State Legislative Coordinator

ROLE: STATE LEGISLATIVE COORDINATOR

LOCATION: AUSTIN, TX

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  OCTOBER 15, 2022

Workers Defense seeks a full-time State Legislative Coordinator to advance our member-led policy campaigns at the Texas Legislature and support the work of the Policy and Better Builder Departments across the state (focusing on the Dallas, Houston, and Austin metro areas). The State Legislative Coordinator will work closely with our members to help develop a state legislative agenda and will coordinate with our Organizing and Communications Departments as well as organizational partners and allies to support its implementation.

The Policy Department works alongside our members to develop and execute local, state, and federal policy campaigns to secure safe and dignified working conditions for construction workers and to advance immigration and criminal legal system reforms. This includes supporting the Better Builder Program, which seeks to improve conditions in the construction industry by advocating for improved workplace standards. The State Legislative Coordinator will facilitate leadership development opportunities for our members and create training materials to help equip workers to lead on legislative advocacy.

 The State Legislative Coordinator reports directly to the Policy Director. 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:

  • You are committed to social justice, furthering workers’ rights, and building a broader labor movement.
  • You are enthused about developing grassroots leadership to advocate for our vision to achieve dignified and just working conditions for low-wage workers.
  • You are a critical thinker who is able to bring people together and inspire others into action! 
  • You enjoy working independently and are adept at juggling multiple responsibilities.
  • You have a track record of developing relationships and building coalitions with key allies, including faith, labor, and community allies. 

THIS ROLE IN ACTION:

  • Develop and implement WD’s advocacy agenda at the State Legislature and at local governmental bodies across the state;
  • Conduct state legislative analysis related to WD’s policy agenda, including wage and safety protections, economic development, legal system and immigration policy;
  • Track local and state legislative, legal, and regulatory trends that relate to WD’s program areas and impact WD’s membership;
  • Research and prepare state policy briefs, fact sheets, public education campaign materials, and all other policy related publications;
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with elected officials, community partners, and organizational allies; oversee the management and engagement of those relationships in order to further WD’s mission and contribute to the overall success of WD’s advocacy;
  • Represent WD in meetings with coalition partners and community, faith, and labor allies.
  • Support committees of active worker leaders to determine and advance WD’s state legislative agenda and to develop the leadership capacity of members to be advocates;
  • Speak on behalf of WD to both English and Spanish media.
  • Recruit and manage interns to support WD’s legislative advocacy. 

WHAT YOU’LL BRING:

  • 2 years of previous experience in policy work, with at least one year in work directly related to the state legislative process (State Legislative office, committee, or advocacy organization that interacts with the state legislative process)
  • Strong understanding of Texas political structure and political landscape 
  • Familiarity with Texas Legislature Online and Telicon
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with and lobbying senior elected officials
  • Excellent writing, research, and oral communication skills 
  • Experienced, persuasive speaker
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people (including faith, labor, Latin@ immigrants, etc) as well as political actors with diverse political and ideological affiliations; ability to work independently as well as part of a team with staff and community leaders at all levels
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and insured vehicle 
  • Basic computer literacy, e.g. PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, the internet 
  • Ability to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (spoken and written)
  • Existing relationships to key policymakers, civic engagement, and immigrant and workers’ rights stakeholders in the region  (preferred)

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • The salary range is $55-64,000 annually depending 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). 

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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