Thank you for your interest in working at Texas Appleseed. We are a passionate group of individuals working toward systemic change to ensure that marginalized and underserved people in Texas have fair access to justice. Please check below for opportunities in the following categories: full-time employment, part-time employment, fellowships and internships. If you don’t see a posting below in your interest area, please check back in a few weeks, as a position might open at another time.
The Fellow will be a staff attorney or policy analyst based in Houston working to ensure a just, equitable, and successful recovery in the wake of the damage done by Hurricane Harvey. The recovery process involves billions of dollars in local, state, and federal funds, and the Fellow will work to ensure that the needs of historically neglected communities, people of color, and low-income residents are included in the decisions on how that funding is spent.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Analyze and evaluate state, federal, and local plans for compliance with civil rights requirements and equity concerns. Draft policy recommendations, research, memos, and other materials based on that analysis.
- Provide support for efforts of community based organizations and grassroots groups to work collaboratively and craft and implement advocacy strategies.
- Conduct presentations, testify, and/or provide public comment for a variety of audiences and stakeholders. Represent Texas Appleseed at meetings, forums and other events.
- Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders in disaster recovery throughout the region, including local, state, and federal officials, researchers, advocates, community leaders, and others.
- Participate in Texas Appleseed organizational matters – staff meetings, strategic planning, and assisting with other Texas Appleseed project areas as needed.
- Work closely with Texas Appleseed Communications, Development, and Research Director to develop materials and analysis that can be communicated to stakeholders, policy-makers, and the wider public.
- Other duties as assigned.
The candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to Texas Appleseed’s mission. Law degree or Masters degree required, and at least two years experience in a related field. The candidate must also have outstanding written and verbal communication skills, organizational and time management skills, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. This position is located in Houston; some travel within Texas is required. Experience in civil rights law and/or policy, especially in the area of fair housing, strongly preferred.
$50,000-60,000 depending on experience, full benefits.
Send cover letter, resume, three references, a brief writing sample (no more than 5 pages) and salary requirements to Brennan Griffin, email@example.com. Texas Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Texas Appleseed is pleased to offer a small number of internships in a variety of project areas for students of law and public policy, as well as journalism and communications. Students work under the guidance of experienced professionals and attorneys. Interested students should be dependable, have a desire to learn, and should demonstrate strong organizational and writing skills.
Fair Housing Litigation Intern
This position will serve a key role in carrying out our mission. The Litigation Intern will report directly to the Director of Fair Housing and Disaster Recovery. The litigation intern will work on current federal fair housing litigation, as well as case development on civil rights and fair housing issues emerging as disaster recovery programs related to Hurricane Harvey are implemented.
The intern’s work will include
- reviewing and organizing discovery requests and responses
- helping prepare for depositions
- researching potential litigation claims and other legal matters, and
- obtaining and compiling documents and other factual information
Other duties may also be assigned.
- Students must be a current law student interested in pursuing public interest work and/or litigation
- Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Commitment to issues of social, economic and racial justice
This is a temporary position, with some flexibility. It is intended for at least 20 hrs/wk during the summer, with an option to keep on part-time through the Fall semester.
Texas Appleseed is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Email a cover letter, resume, three references, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to Brennan Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. In the subject line of your email, please include “Litigation Intern Application [Your Name]”
Texas Appleseed does not have its own funding for fellowships, but we will support applications from qualified respondents to fellowship programs like those offered by Skadden, Equal Justice Works and Soros Justice Fellowships. We accept applicants in one of four program areas:
- Payday Lending and Financial Access: We work with a broad coalition of organizations and legislators to create meaningful regulation of high-dollar payday and auto title loans in Texas. We need assistance with research, developing policy recommendations, and encouraging market reform.
- Fair Housing and Disaster Recovery: In the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Texas Appleseed has worked hard to ensure that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery program addresses the needs of low- and moderate-income households still struggling to rebuild. In addition, we have begun to get involved in fair housing issues more generally; working to ensure that public investments are made with the aim of reducing barriers to opportunity, and ensuring access to quality jobs, schools, and services.
- Texas’ School-to-Prison Pipeline: Our research shows a link between school discipline, school dropout, and future involvement in the juvenile justice system. We work to improve school discipline practices and develop policy recommendations around arrest, ticketing and use of force in Texas public schools.