Education Program Coordinator


Education Programs Coordinator in Austin, TX



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 is one of the few organizations in Texas focused on addressing workplace abuse faced by low-wage laborers.  Among the most established worker centers in the South, and a leader in the national movement of worker centers fighting for fair conditions for working people, 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”.

Each year, WDP serves over 2,500 workers through offices in Austin and Dallas by way of various social-service and organizing programs. WDP concentrates its efforts on winning better work conditions in the construction industry, among the most powerful special interest groups in Texas, employing over 900,000 workers, half of whom are undocumented.



The Education Programs Coordinator will supervise the coordination and operation of key Austin-based educational programming, including the ESL program, the Health/Safety Literacy program, and the AmeriCorps/VISTA programs.


Through educational direct services, WDP provides skills development opportunities for its members. The Education Programs Coordinator supervises member registration, wrap around support for classes, and partnerships with local, state, and federal organizations and agencies.


The Education Programs Coordinator supervises part-time and contracted ESL instructors as well as two full-time AmeriCorps/VISTA members.




  • Supervise class registration, recruitment, and wrap-around support services for the ESL program and the Health/Safety Literacy program
  • Coordinate and manage partnerships with faith and labor allies, attorneys, state agencies, students, Spanish language media, and other community allies for promoting and growing WDP’s educational programs
  • Supervise part-time employees, contractors, interns and AmeriCorps/VISTA members
  • Work collaboratively with workers, advocates, community/state/federal partners to build and sustain quality educational programming for WDP members
  • Supervise Austin-based member registration and dues collection
  • Any other activities that are necessary to carry out the work of WDP



  • Fluent in English and Spanish (strong written and verbal communication skills)
  • Supervisory experience
  • Project and program management experience
  • Professional report writing experience and ability to conduct research (qualitative and qualitative)
  • Ability to work irregular hours including nights and weekends
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people (including faith, labor, and Latina/o immigrants, among others)
  • Commitment to racial and economic justice and to bringing about change through leadership development and principles of popular education
  • Detail-oriented and ability to work independently
  • Strong computer literacy skills
  • Have your own vehicle




Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to


Applications accepted until 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.

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