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TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for open positions. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. 
 

Applicants with lived experiences that inform an authentic understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable communities and a sophisticated understanding of the historical nature of structural power differences are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.

TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. We envision and work towards an organization that reflects the communities we serve and a culture of ​radical inclusion, ​continuous growth​, and openness. TCRP benefits include employer-paid health insurance, four weeks paid vacation, eight weeks paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave to 14 weeks in total), a professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays.

EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITIES

  • Associate Director of Advocacy
    POSITION TITLE: Associate Director of Advocacy SUPERVISOR: Chief of Staff DATE EFFECTIVE: We will review applications on a rolling basis, but priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by June 15, 2024. LOCATION: Position will be primarily remote in Texas, Austin preferred TRAVEL: Moderate JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full Time SALARY TIER LEVEL: $90,000-$110,000 BARGAINING UNION ELIGIBILITY: Non-Union ABOUT THE TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT At TCRP, we are Texas lawyers for Texas communities. We use our unique community lawyering model to empower Texas communities and create the policy changes necessary for a fairer, more just Texas. In our 30+ year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, reforming systems of criminal (in)justice, and fighting for the rights of immigrant families and those in our borderland communities. Our efforts have helped countless low-income and otherwise marginalized Texans and have widely advanced equality and justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals around the state and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies —TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas. TCRP comprises three regional offices across Texas with over 40 employees and an annual budget of over $7 million dollars. TCRP currently operates under a hybrid work policy, allowing remote work from anywhere in Texas and requiring travel and in-person attendance for specified work activities. The in-person activities are typically based out of any of the Texas Civil Rights Projects locations: Alamo (in the Rio Grande Valley), Austin, and Houston. We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to different people’s styles and strengths. Learn more at https://txcivilrights.org/. THE ADVOCACY DEPARTMENT Our new Advocacy Department will lead our outreach campaigns at TCRP to better support our legal teams in our mission of community lawyering. The department will look at the needs of the progressive infrastructure in the state and create campaigns that bring the expertise of TCRP to our partner organizations. The department will create pathways to help communities fight back against injustice in partnership with TCRP. This department will help train the next generation of civil rights leaders in Texas. The Advocacy Department has two major campaigns that TCRP spearheads. In even years, our Election Protection program, a program that ensures fair and safe elections. In odd years, a Legislative Session campaign would include working in collaboration with our policy team to create lobby days, partner briefings, and work with communities and partners to help train volunteers. THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY ROLE TCRP’s Associate Director of Advocacy will work closely with our outreach and advocacy staff to create a new department to ensure that TCRP fights for immigration reform, a just criminal legal system, and the protection and expansion of voting rights through campaigns and coalitions in Texas. The Associate Director of Advocacy will foster a department of collaboration and innovation to ensure TCRP’s theory of change using the principles of community lawyering. A key responsibility for this role will bring strategic thinking and keen understanding of the state’s political environment. This role will work closely with our Senior Advocacy Managers to help create and execute data and community driven campaign plans. Job Duties: Manage TCRP’s Advocacy Department; Supervise the Senior Advocacy Managers and Outreach Coordinators; Work closely with the development and finance teams to ensure the budget for all campaign plans are up to date and align with the organization's mission; Assist in campaign and budget creation for advocacy plans, legislative sessions and special sessions, our election protection program, and any special projects that may arise; Identify key stakeholder individuals, organizations, and communities to determine potential partners for our advocacy work; Work with Senior Advocacy Managers to assist in developing, managing, and executing projects; Prepare and give presentations about TCRP’s advocacy and outreach work to key stakeholders, including but not limited to TCRP Board members and donors; Work an average of 40 hours each week, while recognizing that particularly busy periods, such as the legislative session, special sessions, and election season, and/or travel may require heavier work weeks at times; Travel, as needed, especially across Texas; Qualifications: Seven years of experience in non-profits and/or political campaigns. Excellent data practices, preferably with Everyaction or VAN. Strong organizational skills with ability to manage multiple projects effectively. Detail oriented, looks at the big picture, but also thinks about the small details. A record of success at increasing engagement of community groups and directly impacted Texans. A mastery understanding of 501c3 advocacy campaigns. Understands local and state issues and how best to address them through advocacy. Ability to work closely with the legal team and ensure continuity between TCRP’s legal and advocacy priorities and campaigns. Has experience with direct and indirect advocacy and the laws surrounding them. Demonstrated success as a manager of projects, including managing several budgets at one time, and people in a direct supervisory capacity. Familiarity and ability to engage with partners and speak compellingly about each of TCRP’s key programmatic subject areas. A deep personal commitment to anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion. Excellence in all forms of communication skills, including written skills, i.e. experience developing subject matter reports, fact sheets, op-eds, testimonies, and reviewing and copy editing written material. Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, the ability to facilitate challenging conversations and quickly read interpersonal dynamics, and the ability to work collaboratively with people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives and across projects. Ability to create a positive atmosphere in a high-energy, fast-paced work environment and to model professionalism and resilience when disappointments arise. Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. A personal drive for self-reflection, improvement, and learning. Patience, gravitas and a high tolerance for ambiguity. Ability to maintain steadfast commitment to TCRP’s values in a politically hostile environment while taking advantage of opportunities for progress when they are presented. COMPENSATION The salary range for the Associate Director of Advocacy position is $90,000-$110,000. TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. BENEFITS We offer a broad range of benefits, including: Four weeks paid vacation (prorated upon date of hire), up to sixteen weeks paid family leave (following a six month probationary period), paid sick time, and extensive holidays, including a two-week winter break at the end of the year and a wellness week in the summer. Employer paid healthcare coverage for you and your dependents, including medical, dental and vision coverage. 401K retirement plan Annual professional development funds, internal professional development programs and workshops INCLUSION AND NON-DISCRIMINATION TCRP is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We value and celebrate the unique perspectives and contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds and strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment from candidates of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, religions, abilities, and backgrounds. Research shows that while men apply for positions when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women, Black people, people of color and other underrepresented groups only apply when they check every box. If you feel like this is the position for you even though you don’t check every box please apply, you could be exactly what we’re looking for! HOW TO APPLY To apply, please submit your cover letter and current resume to the following https://texascivilrightsproject.submittable.com/submit/
  • Legal Fellowship
    ABOUT THE TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT We are Texas lawyers and advocates for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We envision a Texas where all communities thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear. TCRP believes that legal advocacy and litigation are critical tools to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas, particularly our State’s most vulnerable populations, and to effect positive and lasting change to law and policy. We believe that by serving the rising social justice movement in Texas with excellent legal representation and bold strategies, we can respond to the needs of the communities we serve. Learn more at www.txcivilrights.org. POSITION SUMMARY Every year, the Texas Civil Rights Project sponsors multiple legal fellows across our three programs (Beyond Borders, Criminal Injustice Reform, and Voting Rights) who can live anywhere in Texas and access our offices in Austin, Houston, and Alamo (in the Rio Grande Valley). We also consider fellowships to lead and expand our cross team collaborations on topics including Reproductive Justice, Disability Justice and LGBTQI+ Rights. These fellows are recent law school graduates or judicial clerks who obtain external funding to work with us, usually on a specific project for a predetermined period of time, usually 1 or 2 years. Opportunities for external funding are extremely diverse, including law firms, law schools, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private foundations of all sizes. Over the last few years, fellows working at TCRP have been awarded fellowship funding from the following sources, among others: Equal Justice Works Skadden Justice Catalyst Open Society Foundations Kloiber Foundation Yale Law School Columbia Law School University of Texas School of Law Fellowship Process Fellowship applicants are usually required to seek sponsorship approval from a host organization (like TCRP) before applying for fellowship funding. While we are sensitive to time constraints, our process for approving a potential fellow for sponsorship at TCRP is extensive, including