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Communications Workers of America

Communications Workers of America
District 1

 

Campaign Lead

Based in Buffalo, NY
(travel required – Utica, NY and Elmira, NY)


The Campaign Lead will be employed in support of an internal or external organizing campaign, legislative campaign or another CWA movement building project. A Campaign Lead must be able to develop elements of a campaign plan and execute them.

Reports To:
The position would report to CWA Upstate New York Area Director Debora M. Hayes and a District 1 Organizing Coordinator

Located:

Buffalo, NY 14210
821 Elk Street Suite B

Travel Required (Utica, NY and Elmira, NY)

Salary:

  • Starting at $60,000 and based upon experience
  • Excellent Benefit Package

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 campaign
  • 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 a Campaign:

  • Ability to assess support of the union or contract 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.
  • Along with campaign leadership, be able to work effectively with committee members:
    • assist with moving campaigns to stage 3;
    • keep the mobilizing/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.
  • Along with DOC, be able to help develop and implement a local organizing plan.
  • Submit reports as required, but at least monthly
  • 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
  • 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
  • Draft letters, training materials, electronic correspondence regarding proposed legislation or CWA electoral programs
  • Draft appropriate materials to CWA staff and locals to implement programs.

To Apply:
Send résumés to: Debora M. Hayes, Area Director at: dhayes@cwa-union.org.

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