AUSTIN POLICY COORDINATOR

ROLE: AUSTIN POLICY COORDINATOR

LOCATION: AUSTIN, TX

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 1, 2021

Workers Defense Project (WDP) is seeking a full-time Austin Policy Coordinator to lead the policy work and advocacy conducted by WDP’s Better Builder® and Policy Department. We’re seeking candidates who are critical thinkers, take initiative, and thrive in a work environment that is both collaborative and fast-paced.  A successful candidate will be a “people person” who also possesses both the political and management acumen required to navigate complicated relationships and work in diverse coalitions to move projects forward and achieve their stated goal. Because WDP is, at its core, a movement building organization, candidates should demonstrate an ability to develop and implement campaigns that combine communications and organizing strategies with traditional policy advocacy. This role is a staff union eligible position. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to jobs@workersdefense.org. Please include the position title on the subject line of your email. 


WHY WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT YOU:

The ideal candidate will have a background in public policy, political campaigns, and/or community organizing. The Austin Policy Coordinator should have strong communication skills that allow them to build relationships and foster cooperation with WDP members, other WDP staff, elected officials, and a diverse array of community and industry stakeholders.  You are willing to put in extra time and effort to meet urgent deadlines to advance our programmatic priorities and understand this role often requires irregular work hours (including evenings and weekends) Finally, a strong candidate should be committed to WDP’s identity as a membership-based organization and be eager to leverage integrated campaign strategies to further WDP’s policy agenda, expand WDP’s Better Builder® Program, and build worker power.

THIS ROLE IN ACTION:

  • Coordinating with statewide Better Builder® and Policy staff, and other WDP staff to design and manage campaigns aimed at raising standards within the local commercial and public construction industry, and to expand participation in the Better Builder® Program;
  • Cultivating strong working relationships with local policy makers, ally community and faith organizations, construction industry leaders, and other coalition partners, to support local policy efforts and campaigns, and encourage increased participation in the Better Builder® Program;
  • Leading local policy efforts, as assigned, aimed at raising workplace standards, protecting immigrant communities, and advancing other strategic campaigns in conjunction with key stakeholders;
  • Tracking local political and industry trends to identify opportunities to develop new stakeholder partnerships and launch strategic campaigns;
  • Collaborating with WDP organizing staff to engage WDP members and local construction workers in WDP’s campaigns and political advocacy;
  • Representing WDP in meetings with coalition partners, funders, and the media, as needed; and
  • Additional tasks as assigned.

WHAT YOU’LL BRING:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Two years of community, labor, or similar organizing or campaigns experience;
  • Two+ years of previous experience engaging in local or state-level policy advocacy and coalition building (preferred);
  • Previous management and supervisory experience (preferred); 
  • Proven ability to think strategically, act assertively when necessary, and speak confidently in public;
  • Superior leadership, critical thinking, and strategic planning skills; persuasive speaker;
  • Fluency in English and Spanish;
  • Existing relationships to key policymakers, civic engagement, and immigrant and workers’ rights stakeholders in the region (preferred); and
  • An insured vehicle and valid driver’s license.

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • The 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 (as per Personnel Policy). 

ABOUT WORKERS DEFENSE:

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. The New York Times described WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country”.

WDP is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, immigrants, women, and LBGTQ individuals to apply. 

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