Civic Engagement Organizer

ROLE: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ORGANIZER

LOCATION: AUSTIN, DALLAS OR HOUSTON, TX

APPLICATION DEADLINE: APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS

Workers Defense seeks a Civic Engagement organizer to grow, engage and develop our membership year round.  An ideal candidate is a highly motivated and action oriented individual who is passionate about building people power through organizing, leadership development and direct action and committed to build a statewide movement of working families, women, people of color, Latinx, and youth to change the face of Texas leadership. 

The Civic Engagement Organizer will work with staff and members  in Houston, Dallas, and Austin to identify and recruit prospective members. Additionally, they will support Workers Defense’s organizing and programmatic staff in legislative advocacy and leadership development. The Civic Engagement organizer is responsible for expanding a membership model that prioritizes Workers Defense’s low-wage, immigrant, construction worker members and creates leadership and engagement opportunities in both issue based and electoral campaigns. This position is housed under Workers Defense Action Fund, our 501(c)(4) organization and reports to the Civic Engagement Director.

HOW TO APPLY:

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


WHY WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT YOU:

  • You are passionate about protecting and strengthening worker and immigrant rights in Texas.  
  • You are excited about engaging in strategic campaigns to organize working communities.
  • You enjoy working with a diverse group of stakeholders (including faith, labor, immigrant, and BIPOC communities).
  • You are committed to Workers Defense’s identity as a membership-based organization.
  • You are skilled at motivating and inspiring others to take action.

THE ROLE IN ACTION: 

  • Work with the Director of Civic Engagement  to develop and expand a membership base of Latinx immigrant workers, construction workers and their families
  • Engage members and allies in year round civic engagement activities to build power for immigrants and working families in Texas
  • Develop and execute training for members and allies to build a shared political analysis and theory of change and to build the capacity of members to lead strategic issue-based and electoral campaigns
  • Educate and inform voters about current campaigns to win justice for immigrants and workers and provide leadership opportunities to support current efforts
  • Create training materials and provide training for staff, members, and volunteers on civic engagement tactics including canvassing, phonebanking, relational organizing, digital organizing tools and other topics
  • Develop and manage strategy to recruit volunteers and members for electoral campaigns in support of WDAF endorsed candidates
  • Collaborate with Communications Director, Policy Director and Civic Engagement Director to engage our voter base at the Texas legislature and in local policy campaigns
  • Conduct follow-up with “hot leads” identified through voter outreach efforts and work with field program staff to identify, follow up and organize our voter base beyond the ballot box
  • Identify individuals who are interested in registering to vote and connect them to resources to register
  • Input data in both VAN and CiviCRM database

WHAT YOU’LL BRING:

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively, support and develop people, and contribute to the success of a team
  • Proficiency in using the Voter Activation Network and Every Action
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Familiarity with the Texas political ecosystem and actors
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to engage diverse audiences, including candidates, high potential  voters, Spanish speakers  and volunteers
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to build strong relationships with working families and immigrant workers
  • Willing to travel regularly in Texas between Austin, Houston, and Dallas.
  • Ability to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends.
  • A valid driver’s license and insured vehicle.

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Salary range of $50,000 – $55,000 based on experience.
  • A $500 annual bilingual language stipend.
  • Employer-paid medical, vision, dental, and life insurance.
  • An Employee Assistance Program to support employee’s mental health.
  • Paid leave of 10 days vacation, 10 days sick, and 5 days personal. 
  • Paid parental leave of 6 weeks after completion of probationary period (120 days from hire).
  • Paid holidays consist of 12 paid holidays annually (including your birthday!).
  • Paid winter break between December 24th and December 31st annually.
  • A retirement plan with company match (as per Personnel Policies Manual). 

*This position is a staff union eligible position. 

ABOUT WORKERS DEFENSE ACTION FUND:

We center the issues of workers rights first and foremost, and engage working Texans around the issues that are most important to their families while supporting year-round civic engagement.

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

Workers Defense organizations are equal opportunity employers and actively encourage and recruit people of color, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply.

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