Paid Election Protection Fellowship

Offered By: 
Common Cause Texas
Job Location: 
Job Location (Other): 
Austin, Central Texas, Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, Denton, Galveston, Prairie View, Waco, Tyler
If "Paid", provide rate: 
$1,600 Stipend
Job Description: 
Lead Common Cause Texas’ civic engagement activities around our Nonpartisan Voter Protection program for the primary election regionally and specifically on college campuses. Fellows will work remotely (with exception of Austin fellows) and support each other’s work regionally. Priority Regions: Central Texas/Austin (in office), Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, Denton, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Prairie View, Waco, Tyler Hours: 20 hours per week, with considerable evening and weekend commitments Compensation: $1,600 stipend Period: Starting January 15 through March 11 (8 weeks) Responsibilities • Train volunteers to serve as nonpartisan volunteer poll monitors, assisting voters and reporting problems at polling places • Prioritize recruitment of volunteers through a diversity, inclusion, and equity lens • Build and nurture relationships with community partners • Plan and execute logistics for trainings across the state • Meet with local election administrators and local officials to support voter needs • Assist in coordinating and identifying community leaders to act as regional field captains • Assist in generating and publishing content for social channels • Organize university and college students around pro-voter reforms including polling locations on campus • Assist in documenting stories related to voter suppression via interviews or drafting • Comprehensive data collection, supporting the election protection data management systems Suggested Qualifications • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speak skills, with an ability to motivate people to act • Flexible, detail-oriented, and able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment • Self-starter who works well with people • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision for remote work • Experience working with many kinds of people and a working knowledge of the dynamics of power, privilege, and bias • Experience with political or grassroots organizing • Experience leading and working with students • Must be willing to travel in-state regularly, including some nights and weekends • *Must be able to attend an in-person training in Austin in late January (Saturday or Sunday, date TBD) • *Must be able to work from poll opening to poll closing on primary election day March 3, 2020 (7AM-7PM) • Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish or other language is a plus Benefits Election Protection Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,600 over the course of the 8-week fellowship program. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Common Cause strongly encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.
Application Instructions: 
To Apply Please submit resume and answer the two following questions (no more than one paragraph each) to Please include ELECTION PROTECTION FELLOW in the subject line. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for a start date of January 15. 1. What interests you about this position? 2. What is your greatest strength that you will bring to this program?
Experience Required: 
Contact Information: 
Amanda Gnaedinger, Deputy Director, Common Cause Texas
Type of Internship: 
Equity & Inclusion All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, income class, political affiliation, age, protected veteran status, marital status, previous incarceration, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.
Posted By: 
Common Cause Texas
Expiration Date: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020