JOB OPENING: CAMPAIGN MANAGER in HOUSTON, TX
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL POSITION IS FILLED.
Workers Defense Project (WDP) is seeking a full-time Campaign Manager in Houston, TX.
The Houston Campaign Manager will coordinate worker-led campaigns in city and state legislative advocacy and voter engagement activities for WDP as well as lead electoral strategies in Houston for Workers Defense Action Fund, WDP’s affiliated 501c4 organization. The Campaign Manager is responsible for engaging low-wage workers in organizing efforts to win better working conditions for construction workers and managing the voter engagement strategy. WDP’s policy priorities are 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. The campaign manager works to carry out these activities by engaging WDP members in local campaigns that win concrete improvements in their communities and their lives.
The campaign manager 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 campaign manager will supervise a team of organizers and support them to develop the leadership of worker members to execute strategic campaigns to build power for Texas workers. The campaign manager will develop strategic partnerships with our allies and with local policy-makers and build the capacity of members to become leaders in these efforts. 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”.
Workers Defense Action Fund
Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF) seeks to build a long-lasting infrastructure that will engage working Texans in the electoral and legislative processes that affect their lives. WDAF educates and informs voters about their rights, advocates for stronger protections for workers, and engages historically underrepresented voters in campaigns to elect representatives that care about working families’ needs.
- Develop and lead the base-building strategy, train and support staff and volunteers and materials to grow the membership of construction workers and their families in Houston, regularly evaluating and adjusting the strategy with the organizing team;
- Train and support staff and volunteers to expand base-building and trainings in the community.
- Develop and lead the leadership-development strategy to move members into leadership roles and ensure they have the training and support needed to engage in legislative and get out the vote campaigns;
- Develop and implement WDP’s advocacy agenda in coordination with WDP members, staff leadership and other key stakeholders at the local level;
- Engage members in local policy and non-partisan electoral campaigns to build worker power and advance WDP’s policy agenda, including wage and safety protections, economic development, and immigration policy;
- Track local news and trends that relate to WDP’s policy goals and impact WDP’s membership;
- Develop relationships and build coalitions with key local allies, including faith, labor, and community allies. Represent WDP in meetings with coalition partners and community, faith, and labor allies.
- Conduct trainings and presentations related to WDP’s advocacy to WDP’s members and staff, and, as needed, on behalf of WDP at conferences, events, and legislative meetings and briefings;
- Supervise a team of organizers to develop and execute member-driven campaigns to win better working conditions for Texas construction workers.
- Cultivate and strengthen relationships with elected officials, community partners, and organizational allies; oversee the management and engagement of those relationships in order to further WDP’s mission and contribute to the overall success of WDP’s advocacy;
- Collaborate with other WDP programs in Houston to support their efforts and activities;
- Conduct non-partisan voter engagement and education work in coordination with Workers Defense Action Fund;
- Speak on behalf of WDP to both English and Spanish media;
- Travel required as needed; and
- Any other activities that are necessary to carry out the work of WDP.
- Two years of on-the-job experience in community organizing, social service, electoral, policy advocacy or related work;
- 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;
- Previous experience as a supervisor or managing a team to achieve a goal;
- Fluency in English and Spanish (strong written and verbal communication skills in both languages);
- Excellent critical thinking skills;
- Talent to get people together and inspire others to take action;
- Ability to work independently and juggle multiple responsibilities;
- Excellent time management and administrative skills;
- Strong writing skills and ability to communicate with a diverse audience;
- Ability to work irregular hours, including nights and weekends when necessary to be available to WDP members;
- Ability to work well with diverse groups of people (including faith, labor, Latino immigrants, and African American community, among others);
- Experience with Voter Activation Network (VAN) and CiviCRM databases a plus;
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, internet; and
- Must have a valid driver’s license and insured vehicle.
Workers Defense offers competitive pay in addition to employer-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance, a generous, paid holiday schedule, paid vacation, sick, and personal leave, and a paid parental leave policy.
How to apply: Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to email@example.com and include “Houston Campaign Manager” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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.