Workers Defense Project (WDP) and Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF) seek a passionate, motivated and courageous individual to join our executive leadership team as a Co-Executive Director (co-ED). The position will work in close collaboration and build an effective model of shared leadership with founder and current Co-Executive Director, Emily Timm.

The application deadline has passed and interviews are underway. Check back here for updates.


Workers Defense Project

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 and their families. Our mission – to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships – is accomplished through a network of deeply dedicated staff, volunteers and members – over 4000 immigrant and low-wage workers in the construction sector and their families. Through innovative organizing strategies, WDP has won unprecedented victories for construction workers, low-wage workers, and immigrants in Texas. WDP uses tactics including direct action, legal strategy, policy advocacy and communications to wage and win campaigns, working in coalition with diverse allies.

Workers Defense Action Fund

Workers Defense Action Fund (WDAF) is a 501(c)4 organization that 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 to elect representatives that will fight for working families. WDAF educates and mobilizes voters of color and mixed status families in support of electoral and economic and racial justice campaigns. WDAF has won strategic legislative victories for working families including paid sick leave policies, stronger protections from wage theft and safety protections for construction workers, and criminal justice reforms that disrupt the arrest to deportation pipeline.


For nearly 20 years, Emily Timm has fought tirelessly for workplace justice and immigrants rights in Texas and across the country. She is a Co-Executive Director at Workers Defense, an organization she co-founded in 2005, and has since been instrumental in building the organization into a statewide powerhouse that empowers low-wage construction workers to achieve fair, safe employment. Today, Workers Defense is one of the leading advocacy organizations in Texas, with a membership of thousands and offices in Houston, Dallas and Austin


Strategies for Social Change® LLC (SSC) is conducting WDP’s executive search and leadership transition process. SSC is a woman of color owned and led capacity building and leadership development practice dedicated to working with social justice organizations and philanthropy nationally.