Workplace Justice Organizer

JOB OPENING: WORKPLACE JUSTICE ORGANIZER in DALLAS, TX

 

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED.

 

Workers Defense Project (WDP) is seeking a full-time Workplace Justice Organizer in Dallas, TX.

The Dallas Workplace Justice Organizer will build the membership base of Workers Defense Project by engaging construction workers in conversations at their worksites and in the community and inviting them to join Workers Defense’s campaigns to win improved working conditions in the construction industry. The Organizer will build a dedicated team of members and develop their leadership to advance campaigns to improve working conditions at construction worksites and advance policies to improve working conditions.

 

The Workplace Justice Organizer must be committed to WDP’s identity as a grassroots, membership-based organization, and will be required to collaborate actively with WDP staff and worker leaders to develop and execute campaign strategies that advance our mission and values. The Workplace Justice Organizer reports to the Dallas Campaign Manager and is part of the Dallas Organizing team. This is a full time, salaried, and FLSA-exempt position.

 

About Workers Defense Project

 

Created in 2002, WDP 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.”  WDP endeavors to strengthen wage and safety protections for Texas workers, to promote local economic policies that are inclusive of WDP’s constituency, to protect the ability of WDP’s members to organize and advocate on the local, state, and national level, and to expand the labor and civil rights of low-wage workers and immigrant communities.

 

Responsibilities:

    • Conduct community outreach at construction worksites, in community institutions, and in neighborhoods;
    • Identify worksite violations at targeted construction worksites, accurately document violations and report to enforcement entities as appropriate;
    • Identify leaders and obtain contact information to follow-up with leads;
    • Conduct house visits to follow-up on contacts and inspire them to take action with WDP;
    • Recruit new contacts to become members of Workers Defense Project and engage them in Workers Defense activities;
    • Develop a construction worker organizing committee to drive local Dallas campaigns to win improved working conditions in the construction industry;
    • Build strong relationships with construction worker members and inspire them to take on leadership roles within Workers Defense Project;
    • Engage members in developing campaign strategy and advancing policy campaigns to win more equitable development policies, construction safety protections and Better Builder agreements;
    • Work closely with the Employment and Legal Services Department to plan direct actions to support workers who have experienced worksite abuses like unpaid wages, accidents, or unsafe working conditions, and in support of policy campaigns;
    • Obtain necessary training on construction worksite safety (OSHA 10, OSHA 30) and learn to identify worksite hazards;

 

  • Develop relationships and build coalitions with key local allies, including faith, labor, and community allies;

 

    • Provide brief Know-Your-Rights presentations about labor, immigration and safety;

 

  • Coordinate members and volunteers to conduct outreach and trainings in the community;

 

    • Work with the Organizing Department Team to hold leadership trainings, membership meetings, and participate in annual member retreat;

 

  • Support non-partisan voter engagement and education work in coordination with Workers Defense Action Fund;
  • Meet metrics for recruitment and membership engagement;  
  • Speak on behalf of WDP to both English and Spanish media; as needed;
  • Travel required to other Texas cities to meet with staff, as needed, occasional travel out of state to represent WDP or attend training; and
  • Any other activities that are necessary to carry out the work of WDP.

 

 

Qualifications:

 

    • Commitment to social justice, furthering workers rights, and building a broader labor movement;

 

  • Commitment to developing grassroots leadership to advance WDP’s vision to achieve just and dignified working conditions for low-wage workers;

 

    • Outgoing, personable and able to engage workers and community members in conversations and to build a strong rapport through brief interactions;
    • Ability to motivate and inspire others to take action;
    • Fluency in English and Spanish (strong written and verbal communication skills in both languages);
    • Must be willing to approach workers on construction worksites and other community locations and engage them in conversation;

 

  • Excellent critical thinking skills;

 

    • Detail oriented and organized;

 

  • Ability to work independently and juggle multiple responsibilities;

 

    • Willing to take the initiative and go beyond minimum requirements of the job;

 

  • Excellent time management and administrative skills;
  • Ability to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends when necessary to be available to WDP members;

 

    • Previous experience with organizing a plus;

 

  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people (including faith, labor, Latinx immigrants, and African American community, among others);

 

    • Computer proficiency especially with Microsoft Word, Excel, internet;

 

  • Must own or have access to a reliable , insured vehicle for daily travel around the city; and

 

  • Previous experience with, or personal connection to the construction industry is a plus.

 

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.

 

How to apply: Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to jobinquiries@workersdefense.org and include “Dallas Workplace Justice Organizer” in the subject line.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

WDP will conduct a criminal background check after making a conditional offer for this position.

 

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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