Job Opening: Full-Time Staff Attorney in Dallas, TX
Applications due by December 15, 2013
About Workers Defense Project: Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide membership-based worker rights, and advocacy organization. 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 is one of the few organizations in Texas working to address workplace abuse faced by low-wage workers. The organization is one of the most established worker centers in the South and a national leader in the movement of workers centers fighting for fair conditions for working people.
WDP has almost ten years of experience working with low-wage workers in Texas, particularly in the construction industry. Each year, WDP serves over 3,000 low-wage workers in Texas.
- Recovered over $1,000,000 in back wages for 1,100 low-wage workers through negotiation, legal and direct action.
- Won a federal OSHA investigation into Texas’ deadly construction industry after WDP released a study with the University of Texas about construction industry working conditions in our state.
- Won better workplace safety protections including passing an ordinance granting all 50,000 Austin construction workers the right to paid rest breaks.
- Won changes in city contracts to require basic OSHA 10 hour safety trainings for all construction workers on city-funded sites.
- Created 5,000 good construction jobs on tax subsidized projects with living wages, higher safety standards, a career path, and monitoring to ensure completion with these standards.
- Passed a statewide Wage Theft law making it easier for police departments across Texas to arrest employers who don’t pay their workers.
- Trained over 15,000 low-wage workers about their employment rights and how to best defend them.
Job Opening: Full-Time Staff Attorney in Dallas, TX
The Staff Attorney will help manage WDP’s Employment and Legal Services Program in the Dallas area by directly representing WDP members in workplace-related employment claims, working with WDP organizing staff to plan community actions on cases, and strengthen WDP’s legal activities in both the Dallas and Austin.
→ Represent low-wage workers in wage and hour and safety cases
→ Supervise legal casework in both Dallas and Austin offices.
→ Recruit, train, and supervise interns, volunteers, legal fellows, and staff to serve as Workers Rights Advocates in WDP’s legal department.
→ Cultivate relationships with immigration and employment attorneys to work on a pro bono basis with WDP
→ Coordinate with WDP staff to use legal and community-based strategies to advance WDP’s policy and organizing campaigns in Dallas
→ Conduct legal research on relevant topics including employment, immigration, construction law etc.
→ Develop and maintain strategic relationships with faith and labor allies, attorneys, state agencies, students, and other community allies
→ Identify and meet with potential funders for WDP
→ Advocate WDP position to legislators, agencies, business/community decision-makers, other stakeholders, and the general public
→ Work in collaboration with Austin Employment and Legal Services staff to ensure strong coordination on legal work and campaigns
→ Admission to practice law in the state of Texas
→ Previous experience with wage and hour law
→ Proven ability to supervise, mentor and develop staff
→ Interest in utilizing the law creatively in the fight for systemic change
→ Ability to work independently and juggle multiple responsibilities
→ Excellent time management and administrative skills
→ Proficiency in basic computer systems and online case management databases.
→ Ability to work well with diverse groups of people (including faith, labor, Latino immigrants, and African American community among others)
→ Fluency in English and Spanish (strong written and verbal communication skills in both languages)
→ Ability to work irregular hours including nights and occasional weekends (position is a full-time salaried position)
→ Commitment to racial and economic justice and to bringing about change through leadership development and the principles of popular education
→ Past community organizing experience is preferred.
→ Previous experience with immigration law and/or work with the immigrant community is a plus.
→ Deep commitment to furthering workers rights and the broader labor movement
→ Competitive Salary ($40,000 to $55,000 based on relevant experience)
→ Generous Benefit package (paid sick time, two-weeks of vacation, 403b retirement plan, health insurance, and maternity/paternity leave).
Timeline: Applications Due by December 15th, 2013. Position will remain open until filled.
How to apply: Send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three professional references to Patricia Zavala, at Patricia@workersdefense.org
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.