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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

TexPIRG, Texas Program Associate, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 8268

Sat, April 26, 2014

Looking for Program Associate for Austin, TX Office. 

Every day, powerful people are making decisions that affect our health, our safety, and our future. In Civics 101, we are taught that these decisions should be based on the public interest: that’s how a government of the people, by the people, and for the people is supposed to work. Yet in the real world, on issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends, all too often at the public’s expense.

That’s where U.S. PIRG comes in. Powerful corporations have their lobbyists. We advocate on behalf of the public. We recruit and train activists, organizers, and advocates to document the problems, find practical solutions, inform the public, and make the case to decision-makers. And when powerful special interests stand in the way, we mobilize ordinary citizens to make their voices heard in city halls, state capitols, regulatory agencies, Congress, the White House, or wherever it will make a difference.

A program associate (fellow) works on: 
Developing issue expertise through research and report writing

Planning campaigns and developing strategies to win

Building and demonstrating public support through media events and by working with activists and like-minded organizations

Making the case to decision-makers in one-on-one meetings and through legislative testimony

Building your program through fundraising

Building the organization by canvassing for portions of the year, in addition to running a citizen outreach office in the summer months 

Qualifications -- 
Strong work ethic
Outstanding verbal and written communication
Proven leadership skills
Strong commitment to getting results
Passion for social change
We value experience with campus groups or student government, and academic achievement
 
 
 BTT Gateway Job ID 8268  

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