La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) has a Budget and Research Analyst position available. The Budget and Research Analyst will work directly with LUPE Coordinator of Community Organizers and stakeholders in providing advice on County budget matters that impact colonia residents, specifically in the areas of development and infrastructure. Budget and Research Analyst will conduct County budget research and survey analysis and present the findings to colonia residents and LUPE organizers.
Budget and Research Analyst Position will report to Coordinator of Community Organizers, and will support the entire LUPE organizing team.
The purpose of this job is to provide research and other related support for the projects of LUPE, ARISE, and CDCB, which are organizations that prepare colonia residents to voice their priorities for development, infrastructure (particularly lighting and drainage/flooding), and housing in Hidalgo and Cameron counties.
This is a part-time position (20 hours per week, flexible schedule); we highly encourage current Master of Public Administration students to apply.
To apply, return LUPE Employment Application and resume to La Union del Pueblo Entero, located at the corner of Cesar Chavez Rd and Business 83 in San Juan, Texas, or email application and resume to Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overview of the areas of interest
1. Public Lighting –colonia residents are working on a campaign to bring street lights to all colonias in the next 10 years. The project needs support to track governmental budgets and available funds for these projects, specific levels of community support per colonia, and information regarding the legal ability to collect the funds necessary to maintain lighting systems.
2. Drainage – the project needs to track the completion of drainage projects being built with federal funds that were brought to the county to fix damage from Hurricane Dolly in 2008. In addition, we need to track the spending and outcomes from all of the bond money raised for the Hidalgo County Drainage District #1 during their bond election in November 2012.
3. Budget – colonias need many infrastructure improvements and we need to stay abreast of spending by the counties for these projects.
LUPE seeks applicants who have a strong command of the Spanish language, and have experience with public sector budgets and data analysis. Candidate must have at least two years of college in Business, Public Administration or related field, or work or volunteer experience related to research and investigation of government and public institutions. Familiarity with principles and practices of government budget preparation and control and accounting are preferred but not required. Techniques involved in conducting analytical studies of legislative documents are preferred. A strong work ethic and excellent presentational and interpersonal skills are essential. The ideal candidate would exhibit interest in working with the low income and undocumented population in the Rio Grande Valley.
Some specific tasks:
1. On Fridays or Saturdays, study the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court agenda and email out any items that pertain to LUPE, ARISE, & CDCB agendas – mostly trash, drainage in the precincts (not the big drains), CDBG budget, and projects, etc.
2. Track the budget process for Hidalgo County – help the organizers to identify periods when participation in the budget process will make a difference in the resources devoted toward colonia infrastructure needs.
3. Work with the UTPA students to fully understand the CDBG and the county budgets.
4. Create a tracking system and spreadsheet for all colonias where LUPE, ARISE, & CDCB work and which ones have people working to get signatures to get street lights. Study surveys conducted by members about approximately how many street lights their colonias need. Then develop one or more presentations to summarize the data including which precinct the colonias are in and the estimated number of street lights required by each.
5. Track the spending of drainage funds – both from the hurricane recovery funds and the 2012 bond spending. Help the organizers understand how these funds are or are not helping the colonias (with the help of bcWorkshop).
6. On occasion, research campaign contributions given to county commissioners in order to find contributors that may be sympathetic to the need for colonia streetlights
1. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suit (or equivalent), particularly with Excel spreadsheets (or equivalent)
2. Comfortable learning various online research tools such as Google advanced search, Spokeo.com, OpenSecrets.org
3. Basic familiarity with the process for obtaining public information from government entities
4. Proficient with Google Maps
5. Investigative, inquisitive nature and creative thinking in order to find all the information necessary
About La Union Del Pueblo Entero
La Unión del Pueblo Entero was founded by labor rights activist César Chávez. LUPE builds stronger, healthier communities to enable colonia residents to use the power of civic engagement for social change. We provide leadership development for community leaders to mobilize residents and social services to help families address their immediate needs as they work for social change. Over the last several years, LUPE has mobilized a membership base of 7,000 people in South Texas. Thousands of these members have been assisted by LUPE’s social service providers and staff attorney with income tax and immigration related services. Additionally, LUPE organizers have trained over 250 colonia leaders who have organized house meetings to mobilize neighbor families on issues that affect their communities, develop advocacy campaigns, and articulate these issues to the media. LUPE organizers actively work with colonia residents to develop campaigns for immigrant and neighborhood rights.