Careers

Thank you for your interest in working at Texas Appleseed. We are a passionate group of individuals working toward systemic change to ensure that marginalized and underserved people in Texas have fair access to justice. Please check below for opportunities in the following categories: full-time employment, part-time employment, fellowships and internships. If you don’t see a posting below in your interest area, please check back in a few weeks, as a position might open at another time.

Job Opportunities

Community Outreach Coordinator - Applications for this position are now closed 

Communications Associate

The Communications Associate assists the Communications Director with Texas Appleseed's external communications needs - social media, contact information for reporters, and more. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assist communications director and project directors on communications activities
  • Maintain local, state and national media lists (Note: We do not have access to a media software database)
  • Develop monthly news coverage reports using Google Alerts
  • Monitor local, state, and national news stories, and help identify relevant news opportunities
  • Serve as an additional editor for Texas Appleseed publications, web copy and other documents
  • Communications writing (including website writing, newsletters, blog posts, social media posts, press releases/advisories, and infographics)
  • Interact with journalists, our partners, board members, and other groups
  • Assist with media-related events, as well as special events
  • Offer ideas to elevate our work (e.g., new marketing tools, ways to incorporate storytelling into our work, etc.)
  • Creative concepting for public relations and advertising campaigns

Required Qualifications

  • A commitment to social and economic justice and a passion for communications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Advertising, Marketing or other related field
  • At least two years of professional experience in one of the above fields
  • Adept at writing, including press releases, blogs, infographics, newsletters, human interest stories, and posts for various social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn)
  • Strong editing skills, including knowledge of the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized with strong time-management skills
  • Strong familiarity with digital communications and social media
  • Strong oral communications skills and ability to interact with diverse constituencies, including people affected by our work, community partners, board members, journalists, etc. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and easily work across various issue areas and projects
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Some travel to other Texas cities for board meetings and special events

Bonus Skills

  • Video editing expertise, particularly Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere or iMovie
  • Photography skills
  • Google AdWords knowledge
  • Fluency in Spanish

Additional Details

Reports to Communications Director

This is a part-time, salaried position: 15-20 hours a week spanning a minimum of three days at the Texas Appleseed office

Texas Appleseed’s office hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday.

The position is an immediate opening. It is open until filled.

Compensation 

Salary is commensurate with experience. 

To Apply

Email your resumé, cover letter, two original writing samples, and two references (using the subject line Texas Appleseed Communications Associate) to the following:

Please no phone calls; we do not accept phone inquiries regarding the position. We will confirm receipt of your email within three business days.

 

Internship Opportunities

Texas Appleseed is pleased to offer a small number of internships in a variety of project areas for students of law and public policy, as well as journalism and communications. Right now, we are seeking a criminal justice reform intern.

Criminal Justice Reform Intern

Texas Appleseed seeks an individual to contribute to its criminal justice legislative work during the 86th session of the Texas legislature. This is a part-time, paid internship position beginning January 2018 running through May 2018, $16-$18/hour based on education and experience.

This session, we will be advocating for bail reform, ending financial-related driver’s license suspensions, fairness in imposition of fines and fees, and other issues related to the criminalization of poverty. The intern will be responsible for research and writing needed to support our legislative work. This could include drafting policy briefing materials, drafting and designing infographics, policy research, collection and compilation of data, and other tasks as needed.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for criminal justice reform, experience with legislative advocacy, and outstanding writing skills.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Outstanding written communication skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Experience with legislative and/or policy research and writing 
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work at least 10 hours per week 

BENEFICIAL SKILLS INCLUDE: 

  • Knowledge of criminal justice reform, the legal system, criminal law, and/or constitutional law
  • Experience designing infographics and other visually appealing documents
  • Data analysis skills and knowledge of Excel

TO APPLY: Qualified intern candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to Mary Mergler at mmergler@texasappleseed.net. Only those individuals who we plan to interview will be contacted. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 31, 2018

Texas Appleseed is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Opportunities

Texas Appleseed does not have its own funding for fellowships, but we will support applications from qualified respondents to fellowship programs like those offered by Skadden, Equal Justice Works and Soros Justice Fellowships. We accept applicants in one of four program areas:

  • Payday Lending and Financial Access: We work with a broad coalition of organizations and legislators to create meaningful regulation of high-dollar payday and auto title loans in Texas. We need assistance with research, developing policy recommendations, and encouraging market reform.
  • Fair Housing and Disaster Recovery: In the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Texas Appleseed has worked hard to ensure that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery program addresses the needs of low- and moderate-income households still struggling to rebuild. In addition, we have begun to get involved in fair housing issues more generally; working to ensure that public investments are made with the aim of reducing barriers to opportunity, and ensuring access to quality jobs, schools, and services.
  • Texas’ School-to-Prison Pipeline: Our research shows a link between school discipline, school dropout, and future involvement in the juvenile justice system. We work to improve school discipline practices and develop policy recommendations around arrest, ticketing and use of force in Texas public schools.