Organizing Director



ORGANIZING DIRECTOR in Austin, Dallas or Houston, TX 


The Organizing Director leads Workers Defense’ team of organizers to engage low-wage workers and their families in a fight to build power for Texas workers through strategic organizing, legislative advocacy, and electoral campaigns. The Organizing Director oversees the training and formation of WD organizing staff  who recruit and develop the leadership of thousands of workers across the state and engage them in campaigns to fight for the dignity they deserve. The Organizing Director develops and manages strategic campaigns and ensures the integration of those campaigns across all programs in both WDP and WDAF. The Organizing Director is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of WD’s organizing model to fulfill WD’s mission.The Organizing Director will work closely with the Director of Civic Engagement and Better Builder & Policy Director to advance WD’s strategic legislative advocacy and voter engagement work though Workers Defense Action Fund. The Organizing Director reports directly to the Co-Executive Director. The Organizing Director is a full-time, exempt, permanent position with WDP/WDAF. 


About Workers Defense Project and Workers Defense Action Fund 


Created in 2002, Workers Defense Project is a 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 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”. Workers Defense Action Fund, WD’s affiliated 501c4 organization, was established in 2013 to build infrastructure to engage working Texans in the legislative and electoral decisions that impact their lives. Workers Defense has won watershed policy changes in Texas such as Paid Sick Leave for hundreds of thousands of workers in Austin, Dallas, and Houston as well as raising the standard for construction workers through policy change and organizing.


Job Duties: 

    • Supervise organizing staff to build the base of Workers Defense  across Texas and to implement systems to develop the leadership of worker members through training and praxis that advances strategic campaign objectives;
    • Support organizing and programmatic staff to develop and manage core organizational campaigns through direct engagement with WD’s membership;
    • Ensure that all WD staff understand and embrace WD’s organizing model and theory of social change; 
    • Continually update the resources and trainings available to WD staff to cultivate a culture of organizing and a member-led theory of change throughout Workers Defense;
    • Supervise the ongoing formation of and professional development of Organizing Department Staff and provide support to campaign staff in other programs; 
    • Work collaboratively with Program Directors to integrate electoral and legislative strategic campaigns with base building and leadership development priorities; 
    • Develop and institutionalize WD’s organizing model through a collaborative process engaging worker members, staff and senior leadership;
    • Provide regular reports and updates to Senior Leadership on the progress of strategic campaigns; 
    • Develop and implement a strategic plan to take WD membership to scale through broad-based recruitment tactics and an intensive focus on leadership development; 
    • Conduct regular evaluation of Organizing Department staff and develop an individualized professional development plan for each organizer;
    • Work collaboratively with Senior Leadership and campaign staff to ensure that members are engaged in decision-making roles within strategic campaigns; 
    • Assist with Fundraising for Organizing activities and strategic and electoral campaigns as necessary; 
    • Devise and implement quantitative and qualitative metrics to evaluate the performance of organizing staff; Analyze and respond to organizing data to make sure WD’s model is responsive to changing conditions; and


  • Any other activities that are necessary to carry out the work of WD. 




  • Five years of supervisory and management experience; 
  • Five  years of community or labor organizing experience, with significant emphasis on campaign and workplace justice organizing;
  • Knowledge of 501c3, 501c4 electoral and lobbying rules; 
  • Willing to travel occasionally throughout Texas and nationally;
  • Passion and dedication to fight for the rights of workers, and a commitment to social justice;
  • Own your own insured vehicle; 
  • Competency with Computers (PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel & Internet);  
  • Able to work irregular hours (often in the evenings and weekends);
  • Speak, write, and read Spanish fluently; and
  • Ability to build coalitions with diverse and sometimes unlikely allies. 


Compensation:  Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Workers Defense provides a generous benefits package including employer-paid health insurance, paid sick, vacation, and personal days, and 403b retirement fund for eligible employees. 


How to apply: Send resume, cover letter, and two references to with the subject line “Organizing Director”.  Position will remain open until filled. 


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