Employment Opportunity: Legal Manager/Organizer (Houston, TX)
Workers Defense Project is seeking a full-time Legal Manager/Organizer to join our team in Houston, TX.
The ideal candidate will be English-Spanish bilingual, and 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 and 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-based organization that builds worker power.
About Workers Defense Project and our Houston Office
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.
WDP opened its Houston office in 2017. It is estimated that one out of every four Texas construction workers — more than 225,000 individuals — live and work in the Houston area. Shortly after WDP opened its doors in Houston, Hurricane Harvey hit the area, bringing significant damage to the area and hardship to its residents. In October 2017, WDP initiated a legal clinic in Houston to serve and support workers who suffer workplace abuses including wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and workplace injuries, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Legal Manager/Organizer Responsibilities
The Houston Legal Manager/Organizer will play a critical role in expanding WDP’s legal services program in Houston, and growing the organization’s membership base and partnerships there. They will be responsible for:
- Working under the supervision of an attorney to assist workers in employment-related legal matters, including filing legal claims and advocating on behalf of WDP members;
- Maintaining and updating legal case files and completing intakes;
- Coordinating a workers’ rights legal clinic (monthly at first, transitioning to weekly);
- Working with community partners to promote the workers’ rights legal clinics;
- Recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers to support the legal clinics;
- Developing the leadership of WDP members through engagement around legal cases, direct actions, and organizing activities;
- Collaborating with other WDP staff to ensure strong coordination between legal services and strategic campaigns;
- Developing strong working relationships with government agencies, community organizations, and partner attorneys;
- Ability to work irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends; and
- Additional tasks as assigned.
We’re seeking candidates who have:
- Strong proficiency reading, writing, and speaking in both English and Spanish (required);
- Strong communication and listening skills, and comfort with public speaking;
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail to allow the successful management of multiple cases, often with strict deadlines;
- Proven ability to be assertive when necessary and to think strategically;
- Willingness to take initiative, solve problems, and work independently;
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with people of varying abilities, agendas, and backgrounds;
- Genuine interest in serving, motivating, and building power for low-income and immigrant workers; 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 is determined in accordance with our collective bargaining agreement and is highly competitive.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter (explaining your interest in the position), resume, and a list of 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with “Houston Legal Manager/Organizer” in the subject line. Please note in your cover letter when you would be able to begin working with us.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible. The posting will be removed from the WDP website once filled. 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.