight during the upcoming months.

We believe in a Texas where politicians are held accountable to ALL Texans. We believe that democracy looks like a Capitol filled with thousands monitoring every action taken and demanding that our voices be heard.

We believe in a Texas where access to health care doesn’t depend on who you are, where you live, or the size of your bank account — where every Texan has the opportunity to live a healthy and meaningful life. We know that these basic rights are the foundation of freedom and opportunity.

We believe that the ability to plan if and when to have a child is essential to a family’s health and economic well-being. We believe that comprehensive sex education, affordable birth control, and access to safe and legal abortion are not political negotiation chips that can be used to discriminate against Texans. We further believe that every Texan should have access to insurance coverage for the full range of health care services. We believe that Texans should have the right to access health care services based on the medical care they need, not the religious beliefs of politicians or their bosses.

Politicians who hold office in the Capitol are being put on notice: We Are Watching. We will not let you get away with removing access to care, and our basic rights and dignity, behind closed doors. We are a strong community. We will not go away.

We will make our voices heard.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN YOUR NAME IN SUPPORT. 

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“Keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.” – Molly Ivins

The 84th Legislative Session

Today marks the beginning of the 84th Texas Legislative Session. We know what that means. A new collection of legislators will take to the Capitol and pass what legislation they can to remake our state into their own personal vision. Some of these legislators are heroic and strong fighters who have been champions for Texas women and families. But this session, far too many of them are eager to tell us what we can and cannot do with our bodies and interfere with our private health care decisions.

We are ready to take them on. Join us!

The last legislative session ended with thousands of you decked out in orange and showing up to make sure politicians knew you were watching. All throughout the Capitol building fierce Texans stood shoulder to shoulder against attacks on women’s health. Never before had so many overflow rooms been packed in the early morning hours, as thousands followed the minute procedural details of yet another committee hearing or floor debate.

The summer of 2013 showed us the power of showing up, of monitoring the work of the legislature, and letting them know that our eyes were upon them every single step of the process.

Are you ready to join us again?

Here’s how we win: From day one of this legislation session – we are making sure they know we are watching. We are engaged and we are not going to let them get away with anything- no matter what.

They figured we’d go away. Let’s prove them wrong.

Here’s the thing: We have even more of us on our side now then we did then. Since 2013 Planned Parenthood has continued our work and continued to bring thousands more supporters along with us. We are stronger and more ready than we’ve ever been before.

Now, we all can’t spend the next six months camped out at the Capitol every day. But Planned Parenthood Texas Votes will be on the ground, and we will regularly turn around rapid response updates and opportunities for action. We will be your eyes and ears, but then we need you to join us and get the word out to your communities.

We will win by not going away. We win by making those legislators know we are watching, always. And that we will call them out, fight back, and hold them responsible, no matter what. 

Sign the Texas Manifesta and say you are with us.

HB2: How We Fight Back

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This week HB2 is on trial. HB2 is the disastrous bill Wendy Davis stood 13 hours to block. It is the bill thousands of you protested. And it is the bill that that has already closed dozens of abortion clinics throughout the state – clinics that also provided life-saving preventative care, cancer screenings and birth control.

While the court considers the case against HB2, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is taking the fight to the ballot box.

Will you donate today to support our programs to get out the vote and elect pro-women’s health candidates this November?

The only way we can stop bills like HB2 from passing is to elect leaders who fight to support women’s health. Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is here to make sure that happens.

The election in November places the future of women’s health in Texas directly at risk more than ever before. This year, Texans have a clear choice – we can elect those who have spent their careers crafting and supporting HB2 and bills like it, or we can elect leaders who will fight for Texas women.

Donate today to make sure Texans know what is at stake in this election and that they vote.

Greg Abbott is running for governor, and brags about his support for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and his support of the Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby. His running mate, Dan Patrick, says it’s a myth that Planned Parenthood provides health care to women. And Patrick claims his bill to force women to undergo unnecessary sonograms is the most important bill he has ever passed.

To stop these men, and their equally hostile running mates, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes will run the second largest field program in the state. We will knock on hundreds of thousands of doors and make hundreds of thousands of phone calls, to make sure Texans understand what is at stake this November.

Will you support our effort to Stop Greg Abbott and his posse that has vowed to end access to women’s reproductive health care and rights?

HB2 has had a horrific impact upon Texas women. But it has also served as a rallying cry for Texans. We must fight back harder than we ever have before – most significantly at the ballot box.

Thank you for standing strong for Texas women.

