Texas State Director

Human Rights Campaign
Mission Statement: 

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.

Position Description: 

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team. Position Summary: The Texas State Director is a regular, full-time position that reports to the Deputy National Field Director and is based in Texas. The Texas State Director is responsible for developing and implementing HRC’s field organizing activities in Texas to advance equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the state.  The Texas State Director manages two field organizers and serves as HRC’s primary liaison with allied organizations and campaigns in the state, including Equality Texas, Texas Freedom Network, the Texas Democratic Party, local Log Cabin Republican chapters and more. The Texas State Director works with the Deputy Field Director, the National Field Director, and HRC’s two Texas-based field organizers to maintain and expand HRC’s ability to mobilize advocacy from HRC members and supporters, as well as from key influencers, on behalf of federal, state and local LGBTQ legislative priorities.  The Texas State Director also works to design and implement grassroots electoral and campaign strategies in support of endorsed federal, state and local candidates and ballot initiatives. The Texas State Director will increase HRC’s visibility and presence in the state and may also help coordinate HRC’s non-political programs in the state. Position Responsibilities: 

  • Strategic political plans: Develop and implement strategic plans for HRC political activity in Texas, ensuring the integration of these plans into HRC’s strategic legislative, electoral, membership, communication, and education goals.


  • Federal, state and local electoral activities: Work with HRC’s PAC team and other HRC staff as needed to develop and implement electoral strategies to support HRC-endorsed candidates in federal, state and local elections. Manage HRC engagement in HRC-supported ballot initiative campaigns in the state.  Oversee development and implementation of strategic, multi-year plans.


  • Federal, state, and local advocacy: Develop and implement strategies and campaigns for supporting federal, state, and local legislation and national advocacy efforts in Texas. Develop and maintain key relationships with legislative leaders and key decision makers.  Lobby on behalf of HRC’s legislative priorities and provide leadership to HRC staff, contractors and volunteers in grassroots and direct lobbying activities.


  • Coalition work: Lead HRC’s efforts to partner effectively with state and local LGBTQ and allied organizations in Texas. Lead state efforts to improve field organizing among coalition partners.


  • Communication: Act as a spokesperson for HRC in Texas. Represent HRC to other organizations and at public events as necessary. Maintain regular communication with HRC’s supporters and community partners. Working with other HRC staff, ensure messages are relevant and culturally competent. Identify individuals with powerful personal stories reflecting LGBTQ inequality and work with appropriate HRC staff to amplify and broadcast these stories.


  • Other program activities: Provide support as necessary to HRC staff working to expand the organization’s non-political programs in the state, including the Corporate Equality Index, Healthcare Equality Index, All Children-All Families, and Welcoming Schools. Ensure that programs are conducted in ways that are respectful to local coalition partners.


  • Volunteer grassroots support: Manage all work related to volunteer advocacy in the field, including work with Texas-based HRC board members. Oversee the political activities of volunteers from the HRC Austin, HRC Dallas/Ft. Worth, HRC Houston, and HRC San Antonio steering committees. Ensure that local HRC leadership receives adequate communication and support from the national office to engage in political activity necessary to achieve goals outlined in the state’s strategic political plans.  Develop methods to increase HRC’s grassroots network.


  • Special constituents: Oversee efforts in Texas to reach out to selected constituencies, including people of color, transgender communities, religious communities, business leaders, youth, and others. Develop strategic partnerships with other organizations and groups to support HRC’s outreach and increase HRC’s visibility.


  • Field Presence: Create a field presence in Texas for HRC that serves as a point of access to HRC and supports HRC’s organizing efforts.


  • Training: Oversee the design and implementation of training programs for volunteers and supporters in Texas.


  • Management: Manage full-time employees as well as contractors and temporary field organizers as needed, including when applicable, recruiting, interviewing, hiring, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating and instructing.


  • Additional duties/responsibilities as assigned in accordance with anticipated growth and expansion of the HRC field program.


  • Other duties as assigned.
Position Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent in work experience) with at least 5-7 years of experience in managing legislative or electoral campaigns, directing field organizing programs, and managing staff, as well as a demonstrated record of successful coalition-building experience.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends. Frequent and extensive travel across the state and to HRC’s Washington, DC headquarters will be required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, able to work independently, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills, computer proficiency, and strong verbal communication skills.
  • Must be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, creative and capable of taking responsibility for specific goals and measurable outcomes within designated timeframes and will be able to coordinate multi-task initiatives to successful conclusion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing HRC’s goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of LGBTQ issues and commitment to LGBTQ equality
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred.

 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. No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status.  

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 31, 2018
Application Instructions: 

To apply, please visit: www.hrc.org/careers

Country/US Territory: 
United States