Education Programs Manager





Workers Defense Project is seeking a statewide Education Programs Manager to supervise our educational programs that seek to empower low-wage immigrant workers, with a strategic focus on training and education for construction workers.  Our educational programs provide a critical entry point to our organization for our members and provide tools that will enable WDP worker members to succeed in the workplace and to help them develop skills to be leaders and advocates in their community. Current educational programs include English as a Second Language, OSHA 10-hour safety training, and our Apprenticeship Readiness Program for construction workers.


The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to adult education and connecting educational programs to the real-life experiences of adult learners with action-oriented outcomes. The Education Programs Manager will work closely with key community partners in the adult literacy world and build partnership to enhance our educational programming. The Education Programs Manager should have experience in, or a desire to learn about, curriculum development. They must be willing to work in a fast- paced environment and handle a heavy workload. The position is an excellent opportunity to connect a passion for education to social justice advocacy and to build community power for working families in Texas.


The Member Education Manager is part of WDP’s Organizing Department and provides critical educational programming to Workers Defense Project members in order to fulfill our mission of empowering low wage workers through education and organizing.


The Education Programs Manager is based in our Austin office and is part of our Organizing Department. This position is a permanent, full time, salaried, and FLSA-exempt.

About Workers Defense Project


Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide, membership-based organization devoted to workers’ rights and advocacy, which aims 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.” WDP has offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, Texas and is a statewide leader in advocating for working families in Texas.



The Education Program Manager is based in Austin, Texas and reports to the Senior Organizing Director. They are responsible for the following:

  • Manage full-time and part-time education staff to ensure strong education program coordination and uniform development and implementation of new strategies and methods;
  • Conduct hiring processes and make recommendations for hiring Education Services staff;
  • Recruit, orient, and supervise Part-time ESL teachers and Childcare contractors in Austin;
  • Establish and manage partnerships and collaborations with ally institutions;
  • Manage data about our educational programs and conduct reports as needed;
  • Conduct 1:1s with members and meet agreed-upon metrics for member outreach and recruitment, class enrollment and graduation, and member engagement in WDP’s strategic campaigns ;
  • Develop curriculum for educational programs;
  • Work closely with organizing department staff to incorporate strategic campaigns and leadership development into education programs curriculum;
  • Recruit, orient, coordinate and supervise volunteers in the Austin office; hold a monthly volunteer orientation and coordinate visiting volunteer teams;
  • Plan community outreach events and coordinate volunteers to attend events;
  • Coordinate and execute member social events and the annual member retreat with support of Organizing Staff; and
  • Any other activities that are necessary to carry out the work of WDP.



  • Passion and dedication to fight for the rights of workers, and a commitment to social justice;
  • Excellent written and oral communication;
  • One to two years experience with English as a Second Language and/or Adult Literacy instruction;
  • One to two years of supervisory experience;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively address conflict;
  • Organized and detail oriented;
  • Project and program management in the direct services field;
  • Basic computer competency (Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, & Internet);
  • Able to work irregular hours (occasional evenings and weekends);
  • Speak, write, and read Spanish fluently;
  • Own your own insured vehicle.


Experience with construction workers or with labor and community organizing are a plus, but not requirements for this position. Experience with popular education and ability to develop creative trainings for members is a plus.


How to apply: Send resume, cover letter, and two references to with Education Programs Manager in the subject line. Position will remain open until filled.


WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, female, and LBGTQ individuals to apply.