Yvonne Gutierrez

PPTV is looking for an Administrative Assistant

Community Outreach Group
Title: Administrative Assistant
Position: Temporary
Location: Austin, TX

Organization Overview

Community Outreach Group, LLC is part of Planned Parenthood, but a separate organization that is available to act as a vendor of large-scale advocacy and electoral programs for affiliates, local c4 organizations, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes for contracted field programs.  Community Outreach Group is available to assist in electoral programs in two ways: (1) Run door to door paid canvasses (2) Hire Electoral staff.

General Description

Community Outreach Group is seeking a temporary Administrative Assistant in Austin, TX to provide administrative support to the Executive and Deputy Director to help achieve Planned Parenthood Texas Votes’ strategy for the 2014 general election campaign in support of Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte. The Administrative Assistant will work in conjunction with PPTV’s executive team to provide timely and efficient administrative support by tracking and processing fundraising and financial information (payment requests, invoices, and receipts); scheduling meetings; processing and organizing information requests; formatting documents for public use; maintaining hard and electronic filing systems; and occasionally assisting as onsite support for special events.

Major Responsibilities

  • Entering, tracking and reporting gifts using the development database
  • Tracking and processing invoice, payments and receipts
  • Assisting the executive team with scheduling meetings and maintaining their calendars
  • Organizing and responding to information requests for legislative, electoral, development and media purposes
  • Maintaining hard and electronic filing systems
  • Formatting documents for public use
  • Preparing logistics for meetings
  • Assisting onsite with special events

Qualifications:

  • Support Planned Parenthood’s mission and goals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Proof reading skills required
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Knowledge of secretarial, office administrative procedures and knowledge of use and operation of standard office equipment required; 2+ years related experience preferred.
  • Proven track record of successful work in a multi-tasking, fast paced team environment

Compensation

All employees are temporary through the election, pay is competitive and health benefits are available.

To apply, please email a copy of your resume and a brief cover letter with three references to jobs@communityoutreachgroup.net.

The Community Outreach Group, LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Community Outreach Group, LLC is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.

SAEN: Planned Parenthood Aiming To Spend $3 Million On Texas Elections In 2014

Austin, Texas – On Sunday, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Planned Parenthood Texas Votes’ 2014 electoral program.

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes will spend $3 million to target over 300,000 women voters and combine the large field program with digital and radio communications work. This new organization builds upon the historic grassroots support for women’s health care that was shown last summer, and transitions that grassroots energy into an electoral force. Planned Parenthood Texas Votes will play a pivotal role in the 2014 election, while at the same time building a lasting supporter infrastructure ready to continue the fight in future legislative sessions and elections.
“Planned Parenthood Texas Votes will make sure that women voters are the decisive factor in this fall’s election. We know that when Texas women know what is at stake in this election, they will vote, and they will vote for candidates who support them.” – Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
 
Planned Parenthood aiming to spend $3 million on Texas elections in 2014 [San Antonio Express-News, Peggy Fikac, David Saleh Rauf, 7.19.14]
 
