Texas Latina Advocacy Network (TX LAN) State Policy and Advocacy Director

Texas Latina Advocacy Network (TX LAN) State Policy and Advocacy Director

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Job Open Date: 
Friday, January 8, 2016 to Saturday, April 16, 2016

Organizational Description:Founded in 1994, the mission of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is to build Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. We elevate Latina leaders, mobilize our families and communities, transform the cultural narrative and catalyze policy change.

Job Description:  NLIRH seeks a Texas Latina Advocacy Network (TX LAN) State Policy and Advocacy Director for a newly-created position.  We are looking for a committed individual to lead our Texas state policy agenda to protect the reproductive health and rights of Latinas, and support the development and execution of our advocacy and organizing strategies state-wide.  The TX LAN State Policy and Advocacy Director must be able to craft politically savvy strategic campaigns that build the power for the community and evaluate complex public programs, proposed state legislation and current law in order to promote NLIRH’s state-based policy and advocacy work in the areas including abortion access, immigrant women’s rights and reproductive health equity. The position will serve as the TX LAN representative for state-wide coalitions and may be tapped as an English-language spokesperson for media. The TX LAN State Policy and Advocacy Director will be supervised and report to the Managing Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs out of our Washington, D.C. office, and will work closely with the Community Mobilization department to coordinate Texas advocacy campaigns.  The person in this position will work as part of a dynamic team and in coalition with movement partners.   

Position Location: Remote position.  Ideally based in Austin, Houston or San Antonio, Texas

Responsibilities include:

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with elected officials, community partners, and organizational allies;
  • Conduct state legislative analysis related to reproductive health and immigration policy; research and prepare state policy briefs, fact sheets, public education campaign materials and all other policy related publications;
  • Represent the interests of NLIRH, coordinate efforts with the state-wide civic engagement coalitions and partner organizations, and oversee the strategic engagement of those relationships in order to contribute to our efforts and overall success;
  • Serve as liaison for the Community Mobilization department and grassroots activists by responding to state policy needs and communicating federal policies and actions that impact states and local communities and vice-versa;
  • Work with NLIRH’s grassroots activists in target areas and the Community Mobilization department to design and implement national, state, and local advocacy and organizing campaigns;
  • Conduct trainings, presentations, and media interviews on behalf of NLIRH at national and local conferences, events, and state and federal legislative meetings and briefings, and represent NLIRH in local coalitions;
  • Work closely with Community Mobilization Field Director and the Community Mobilization team on other organizational efforts, including our National Advocacy Weekend in Washington, D.C. and our annual National Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice;
  • Develop internal workplans, track progress towards goals, and report activities and outcomes with key members of the NLIRH team;
  • Track state legislative, legal, regulatory, and ballot initiative trends and develop strategy in coordination with Government Relations and Public Affairs and the Community Mobilization teams;
  • Coordinate and participate in meetings with members of Congress, state legislators, staffers and colleagues in the fields of reproductive health, Latino/a civil rights and immigrant rights;
  • Track and record all lobbying efforts in a timely manner;
  • Travel required.

Main Qualifications:

  • Degree from accredited college or university and at least 5-7 years’ experience in state government relations/communications/public affairs/campaigns;
  • Have a strong understanding of the political structure of the state; knowledge of Texas landscape is required;
  • At least 5 years of experience in research, report production, or policy formulation at the state level;
  • Candidates must have extensive knowledge of reproductive health and rights issues and related social justice issues (immigration, Latino civil rights, etc.) with experience in policy advocacy, organizing, and coalition building;
  • Excellent analytical, writing, speaking and advocacy skills;
  • Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communications skills in both Spanish and English;
  • Outstanding organizational and communications skills, including ability to work independently and as part of a team with staff at all levels;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and remain composed and focused under pressure;
  • Demonstrated commitment to reproductive justice and/or Latino civil rights a must;
  • Prior community organizing or political campaign experience is required;
  • Knowledge and commitment to reproductive health and rights and/or social justice issues;
  • Preference given to candidates with relationships with key policymakers, civic engagement and reproductive health and rights stakeholders in the region;
  • Must be able to work remotely; no physical Texas-based office currently available.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

BENEFITS: NLIRH offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, vacation and sick leave. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Submit cover letter, resume, two 1-3 page writing samples (policy brief/analysis and op-ed/press release/blog post), and salary requirements via email to humanresources@latinainstitute.org

Please include in the subject line: Applicant-Texas LAN State Policy and Advocacy Director.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQ persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.