High Risk Worker Organizer





Workers Defense Project (“WDP”) is seeking a full-time High Risk Worker Organizer to lead “know your rights at work” outreach and organizing strategies in working class immigrant neighborhoods and communities of color most affected by the COVID pandemic in the city of Austin. This is a temporary position currently funded 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

WDP is a 501(c)3, 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 a membership base of low-wage workers in the construction sector and their families. Through innovative sectoral organizing strategies, WDP has won unprecedented victories for construction workers, low-wage workers, and immigrants in Texas. WDP uses innovative strategies including direct action, legal tactics, policy advocacy and communications to wage and win campaigns, working in coalition with diverse allies. 


About WDP’s High Risk Worker Program 

Workers Defense Project is already helping low-wage, high-risk, immigrant/undocumented workers and their families stay safe, healthy and financially stable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The High Risk Worker Program expands the organization’s capacity to provide critical resources, information, legal case management, and direct financial assistance to high-risk workers. The Program will also engage community organizers, member leaders and promotorxs throughout the process to create a robust, comprehensive community system that can holistically support and engage Austin’s low-wage, high-risk, hard-to-reach workers in the months and years to come.



The High Risk Worker Organizer is responsible for the following:


  • Lead the community outreach and organizing strategy of the Austin High Risk Worker Program;
  • Lead and support a team of five promotorxs to: co-create effective outreach strategies including but not limited to phone-banking, peer-to-peer texting, and social media;  facilitate ‘know your rights’ trainings on workers rights and COVID; evaluate the need for a potential COVID support group; and follow-up with new contacts to engage them as Workers Defense members and partners in the fight for workers rights and COVID relief;
  • Contribute to the development of ‘know your rights’ outreach materials;
  • Coordinate with the Austin Employment and Legal Services Program and Organizing Program to engage potential members and leaders who are also seeking legal and financial assistance through the APH High Risk Worker program;
  • Carry out one-on-one meetings with potential 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;
  • Work with 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 APH grant in a timely manner; 
  • Build relationships with other APH High Risk Worker program team members and partner organizations as needed to insure effective coordination; and
  • Embrace teamwork and collaboration. 



  • Fluency in Spanish & English (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;
  • 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.



  • This position offers an annual salary of $47,500.  
  • Earned paid sick leave and paid holidays.  


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to jobs@workersdefense.org with the subject line “High Risk Worker Organizer”. All attachments should be in .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. While there is no firm application deadline, it is recommended that candidates submit their materials as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The posting will be removed from the WDP website once the position has been filled.


WDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively  recruits people of color, immigrants, female, and LBGTQ individuals to apply.