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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ADVOCACY ORGANIZER PROGRAMS ASSOCIATE - MAKE AN IMPACT! 


OCA-Greater Houston seeks Advocacy Organizer Programs Associate candidates with all levels of experience for the 2018 & Future Elections in Houston. OCA-Greater Houston works to instill a culture of and strengthen the infrastructure for year-round civic engagement in AAPI communities. In doing so, the AAPI community will have the capacity to exert an influential voice in the public policy arena and in the social, racial and economic justice movement. We work to build partnerships in the AAPI community that engage in an Integrated Voter Engagement approach that builds community power and advances racial equity and social justice. Integrated Voter Engagement is a strategy for creating a permanent infrastructure for civic engagement that builds a long-lasting social justice movement, as opposed to shorter-term electoral moments. The AAPI community in Texas is the fastest growing demographic group from 960k in 2010 to 1.4 million in 2017 (42% jump) and there are 450k registered to vote with over 40% in Greater Houston. The inclusion of the AAPI voice on issues such as immigration, Census 2020, hate crimes, Harvey disaster relief, citizenship, youth leadership, and voting rights is paramount. This is your opportunity to stand up and fight for these issues. That’s why we aren’t sitting on the sidelines. We’re taking action. And you should join us.


Since 1994, OCA-Greater Houston has helped to protect the right of AAPIs to vote through the national APA Voter Exit Survey, suing the State of Texas for Voting Rights Act violations, advocating for language access/inclusion, and assisting greencard holders to apply for citizenship for the past decade with our community partners. We work to develop the leadership pipeline of informed and civically engaged youth through our leadership and organizing year round training program in partnership with Mi Familia Vota and run the Houston AAPI Film Festival to educate on issues and support the stories of AAPIs.


OCA-Greater Houston is an incredible opportunity for both experienced and brand new organizers who want to gain skills in community activism and organizing. After Election Day, we continue to work for change through year round voter registration and youth leadership development, community education/organizing on issues such as Immigration, Harvey Disaster Relief, Hate Crimes, Census 2020, Employment rights, and Citizenship. 

We know that a strategic field campaign can inspire thousands of people who were not planning to vote to get to the polls and vote, which can provide the margin of victory. So, for the 2018 election, we will run field campaigns to turn out AAPIs to vote and make a difference.


ADVOCACY ORGANIZER PROGRAMS ASSOCIATE: OCA-Greater Houston is seeking 3 to 5 qualified, highly motivated individual(s) with all levels of experience (including entry level) who is an organizer, has a background working with high school and/or college/university students, and has experience in implementing programs. Organizers should be high energy, outgoing, enthusiastic, and willing to work long hours during campaign election seasons and understand this is a year round integrated voter engagement approach to organizing, thus when not in campaign season, organizers will be working on volunteer recruitment/ development, voter/community education and community/youth leadership building programs/events to build capacity and increase the AAPI vote each election season in a nonpartisan manner. Organizers report directly to Civic Engagement Programs Director and designated program leads. These are full time permanent position(s) with a compensation and benefits package with OCA-Greater Houston and/or placement with a community partner, BPSOS-Houston and Mi FamiliaVota. Additional project based part-time contract positions are also available.


Each organizer will have lead roles in one of the following issue advocacy areas while being a supporting team member for community engagement and capacity building efforts:

(1) Civic Engagement/Voting Rights Protection
(2) Immigration/Citizenship and Community/Volunteer/Member Engagement
(3) Harvey Disaster Relief Advocacy, Community Engagement, and Census 2020
(4) Youth Organizing/Leadership Development and Civic Engagement


LOCATION: For immediate hire in Houston, TX

APPLICATION DEADLINE: ASAP or until filled

SALARY: Entry Level, based on experience.


WORK ENVIRONMENT
You will thrive in this role if:

  • You believe in community building and the value of civic engagement
  • You like teamwork, but can work independently day-to-day
  • You can plan and manage multiple projects under high pressured deadlines
  • You are outgoing, high energy, and a team player
  • You like the idea of meeting and talking with different people
  • You are able, willing, and excited to turn on a dime when opportunity knocks

PERSONAL SKILLS & CHARACTERISTICS

  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency
  • Behave Ethically: Understand and practice ethical behavior and business practices that aligns with the values of the organization
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Think Strategically: Assesses options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization and have the determination to keep pushing, even in the face of long odds


ELECTION SEASONS RESPONSIBILITIES:

Programs Associates perform some or all of the following:
General

  • Plan and manage voter registration events, phone banks and canvasses
  • Knock on doors and make phone calls
  • Amplify message, recruit volunteers and create online communities using social media platforms
  • Help create a program that reflects assigned organizing areas

Recruitment and Training

  • Assisting Director in all canvasser recruitment activities and ensuring that recruitment goals are achieved throughout the duration of the program
  • Implementing, under the supervision of the Director, the complete vetting, interviewing and hiring of all successful applicants
  • Ensuring the successful training and orientation of all canvassers

Canvasser Management

  • Providing canvass teams with the positive leadership culture, resources, guidance and technical support required to succeed during each phase of the program while ensuring compliance with all OCA-GH policies and best practices
  • Ensuring that all canvasses are launched and completed in a timely, orderly fashion
  • Promoting the continued development of canvass teams in their day-to-day duties and responsibilities over the course of the program

Accountability

  • Communicating all pertinent on-the-ground information to, and providing timely response to requests from, the canvassers under your direction
  • Ensuring that canvass teams properly perform their roles and maintain accurate and reliable data
  • Providing the Director with daily quantitative and qualitative reports as part of an ongoing evaluation of the program’s success
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the urgent nature and time demands of campaigns.


