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January 7, 2019

Emgage Texas Legislative Director

Legislative Director:

Responsible for researching and identifying the primary legislative and policy priorities of the Texas chapter in coordination with the Texas Executive Director, National Legislative Director and Texas Local Committee. Serves as representative of Emgage Texas in Austin during legislative session and maintains contact with elected officials throughout the state year round. Coordinates and assists with other Texas chapter initiatives as necessary.

Job Duties:

  • Researches and identifies primary legislative and policy priorities during the Texas Legislative Session. This would include reviewing and monitoring bills during the session and identifying bills that affect Texan Muslims
  • Identifies and prioritizes elected officials to meet; helps build rapport and relationships
  • Schedules and coordinates lobby/advocacy visits
  • Creates internal policy briefs, educational materials for prioritized, and “leave behind” one-pagers when meeting with elected officials
  • Provides weekly and monthly legislative updates to the national and local staff, local committee and policy board
  • Works with and builds relationships with partner organizations around the state
  • Coordinate community education and outreach including planning, organizing, and participating in town halls, candidate forums, fundraisers, and other community events
  • Assists with hiring, on-boarding, and managing interns as needed
  • Works extensively with National Legislative Director, Texas Executive Director, and Texas Local Committee
  • Additional duties as needed by the Emgage Texas chapter

Skills and Qualifications:

Required:

Political science or policy background; Experience with lobbying/advocacy; Understanding of Texas Government and legislative process;  Self-driven; Exceptional communication skills; Strong writer; Proficiency in Microsoft Office; Attention to detail; Strong problem solving skills; Excellent organizational skills; Highly motivated; Enthusiastic and Reliable; Passion for politics;

Preferred:

Ability to work Alone or as part of a team; Knowledge of basic office management procedures; Public speaking experience; Experience with EveryAction and/or Canva software; Applicants must be knowledgeable of the city of Austin OR currently reside in Austin

Compensation:

Position can be full time or part-time; competitive salary commensurate with experience offered. Future growth opportunities with Emgage Texas and Emgage national organization also possible based on performance and availability. Position requires travel across Austin and frequently to the Texas Capitol (must have own transportation) and work on weekends and holidays. Position will be based in Austin.  Relocation compensation will not be included.

About Emgage

Emgage is a nonprofit and nonpartisan civic education and mobilization organization
dedicated to strengthening the engagement of Muslim Americans with the political
process and their elected leaders. Emgage Action mobilizes Muslim Americans to engage on local, state, and national issues in pursuit of a more equal, just, and prosperous society. Emgage is based out of Washington DC with chapters in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Contact: Sana Shahid, sshahid@emgageaction.org