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HIGH RISK WORKER ORGANIZER - Austin, TX
About Workers Defense Project
WDP is a 501(c)3, 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 a membership base of low-wage workers in the construction sector and their families. WDP has won unprecedented victories for construction workers, low-wage workers, and immigrants in Texas through innovative sectoral organizing strategies, including direct action, legal tactics, policy advocacy, and communications to wage and win campaigns, working in coalition with diverse allies.
Workers Defense Project is already helping low-wage, high-risk, immigrant/undocumented workers and their families stay safe, healthy, and financially stable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The High Risk Worker Program expands the organization’s capacity to provide critical resources, information, legal case management, and direct financial assistance to high-risk workers. The Program will also engage community organizers, member leaders and promotorxs throughout the process to create a robust, comprehensive community system that can holistically support and engage Austin’s low-wage, high-risk, hard-to-reach workers in the months and years to come.
The High Risk Worker Organizer is responsible for the following:
Leading the community outreach and organizing strategy of the Austin High Risk Worker Program;
Leading and supporting a team of five promotorxs to co-create effective outreach strategies, including phone-banking, peer-to-peer texting, and social media; facilitate ‘know your rights’ trainings on workers' rights and COVID; evaluate the need for a potential COVID support group; and follow up with new contacts to engage them as Workers Defense members and partners in the fight for workers' rights and COVID relief;
Contributing to the development of ‘know your rights’ outreach materials;
Coordinating with the Austin Employment and Legal Services Program and Organizing Program to engage those who are seeking legal and financial assistance through the Program as potential members and leaders;
Carrying out one-on-one meetings with potential and active members for commitments, feedback, advocacy, and trust-building;
Growing WDP’s membership base of low-wage workers from diverse backgrounds – primarily in the construction industry – to organize, build power, and defend their right to a just and safe workplace;
Developing WDP leaders by fostering the analysis, knowledge, and skills necessary to participate effectively in campaign and organizing work;
Working with WDP communications staff to identify community stories to uplift on social media or through other communications channels;
Collecting, recording, and helping analyze data related to the APH grant in a timely manner;
Building relationships with other APH High Risk Worker Program team members and partner organizations as needed to ensure effective coordination; and
Embracing teamwork and collaboration.
Fluency in Spanish & English (required);
Experience in community organizing, nonprofit and/or social justice setting, including a track record of identifying, recruiting, and developing leaders through canvassing strategic work sites, neighborhoods, and/ or community institutions (preferred);
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds;
Commitment to social justice, civic engagement, anti-racism, furthering workers' rights, and building a broader labor movement;
High emotional intelligence, self-awareness, great listening skills, and an ability to motivate and inspire people to take action;
Demonstrated track record as a solutions-oriented, self-starter with the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team;
Ability to work irregular hours such as nights and weekends, as needed; and
Experience working with data-informed approaches, evaluating, and improving programs.
This position is based on an annual salary of $47,500; and
Earned paid sick leave and paid holidays.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “High Risk Worker Organizer.” All attachments should be in .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. While there is no firm application deadline, it is recommended that candidates submit their materials as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The posting will be removed from the WDP website once the position has been filled.
WDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of color, immigrants, females, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply.
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