Thank you for your interest in working at Texas Appleseed. We are a passionate group of individuals working toward systemic change to ensure that marginalized and underserved people in Texas have fair access to justice. Please check below for opportunities in the following categories: full-time employment, part-time employment, fellowships and internships. If you don’t see a posting below in your interest area, please check back in a few weeks, as a position might open at another time.
Community Outreach Coordinator
This position serves a key role in carrying out that mission through close collaboration with directors of specific projects.
Duties will include:
•Developing new relationships and strengthening existing relationships with grassroots organizations, direct service providers, community leaders, faith leaders, and others to further Texas Appleseed’s mission throughout the state of Texas.
•Working with project directors on Texas Appleseed issues to identify and reach out to other potential community allies in targeted areas.
•Ensure two-way, effective, and useful conversation between Texas Appleseed staff and community organizations so that Texas Appleseed goals are clearly communicated and that community concerns are understood by Texas Appleseed staff.
•Documenting stories of community members with direct experience with the issues on which Texas Appleseed works.
•Working with project directors to develop appropriate outreach materials, both online and on paper, explaining the rights of those affected by various Texas Appleseed issues as well as resources available for help.
•In the event that Texas Appleseed brings legal action around one of our issues, identifying, building relationships with, and working with claimants who have been affected by the issue at hand.
•Maintaining accurate contact information and relationship notes in a database of contacts. Collecting and writing up stories of those affected by our work.
•2+ years’ experience in a community organizing, community outreach, or community liaison role.
•Fluency in Spanish
•Strong oral and written communication skills
•Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice
In-state travel expected, approximately 40% of the time. Texas Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Position is full-time with benefits, salary commensurate with experience.
Texas Appleseed is pleased to offer a small number of internships in a variety of project areas for students of law and public policy, as well as journalism and communications. Students work under the guidance of experienced professionals and attorneys. Interested students should be dependable, have a desire to learn, and should demonstrate strong organizational and writing skills.
Texas Appleseed does not have its own funding for fellowships, but we will support applications from qualified respondents to fellowship programs like those offered by Skadden, Equal Justice Works and Soros Justice Fellowships. We accept applicants in one of four program areas:
- Payday Lending and Financial Access: We work with a broad coalition of organizations and legislators to create meaningful regulation of high-dollar payday and auto title loans in Texas. We need assistance with research, developing policy recommendations, and encouraging market reform.
- Fair Housing and Disaster Recovery: In the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Texas Appleseed has worked hard to ensure that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery program addresses the needs of low- and moderate-income households still struggling to rebuild. In addition, we have begun to get involved in fair housing issues more generally; working to ensure that public investments are made with the aim of reducing barriers to opportunity, and ensuring access to quality jobs, schools, and services.
- Texas’ School-to-Prison Pipeline: Our research shows a link between school discipline, school dropout, and future involvement in the juvenile justice system. We work to improve school discipline practices and develop policy recommendations around arrest, ticketing and use of force in Texas public schools.