About TCRP

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.

Below, you will find our current open positions. You can also learn more on our website's Careers page

Senior Grants & Foundations Manager

Remote in Texas

Overview 

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) is a community lawyering organization boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts and seeking to advance a vision of a Texas where all communities can thrive with dignity and justice and without fear. 

The Senior Grants and Foundations Manager secures grant funds supporting general operations and other agency initiatives. Specifically, the Senior Grants and Foundations Manager creates grant applications and reports through the coordination of multiple departments within TCRP, including Development, Finance, and program teams. The Senior Grants and Foundations Manager will also oversee the Partner Relations Manager and their grant portfolio. The Senior Grants and Foundations Manager is a key member of TCRP’s Development team and reports directly to TCRP’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development. 

About TCRP 

For more than thirty years, the Texas Civil Rights Project has been a committed partner to community organizers, families, and advocacy groups across the state. Whether through litigation or legal advocacy, the attorneys and advocates at TCRP work to dismantle mass incarceration, fight discrimination in voting and civic participation, and right injustices occurring at the Texas border, all under a race equity lens. TCRP’s lawyers work with coalitions of community-based organizations to identify injustices facing Texas communities and develop systemic solutions using litigation and other legal advocacy tools. For additional highlights about TCRP’s work and to learn more about TCRP, visit www.txcivilrights.org

TCRP comprises three regional offices across Texas with over 40 employees and an annual budget of over $7 million.

TCRP operates under a hybrid work policy, allowing full 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 TCRP’s locations: Alamo (in the Rio Grande Valley), Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Exceptions to required in-person activities can be made based on a case-by-case basis. 

Job Duties:

Grants Management

  • Manage all grant proposal and report preparation, submission, and management for the organization
  • Create a grant submission plan that is integrated into the overall Development annual plan and addresses the organization’s fundraising needs
  • Develop or supervise the development of grant proposals to local and national funders to support organization programs
  • Assist the Prospect Research Specialist with identifying grant funding sources to support existing and planned program activities
  • Work with the Prospect Research Specialist to evaluate prospects for grants
  • Assist with other fundraising projects and other related duties as assigned

Grants Operations

  • Manage the grants budget 
  • Coordinate financial record-keeping related to grant activities
  • Track all grant reporting as required by funding sources
  • Maintain current records in the database, including grant tracking and reporting
  • Ensure the Director of Strategic Partnerships is regularly informed of Grants programs and progress

Leadership

  • Supervise and manage the Partner Relations Manager
  • Develop an effective leadership style with team members 
  • Responsible for all supervisory activities such as training, evaluating performance, and mentoring of staff

Communication and Engagement

  • Build effective and trustworthy relationships with foundation trustees, funders, and staff
  • Work closely with the Director of Strategic Partnerships and other departmental team members to ensure that staff are regularly informed of programs for their respective fundraising efforts
  • Assure that all fundraising materials and any communication with funders maintain the highest standards
  • Maintain knowledge of TCRP’s programs
  • Represent TCRP at meetings, conferences, and fundraising events as appropriate
  • Assure compliance with the standards established by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Characteristics of Ideal Candidates:

  • 3+ years of experience grant writing in a nonprofit environment for a multi-million dollar revenue organization
  • Demonstrable grant-writing abilities, such as the ability to write compelling, articulate, structured reports and persuasive proposals
  • Ability to understand the interests of funders to develop relationships between them and TCRP
  • Ability to tailor communications to reach intended audiences effectively
  • Ability to earn the confidence of a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Exercise confidentiality and accuracy for all funder and prospect information
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and planning skills
  • Managerial experience and leadership skills
  • Ability to build strong relationships across diverse communities—including in particular communities of color, immigrant communities, and persons with disabilities—and across different teams internally

Compensation 

The salary for this position will be based on years of experience with a range of $80,000 - $90,000. 

We envision and work towards an organization that reflects our communities and a culture of radical inclusion, continuous growth, and openness. TCRP offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities, and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. TCRP benefits include employer-paid health insurance, four weeks of paid vacation, 16 weeks of paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave), a $500 professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a two-week winter break. This position is FLSA-exempt and does not qualify for overtime compensation. A minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, are expected. 

How to Apply 

To apply, please submit your cover letter, current resume, and a grant proposal that you have written via Submittable. We encourage interested applicants to apply by February 6, 2024. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

Inclusion & Non-Discrimination

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, Black and other 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 based on race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, languages spoken, socioeconomic status, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. 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 what we’re looking for!

Senior Supervising Attorney - Criminal Injustice Program (Remote)

Location: Remote, must live in Texas.

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. 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 Role

TCRP’s Senior Supervising Attorneys are envisioned as leaders within our three legal and policy departments. Each Senior Supervising Attorney will report directly to the Program Director of their department, and work closely with the Director to shape and execute program priorities. Our Senior Supervising Attorneys must bring an equity lens to all aspects of their work, including spearheading litigation and advocacy campaigns, working with the Director to supervise more junior colleagues and volunteers, and positively contributing to our culture. We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to different people’s styles and strengths.

We deeply value an anti-racist, diverse, intersectional workplace. 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.

