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IUE-CWA, Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America

IUE-CWA
Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America


Campaign Lead for Internal Member Organizing

Based in Dayton, OH
(with travel)


The IUE-CWA is the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America (CWA). We represent a force of over 75,000 active and retired men and women united collectively to seek dignity on the job and a secure future for ourselves, our children and all future generations.

IUE-CWA is seeking a Campaign Lead to head our internal member organizing campaign. The main goals of this campaign are to:

  • provide a common framework of understanding for the members of the crisis we are facing as the labor movement and the need for action;
  • to increase member engagement and action in their local union;
  • to increase the number of members who are signed up as members of the union;
  • to increase the number of members who are signed up for the Political Action Fund.

The position will entail working directly with union members to develop their skills to educate and organize their fellow members to take action. This position will entail a heavy component of training members, and then subsequently working with their in their workplace to develop their one-to-one organizing skills. The campaign lead will work with locals to build mobilization teams that will be responsible for strengthening member engagement at their locals, and signing up new members to the union and political action fund.

The location of the campaign lead position is flexible, however, frequent travel to multiple states will be required. The campaign lead will report to staff at IUE-CWA Headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. The position will focus on visiting worksites (frequently factory setting), and training and developing members skills in this setting.

The candidate should be able to demonstrate successful experience in organizing, or equivalent experience getting individuals to engage in a campaign or direct action. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working in organized labor, have demonstrated success in managing a campaign, strong project management skills, excellent communication skills, and be comfortable working with our members, who come from diverse backgrounds.

This is a 1-year assignment that could be renewed. Competitive pay and benefits, commensurate with experience.

Job Qualifications:

  • Willing and able to take regular direction and learn from experienced campaign staff
  • Willing to commit, energy, heart and long, irregular hours
  • Ability to learn and implement the campaign basics
  • Be able to take notes, listen and get information/report back to DOC or other campaign leadership to evaluate campaigns
  • Ability to assess workers' support of the campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups.
  • Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of an organizing campaign.
  • Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic labor movement and ability to organize workers from diverse backgrounds and demographics.
  • Willing to attend an Organizing Institute
  • Basic communications skills, able to do basic flyers and other written material
  • Motivated self-starter able to learn and troubleshoot without heavy supervision
  • Driver’s license and reliable car, must be able to travel to work locations away from home/office location.
  • 1-2 years of prior labor, political or community organizing experience
  • Strong social, written and verbal communication skills
  • Patient in pressure situations and savvy with conflict management
  • Bilingual, a plus

Responsibilities when employed in an Organizing campaign:

  • Ability to assess support of the union or campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups
  • Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of a campaign
  • Utilize numerous organizing tactics including home-visiting, cold phone calling, hand billing, etc.
  • Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic movement and ability to organize workers and citizens from diverse backgrounds and demographics
  • Along with campaign leadership, be able to work effectively with committee members
  • assist with moving campaigns to stage 3
  • keep the organizing committee on track
  • motivate them to move through roadblocks and be public when it is time
  • give them a realistic assessment of progress and inoculate them
  • Work with the local to help identify and encourage others in local to participate in organizing campaigns and build support for organizing
  • Along with the DOC, be able to help develop and implement a local organizing plan
  • Submit reports as required, but at least monthly
  • Must be able to work on projects to build the local, but also be able to assist in national and district organizing projects.
  • Be heavily involved in major National and District Organizing Priority campaigns
  • Capable of running campaigns with minimal assistance, motivate and dig out committee members, work in a team with other organizers involved in the campaign
  • Be able to communicate effectively in writing, in speaking, and via electronic media. Be able to work with data bases, able to do basic flyers and other written material
  • Able to function as a trainer at an Organizer Institute and train organizing committee members
  • Work with locals on National and District priority campaigns and help local organizers
  • Travel to work locations away from home and work location by car and plane to locations as needed
  • Computer skills that allow at least intermediate-level data management and communication

Responsibilities when employed in a CWA-led political or legislative campaign, or movement building project:

  • Taking ownership and developing elements of a broader campaign, possibly in a specific geographic area or specific element of the campaign.
  • Implement campaign strategies and tactics
  • Train and work with activists, volunteers, and community partners
  • Work within a campaign budget
  • Assist in aspects of responsibilities of a Senior Campaign Lead
  • Work to campaign objectives and track campaign metrics. Regular reporting on progress of the campaign
  • Act as a representative of CWA to allied coalitions, member groups and other labor organizations
  • May review electoral races, strategies, current and proposed laws and regulations and analyze the potential alignment and impact with respect to the CWA policy agenda.
  • Draft letters, training materials, electronic correspondence regrading proposed legislation or CWA electoral programs
  • Review laws, regulations and other research materials to determine how policies affect CWA’s legislative agenda as well as other organization political analysis to determine impact on electoral program
  • Draft appropriate materials to CWA staff and locals to implement programs.
  • Responsible for six (6) month evaluation of the campaign
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Specifications:

  1. Wages: $65,745.35 - $ 83,424.62 Annually (Effective 10/1/2018)
  2. Reports to the CWA Organizing Director or appropriate administrative staff
  3. Other terms and conditions as per the Memorandum of Agreement.
  4. This position will not be used to replace regular full-time CWA Staff Representatives or District Organizing Coordinators, or in lieu of hiring regular full-time staff for permanent positions/vacancies.

To Apply
Interested candidates please submit résumé to: mailto: human_resources@cwa-union.org.

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