ROLE: LEGAL MANAGER/ORGANIZER
LOCATION: HOUSTON, TX
APPLICATION DEADLINE: APPLICATION ACCEPTED UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED
(We are unable to notify candidates individually when a position has been filled. Please check our website for a current list of open positions.)
Workers Defense is seeking a legal case manager who is eager to organize with immigrant workers to build power and fight for dignity and respect. The ideal candidate will have experience working directly with low-income workers and/or immigrants, educating the community, and managing legal cases. They will have strong communication skills — in both English and Spanish — that will allow them to develop relationships with Workers Defense members and staff, allied organizations, and government agencies. The candidate should be able to maintain attention to detail while managing multiple responsibilities. The Legal Manager/Organizer will play a critical role in developing member-leaders, executing campaigns that protect immigrants’ rights and raise industry standards, and strengthening Workers Defense’s legal services program.
The Legal Manager/Organizer is a union-eligible position.
HOW TO APPLY:
Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the position title on the subject line of your email.
WHY WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT YOU:
- You are excited about the potential to leverage legal strategies as a tool to support worker organizing.
- You understand Workers Defense’s identity as a member-led, movement building organization!
- You are a critical thinker who thrives in a collaborative work environment.
- You have great “people skills,” allowing you to work with a diverse team of staff, members, and volunteers to move multiple projects forward.
- You are skillful at juggling multiple priorities and not letting things fall through the cracks.
THIS ROLE IN ACTION:
- Recruiting, training, and supervising Workers Defense members who volunteer as Defensores Laborales to assist fellow members in employment disputes and educate one another on labor rights
- Supporting the leadership development of Workers Defense members—especially those with active employment cases—through collaboration with Workers Defense organizers, policy coordinators, communications team, and other staff on events, trainings, and campaigns
- Responding to callers and Workers Defense members seeking legal assistance with know-your-rights information, referrals, and motivating them to take collective action
- Managing employment and labor law cases under the supervision of an attorney, advocating on behalf of clients, tracking progress of claims with courts, government agencies, and following up on case referrals
- Maintaining and updating case files, call logs, and tracking data about the activities of the Houston legal services program
- Planning and overseeing a monthly employment rights clinic that occurs on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm
- Designing, updating and training members on know-your-rights materials in both English and Spanish
- Cultivating strong working relationships with local, state and federal agencies, community organizations, and partner attorneys
- Engaging in community education and outreach around workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights
- Additional tasks as assigned
WHAT YOU’LL BRING:
- Strong proficiency speaking, reading, and writing in both English and Spanish
- Strong personal organization and time management skills, and attention to detail
- Proven ability to take initiative, think creatively and strategically, act assertively when necessary, and speak confidently in public;
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people of varying abilities, agendas, and backgrounds
- Experience managing different responsibilities, delegating tasks, and contributing to the success of a team
- Ability to work some nights and weekends
- Knowledge of community organizing, labor issues, or immigration and employment law
- Commitment to racial and economic justice.
*If you don’t meet all the criteria above but still feel your experience could be a good fit for the role, please apply. Workers Defense recognizes that candidates who don’t check every box can still add value to our team.
WHAT WE OFFER:
- Workers Defense has a salary scale that is based on experience in the role, starting salary for this position is $60,000.
- $1,000 annual bilingual language stipend.
- Employer-paid medical, vision, dental, and life insurance.
- Paid leave consists of 10 days vacation, 10 days sick, and 5 days personal.
- Paid holidays in addition to office closures the week of Thanksgiving and December 23rd through 31st.
- Every other Friday off.
- Retirement plan with company match of 3% (as per our Personnel Policies Manual).
- Parental leave of 12 weeks paid (after probationary period – 90 days from hire).
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.
Workers Defense organizations are equal opportunity employers and actively encourage and recruit people of color, immigrants, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply.