Program Director

  • Texas Campaign for the Environment
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • Mar 07, 2017
Full time Advocacy Business Development Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Protection Sustainability

Job Description

Experienced, strategically-minded activist wanted for Program Director position with Texas Campaign for the Environment (TCE) and TCE Fund, the state’s leading canvass-based environmental advocacy group. TCE’s mission is to empower Texans to fight pollution through sustained grassroots organizing campaigns that shift corporate and governmental environmental policy. TCE has been a lead organization promoting Zero Waste and other environmental policies through corporate and legislative campaigns in Houston and statewide.

The best tools TCE has to achieve its mission are year-round door to door and phone canvass operations. You will work closely to support the organizing of our canvassing program, and so there is a strong preference for someone with a field and/or phone canvass management background. As we develop leadership through hiring canvassers, the Program Director must set a strong example with excellent speaking, listening and writing skills. You must educate and energize canvassing staff and involve them in TCE’s campaigns to motivate the public. Familiarity with planning and executing direct actions is crucial, and you are expected to give weekly internal briefings and develop materials for their work.

You must work well with diverse stakeholders, as you will lead efforts to translate the success of the canvass operations into cogent campaigns that get results by engaging government and corporate decision-makers. You will collaborate with colleagues to develop corporate and legislative strategies, including evaluating, researching and executing campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. You will build relationships with a broad spectrum of allies that share our interests, including community activists and organizations, businesspeople, and government officials and their staff.  This will require engagement outside of business hours and beyond the confines of the office.  Flexibility is essential.

In order to pressure government officials and corporations, you must design and implement media strategies that improve TCE’s visibility and credibility, and create public pressure on our targets. You must be able to confidently deliver motivating presentations and work with journalists and diverse media channels. Your responsibilities will also include organizing volunteers & developing social media strategies to involve supporters in our campaigns.

You will assist in development activities by building relationships with individual donors, writing online and direct mail efforts and identifying partnerships in which TCE can provide organizing support for projects. Part of your time will be spent on research and public education projects for TCE Fund, so expectations also include assistance in cultivating relationships with TCE Fund donors, developing proposals for foundations and coordinating TCE Fund’s workplace giving efforts through EarthShare of Texas.


  • Minimum one year of grassroots organizing experience, preferably including canvassing.
  • Positive, constructive attitude with ability and desire to collaborate on campaigns as they evolve.
  • Self-motivated, quick learner, strategic thinker with a strong work ethic.
  • Articulate public speaker – history of working with the media a plus.
  • Strong grasp of Microsoft Windows & Office – familiarity with constituency management databases, graphic design, social media, and WordPress a plus.  Technical expertise with computers and software preferred.
  • Able to write clearly about complex issues – experience writing for social change groups or outlets a plus.
  • Successful fundraising experience – other development work (i.e. grant-writing or event planning) a plus.
  • Must have personal transportation to attend meetings in Greater Houston.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, ranging from $32,000 to $38,000. Benefits include medical insurance, paid sick days, holidays and vacation. Some weekend and evening work is expected.

How to apply & deadline:  Submit cover letter, resume and contact information for two references via email to Robin(at)texasenvironment.orgDeadline is March 12, 2017.

Job Level

Mid-level, Senior-level


Nonprofit- NGO


$32,000 to $38,000