application reviews within the organization, interviews, review of past work product and references, and a thorough evaluation of the applicant’s proposed project. This process ensures we only sponsor fellowship applicants who have developed a project proposal that significantly advances our mission of seeking justice for Texas communities, but it also means that we are only able to sponsor a small number of the qualified applicants seeking to work with us. Limiting the number of fellows that we sponsor also allows us to work closely with applicants to develop a strong proposal for funding and to ensure that we have the resources to properly manage and train fellows once they get here. Because this process takes time, fellowship applicants are encouraged to apply for sponsorship at least 60 days in advance of any funding application deadline. If circumstances prevent an applicant from complying with this timeline, we encourage the applicant to contact our Fellowship Coordinator to discuss the situation. Because of the widely varying application deadlines for fellowship funding, TCRP accepts applications from fellowship applicants throughout the year. Major fellowship funders (e.g., Equal Justice Works) usually have early fall deadlines, while many smaller funders (e.g., law schools) have deadlines in early spring. QUALIFICATIONS To be eligible for a fellowship at TCRP, an applicant must meet the following basic criteria: - Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school by the time the fellowship would begin; - Completion of the bar exam of any U.S state or territory prior to beginning the fellowship; - Willingness to work in Texas at one of TCRP’s established offices; and - Development of a project proposal that fits one of the three subject-matter areas in which TCRP works. HOW TO APPLY If you are interested and believe you meet these criteria and wish to complete your fellowship at TCRP, please submit the following sponsorship application materials: 1. Cover letter indicating: - Why you are interested in working with TCRP - Preferred practice group (BB/CI/VR) - An idea for a proposed fellowship project - Names and deadlines for any particular fellowship applications to which you are applying - Interest in working in Texas 2. Detailed resume 3. Writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably related to the subject matter of your proposed project idea. 4. A list of at least 3 references with at least 2 of these being professional references. INCLUSION AND NON-DISCRIMINATION TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. If you have any technical difficulties completing this form, please contact support@: info@texascivilrightsproject.org
  • 2025 Summer Law Clerk
    POSITION TITLE: Summer Law Clerk SUPERVISOR: Legal Director DATE EFFECTIVE: We will review applications on a rolling basis, but priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by July 30, 2024. LOCATION: Position will primarily be remote in Texas TRAVEL: (Moderate) JOB CLASSIFICATION: Temporary (2025 Summer Law Clerk) SALARY TIER LEVEL: Not Applicable BARGAINING UNION ELIGIBILITY: Non-Union ABOUT THE TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT At TCRP, we are Texas lawyers for Texas communities. We use our unique community lawyering model to empower Texas communities and create the policy changes necessary for a fairer, more just Texas. In our 30+ year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, reforming systems of criminal (in)justice, and fighting for the rights of immigrant families and those in our borderland communities. Our efforts have helped countless low-income and otherwise marginalized Texans and have widely advanced equality and justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals around the state and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies —TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas. TCRP comprises three regional offices across Texas with over 40 employees and an annual budget of over $7 million dollars. TCRP currently operates under a hybrid work policy, allowing remote work from anywhere in Texas and requiring travel and in-person attendance for specified work activities. The in-person activities are typically based out of any of the Texas Civil Rights Projects locations: Alamo (in the Rio Grande Valley), Austin, and Houston. We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to different people’s styles and strengths. Learn more at https://txcivilrights.org/. ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM We are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We use our tools of litigation and legal advocacy to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. In our thirty four year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits to protect and expand voting rights, challenge the injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice. POSITION SUMMARY The Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking positive, motivated, balanced, well-organized individuals to serve as law clerks in our Beyond Borders, Criminal Injustice, or Voting Rights Programs for the 2025 summer term. TCRP is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team and women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Our law clerks are a critical part of the TCRP family and will assist our attorneys with every aspect of our work, from investigating potential cases, crafting strategic advocacy plans and preparing complaints to assisting with discovery, briefing dispositive motions and trying cases in federal and state court. We are seeking highly motivated and passionate Summer Law Clerks to join our dynamic team. As a Law