Communications Workers of America

Communications Workers of America
District 1


Campaign Lead

Based in Buffalo, NY

Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 is hiring a Campaign Lead.

Applicants must have at least 2 years of experience of legislative and/or political organizing and advocacy in a leadership role within a union or other grassroots membership organization. The Campaign Lead will have primary responsibility for developing a political and legislative program that advances issues of concern to CWA members in Upstate NY and a pro-working families agenda, and that activates union members year-round to build the power of the union. Responsibilities will include developing strategies and tactics to promote the union’s political and legislative agenda, including catalyzing joint campaigns with a range of local, state and federal organizational allies, as well as with elected officials; developing relationships with legislators at the state, local and federal level, and advocating for the union’s agenda with these representatives; and mobilizing members to support the union’s agenda and contract fights. This position involves travel.

A Campaign Lead may be employed in support of an organizing, political or legislative campaign or another CWA-led movement building project. A Campaign Lead must be able to develop elements of a campaign plan and execute them. The position would report to the appropriate Administrative Staff.

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.

How to Apply
Upload a résumé, a cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role, plus a writing sample to https://cwaunion.wufoo.com/forms/qlngbdm1wsn5zb/. We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

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