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FIELD ORGANIZER

SUMMARY

The Harris County Democratic Party is hiring field organizers for the 2018 election cycle. Organizers are the face of the Party. They will recruit and train volunteers, run phone and text banks, host organizing meetings, enter data, lead canvasses and even build relationships with community leaders.

This position reports to the Organizing Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ideal candidate will have experience volunteering or working on a political campaign
  • Candidate must have a desire to learn and a willingness to receive feedback
  • Candidates must be self-motivated and willing to work long hours (including nights and weekends) when necessary
  • Candidate must believe in volunteer leadership, as volunteers will be at the center of everything we will do this cycle
  • Candidates must have the ability to communicate with diverse communities and leaders
  • Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Recruiting & training volunteers to attend phone banking, texting, and canvassing events, in order to recruit volunteers and push voters to the polls
  • Regularly planning for and attending community events like festivals, parades, etc.
  • Becoming a super user of key productivity (Google Apps, conference calls, etc.) and voter contact (VAN) technologies and patiently teaching volunteers to use them
  • Meticulous daily and weekly reporting

COMPENSATION

Salary for this position is $3,000/month. More details will be available upon request.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

DJ Ybarra

Executive Director

dj@harrisdemocrats.com



FIELD MANAGER

SUMMARY

The Harris County Democratic Party is hiring an organizing manager for the 2018 election cycle.

As a field organizing manager, your mission will be to build a grassroots voter contact program by managing the organizing team. The organizers you manage will recruit and train volunteers, run phone and text banks, host organizing meetings, enter data, lead canvasses and even build relationships with community leaders.

Like every member of the Harris County Democratic Party team, you will be both a manager and a doer. While your most important responsibility will be management, you will also be expected to routinely do the same work that we ask organizers and volunteers to do.

This position reports to the Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Have staff management experience (though not necessarily on a political campaign!)
  • Candidate will have experience volunteering or working on a political campaign
  • Candidate must have a desire to learn and a willingness to receive feedback
  • Candidates must be self-motivated and willing to work long hours (including nights and weekends) when necessary
  • Candidate must believe in volunteer leadership, as volunteers will be at the center of everything we will do this cycle
  • Candidates must have the ability to communicate with diverse communities and leaders
  • Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills, experience meeting deadlines, and the ability to manage many tasks simultaneously

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing a team of field organizers
  • Supervising organizers as they make work plans and set goals, and holding them accountable for outcomes
  • Leading by example
  • Becoming a super user of key productivity (Google Apps, conference calls, etc.) and voter contact (VAN) technologies and patiently teaching volunteers to use them
  • Meticulous daily and weekly reporting

COMPENSATION

Salary for this position is $4,250/month. More details will be available upon request.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

DJ Ybarra

Executive Director

dj@harrisdemocrats.com



SUMMER 2018 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

This unpaid internship provides a unique opportunity for hardworking, passionate, future leaders to gain hands-on exposure to county party politics, strengthen their understanding of the political process, and prepare for political opportunities. In addition to typical intern duties, interns will have the chance to volunteer in community outreach projects, assist at HCDP functions, and attend weekly meetings held by HCDP staff or guest speakers. They will also participate in grassroots efforts, such as phone banks, canvasses, and voter registration drives.

Interns will work in one of our five departments: Operations, Event Planning + Fundraising, Organizing + Data and Communications.

Operations interns will learn organizational management systems. They will:

● Gain exposure to management systems and practice

● Assist with special projects (i.e. assisting with the County Executive Committee Meeting)

● Research on venues, discussion topics and guest speakers for Town Talks

● Help with tasks in other areas as needed

Events Planning + Fundraising interns will learn the skills necessary to maintain the financial health of an organization the size of the Harris County Democratic Party. They will:

● Maintain database and spreadsheets

● Assist staff with donor/event research, creating call sheets, fundraising calls, and fundraising events

● Assist with planning events, guest lists, event promotion, and on-site execution including set up/break down

● Prepare mailings and solicitations

● Help with tasks in other areas as needed

Organizing + Data interns will learn how to effectively manage data and field operations, in addition to cultivating volunteers. They will:

● Maintain databases, lists, and calendar (i.e. NGP, VAN, volunteer lists and events)

● Assist with recruiting, training, and managing volunteers to build our volunteer capacity

● Assist with planning and coordination of appreciation events, training sessions, and meetings for volunteers and activist

● Assist in coordinating phone banks, canvassing, voter registration drives, and our field program

● Help with tasks in other areas as needed

Communication interns will learn how a political organization generates a following and communicates with it. They will:

● Get our message out to members and the general public via social media and email

● Assist with the promotion of events and various campaigns

● Play a role in our communications strategy

● Perform issue research and writing

● Draft press releases and correspondence; produce blog posts, photos, graphics, and other multimedia

● Help with tasks in other areas as needed

OVERALL REQUIREMENTS:

● An interest in politics and identify as a Democrat or progressive

● Quick to learn & keen attention to detail

● Basic technological proficiency (Microsoft Excel, Google Docs, Spreadsheet, Forms etc)

● Aptitude for creative thinking and output

● Strong verbal and written communication skills

● Commitment to maintaining office standards of confidentiality and discretion

● Some familiarity with the workings of government and issues in Harris County politics

● Flexible schedule & ability to work at least 15-20 hours a week Mon-Fri (possibly weekends), in the HCDP HQ office at 1445 N Loop W, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77008

HOW TO APPLY:

The Harris County Democratic Party is now accepting applications for the Internship Program. All applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Current copy of your resume
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Letter of Interest

Please apply by Friday, June 1, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. CST to be considered. CLICK THE LINK BELOW. Upon completion of the program, interns will be provided with a letter of recommendation for future endeavors. INTERNSHIP ORIENTATION: Monday, June 11, 2018.

YES! I WANT TO APPLY FOR THE INTERNSHIP.

NO. CAN I FIND WAYS TO VOLUNTEER?

The Harris County Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis . Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.





Digital Strategist

The Harris County Democratic Party is seeking a Digital Strategist with experience writing for social media and email marketing to join our team in Houston, Texas. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about fighting Trump Republicans and working to build our Harris County Democratic Party infrastructure.

This role includes the typical responsibilities of an organizer such as cultivating relationships, volunteer engagement, as well as digital functions like planning an online content calendar, growth strategy, and launching digital campaigns to hit goals.

What you'll do:

  • Engage supporters online by writing, editing, designing, and curating content.
  • Work with local clubs, county party, state party, and Democratic leaders to achieve our goals.
  • Monitor social media and news outlets for breaking news and messaging opportunities.
  • Write and edit content for our email list.
  • Create and execute content plan to reach digital organizing goals.
  • Grow our online volunteer base by providing regular, helpful content that’s in-tune with their needs and drives action.
  • Collaborate with digital, communications, and political departments to produce relevant campaigns to meet digital organizing goals.
  • This role is at the core of our electoral goals, and others will rely on your work every day.

Requirements:

  • Past experience producing online content, building an audience online, or as a field organizer.
  • A dual-minded approach: You’re creative and an excellent writer but can also be process-driven, think scale, and rely on data to make decisions.

Preference given for experience with:

  • Familiarity with digital and social media platforms and a sense of excitement for new innovations in digital communication, mobilization, and organizing
  • Familiarity with online organizing platforms and/or website CMS & CRM
  • HTML/CSS
  • Optimization and A/B testing
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • SMS texting software & campaigns
  • Comfortable working under deadline pressure

How to Apply:

We will be hiring for this position fast. Please submit your application as soon as possible. Send your resume, a one-page cover letter, and three professional references via email to dj@harrisdemocrats.com. The Harris County Democratic Party adopted a hiring policy called the ‘Rooney Rule’ to help build a more diverse staff for Democratic campaigns. The policy requires that job openings interview minority candidates and encourages such candidates to be sought out and considered.

The Harris County Democratic Party is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Please contact us at harrisdemocrats@harrisdemocrats.com or use our Contact Us form if you have questions or concerns.

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