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Texas State Director New York, NY

Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), a leading national political organization, seeks an innovative and passionate public education advocate to serve as its inaugural Texas State Director (State Director). The State Director will launch and lead the DFER chapter in Texas, supporting elected Democrats and candidates for office who will expand policies and practices that work well for students, while also confronting those that do not. In keeping with DFER’s core values, the State Director will be an education progressive who prioritizes students and families, particularly low-income students and students of color who should be better served by Texas’ public education system. The State Director will embrace and advance DFER’s foundational mission: to create a public education system that empowers all students to reach their limitless potential. 

As DFER prepares to expand into the Lone Star State, the State Director will launch the chapter at a time of tremendous potential in Texas. The successful candidate will possess the drive and dexterity to leverage this unique moment of optimism and opportunity around education reform in Texas, with the ability to harness the partners, resources, and knowledge in service of DFER’s agenda.

The State Director will have the gravitas and credibility to serve as a leader in the state’s education ecosystem, possessing the skills needed to develop and advocate for robust policy proposals; design and implement successful non-profit and political fundraising efforts; craft and execute political campaigns to support aligned candidates and initiatives; shape and sustain a diverse network of local allies and partners; connect broadly and build effective coalitions; and execute comprehensive communications plans. 

All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be submitted, in confidence, electronically below. 

Pam Pezzoli is leading this search with Melissa Barravecchio


Democrats for Education Reform welcomes applications from all, and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, and LGBTQ people to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and recruiting a team that reflects the diversity of Texas’ students.


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