The BWS will work with existing EVN partners and new partners to build a broad local coalition against the construction of the border wall and further allocation of funding for the border wall and border militarization in the Rio Grande Valley. The BWS will collaborate with regional and national partners to help amplify the threats and impacts of the wall and militarization on the RGV to decision-makers at the national-level.
The primary purpose of this role is to 1) bridge communication between different existing movements against the wall, 2) bring in new community members to support the organizing against the border wall, 3) amplify community concerns against the border wall at the regional, state and national level and 4) connect the border wall movement to existing partner communities mobilized on related matters including immigration and environmental justice.
The Specialist will work closely with Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network partners including La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), A Resource in Serving Equality (ARISE), American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (ACLU of Texas), Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA), Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP), Proyecto Azteca, Fuerza Del Valle, Proyecto Juan Diego, and Brownsville Community Health Center (BCHC). Additionally the Border Wall Specialist will work closely with partner organizations supporting the movement against the border wall including EarthJustice, Sierra Club (national and Lone Star Chapter) and the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe.
Building the local coalition - including building close relationships with RGV EVN partners that have an interest in the border wall (i.e. LUPE, ARISE, ACLU), identifying and developing new partners who may be interested in mobilizing against the wall (i.e. UTRGV students), and engaging additional organizations who have already organized against the wall (i.e. Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, Democratic Socialists of RGV, EarthJustice, Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe, National Butterfly Center, etc.)
Developing a shared local organizing plan, and regularly coordinating with coalition partners to ensure the effective implementation of the plan.
Conducting outreach and capacity building in impacted regions, especially Starr County.
Developing a communications strategy (and/or working group) to accompany the organizing plan, and work with coalition member groups to develop and disseminate press responses and otherwise engage with the media.
Coordinate rapid response situations with the coalition - including responding to breaking news and urgent threats/opportunities.
Act as, or facilitate the designation of key point people for speaking to the press and representing the coalition with regional and national partner groups (SBCC, Border Coalition, etc.) for national amplification of voices and leadership from the RGV.
Reporting on the region in bimonthly group calls with national border coalitions including SBCC and the Ad-Hoc No Border Wall Coalition.
Requirements: Candidates must be fluent in Spanish and English, have the ability to travel throughout the Rio Grande Valley (Starr County, Hidalgo County and Cameron County). A successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, facilitator and may have experience in building coalitions. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people are encouraged to apply.
Employment Type: Full time, one year contract
Management and Oversight: the position would be managed by the Network Weaver and ACLU would be the fiscal agent.
Structure: The Border Wall Specialist would work with the EVN to develop and implement a local organizing strategy against the border wall in the RGV. The position would be managed and supervised by the Network Weaver of the RGV EVN. Organizing would be focused directly on the needs, and interests of the RGV community as determined by the EVN leaders and on the ground community activists in consultation with local and national partners.
Submitting Your Application: Interested applicants should send the following materials to email@example.com by September 2nd, 11:59pm.
Please include in your application the following materials:
A cover letter of no more than two pages including:
Level of fluency in Spanish and English, confirmation that you are available for September 10th phone interview sometime between 2pm-4pm, September 17th finalist interview sometime between 2pm-4pm, and an October 1st start date
experience as a facilitator, organizer or movement builder explanation of your personal position against the border wall and any experience (volunteer or otherwise) in participating in anti-borderwall movements.
A c/v or resume of no more than 5 pages
Job Type: Full-time