Program Associate - Tarrant County

LOCATION: Fort Worth

REPORTS TO: Regional Director



Leadership ISD has programming in Dallas, Tarrant, and Harris Counties and is growing in Texas. Between the three regions we serve the over 1.4 million students in our public schools and advocate for equity and excellence for every single one of them. The work of the organization is overseen by the CEO and a Board of Directors. Each region (Dallas, Harris, and Tarrant) has a Regional Director and an active advisory board to help guide and support the work locally. Regional Directors are empowered to build a team to support them as they execute all aspects of the program. The organization supports each region with communications, fundraising, curriculum and program development, and an operational framework.


LISD Tarrant County seeks an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial Program Associate who can leverage three years of program momentum in the Tarrant Region to grow our network of informed and engaged citizen leaders and expand our mission for educational equity and excellence. The Program Associates supports all core programs and the work of their team. This role provides programmatic support and contributes to the team’s execution of the advocacy strategy in Tarrant County.

The Program Associate for Tarrant County will have a critical role in shaping how their community views, supports, and transforms public education with a focus on supporting an informed electorate, activating advocates for education policies and practices that support improving student outcomes, and supporting school boards in focusing on student outcomes. The ideal candidate will have a passion for social justice and education, and an interest in facilitation, policy, equity, and advocacy.



  • Assist with logistics and planning for monthly sessions for the Civic Voices, Campus Voices, and Student Voices cohorts. Duties may include: booking meeting spaces, ordering catering, communicating with speakers/presenters, communicating with fellows about sessions.

  • Schedule and leads school visits across the County for Civic Voices and Campus Voices fellows.

  • Coordinate logistics and assists with planning for additional events, including, attending school board meetings, networking events, community conversations, etc. for each program.

  • Coordinate meetings with LISD team and fellows including mid-year check-ins and exit interviews.

  • Ensure timely and consistent communication with Civic Voices, Campus Voices, and Student Voices fellows. Duties may include sending information. about monthly sessions; responding to inquiries/concerns.

  • Assist in planning of fellow recruitment strategy for each program, including managing list of contacts, designing recruitment materials, logistics support for recruitment events and selection process (scoring applications, scheduling interviews, etc.), and producing up-to-date recruitment reports to monitor progress toward goals.

  • Assist Regional or Program Director in monitoring current events in education, collecting articles, research, or artifacts to use for program sessions; developing meaningful and experiential learning activities for adults; assistance identifying and organizing experts and guest speakers.

  • Create a plan for supporting and tracking practicum project activities and needs for each fellows program.

  • Assist with the development of regional communications materials (updating website, newsletters, social media, etc.)

Policy and Advocacy

  • Summarize school board meeting agendas for distribution to LISD network (fellows and alumni).

  • Document and track school board votes and develop summaries of each school board meeting for dissemination to LISD network.

  • Develop a resource library of important articles, research, papers, trainings etc. related to the Leadership ISD policy platform for sharing in newsletters and pre-work.

  • Assist with the organization of legislative visits and/or scheduling of meetings with elected officials.

  • Assist with coordination of Austin Advocacy Days. Duties may include: outreach and communication strategy development; coordination of lodging, transportation, scheduling of meetings at the capitol.

  • Monitor and track election-related information for Tarrant County school boards, municipal, and state legislative races so as to inform regional strategies related to informing the electorate on education-related issues.

  • Assist with the development of issue-based regional advocacy campaigns.

Event Management and Support

  • Create timeline and staffing plan for annual luncheon event.

  • Lead logistical support of annual luncheon event, including securing location, coordination of speakers, social media marketing, seating, registration, and other tasks as assigned.

Other duties as assigned



  • A Bachelor’s degree or Comparable Job Experience

  • 3-5 years working in a non-profit or relevant experience

  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects independently

  • Ability to produce quality work under tight deadlines with minimal oversight

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills across a variety of mediums

  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills

  • Proficiency in the following software: Microsoft Office Suite, DropBox, Salesforce, Google Drive

  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends


  • Communications including work in Canva/MailChimp

  • Experience working with people from underrepresented demographic backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.)

  • Understanding and analysis of current issues affecting education


Mission Oriented: Committed to educational and racial justice
Driven: Possesses a diverse skill set and is proactive about learning new skills
Collaborative: Willing to propose solutions and ideas to challenges based on expertise
Adaptable: Excited to work in a fast-moving small team environment with multiple responsibilities
Self-reflective: Open to receiving and giving ongoing feedback
Positive: Brings passion, sense of humor, and fun to the job

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Please reference Tarrant Program Associate in the subject line.

This job description reflects Leadership ISD’s assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

By joining Leadership ISD, you join a group of individuals committed to pursuing equity and excellence for all students. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

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