The Regional Field Organizer is a regular, full-time position reporting to a Regional Field Director covering 13 states in the southern U.S. The position is based in Washington, DC., though we would consider employment in the region for the right candidate.
The Regional Field Organizer will work with a Regional Field Director to execute HRC’s field organizing activities in a region, including maintaining and expanding HRC’s ability to mobilize grassroots advocacy on behalf of federal and state lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legislative priorities, and designing and implementing grassroots electoral and campaign strategies in support of federal candidates, state candidates and ballot initiatives. The Regional Field Organizer will also work to increase HRC’s visibility and presence in the region and improve contacts with state and local LGBT organizations.
Under the direction of the Regional Field Director, the Regional Field Organizer will:
Strategic Political Plans: Implement the goals of the Strategic Political Plans for each state in the region, and assist in ensuring the integration of these plans into HRC’s strategic legislative, electoral, membership, communication, and education goals.
Federal and state electoral activities: Work with HRC’s PAC team and other HRC staff as needed to implement electoral strategies to support HRC-endorsed candidates in federal and state elections, as well as provide assistance to HRC-supported ballot initiative campaigns in their region.
Federal and state advocacy: Implement strategies and campaigns for supporting federal and state legislation and national advocacy efforts in their region, and provide technical support and assistance to maximize HRC’s local (in-district) lobbying efforts in coordination with local volunteers, with special attention to targeted areas.
Volunteer grassroots support: Be responsible for day-to-day support for volunteer advocacy in the field, provide assistance to political and volunteer activities of HRC steering committee members (as they relate to the political and legislative activities) and other activists as outlined in the state’s Strategic Political Plan. Increase the number of activists identified and willing to take action at HRC’s request. Ensure that our state and local volunteer network is vital and growing in support of HRC’s goals. Ensure that local HRC leadership receives adequate communication and support from the national office. Develop methods to increase our grassroots network.
Special constituents: Implement efforts in their region to reach out 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.
Field Presence: Help to create a field presence in their region for HRC that serves as a point of access to HRC and supports HRC’s organizing efforts.
Training: Participate in the design and implementation of training programs for volunteers and supporters in their region.
Coalition work: Participate in strategic partnerships with state organizations in their region, both LGBT and straight allies, to collaborate and develop efforts to advance the goals of HRC and the LGBT movement. Participate in regional efforts to improve field organizing among coalition partners; lead HRC’s efforts to partner effectively with state and local LGBT organizations in their region.
Additional duties/responsibilities as assigned in accordance with anticipated growth and expansion of the HRC field program.
- Bachelor’s Degree or two years of at least 2-3 years of experience in electoral campaigns or field organizing, and a demonstrated record of successful coalition-building experience (experience in states in the relevant region preferred).
- Candidates must be able to travel extensively (90%) and may be required to spend weeks or months working in a location other than where the position is based.
- Candidates must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
- Candidates must also have excellent speaking and writing skills, computer proficiency, and strong verbal communication skills.
- The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to advancing HRC’s goals and objectives and to the organization.