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The State Director (Arkansas) reports to the Project One America Director. The position is based in Arkansas.
The Arkansas State Director is responsible for developing and implementing a culturally competent multi-year plan and program for the Human Rights Campaign in Arkansas to advance equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in Arkansas. The State Director will increase HRC’s visibility and presence in the state and identify and develop strong partnerships with local and statewide LGBTQ and allied organizations and stakeholders. The State Director collaborates with in-state partner organizations and with a team of HRC staff to develop and implement a program and strategy to mobilize grassroots advocacy on behalf of HRC’s educational programs as well as local, state and federal LGBTQ legislative priorities.
- Strategic State Plans: Develop and implement strategic plans for Arkansas in collaboration with in-state partner organizations and HRC staff, ensuring the integration of these plans into HRC’s strategic legislative, electoral, membership, communication and education goals. Ensure that the diverse population of the state is reflected in planning strategies and implementation.
- Strategy: Craft and implement short-, mid- and long-term strategic action plans and activities needed to support the strategic framework. Monitor and adjust all activities to ensure progress toward strategic goals.
- Public Education: In collaboration with in-state partner organizations and HRC staff, develop and implement broad public education programs and outreach activities designed to educate and engage Alabamians on issues of LGBTQ equality, including healthcare, workplace, non-discrimination, faith issues, safe schools and marriage equality.
- Volunteer Grassroots Support: Manage all work in state related to volunteer advocacy in the field as outlined in the state’s strategic plan. Ensure that state and local volunteer networks are vital and growing in support of goals. In coordination with HRC staff, develop methods to increase our grassroots network and membership.
- Training: Oversee the design and implementation of training programs for volunteers and supporters in the state.
- Special Constituents: Direct efforts in the state 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.
- Coalition Work: Lead HRC’s efforts to partner effectively with state and local LGBTQ and allied organizations in Arkansas to collaborate and develop efforts to advance the goals of the LGBTQ movement. Lead state efforts to improve field organizing among coalition partners.
- Political Advocacy: Activate grassroots activities as needed to support HRC’s legislative strategies and priorities.
- Educational Advocacy: Develop and maintain key relationships with organizational leaders in healthcare, social, racial and economic justice, K-12 education, higher education, business, youth-serving agencies, and HIV/AIDS.
- Communication: Act as a spokesperson for HRC in Arkansas; represent HRC to other organizations and at public events as necessary; maintain regular communication with the organizations’ support base and community partners; ensure message is rooted in relevant and culturally-competent research in coordination with HRC communication experts. Identify individuals with powerful personal stories reflecting LGBTQ inequality and work with HRC communications team to amplify and broadcast.
- Management: Manage full-time field staff in Arkansas, and work with HRC staff to determine how best to meet HRC’s strategic legislative, electoral, membership, communication, and education goals for the state.
- Fundraising: In collaboration with the development teams, help identify, pitch and build relationship with potential federal club and federal club council donors as well as current donors.
- Membership: In collaboration with the membership and volunteer teams, help build a strong volunteer team structure and contribute to identifying and organizing opportunities for the volunteer teams.
- Other duties/responsibilities as assigned in accordance with anticipated growth and expansion of HRC programs in the state.
- Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) is required with at least 5-8 years of experience in managing political, public advocacy or education campaigns, organizing, managing staff, and a demonstrated record of successful coalition-building experience.
- Experience in one or more of the following areas of expertise is desirable but not required: workplace, youth and schools, healthcare and faith organizing.
- Highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent speaking and writing skills and strong verbal communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills with strong ability to influence others and build a collaborative environment.
- Ability to foster relationships with external allies, decision makers, and stakeholders; to work in both a team atmosphere and independently; and to meet internal and external demands in a fast-paced environment.
- Proven ability to plan and to problem-solve in a manner that shows both strategic and tactical thinking.
- A track record of being detail oriented, with good organizational skills and follow-through.
- Strong working knowledge of state and federal legislative processes.
- Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments.
- Ability to work independently within context of a plan.
- Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, and demonstrated experience in developing campaign and personal work plans and goals.
- Must be flexible, adaptable, resourceful and creative. Must be capable of taking responsibility for specific goals and measurable outcomes within designated time frames and able to coordinate multi-task initiatives to successful conclusion.
- Exceptional people skills that will be used to work effectively with stakeholders, partner organizations, and policy makers.
- Track record of organizing in communities of color, low income and transgender communities.
- Ability to travel extensively throughout the state and to/from HRC headquarters in DC..
- Must have valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.
- Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive).
- Flexibility with work schedule; this position may require occasional evening and weekend work.
- Strong commitment to and 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.
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About Human Rights Campaign
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.