National Coordinator




NATIONAL COORDINATOR preferred in Austin, TX but flexible


Workers Defense Project (WDP) is seeking a full-time National Coordinator to lead and grow WDP’s initiative in the southern U.S., primarily by building and maintaining relationships and alliances with strategic allies throughout the region, and construction industry stakeholders.


The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track-record of fostering coordination and cooperation among diverse groups. He or she will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and able to handle a heavy workload and travel. This position is an excellent opportunity to engage working people, construction industry leaders, nongovernmental organizations, and policymakers.


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”.


  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with construction industry leaders, labor organizations, community organizations, local policymakers, and other community stakeholders in the southern U.S. in order to improve working conditions in the construction industry;
  • Develop and provide technical assistance, training, and support to help build capacity in and with strategic partners in the region;
  • Coordinate with WDP leadership and organizing staff to design and manage strategic campaigns to improve working conditions within the commercial and public construction industry in the Southern U.S.;
  • Collaborate with senior leadership to refine and implement a strategy to strengthen workers power in the southern U.S.;
  • Plan and execute press conferences and other public actions as part of strategic campaigns; and
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with and among a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles;
  • Experience managing multiple projects;
  • Two years of community, labor, or similar organizing experience;
  • Demonstrated capabilities as a strategic thinker and 2 years of campaign experience;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to build coalition with diverse and sometimes unlikely allies;
  • Commitment to social justice and empowering low-wage workers;
  • Willingness to travel regularly in Texas and nationally.


Preferred Qualification:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish


Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.


How to apply: Send resume, cover letter and three professional references to WDP will conduct a criminal background check after making a conditional offer for this position.


WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, female, and LBGTQ individuals to apply.


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