Planned Parenthood’s political arm, embarking on the most aggressive campaign it has ever waged in Texas, plans to spend $3 million to turn out voters for Democratic candidates including Sens. Wendy Davis for governor and Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor.
Bolstered by a $1 million donation from a single backer, Planned Parenthood’s latest Texas-based political action fund is sparking concerns among anti-abortion activists who expect to be outgunned financially by the effort that has a particular focus on women voters.
“This is a wake-up call for us, and I’m sure for other pro-life organizations,” said Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, who expects it will be difficult if not impossible to keep pace with Planned Parenthood’s outlay.
The state’s two largest anti-abortion groups, Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life, have spent about $450,000 since the beginning of the year to help an array of candidates through the primaries and runoffs, according to state data.
Cecile Richards, president of the national advocacy group Planned Parenthood Votes, said her group’s effort has powerful potential and is aiming to draw differences between Davis and her Republican opponent in the gubernatorial race, Attorney General Greg Abbott. “When women have a chance to know the difference between candidates, they won’t vote for someone who is against them,” she said.
Davis has largely avoided the abortion issue on the campaign trail, seeking to broaden her image and messaging beyond last year’s filibuster against tighter abortion restrictions that propelled the state senator from Fort Worth into national political stardom.
But forces that support abortion rights and women’s access to health care through clinics that have been affected by tough abortion laws are looking to use Davis and the energy from her filibuster as the centerpiece for a well-funded movement to strike at the ballot box this November.
The new PAC, called Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, is intended to bolster the top of the Democratic ticket, along with a slate of state House candidates and the Democrat running for Davis’ open Senate seat. The group also endorsed Rep. Sarah Davis, the only Republican who voted against last year’s tighter abortion restrictions.
Created just four months ago, the PAC already has more than $1 million on hand, mostly through the $1 million donation from Planned Parenthood Chairwoman Cecilia Boone. It’s only the third contribution of that amount recorded by any candidate or PAC this election cycle.
The endeavor will be coordinated with a new Texas-based Planned Parenthood 501c4 group, a tax-exempt nonprofit that does not have to disclose contributors. Planned Parenthood says the nonprofit is set up to handle administrative costs, while the bulk of the spending will be done through its PAC that makes contributors known to the public.
Despite Planned Parenthood’s long presence in Texas, state data shows it’s the first time its political arm has dedicated this type of financial firepower for Texas elections.
It mirrors identical efforts by the group nationwide: The political arm of Planned Parenthood dropped $2.4 million in the Virginia governor’s race last year, helping a Democrat unseat a Republican; the abortion-rights group also plans to spend $3 million this year in a North Carolina U.S. Senate race.
Texas’ anti-abortion forces are taking notice.
“It’s a concern,” said Kyleen Wright, executive director of Texans for Life Coalition. “They are going to be playing for the long game.”
For Davis, some risks
Abortion rights has been front and center in the 2014 election for Texas governor, despite Davis couching it in broader terms of women’s health care. Abbott has emphasized his opposition to abortion, saying that “we shouldn’t discriminate against a child” even in cases of rape or incest.
He has spearheaded efforts to defend Texas against lawsuits challenging abortion restrictions and cuts to Planned Parenthood’s state funding.
Richards said the contrast between Davis and Abbott “will dominate a lot of our work this fall.”
Planned Parenthood organizers said they will parlay the PAC money into an aggressive field program to reach more than 300,000 women — including Democrats and Republicans identified as receptive to their message — through phone banks, door-to-door visits and direct mail. The campaign will also include a heavy dose of digital outreach that will include radio ads and online ads, along with social media.
Matt Mackowiak, a Republican consultant, said Planned Parenthood’s spending can slice two ways for Davis.
On one hand, it will put the abortion spotlight back on Davis and could stymie her messaging as a candidate focused on a broad range of policy. Mackowiak said, however, it can also provide more resources for her campaign, which is at a 3-1 cash disadvantage compared to Abbott, and maybe even provide a bit of cover on the issue.
“The campaign knows that talking about abortion is a net loser for her,” he said. “These outside groups can focus on maximizing the pro-choice vote while Wendy stays above that fray.”
Battling to be competitive
Texas’ anti-abortion groups, which wield enormous influence with top state leaders and the broader Republican Party, also have been aggressive in spending to help candidates who are supportive of their agenda.
The PAC for Texas Right to Life has spent close to $300,000 since the beginning of the year, according to state data. That included more than $11,000 to air anti-Davis ads in English and Spanish on radio stations in the Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi before the March primary.
Texas Right to Life did not answer a request for comment.
Pojman, the head of Texas Alliance for Life whose PAC has spent about $150,000 this election cycle, said his group continues to aggressively raise funds for the general election. While he expects to be outspent by Planned Parenthood, he questioned the group’s ability to coalesce activists around the state in big numbers.
“Planned Parenthood doesn’t have the grass roots to energize in the same way the pro-life movement can,” he said.
Wright, the executive director of Texans for Life Coalition, said while anti-abortion groups won’t be able to compete dollar for dollar, Planned Parenthood’s messaging doesn’t resonate with most Texans.
Still, her group created a new PAC after lawmakers passed tough abortion restrictions last summer in anticipation of a new push by abortion-rights groups.
“We knew our friends would be taking hits and Planned Parenthood would be coming,” she said. “We wanted to be in a position to help them.”

#TX1YrLater: Planned Parenthood Leads the Fight to Protect Women’s Access to Preventive Health Services and Abortion

Austin, Texas – One year after House Bill 2 was signed into law, Planned Parenthood has fought even harder to increase healthcare services for Texas women and is bringing the fight to the ballot box this November.

