Program Director

Based in Austin, TX

Organization Overview
The Texas Future Project is a donor table made up of individuals and institutions, in and out of state, investing in progressive infrastructure in Texas to enhance civic engagement and democratic representation. Our mission is for progressives to gain electoral power and governing power in one of the biggest, most dynamic states in the U.S.  

Position Description
The Texas Future Project Program Director is primarily responsible for supporting progressive civic engagement organizations in Texas, and is responsible for developing and executing plans that maximizes the effectiveness of all partners. The Texas Future Project Program Director will work with existing Texas-based organizations and coalitions to identify shared goals and assess the readiness of emerging advocacy organizations to join the coalition’s work. The Program Director reports to the TFP Director.

Location This position is based in Austin, Texas.  


  • Work with TFP and TFP partner organizations to design statewide civic engagement plans. Evaluate partner program outcomes and monitor progress toward goals.  Report progress to the organizations and TFP director and board of directors.
  • Develop consistent reportable metrics for apples to apples comparisons of programs across the state. 
  • Plan and facilitate regular meetings of partner organizations to create, negotiate and share plans, and progress towards state goals. Facilitate a collaborative and productive state coalition environment.
  • Provide, or provide for, technical assistance to increase capacity and impact in grassroots advocacy, education and mobilization efforts.
  • Create state documents and reports as appropriate.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of campaign or non-profit management experience, or 8-10 years of experience in political or non-profit advocacy, plus knowledge of and strong commitment to progressive causes. 
  • Thorough understanding and mastery of the Voter Action Network (VAN) or Vote Builder.  Applicants ideally have a mix of both electoral or advocacy campaign experience and organizing skills.  Successful management or participation in a coalition environment preferred.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated ability to negotiate, build consensus and strategically disagree.  Must be respected by stakeholders and be trusted to lead.
  • Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work in a team environment as well as independently.  Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication, time-management, and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships
  • Applicant must be a self-starter; be willing to work long and irregular hours and to travel as needed.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).  Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Advanced Excel skills are required; other data organization and presentation tools a plus. 
  • Additional knowledge of other software for mapping (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.), reporting (Periscope, Tableau, etc.), and data management (Access, SQL, R, Python, etc.) is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability in managing and leading coalitions with multi-issue agendas.
  • Work well with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle variety of projects simultaneously.  
  • Experience developing or evaluating organization and/or campaign budgets.
  • Candidates with field program management, staff management, basic data and targeting understanding, and an understanding of the legislative process preferred.  Ability to write, evaluate, and execute winning campaign plans with a strong field component required.
  • Candidates with knowledge or background in Texas politics and organizations a plus.

Compensation  Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision. 

To Apply Please email a copy of your resume, a cover letter, salary requirements, and three references to tory@texasfutureproject.com. Include "Texas Program Director” in the subject line.  Position posted until filled.

Texas Future Project is committed to creating a dynamic, multi-cultural, diverse working environment. Candidates of color and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Texas Future Project is an equal opportunity employer.

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