Always Essential Campaign Coordinator

ROLE: ALWAYS ESSENTIAL CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR

LOCATION: HOUSTON, TX

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER  15, 2022

Workers Defense seeks a full-time Always Essential Campaign Coordinator to lead outreach and organizing strategies for construction and essential workers in the greater Houston area. This is a temporary, grant funded  position currently funded through December 22, 2022.

The Harris County Always Essential Campaign builds power with immigrant workers and workers of color who have always been essential to our economy and community and to win policies and other concrete victories to improve working conditions and hold employers accountable. Coalition core partners include Fe y Justicia Worker Center, SEIU Texas, United for Respect, We Dream in Black – Houston, and Workers Defense Project.

 

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:

  • You are committed to social justice, furthering workers’ rights, and building a broader labor movement!
  • You have deep connections and understanding of the communities Workers Defense organizes, community and/or labor organizing experience.
  • You are committed to building worker power to create a more just economy for working families.

YOUR ROLE IN ACTION:

  • Support coalition partners to drive and win innovative strategies for protection, rights and power for essential and excluded workers in Harris County; 
  • Convene coalition meetings, draft agendas, and provide logistic support to allow for productive campaign partner collaboration grounded in our common purpose of building worker power;
  • Check in with and support partner organizations to get their feedback in between meetings and follow-up on commitments;
  • Support the coalition to determine what research and communications strategies and support are needed, and facilitate addressing those needs within budget constraints;
  • Work with participating organizations to ensure workers have clear decision-making roles in the strategy and that their vision and stories and shared publicly throughout the arc of the campaign; 
  • Track and document campaign progress along the way both for the purposes of learning for partners and the broader movement, as well as grant reporting; 
  • Build relationships with groups leading similar campaigns around the country to learn from each others’ strategies; and
  • Be accountable to the coalition as well as Workers Defense. 

WHAT YOU’LL BRING:

  • Experience in community organizing, labor organizing, nonprofit and/or social justice setting
  • Experience working in or with membership-based organizations leading campaigns for transformative change
  • Experience leading coalition work to achieve a common purpose
  • Experience managing teams and projects effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • A commitment to social justice, civic engagement, anti-racism, furthering workers rights, and building a broader labor movement
  • High emotional intelligence, self-awareness, a great listener, and an ability to motivate and inspire people to take action
  • A demonstrated track record as a self-starter with the ability to work independently, but also to work effectively as a member of a team, solutions-oriented, and collaborative work style
  • Ability to work irregular hours such as nights and weekends
  • Experience working with data-informed approaches, evaluating and improving programs.

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • This position pays $5,000 per month and is expected to end December 2022.
  • $500 bilingual language stipend
  • Employee Assistance Program to support employee’s mental health
  • Paid sick leave and paid holidays

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.”

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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