Legal Manager/Organizer

Based in Dallas, TX

Workers Defense Project (“WDP”) is seeking a full-time Legal Manager/Organizer to support the service provision and advocacy conducted by WDP’s Employment and Legal Services Program in Dallas, TX.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is open to new challenges and able to maintain attention to detail while managing multiple responsibilities. The Legal Manager/Organizer should have strong communication skills that allow them to relate well with others - including those with adverse interests - in both English and Spanish. Finally, strong candidates should be committed to WDP’s identity as a member-driven organization. Dallas is one of the largest construction markets in the country and the Legal Manager/Organizer will play a critical role in growing the organization’s membership base in Dallas and building and maintaining key local relationships.

About Workers Defense Project
Workers Defense Project is a statewide membership-based workers’ rights organization that builds power for construction workers in Texas. The organization has gained notoriety for its ability to translate direct services and grassroots organizing into concrete policy wins in one of the toughest climates for workers in the country. The New York Times named WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country.” WDP was founded in 2002 and opened its Dallas office in 2012.

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. In December 2015, WDP secured its first major policy victory in Dallas - winning a rest break ordinance that protects the city’s 112,000 construction workers. In 2017, the Employment and Legal Services program in Dallas has assisted roughly 200 WDP members with employment legal claims.

Job Responsibilities
The Legal Manager/Organizer, who is based in Dallas, TX and reports to the Employment & Legal Services Director, is responsible for the following:

  • Work under the supervision of an attorney to manage employment cases, advocate on behalf of WDP members in employment disputes, and provide information and legal assistance to WDP members;
  • Plan and oversee a weekly employment rights clinic that occurs every Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm;
  • Support the leadership development of members with active employment cases and collaborate with other WDP staff to ensure strong coordination between direct services and strategic campaigns;
  • Cultivate strong working relationships with local, state and federal agencies, community organizations, and partner attorneys;
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns;
  • Engage in community education and outreach around workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights; and
  • Additional tasks as assigned.

We’re seeking candidates who take initiative, are eager to learn, have excellent “people” skills. You should also have:

  • Strong proficiency speaking, reading, and writing in both English and Spanish;
  • Strong personal organization and time management skills, and attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to think strategically and be assertive when necessary;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with different people of varying abilities, agendas, and backgrounds;
  • Experience managing different responsibilities, delegating tasks, and contributing to the success of a team; and
  • An insured vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Knowledge of community organizing, labor issues, or immigration and employment law is a plus but is not required. We value the qualifications described above over knowledge of the areas in which we work.

Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.

How to Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to jobinquiries@workersdefense.org and shana@workersdefense.org as soon as possible.

Please indicate in your cover letter when you would be able to begin working with us and your level of Spanish proficiency.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the posting will be removed from the WDP website once the position is 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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