Workplace Justice Organizer – Austin

ROLE: AUSTIN WORKPLACE JUSTICE ORGANIZER

LOCATION: AUSTIN, TX

Workers Defense is seeking a full-time Austin Workplace Justice Organizer to join the organizing team in the Austin metro area. The Workplace Justice Organizer engages low-wage workers – primarily construction workers- in campaigns to build power and a voice for working people in the state of Texas. This organizer will work as part of an organizing team to organize low-wage and immigrant workers to defend their workplace rights and take action in Workers Defense strategic campaigns. Campaigns range from supporting members to plan and execute direct action to win back-wages from an employer, to engaging workers on strategic commercial construction sites in support of broader-based organizing campaigns. This organizer will develop member leadership through committees, membership meetings, direct action, workshops and training, and other organizational activities. We’re seeking candidates who are critical thinkers, take initiative, and thrive in a work environment that is both collaborative and fast-paced. Because Workers Defense is, at its core, a movement building organization, candidates should demonstrate an ability to develop and implement campaigns that combine organizing, legal, and communications 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@wdactionfund.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 community organizing and/or political campaigns. The Austin Workplace Justice Organizer should have strong communication skills that allow them to build relationships with immigrant Latinx construction workers and their families, and move Workers Defense members into action. They should feel comfortable working in a fast paced environment to advance our programmatic priorities and understand that this role often requires irregular work hours (including some 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 Workers Defense’s policy agenda, expand Workers Defense’s Better Builder® Program, and build worker power.

THIS ROLE IN ACTION:

  • Facilitate and grow a committee of active members to achieve strategic campaign goals;
  • Organize members who have experienced wage theft to engage in direct action to win back pay in coordination with our legal department;
  • Support the coordination and execution of worksite outreach to strategic construction sites in support of Workers Defense policy campaigns;     
  • Identify, recruit, and develop members as leaders in the organization, at their jobs, and in their communities;
  • Conduct 1:1s, house visits, etc. with potential leaders to build relationships and recruit them as members in order to engage them in strategic campaigns;
  • Develop members’ leadership in order to develop analysis, knowledge & skills to participate effectively in campaign & organizing work;
  • Support member leaders in coordinating social events to build camaraderie and build a sense of community at Workers Defense;
  • Support organization-wide campaigns & mobilizations as necessary (eg.national mobilizations for immigration reform, state legislature, etc);
  • Achieve and be accountable to the organizing department’s annual goals around base building and leadership development of the membership;
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date data & records of member participation;
  • Other duties as assigned. 

WHAT YOU’LL BRING:

  • 1-2 years of experience in community or labor organizing;
  • Personal connection to our membership base (required);
  • Past experience working in the construction industry or with construction workers (preferred);
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (required);
  • Communicates well with people from diverse backgrounds (including faith, labor, and Latine immigrants, etc.);
  • Commitment to social justice, furthering workers rights, and building a broader labor movement. Also understands the systemic nature of oppression;
  • Ability to motivate and inspire people to take action;
  • Proven ability to think strategically, act assertively when necessary, and speak confidently in public;
  • Experience with worksite organizing (preferred);
  • An insured vehicle and valid driver’s license;
  • Computer literate and demonstrated proficiency with technology (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work irregular hours including nights and weekends.

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Starting salary for this position is $50,000 annually and will increase based on experience.
  • $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: 11 paid holidays annually, plus Dec. 24th through Jan. 1st each year.
  • Retirement plan with company match (as per Personnel Policy). 

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. 

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.

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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