Overview of Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Legal Program Director to supervise, support and mentor a team of attorneys at various levels of practice to advance our community lawyering work.  Recruits, develops, evaluates and retains key talent on the team. 
  • Effectively supervise multiple litigation and advocacy campaigns on a range of program issues in collaboration with attorneys, outreach coordinators, paralegals and administrative Staff. 
  • As an active manager on multiple cases and campaigns, provide timely and productive input and feedback on draft complaints, pleadings, discovery, and legal research; provide strategic guidance and mentorship on litigation to attorneys and legal fellows; guide litigation to ensure efforts are grounded in the communities served by TCRP; advise on emerging policies and legislation; and collaborate with communications and digital team on narrative and messaging strategies to ensure it achieves identified goals and objectives.
  • Actively collaborate with the Program Director to identify, develop and lead litigation in state and federal court. As the manager of litigation and/or campaigns, the Senior Supervising Attorney will be held responsible for the matter’s ultimate success, including any specific goals that are developed, and will be expected to be a dynamic and thoughtful problem solver when challenges arise.
  • Aptly represent TCRP in a variety of public fora, including meetings with coalition partners and community organizations, public presentations and in the press. 
  • Supervise and, as needed, assist with leading legislative advocacy, in coordination with attorneys and outreach staff driving the legislative agenda.  
  • Assist with at least one development duty on a quarterly basis (including presentations, meetings with donors, drafting sections of grant reports, etc.), as requested.
  • Pay particular attention to team dynamics and TCRP’s culture, and promptly raise any concerns to the Program Director. Serve as a thought partner to the Program Director on issues of developing culture and facilitating team cohesion. 
  • Willingness to undergo training for further skills development and leadership development, as recommended by the Program Director and/or the President.
  • Work an average of 40 hours each week, while recognizing that particularly busy periods, litigation deadlines and travel may require heavier work weeks at times. 
  • Work with the Program Director to set team goals annually and to facilitate individual goal-setting among team members, with the understanding that performance will be measured against said goals.
  • Personify on a daily basis the leadership traits described in TCRP’s “How We Want to Be” culture manifesto.

Ideal Candidates Should Have the Following Qualifications:

  • Completed at least six years of post-graduation, full-time practice of law, measured by their graduation date from law school. For this position in particular, we are interested in applicants who graduated in May 2018 or before, and who are licensed to practice in the state of Texas.
  • Sharp legal writing, research, oral advocacy, client counseling and negotiations skills.
  • Demonstrated success managing colleagues, especially in litigation and advocacy campaigns. 
  • Track record of mentoring junior attorneys early in their careers.
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise in criminal injustice, including working knowledge of 1983, key constitutional and statutory challenges utilized in challenging overcriminalization, police misconduct and prison conditions. 
  • Familiarity with intersectionality, community and/or movement lawyering.
  • Demonstrated technical mastery and use of judgment in complex litigation and practical experience in all stages of litigation. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a diverse range of allies.
  • A deep personal commitment to anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Excellence in all forms of communication skills.
  • 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.

Compensation

Salary is anticipated to be approximately $122,708. TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. Benefits include employer-paid health,dental and vision insurance, four weeks paid vacation, 16 weeks paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave up to 4 additional weeks), a $500 professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a winter break between December 25th and New Year’s Day.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample via Submittable.

We encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible and we will be reviewing on a rolling basis, but no later than 11:59 pm central time on 02/23/2024.

Inclusion & Non-Discrimination

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, Black, Indigenous and other 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, languages spoken, socioeconomic status, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

Note: 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 historically 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!

2024 Summer Legal Intern

Job Description

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. 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 Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking optimistic, motivated, balanced, well-organized individuals to serve as law clerks in our programs for the 2024 Summer term to work on our portfolio of immigrant rights litigation, criminal injustice litigation, or voting rights litigation. Our three program areas are as follows:

Our Beyond Borders program is focused on humanitarian and state and local immigration issues, as well as impact litigation. We aim to eliminate policies that perpetuate the harmful effects of militarization, cultural erasure, imprisonment, and exclusion along the Texas-Mexico border. 

Our Criminal Injustice program is focused on challenging the unjust conditions of incarceration, as well as overcriminalization and policing that disproportionately impact Black, Brown, disabled, noncitizen, and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Our Voting Rights Program is focused on protecting and expanding the power of underrepresented communities in Texas—especially communities of color, workers, and people with disabilities. Through grassroots, legislative, and litigation advocacy, our Voting Rights program aims to protect the fundamental right to vote that is essential to democracy.   

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 to crafting strategic advocacy plans and preparing complaints.

This is a remote position with the option to work from one of our offices (Austin, Houston, and Alamo). Preference for bilingual Spanish speakers, organizing experience, and clear dedication to civil rights work. This internship can be for credit. We will work with you to secure funding, either externally or internally. 

TO APPLY

Please apply by sending a resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to daniel@texascivilrightsproject.org. In your cover letter, please specify what TCRP program you are applying to. We will review applications as we receive them.

TCRP is an equal opportunity organization that welcomes all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, 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.

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.

Every year, the Texas Civil Rights Project sponsors multiple legal fellows across our three programs (Racial and Economic Justice, Criminal Injustice 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. Over the last few years, fellows working at TCRP have been awarded fellowship funding from the following sources, among others:

- Equal Justice Works

- Justice Catalyst

- Open Society Foundations

- Kloiber Foundation

- Yale Law School

- Columbia Law School

- University of Texas School of Law

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.  

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.

If you will be able to 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 (REJ/CIR/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.

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.

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