GENERAL YEAR ROUND RESPONSIBILITIES

Programs Associates perform some or all of the following:

  •  Assist in programs and campaign design and execution to ensure proper integration across the organization and its priority issue areas of Immigration, Citizenship, Civic Engagement, Harvey Disaster Relief Advocacy, Voting Rights Protection, Hate Crimes, and Census 2020.
  • Assist in the development and management of membership/volunteer recruitment, donor development and retention systems
  • Spearhead OCA-Greater Houston’s volunteer and internship programs; Recruit, train and manage interns and volunteers and expand the volunteer membership network
  • Assist team with achieving voter education, voter pledge/registration and turn out goals
  • Assist in organizing staff, volunteers, and campaigns to ensure proper implementation, evaluation and improvement
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the electoral and AAPI community
  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile
  • Establish good working relationships with community partners to help achieve the goals of the organization
  • Provide support to OCA-Greater Houston and Community Partner’s civic engagement programs including community outreach/trainings, fundraising events and other programs
  • Various tasks focused on community engagement and capacity building
  • Assist and/or support the planning, logistics, and/or execution of meetings, events, special projects, community festivals (Starry Nite, HAAPIFEST), and/or programs of OCA-Greater Houston and other duties as assigned
  • Ensure coordination and collaboration between OCA-Greater Houston program teams
  • Assist and/support the YELS (Young Emerging Leaders & Scholars), SMART (Students and Mentors Achieving Readiness Together), College Affiliates Programs through curriculum development, facilitation, and execution
  • Coordinate with Texas AAPI student networks to build civic based coalitions; developing relationships on various campuses and universities
  • Conduct training for new leaders and volunteers to implement specific campus based programs to boost youth civic engagement
  • Assist Programs Coordinator with Citizenship assistance workshops
  • Assist Programs Coordinator with VAN voter file management and data quality control
  • Manage administrative duties as assigned, including but not limited to: updating organizational standard operating procedures, coordinating meetings, marketing and promoting community programs and projects, and answering general inquiries
  • Assist with graphic design
  • Assist with other duties assigned as necessary


REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Successful candidates will bring all or most of the following skills and attributes to the position:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Have a driver’s license, reliable car, and car insurance
  • Must be outgoing, organized and articulate
  • Current Harris County/Fort Bend Volunteer Deputy Registrar card or eligible to become deputized
  • Ability to work irregular hours (many times in the evenings and weekends)
  • Committed to the mission and goals of OCA-Greater Houston, and actively practices inclusion and understanding the diverse needs of the AAPI community
  • Commitment to OCA-Greater Houston’s mission, clients and non-partisan advocacy work
  • Passion and dedication to fight for progressive values including diversity, equality/equity for all and economic justice, and a commitment to social justice
  • Background in organizing on high school and/or college/university campuses
  • Considerable experience in youth organizing and student leadership development
  • Solid understanding of and experience with social media and digital campaigns
  • Ability to tap into your own personal base and network, as well as quickly develop new ones for OCA-Greater Houston’s programs
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills and ability to communicate with people from different backgrounds to work within, manage, and supervise teams
  • Action oriented, disciplined, and adept at figuring out creative ways of leveraging resources, and enjoys using one’s general problem-solving skills with a solution-oriented approach to all tasks
  • Detail oriented with proven ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Results-driven, excellent time- and project-management skills, ability to complete assignments in a timely manner
  • Exceptionally well organized with keen attention to detail in meeting ongoing responsibilities and strict deadlines
  • Ability to see a project through from start to finish with minimal supervision yet a great deal of input and collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of initiative and capable of working independently to achieve short-term and long-term goals
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Ability to remain calm and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Eager, curious, and capable of learning quickly; ideally interested in pursuing a career in nonprofits.
  • Strong supporter of coalition building
  • Proficiency in Google Apps, Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in Adobe creative suite is a plus
  • Previous voter registration, campaign, issue advocacy, and/or VAN experience is a plus
  • Expertise in community organizing strategy and tactics, preferably in non-partisan issue based organizing and grassroots activism is a plus
  • Experience as an organizer and track record in coordinating a number of programs simultaneously is a plus
  • Speak, write, and read in Chinese, Vietnamese, and/or other AAPI Language is a preference
  • Experience working with communities of color and diverse communities is a plus


Annual salary:

Compensation based on experience. $31,200 - $40,000. These position(s) are salaried, full-time. Additional project based part-time contract positions also available


Perks of working for OCA-Greater Houston:

Fully-paid employee health, vision and dental insurance;
(Retirement plan with an employer match; long-term disability insurance);
Flexible work schedules;
Professional development including training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities;
Generous paid time off policy inclusive of vacation, sick and 12 holidays, including an office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s;
A team with a bunch of foodies that knows how to have fun while getting a lot done in a low ego environment! 


Application Deadline: ASAP

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary, and Contract


APPLICATION PROCESS:

We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis and will accept applications until September 1st or until filled. Please email your resume, two references and cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for the position (please indicate which advocacy issue area lead role(s) you are interested in), and send all attachments to work@ocahouston.org. OCA-Greater Houston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. For more information on OCA-Greater Houston, please go to www.ocahouston.org.



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