“Planned Parenthood has been in Texas for over 70 years, and we’re not going anywhere. Since the passage of HB2 we have increased our commitment to Texas women, and have launched a new statewide political initiative to elect candidates who fully support women’s access to health care.”– Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director Planned Parenthood Texas Votes
Last summer saw an unprecedented level of activism at the Texas Capitol:
·     More than 6,000 people rallied at the capitol, more than 34,000 letters were sent to legislators and more than 2,300 people testified against these dangerous restrictions.
·     Last fall, more than 19,000 people urged the Department of Health to write rules for abortion facilities that allow existing, quality providers to remain in service.
 
POLITICAL ORGANIZING
Just as women trust Planned Parenthood health centers when it comes to their medical care, they trust Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations when we speak out about the policies and politicians that determine their access to their healthcare. One in five American women visit Planned Parenthood for family planning and reproductive health care in their lifetime, and 500,000 Texans are signed up as Planned Parenthood supporters.  
In March of this year, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC were launched because the stakes for women and their access to basic health care could not be higher.
Planned Parenthood Texas Votes and Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC will be an influential factor in this fall’s election.
Since March, PPTV ‘s digital program has reached an audience of over three million with our messaging calling out anti-women’s health candidates on their records of dismantling access to health care.  
PPTV will also run a robust statewide field program, second only in size to the joint field effort of the Davis Campaign and Battleground Texas.
This year PPTV PAC will raise approximately $3M, and target over 300,000 women voters for direct contact, to inform them what is at stake in this election and to turn them out to vote.
PPTV will take direct action in statewide races focusing on five key counties and in targeted State Legislative Districts. Our work will include direct voter contact, paid radio, online advertising, and field research. 
A list of PPTV’s endorsements can be found here:
 
HEALTH CARE SERVICES PROVIDED
In the year since the passage of HB2, Texas women continue to count on Planned Parenthood for essential health care services:
Providing over nearly 200,000 Texans access to affordable annual exams, birth control, life-saving cancer screenings, HIV test, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and other essential preventive care at its 45 health centers throughout Texas.
Planned Parenthood affiliates across the state have been hard at work to increase access to care despite the onslaught of legislative attacks. For instance, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) has established a Patient Assistance Fund, to ensure that women seeking abortion services who have to travel outside of their community as a result of the bill have access to funding for transportation and lodging costs, and contraception to help plan and space future pregnancies, and prevent unintended pregnancies. PPGT also purchased a new health center and ambulatory surgical center (ASC) to provide safe, legal abortion services in Dallas County in compliance with Texas’ controversial HB2.
One year after the signing of HB2, Texas women — and all Texans who care about women’s health — are still watching. And we are fighting back.

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Is Hiring

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes is hiring a Field Director and Field Organizers. Read below for the job descriptions and how to apply to make sure that #WomenWinTX this November!

Title: Texas Field Director

Position: Full-time through November 2014

Location: Austin, TX

Organization Overview

Community Outreach Group, LLC is part of Planned Parenthood, but a separate organization that is available to act as a vendor of large-scale advocacy and electoral programs for affiliates, local c4 organizations, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes for contracted field programs.

General Description

Community Outreach Group is seeking a highly motivated and effective candidate to serve as Field Director to further the electoral work of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes this election cycle and to build and strengthen the organization’s long-term infrastructure within the state.

The Texas Field Director oversees the organizing and field efforts of Planned Parent Texas Votes including paid voter contact and volunteer community outreach programs related to electoral and advocacy work. The Director will develop and oversee the implementation of field plans to achieve the electoral and public policy goals of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. The Field Director works with the national and state data team to develop appropriate target universes based on analysis of sophisticated modeling and targeting data.

Essential Functions:

