The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
HRC, in collaboration with our state equality partners, works to defend and advance pro-LGBTQ policies at all levels of government, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-equality champions to office. The Regional Organizing Lead is responsible for all organizing efforts of HRC membership within a specific region of a state, including recruitment, training, and overall cultivation of HRC members as volunteer leaders. The Regional Organizing Lead will develop volunteer teams in key communities for political, issue, and legislative advocacy. Volunteer Team Building: HRC relies on a powerful grassroots network of volunteer leaders taking regular action to resist attempts to roll back progress for the LGBTQ community while working to advance LGBTQ equality wherever possible. The Regional Organizing Lead will work with volunteer teams to establish best practices for group-led actions and to recruit and train an active volunteer base in the region. Political, Issue, and Legislative Advocacy: In order to accelerate the pace of progress toward full equality, we must grow our movement's political power, organize ourselves, our families, friends, and allies, and put equality issues at the center of the political conversation in 2018 and beyond. The Regional Organizing Lead will help grow our political power by building organizing capacity and mobilizing HRC members, supporters, volunteers, and activists in support of equality and pro-equality candidates in the 2018 elections. This position is a temporary, full-time position ending approximately November 30, 2018. Possible extension depending on funding. This position can be located anywhere within the state. Position Responsibilities:
- At the direction of the State Manager, meet regional goals in the statewide campaign plan in order to elevate LGBTQ equality in the 2018 elections, support HRC-endorsed candidates in federal and state elections, and provide assistance to HRC-supported ballot initiative campaigns.
- Implement strategies within the region to support federal and state legislation and national advocacy efforts, and maximize HRC’s local lobbying efforts.
- Support volunteer leadership in the region; assist with political and volunteer activities of HRC steering committee members (as they relate to political and legislative activities) and other activists as outlined in the state campaign plan.
- Ensure HRC’s volunteer network within the region is vital and growing. Work with volunteer leadership in the region to recruit new volunteers and engage existing volunteers, members, and supporters in grassroots activities.
- Participate in the design and implementation of training programs for members, supporters, volunteers, and activists in the region.
- Meticulously track all volunteer outreach and engagement in VAN and submit reports daily.
- Manage outreach within the region to selected constituencies, including people of color, religious communities, youth, and others. Participate in strategic partnerships with other organizations and groups to support HRC’s outreach and increase HRC’s visibility in the region.
- Represent HRC in strategic partnerships with allied organizations in the region (LGBTQ organizations as well as other progressive allies) in order to collaborate and advance the goals of HRC and the LGBTQ movement.
- Share HRC’s commitment to inclusion and the intersectionality of our movement by integrating campaign and outreach efforts to defend and advance shared advocacy priorities like reproductive rights, immigrant rights, workers’ rights and other civil rights causes.
- Serve as the face of HRC in the region and represent HRC at local events.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent in experience) and one to two cycles of electoral campaign experience, preferably with at least one cycle as a field organizer.
- Demonstrated record successfully working in coalition on issue or advocacy campaigns (experience in applicable state is preferred).
- Working knowledge of federal and state legislative processes.
- Ability to work independently within the context of a plan.
- Demonstrated ability in building teams, motivating others, and working effectively in a team environment in both a lead and a support role.
- Experience meeting goals and holding others accountable.
- Effective time management skills, including an ability to prioritize; must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills, as well as excellent writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills.
- Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications (Word and Excel) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive).
- Demonstrated experience with VAN and a familiarity with other standard organizing and advocacy tools and social media required.
- Excellent ability to establish and maintain professional interpersonal relationships, and resolve conflicts when necessary.
- Must be able to travel extensively within the state; must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
- Flexibility with work schedule is required; this position requires some evening and weekend work.
- Spanish language proficiency a plus.
- Strong interest in the rapidly changing LGBTQ equality movement and a working knowledge of LGBTQ issues.
All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.