University Professional & Technical Employees – CWA Local 9119

University Professional & Technical Employees
CWA Local 9119

Communications Coordinator

Based in Berkeley, CA

Position Overview
UPTE-CWA, Local 9119 is pleased to announce a Communications Coordinator position to be filled as soon as possible.

We are seeking to hire an individual who is committed to social justice by advancing worker’s rights using the voice of the members through various platforms and communications media. The ideal candidate will be versed in communications with experience in organized labor, social justice, journalism or political issues, with excellent written and digital skills that both deepen and broaden engagement with the members, community support groups and public. Candidates with broad social media experience and ideas are encouraged to apply.

UPTE-CWA Local 9119 represents 16,000 medical, research and technical professionals employed in higher education throughout the University of California as well as part time faculty at three community colleges and research and
technical workers at three national labs. This position offers a unique opportunity to tell their story. The position will report to the Systemwide Director and will be based out of the Union’s headquarters in Berkeley, California. Remote work will continue until at least July 1st, 2021.

Essential Duties:

  • Develop and support a Union-wide communications program utilizing a wide variety of communications media, including written, visual, digital and electronic, and associated applications.
  • Under the direction of the Systemwide Director, assist in the development and implementation of communications and campaign strategies essential to support the goals and objectives of the Union.
  • Maintain and broaden awareness of issues by increasing visibility of the work of Union members on a local and national level; execute communications with varied audiences.
  • Write clear and compelling messages to drive member engagement, increase membership and continually improve the Union’s communications with varied audiences.
  • Produce a variety of high-quality digital and written materials such as email, direct mail, brochures, flyers, press release, speeches, and talking points.
  • Produce and edit short videos to drive Union activities.
  • Maintain Union website and social media accounts. Assist in expanding social media offerings to increase audience and engagement.
  • Attend and cover critical meetings and events as directed.    

Minimum Requirements:

  • Experience implementing or supporting an organizational communications program including written, visual, digital, and electronic communications preferred. Graduation from an accredited four- year college or university with course work in journalism or communications preferred.
  • Outstanding verbal, written and editorial communications skills, especially under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to manage multiple social media channels and reasonably increase engagement.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Docs, Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Fast learner, ability to adapt to new technology, ability to seek out and recommend innovative ways to increase the Union’s visibility.
  • Willingness to work extended hours to meet deadlines and complete projects.
  • Photography, video editing and/or graphic design skills are a plus.


UPTE-CWA Local 9119 offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

The Communications Coordinator is an “at-will” and exempt position as they may supervise administrative staff, volunteers and interns; have access to confidential information, input on operational decisions concerning internal and external strategies and will be expected to exercise independent judgment in making decisions.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit an application packet, including the following materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Résumé
  • Writing Samples, including any social media posts, flyers, email blasts or other relevant material 

Application materials should be submitted electronically to HR@upte-cwa.org.

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