  • Strong commitment and loyalty to the mission of Planned Parenthood, including support for reproductive justice and women’s reproductive freedom, access to birth control, sex education and abortion.
  • Strong campaign grassroots organizing experience.
  • Experience with voter files, voter identification and voter contact work including sophisticated modeling and targeting.
  • Solid understanding of and experience in working with state and federal regulations governing lobbying and electoral activities of 501(c)3, 501(c)4, and PAC entities.
  • Robust analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and remotely as necessary, and in coalition with other organizations as well as collaboratively with internal staff and board members.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to multitask.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Effective team player and team leader with a commitment to the leadership development of other staff and volunteers.
  • Requires strong administrative skills including reporting, management, operational budgeting, word processing, database management and policy and procedure development.
  • Experience in working with nonprofit boards a plus.
  • Actively contribute to a positive and respectful work culture that promotes team work and collaboration, effective communication, leadership development, problem-solving, resiliency and unity.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop a statewide organizing plan for TX that incorporates strategic goals and objectives to direct field work, build organizational capacity, guide coalition partner activities, power building activities and drives electoral objectives in a manner that advances the mission of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes.
  • Serve as a liaison to Pubic Affairs organizing staff at Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, coordinate shared organizing plans, priorities, trainings, events, and actions to implement strategic field goals and objectives
  • Oversee implementation of all community outreach and organizing activities, including Leadership & Advocacy Councils (LACs), student groups, volunteer activist engagement opportunities, supporter communications, and state and local coalition development
    • Coordinate and implement national organizing and outreach campaigns in Texas in collaboration with national Planned Parenthood staff and agencies
    • Develop supporter education and activation strategies.
    • Outline specific measures of growth and goals for achieving success in civic engagement work
    • Oversee the management of the c4 voter file and lists.
    • Recommend and develop statewide electoral strategies and plans.
    • Direct implementation of statewide electoral strategies and plans including targeting, organizing goals, budget, vendor and consultant management as necessary, voter registration, voter education and GOTV efforts.
    • Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations regarding 501c(3), 501c(4) and PAC activities.
    • Collaborate with the Communications Director to develop grassroots issue-focused and candidate focused campaign materials including telephone scripts, doorbell literature, mailers  and email alerts, and online campaigns.
    • Provide regular reports regarding grassroots field and organizing efforts to the board and staff.

Supervisory Responsibilities:      

Direct supervision of field organizers and field specific contract employees. Indirect supervision by serving as liaison to affiliate public affairs field teams who manage regional networks of volunteers, supporters, and associated community organizing programs. Manage and supervise shared work plans and programs across the state. Responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education and or Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in public policy, government relations or related field preferred. Minimum 5 years experience in a political, advocacy or public affairs environment with a minimum of 2 years of campaign experience and a minimum of 2 years experience in community organizing.

To Apply:

Please submit resume and three references via email to jobs@communityoutreachgroup.net. Include in the Subject Line: Name and position title of “Texas Field Director”. Employment is contingent on successful completion of an employment application, background check, and reference check.

The Community Outreach Group, LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Community Outreach Group, LLC is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.

 

Title: Field Organizer               
Position: Temporary
Location: Austin, Fort Worth (additional opportunities in Houston, San Antonio, and McAllen)

Organization Overview

Community Outreach Group, LLC is part of Planned Parenthood, but a separate organization that is available to act as a vendor of large-scale advocacy and electoral programs for affiliates, local c4 organizations, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes for contracted field programs.  Community Outreach Group is available to assist in electoral programs in two ways: (1) Run door to door paid canvasses (2) Hire Electoral staff.

General Description

Community Outreach Group is seeking highly motivated candidates to serve as Field Organizers to further the electoral work of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes in local communities across the state. Field Organizers will also work to help build and strengthen the organization’s long-term infrastructure within the state.

Field Organizers will report to a Field Director, serve as a point of contact in selected districts, and coordinate and manage the day-to-day field operations in their assigned areas.  Field Organizers will be responsible for implementing the campaign field plan, recruiting, training and managing volunteers, and will be held accountable to quantitative and qualitative field metrics. Ideal candidates must be able to complete tasks on tight deadlines, juggle multiple projects and commitments, work independently and develop relationships with diverse populations.

Positions will be based out of Austin and Fort Worth (additional opportunities are available in Houston, San Antonio, and McAllen).

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting, training, and managing volunteers who will participate in phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, and community events such as house parties, town hall meetings.
  • Engaging in direct voter contact through canvasses, phone banks and other campaign events.
  • Executing a region-wide outreach program.
  • Generating public awareness and support through grassroots outreach.
  • Developing relationships with key political players, opinion leaders, and allied organizations and coalitions to build the base of support within selected district.

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a knowledge of and strong commitment to progressive causes.
  • Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills, experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously.
  • Candidates must have strong communication skills.
  • Experience managing and holding others responsible to quantitative and qualitative goals is a plus.
  • Experience in Texas politics and government is preferred.
  • Proficiency with Google Docs, Excel and Microsoft office a plus.
  • Proficiency with VAN a plus.
  • Access to a vehicle is required.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • An understanding of targeting and metrics and experience with database management is a      plus.

Compensation

All employees are temporary through the election, pay is competitive and health benefits are available.

To apply, please email a copy of your resume and a brief cover letter with three references to jobs@communityoutreachgroup.net.

The Community Outreach Group, LLC is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Community Outreach Group, LLC is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.