TexPIRG State Director

About the Job

The Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) is hiring a state director to lead our campaigns here in Texas. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will craft campaign strategies, influence stakeholders, build coalitions, evaluate policy, fundraise, and manage interns.

TexPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security, or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.

For decades, we’ve stood up for consumers, countering the influence of big banks, insurers, chemical manufacturers and other powerful special interests.

Responsibilities

Program development: Evaluate the research on the issue, create viable policy solutions, and propose the right political strategy and messaging.

Advocacy: Take our policies directly to key decision-makers in regulatory agencies, statehouses, the administration, Congress or wherever important decisions are being made.

Campaign strategy: Assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as a chief spokesperson for our campaigns at media events, editorial board meetings, and in press releases.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with major donors. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers. Oversee program staff to develop and implement work plans; provide training and leadership development opportunities.

Qualifications

Candidates must have at least 3 years of relevant professional experience. Advanced degrees like a JD or a master’s degree are preferred, but not required. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We're looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. Experience with related policy issues and how the Legislature works preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. TexPIRG offers a competitive benefits package.

Location

Austin, TX

TexPIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

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