Clerk, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in civil rights law and contribute to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on society. Under the supervision of experienced attorneys, you will assist with legal research, drafting legal documents, and supporting advocacy efforts on a variety of civil rights issues. We ask that students commit to at least 400 hours of work over the course of the summer. This is a remote position with the option to work from one of our offices (Austin, Houston, and Alamo). RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES Conduct legal research on various civil rights issues. Assist with drafting legal memoranda, briefs, and other documents. Review and analyze case law, statues, and regulations. Participate in meetings, hearings, and court proceedings. Support attorneys with case management and trial preparation. Contribute to community outreach and education initiatives. QUALIFICATIONS Currently enrolled in an accredited law school program. Strong academic record with a demonstrated interest in civil rights law. Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced environment. Commitment to social justice and advancing civil rights for all individuals. With a passion for TCRP’s mission. Self-reliant and motivated with exceptional written and oral communication skills. Previous experience or coursework in civil rights, constitutional law, or related fields is preferred but not required. BENEFITS Hand-on experience in civil rights law and advocacy. Mentorship from experienced attorneys and legal professionals. Networking opportunities with great legal minds and leaders in the civil rights community. Meaningful contribution to important social justice initiatives. Stipend or academic credit may be available depending on funding. INCLUSION AND NON-DISCRIMINATION TCRP is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We value and celebrate the unique perspectives and contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds and strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment from candidates of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, religions, abilities, and backgrounds. Research shows that while men apply for positions when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women, Black people, people of color and other underrepresented groups only apply when they check every box. If you feel like this is the position for you even though you don’t check every box please apply, you could be exactly what we’re looking for! HOW TO APPLY To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample of (5-10 pages,) and list of references to the following link: LINK HERE. In your cover letter, please explain your interest in civil rights law and how your skills and experiences align with the responsibilities of the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until July 30, 2024. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.
  • Hogg Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow
    POSITION TITLE: Hogg Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow SUPERVISOR: Associate Director of Policy DATE EFFECTIVE: We will review applications on a rolling basis, but priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by June 15, 2024. LOCATION: Austin, Texas TRAVEL: (Moderate) JOB CLASSIFICATION: Temporary (funded for 2 years) SALARY TIER LEVEL: Tier 2 Coordinator - $55,836 - $71,874 BARGAINING UNION ELIGIBILITY: Union Eligible ABOUT THE TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT At TCRP, we are Texas lawyers for Texas communities. We use our unique community lawyering model to empower Texas communities and create the policy changes necessary for a fairer, more just Texas. In our 30+ year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, reforming systems of criminal (in)justice, and fighting for the rights of immigrant families and those in our borderland communities. Our efforts have helped countless low-income and otherwise marginalized Texans and have widely advanced equality and justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals around the state and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies —TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas. TCRP comprises three regional offices across Texas with over 40 employees and an annual budget of over $7 million dollars. TCRP currently operates under a hybrid work policy, allowing remote work from anywhere in Texas and requiring travel and in-person attendance for specified work activities. The in-person activities are typically based out of any of the Texas Civil Rights Projects locations: Alamo (in the Rio Grande Valley), Austin, and Houston. We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to different people’s styles and strengths. Learn more at https://txcivilrights.org/. ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM TCRP’s Criminal Injustice (CI) program partners with impacted communities, prioritizing cases and campaigns in two areas: First, we advocate for reforms that reimagine the system and push back against the criminalization of poverty, mental illness, addiction and dissent. Second, we advocate to end mass incarceration and reduce the harms of incarceration. POSITION SUMMARY The Hogg Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow has personal or familial experience of receiving and/or coordinating mental health within various systems in Texas (for example, juvenile justice, etc.). This individual is willing to share their story and experience to shape and advocate within the policy and advocacy workspace. The Fellow leads the development and execution of TCRP’s Criminal Injustice public policy agenda at the local and state levels. This full-time position is a two-year position made possible through the support of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The Hogg Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow is a key member of TCRP’s Criminal Injustice team and will be mentored directly by the team’s Senior Advocacy Manager. RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES Legislative Conduct policy research and analyze local and statewide statistics to help develop TCRP’s policy platforms at the state level. Provide research to support relevant state-level policy reforms, including collecting and analyzing data and interviewing stakeholders and practitioners. Develop written one-pagers and other public-facing materials for TCRP policy issues. Assist in organizing pre- and post-89th Legislative Session events to educate legislators and their staff on pertinent policy issues. Draft letters in support or opposition to legislation based on TCRP’s mission and policy priorities. Assist in legislative bill tracking. Advocacy Meet with policymakers and their staff to educate them about mental health issues and potential ways to address them Deliver both written and oral testimony in support or opposition to legislation based upon TCRP’s policy platform Develop “advocacy alerts” to mobilize the broader community in support or opposition to specific legislation Assist in mobilizing advocates throughout the State of Texas through electronic communications as needed for interactions with policymakers Educate advocates regarding public policy advocacy and legislative action Assist in facilitating and participating in relevant coalitions QUALIFICATIONS Two years of recent employment (paid or volunteer) experience, a college degree, or peer specialist/family partner certification preferred. Attend Hogg Foundation Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow Program in-person events in Austin, including but not limited to a program orientation and standing monthly meetings. Ability to assist with legislative strategies and public policy initiatives for the benefit of TCRP. Ability to build working relationships with other organizations, legislative offices, and stakeholders. Desire to work to improve policies benefiting people with mental health needs. Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict-resolution skills. Self-reliant and motivated with exceptional written and oral communication skills. Passion for TCRP’s mission. COMPENSATION Salary will be based on years of experience, with a minimum salary starting at $55,836. TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities, and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. BENEFITS We offer a broad range of benefits, including: Four weeks paid vacation (prorated upon date of hire), up to sixteen weeks paid family leave (following a six month probationary period), paid sick time, and extensive holidays, including a two-week winter break at the end of the year and a wellness week in the summer. Employer paid healthcare coverage for you and your dependents, including medical, dental and vision coverage. 401K retirement plan Annual professional development funds, internal professional development programs and workshops INCLUSION AND NON-DISCRIMINATION TCRP is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We value and celebrate the unique perspectives and contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds and strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment from candidates of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, religions, abilities, and backgrounds. Research shows that while men apply for positions when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women, Black people, people of color and other underrepresented groups only apply when they check every box. If you feel like this is the position for you even though you don’t check every box please apply, you could be exactly what we’re looking for! HOW TO APPLY To apply, please submit your cover letter and current resume to the following link: LINK HERE.

Every year, the Texas Civil Rights Project sponsors multiple legal fellows across our three programs (Beyond Borders, Criminal Justice Reform, and Voting Rights) and in all of our five offices across the State (Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Rio Grande Valley).  

 

These fellows are recent law school graduates or judicial clerks who obtain external funding to work with us, usually on a specific project for a predetermined period of time, usually 1 or 2 years. Opportunities for external funding are extremely diverse, including law firms, law schools, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private foundations of all sizes.

To view full fellowship description and apply, click here.

FELLOWSHIPS

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Part of our mission is building up the next generation of leaders to power this movement, and we are so proud that we can offer this opportunity to young law students. Our law clerks are a critical part of the TCRP family and will assist our attorneys with every aspect of our work, from investigating potential cases, crafting strategic advocacy plans and preparing complaints to assisting with discovery, briefing dispositive motions and trying cases in federal and state court. 

 

We ask that students commit to at least 400 hours of work over the course of the summer. We have opportunities available at all of our 5 offices across Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Alamo). Click here to apply.

SUMMER LAW CLERKS

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