Harvey Recovery Legal Manager/Organizer

Job Opening: Legal Manager/Organizer (Houston, TX)

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Workers Defense Project is seeking a full-time Legal Manager/Organizer to join our office in Houston, Texas.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is open to new challenges and able to maintain attention to detail while managing multiple responsibilities. They will have strong communication skills (in both English and Spanish) and strong interpersonal skills that allow them to develop and maintain strong relationships with low-income workers, community partners, and government agencies. Finally, they will be committed to WDP’s identity as a member-driven organization.

About Workers Defense Project

Workers Defense Project is a membership-based immigrant and workers’ rights organization that builds power for low-income workers in Texas. Since its founding in 2002, the organization has gained notoriety for its ability to translate direct services and grassroots organizing into concrete policy wins. The New York Times named WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country.” WDP concentrates its efforts on winning better working conditions in the construction industry, which is one of the largest industries, and consequently most powerful special interest groups, in Texas. Nearly half of the Texas construction workforce is undocumented.

It is estimated that one out of every four Texas construction workers — more than 225,000 individuals — live and work in the Houston area. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there will be no shortage of work to repair and rebuild. In this context, it is anticipated that immigrant workers will be subject to heightened exploitation, including wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and workplace injuries. The Legal Manager/Organizer will play a critical role in growing the organization’s membership base in Houston and expanding WDP’s legal services program.

Job Responsibilities

The Legal Manager/Organizer (based in Houston, TX) is responsible for the following:

  • Engaging in community education and outreach around workers’ and immigrants’ rights;
  • Working with community partners to establish and promote regular workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights information sessions;
  • Planning and managing the workers rights clinic once established;
  • Working under the supervision of an attorney to assist workers in employment-related legal matters including making legal claims and advocating on behalf of WDP members;
  • Maintaining and updating legal case files and completing intakes of workers seeking legal assistance;
  • Recruiting and coordinating volunteers to support WDP’s work;
  • Developing the leadership of worker members through casework and engaging members in organizing activities;
  • Collaborating with other WDP staff to enhance member leadership development and ensure strong coordination between legal services and strategic campaigns;
  • Developing strong working relationships with government agencies, community organizations, and partner attorneys;
  • Participating in the ongoing development of the program’s structure as Hurricane Harvey response unfolds; and
  • Additional tasks as assigned.

Qualifications

We’re seeking candidates who take initiative, are willing to take risks, and have the personal organization and time management habits required to ensure that tasks don’t fall through the cracks when multiple projects are moving forward at the same time. You should also have:

  • Strong proficiency reading, writing, and speaking in both English and Spanish;
  • Proven ability to think strategically and be assertive when necessary;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with different people of varying abilities, agendas, and backgrounds;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail to allow the successful management of an ongoing legal caseload, often with strict deadlines;
  • The confidence and humility required to be an engaging public speaker that can reach diverse audiences;
  • Experience managing different responsibilities and contributing to the success of a team; and
  • An insured vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Experience in community organizing and/or working in a legal setting are strong assets but are not required. We value the qualities described above over substantive knowledge of the areas in which we work.

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobinquiries@workersdefense.org by October 18, 2017 and include “Houston Legal Manager/Organizer” in the subject line.. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

As an equal opportunity employer, Workers Defense Project embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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