Austin Legal Manager/Organizer

JOB OPENING:  APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED

​LEGAL MANAGER/ORGANIZER (AUSTIN, TX) 

Workers Defense Project (WDP) is seeking a full-time Legal Manager/Organizer to support the service provision, advocacy, and organizing conducted by WDP’s legal services program in Austin, Texas. 

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is open to new challenges and able to maintain attention to detail while managing multiple responsibilities. Candidates should have strong communication skills that allow them to relate well with others—including those with adverse interests—in both English and Spanish. Strong candidates will be committed to WDP’s identity as a membership-based, power-building organization. 

Supervised by the Austin Staff Attorney, the Legal Manager/Organizer will play a critical role in growing the organization’s membership base in Austin, developing new leaders within the organization, and strengthening WDP’s legal services program. 

This position is eligible for membership in the staff union represented by the National Organization of Legal Service Workers (NOLSW) Local 2320.

About Workers Defense Project 

Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide, membership-based organization devoted to workers’ rights and advocacy, chiefly aiming to build power among Texas construction workers. Its mission – to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships – is accomplished through a network of dedicated staff, volunteers and members. WDP has won numerous awards for its cutting-edge achievements within one of the country’s most difficult climates for workers. 

Through the pandemic, WDP is committed to protecting the health and safety of its employees, members, and clients. Currently, WDP employees are working remotely and holding meetings over the phone or via teleconferencing platforms. Occasionally in-person meetings are necessary, however, and the Legal Manager/Organizer may be asked to briefly meet with clients while observing all social distancing precautions.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Managing employment cases, tracking progress of claims with courts, government agencies, and following up on case referrals;
  • Advocating on behalf of WDP members in employment disputes, and providing information and legal assistance to WDP members and workers with employment-related claims; 
  • Answering telephone inquiries made by the public or workers interested in WDP’s services;
  • Maintaining and updating case files, tracking data about the activities of the Austin legal services program, and regularly updating program materials;
  • Supporting the leadership development of WDP members with active employment cases and collaborating with other staff to ensure strong coordination between WDP’s direct services provision, organizing activities, and strategic campaigns; 
  • Facilitating and planing direct actions against employers who refuse to comply with the law;
  • Cultivating strong working relationships with local, state and federal agencies, community organizations, and partner attorneys; 
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers and interns; 
  • Engaging in community education and outreach around workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights;
  • Planning and overseeing a weekly employment rights clinic that occurs every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm in non-pandemic times; and
  • Additional tasks as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications​:

  • Strong proficiency speaking, reading, and writing in both English and Spanish; 
  • Strong personal organization and time management skills, and attention to detail to allow the successful management of an ongoing legal caseload, often with strict deadlines; 
  • Proven ability to think creatively and strategically, act assertively when necessary, and speak confidently in public; 
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people of varying abilities, agendas, and backgrounds; 
  • Experience managing different responsibilities, delegating tasks, and contributing to the success of a team; 
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends;
  • Knowledge of community organizing, labor issues, or immigration and employment law; and
  • Commitment to racial and economic justice.

Preferred Qualification (not required): 

  • An insured vehicle and valid Texas driver’s license. 

Compensation: 

  • This salary base for this position is $47,500 annually;
  • $500 annual bilingual language stipend;
  • Employer-paid medical, vision, dental, and life insurance;
  • Employee Assistance Program to support employee’s mental health;
  • Paid leave:  10 days vacation, 10 days sick, and 5 days personal. Six weeks paid parental leave after probationary period (120-days from hire);
  • Paid holidays:  10 paid holidays annually; and
  • Retirement plan with company match. 

Workers Defense is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits BIPOC, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

How to Apply 

Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible​ as applications will be considered on a rolling basis​. The posting will be removed from the WDP website once filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply, please: 

  • Provide a cover letter, resume, and list of three references; 
  • Note in your cover letter when you would be available to begin working with us and your level of Spanish proficiency; and 
  • Send your application materials in .pdf format to jobs@workersdefense.org include “Austin Legal Manager” in the subject line.
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