Organizing Director

Organizing Director

Commission Shift Website
  • Commission Shift
  • Texas
  • Full Time

Organizing Director
Job Description
Position: Organizing Director
Pay range: $65,000 to $80,000, depending on experience
Benefits: Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement; 401k retirement
plan with up to 4% employer match; professional development allowance; 20 days/year paid
time off for vacation, sick leave, or other needs; and 12 days/year paid holidays.
Location: Must be located in Texas.. Work from home with regular virtual meetings and
regular in-person participation at meetings, events, or conferences in Texas. Candidates
located in active oil and gas development regions are strongly encouraged to apply.
Travel: 20% – 40%
Hours: Full-time
Application deadline: Open until the position is filled, will begin reviewing applications Oct 5, 2023

About Commission Shift
Commission Shift is a fast-growing Texas-based 501(c)3 non-profit founded in March 2021.
Our mission is to reform oil and gas oversight by building public support to hold the Railroad
Commission of Texas accountable to its mission in a shifting energy landscape.
The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is one of the most important oil and gas regulators
in the world. Contrary to what its name implies, the Railroad Commission has no authority
over railroads. Instead, the agency oversees oil and gas development, coal and uranium
mining, and gas utility service in Texas, among other functions. Its mission is to serve Texas
through stewardship of natural resources and the environment, concern for personal and
community safety, and support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the
benefit of Texans.
Too often, the Commission has promoted accelerated development of oil and gas over all
other parts of its mission — to the detriment of natural resources and the environment,
safety, and economic vitality.
Commission Shift’s goal is to build broad public support from a wide array of stakeholder
voices to advance changes at the RRC that improve the agency’s function, transparency, and
accountability to people and places impacted by the oil and gas industry. Our vision is for
these changes at the RRC to support an energy transition in Texas that benefits the climate
while fostering consumer protection and choice, public engagement, transparent
government, a clean environment, a stable workforce and an economically diverse and
resilient economy.
Learn more about Commission Shift by visiting our website, www.commissionshift.org.

Position Description
Commission Shift is hiring an Organizing Director to develop, implement, and maintain
statewide strategies for building support and mobilizing Texans to transform the Railroad
Commission of Texas. The role of the Organizing Director includes managing, mentoring, and
motivating a team of organizers that interact with the public on specific campaigns including:
oil and gas cleanup, language access, and nonpartisan voter awareness..
The Organizing Director will report to the Executive Director and will collaborate with all the
teams to make Commission Shift an integral part of communities in Texas, identify Texans
impacted by oil and gas development in Texas, develop community partnerships, conduct
outreach to learn and exchange knowledge with those individuals and communities, and
generate widespread awareness of opportunities for the public to advocate for themselves,
and engage in dialogue with the Railroad Commission of Texas.
The Organizing Director will also be responsible for developing and maintaining the structure
that informs the policy team of impacted community members concerns, issues, priorities,
and experiences to ensure that Commission Shift’s proposed policy solutions are responsive
to community needs and identified problems.

Responsibilities
● Develop, implement, and evaluate an organizing strategic plan in collaboration with
all the teams. This should include understanding the needed number of organizers,
types of training, and logistical needs for accomplishing the plan and maintaining
organizational culture and morale.
● Work with team members to mobilize the public to participate in opportunities for
commenting on rulemakings or permit applications, testifying or submitting written
comments to the Texas Legislature or the Railroad Commission.
● Develop a process and assist community members in meeting with legislators and
Railroad Commission staff, and filing pollution complaints with the Railroad
Commission.
● Build relationships and collaborate with impacted Texans, community partners,
Texas organizers, and organizations that represent relevant stakeholder groups.
● Collaborate with the communications team and policy team to develop and
implement strategic digital and in-person campaigns to mobilize public participation
on topics including nonpartisan voter mobilization; language access; orphaned wells;
carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS); oil and gas waste pits; weatherization of the
natural gas supply chain; and energy utility costs.
● Create, maintain, evaluate, and adapt a structure that informs the policy team of
impacted community members experiences, priorities, and concerns to develop
community-supported solutions.
● Mentor, manage, and direct organizers, language access coordinator, and civic
engagement coordinator.
● Develop a group of volunteers through meaningful engagement.
● Track and report lobbying hours as required by state and federal law.
● Identify and support impacted community members in writing blog posts, opinion
articles, and letters to the editor.
● Develop metrics to measure campaigns’ effectiveness.
● Work with the organizing team to plan and execute online and in-person events with
stakeholders.

Required minimum qualifications
● Six years of professional experience in a relevant field.
● Embraces the mission of Commission Shift.
● Experience building alliances or coalitions, organizing volunteers, working on a
political campaign, and/or leading public awareness and engagement campaigns for
501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4)nonpartisan non-profit organizations to achieve policy changes.
● Enthusiastic, curious, and energized about meeting new people. Respectful and
empathetic of individuals and groups coming from a variety of backgrounds and
viewpoints (e.g. progressive or conservative; rural or urban; educated or uneducated;
across races, ethnicities, and genders).
● Experience managing organizers.
● Proficient using Microsoft Word and Powerpoint and the ability to perform basic
math functions in Excel for data analysis. Familiar with Google Workspace
applications including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.
● Familiarity or Experience with advocacy software like EveryAction, and Voter Action
Network (VAN).
● Familiarity with strategic analytical tools such as power mapping or identifying a
spectrum of allies.
● Familiarity with public engagement methods such as digital action alerts, public
demonstrations, digital organizing, or other creative public support tactics.
● Experience constructing a strategic ladder of engagement for supporters.
● Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, demonstrates
presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
● Organized and exhibits both initiative and “follow through” on tasks and goals
● Demonstrated commitment to anti-racism and continuous learning, developing an
analysis of power and oppression at interpersonal, institutional, and systemic levels.
● Attention to detail, maintains organized electronic files, and manages time and
expectations with respect to deadlines.
● Willingness to learn to use Asana project management software.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Desired qualifications, not required
The ideal candidate will have some combination of the following qualifications, but does not
need to meet all of the following criteria.
● Experience planning and executing strategic organizing campaigns.
● Familiarity with the Texas political landscape, or experience working on political
campaigns in Texas.
● Knowledge of or experience with issues related to the Railroad Commission of Texas.
● Familiarity with Texas climate change and energy issues.
● Experience at the Texas Legislature or at government agencies in Texas.
● Bachelor’s degree, potentially in political science, public administration, mass
communications, or environmental science. Other majors will be considered.
● Experience coordinating direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying, civic engagement, and
get-out-the-vote campaigns within the legal boundaries of a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
● Relationships with one or more of the following stakeholder groups: workers rights
advocates or labor unions, public education advocates, business leaders, consumer
or ratepayer advocates, economic development leaders or entities.
● Written and verbal fluency in Spanish.
Technology Requirements
● Computer, phone, and internet access allowing for multiple phone or video calls per
day.

How to apply
Send a resume (no more than two pages) and cover letter to Dr. Maria Reyes at
apply@commissionshift.org with the subject “Organizing Director Application.” Prepare
to provide two professional references and a writing sample upon request. The writing
sample could be a speech or written testimony, an opinion article or blog post, social media
content or other similar documents.
Applicants with a nontraditional career path or gaps in employment are encouraged to share
knowledge, strengths, or skills they developed during this nontraditional experience in their
cover letter, if desired.

Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Commission Shift believes that corporate and institutional bad behavior disproportionately
hurts the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from
working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities. We
believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. We strongly encourage
applications from people with these identities or who are members of marginalized
communities that are not listed here.

Commission Shift is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated
against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran
status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

To apply for this job please visit commissionshift.org.

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