Texas Democratic Party’s mission is to create a full service educational and action plan to expand opportunities for Texans to be registered to vote, educated on all aspects of voting, and have full range of protections from any form of intimidation or voter suppression in casting a ballot or full participation in all aspects of Texas government.
We seek a talented Deputy Director of Voter Protection to ensure that all eligible voters are able to cast their ballot in 2020. Our right to vote is fundamental to all that we hope to accomplish; the Deputy Director of Voter Protection is a crucial role that will help manage a robust, proactive, year-round voter protection program, ensuring free and fair elections in Texas.
What You’ll Do
As our Deputy Director of Voter Protection, you will have four main areas of responsibility:
- Serve as legal resource for team and prepare for potential litigation
- Conduct legal research and assist the team with legal questions relating to voting procedures, voter suppression, intimidation, or efforts aimed at disenfranchising voters of Texas.
- In collaboration with the TDP General Counsel, lead the Voter Protection team’s preparation for potential litigation, including ensuring that county liaisons are ready to participate in Election Day litigation.
- Prepare the TDP and support Democratic campaigns throughout the state in preparing for potential post-Election Day needs, including a provisional ballot chase program and monitoring of ballot counting and certification.
- Lead the voter protection team’s voter education and outreach work, both ongoing and specific to each election
- Ensure that all communications to voters include timely, relevant, and accurate information about voting, including the voter assistance hotline number.
- Maintain relationships with Democratic campaigns at all levels throughout the state in order to support their voter education efforts and offer voter protection support to their work.
- Support the Voter Protection Boiler Room on Election Day, making sure that voters’ issues are thoroughly documented, resolved where possible, and escalated and aggregated where appropriate.
- Support the Voter Protection Hotline Director in volunteer training, operations, reporting, and issue resolution. Monitor calls to the hotline to identify trends and proactively resolve issues.
- Support the Voter Protection Director to expand access and defend against incursions to the franchise at the state, local, and municipal levels
- Identify potential threats to the franchise and support the mobilization of a coordinated response within the Party. Strategies will include executive advocacy, legal action, and public education campaigns, among others.
- Collect and document information on local voting practices
- Support the development of a robust poll watcher programs and the voter assistance hotline for primary, local, and general elections, including recruiting & training volunteers, precinct prioritization and assignment, reporting mechanisms, and issue resolution processes.
- Support strong partnerships with county-level officials
- Cultivate strong relationships with select county-level officials to advance proactive improvements to voting, respond to threats, and resolve issues for individual voters.
- Recruit, train, and manage volunteer leaders to serve as County Liaisons in your assigned counties, who will maintain strong relationships with county elections officials in their counties. Support regular communications with Liaisons, ensure accurate and timely reporting, and effective issue resolution.
This position will require extensive travel throughout the state, including overnight and weekend trips. As we transition toward the general election, this person’s responsibilities may shift from a statewide focus to a regional one, concentrating on a certain area of the state.
Who You Are
We are seeking someone who, at their core, is fueled by the satisfaction of fighting for justice. You should be at attorney (or have a JD) with some political experience, eager to use your legal knowledge to help people vote. Additionally, you should be or have:
- A strategically-minded attorney: Possesses strong legal analysis skills and experience using the law to advance the goals of your client. Creative problem-solver who sees the opportunity for novel interpretations and challenges to existing, as well as interest and ability to propose new, processes and regulations.
- Superb project management skills: Demonstrated excellence in developing and leading the execution of multiple, complex projects simultaneously. Able to spot issues ahead of time, creatively resolve them, and keep the team on track to meet its goals.
- Strong lens and judgement on issues of race and equity: Clearly and consistently articulates a sophisticated understanding of racial equity and structural racism as it relates to the work we do and how we operate internally at the Texas Democratic Party. Operates and organizes from a racial justice perspective, with emphasis on voter suppression’s disproportionate impact on communities of color.
- Strong situational communicator, skilled at building bridges across lines of difference. The ideal candidate carefully adapts their written and verbal communications to meet the needs and preferences of a diverse group of stakeholders. They carefully craft tailored messages to each of the audiences they mobilize to action. The ideal candidate communicates with stakeholders early and often and manages up and across to their colleagues, manager, and other team leaders.
- Excellent people management skills: You will be working with many volunteers and across many departments and campaigns. You are an effective communicator, delegate well, and ideally have some experience managing volunteers.
- Grace under pressure: You thrive in a fast-paced environment, are decisive, and maintain your composure and teamwork skills under pressure.
- Commitment to Democratic values and electing Democrats in Texas
- Preference will be given to candidates who are fluent in written and spoken Spanish.
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The salary band for this position is $54,000 – $65,000 annually, commensurate on the quality and breadth of experience the successful candidate brings to the table.
Progressive employee benefits program. Comprehensive benefits package, including employer-paid medical & dental coverage. Paid vacation, parental leave, etc.
Voter Protection Director of the Texas Democratic Party