Job Opening: Community in Action Organizer (Houston)
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
Workers Defense Project (WDP) is seeking a full-time Community in Action Organizer to lead outreach and organizing strategies in neighborhoods and communities at risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census in the greater Houston area. This is a temporary position currently funded through a grant from Houston in Action through December 2020.
The ideal candidate will have deep connections and understanding of the communities Workers Defense organizes, community and/or labor organizing experience, and be committed to building worker power to create a more just economy for working families.
About Workers Defense Project
Workers Defense Project is a statewide membership-based immigrant and workers’ rights organization that builds power for construction 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”. Through its flagship Better Builder® Program, 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.
About Houston in Action
Houston in Action (HiA) is the collective power of people and organizations throughout the Greater Houston area coming together to promote community leadership and to break down systemic barriers to civic participation. HiA consists of over 50 organizations and stakeholders that have developed a culture of transparency, working together, and empowering disenfranchised communities through community-led organizing. HiA’s efforts will be focused on communities of color, low income, renters, youth 18 to 25, foreign born, limited English proficiency, LGBTQ, limited internet access, parents with young children, formerly incarcerated, and people with disabilities in Harris County. Though embedded and staffed at Houston in Action member organizations like Workers Defense Project, Community in Action Organizers will work and receive training as a cohort. They will work together to collaborate on strategies and coordinate tactics for engaging the specific communities the 2020 Census, voting, and other forms of civic engagement.
- Lead community outreach, organizing, and canvassing efforts in strategic work sites, neighborhoods, and community institutions to empower historically disenfranchised communities in Harris County to become civically engaged as a part of WDP;
- Carry out one-on-one meetings and follow-up with potential members and active members for commitments, feedback, advocacy, and trust-building;
- Grow WDP’s membership base of low-wage workers from diverse backgrounds – primarily in the construction industry – to organize, build power, and defend their right to a just and safe workplace;
- Develop WDP leaders by fostering the analysis, knowledge, and skills necessary to participate effectively in campaign and organizing work;
- Track skills and leadership development needs and opportunities to grow base of Workers Defense Project and ensure meaningful civic participation in the 2020 Census and beyond;
- Work with HiA and WDP communications staff to identify community stories to uplift on social media or through other communications channels;
- Collect, record, and help analyze data related to the community engagement work in a timely manner; and
- Build relationships with other HiA Organizers and partner organizations to insure effective coordination.
- Fluency in Spanish & English (required);
- Insured vehicle and valid drivers license (required);
- Experience in community organizing, nonprofit and/or social justice setting including a track record of identifying, recruiting, and developing leaders through canvassing strategic work sites, neighborhoods, and/ or community institutions (preferred);
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds (including faith, labor, Latinx immigrants, African Americans, etc.);
- A commitment to social justice, civic engagement, anti-racism, furthering workers rights, and building a broader labor movement;
- High emotional intelligence, self-awareness, a great listener, and an ability to motivate and inspire people to take action;
- A demonstrated track record as a self-starter with the ability to work independently, but also to work effectively as a member of a team, solutions-oriented, and collaborative work style;
- Ability to work irregular hours such as nights and weekends; and
- Experience working with data-informed approaches, evaluating and improving programs.
How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Houston Community in Action Organizer”. All attachments should be in .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The posting will be removed from the WDP website once the position has been filled.
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.