Columbia Postdoctoral Workers – UAW local 4100

Columbia Postdoctoral Workers
UAW local 4100

Full-Time Organizer

Based in New York City, NY


The Columbia Postdoctoral Workers - UAW Local 4100 is seeking a full-time Organizer. CPW represents over 1,600 postdoctoral researchers at Columbia University. Our members are innovators and leaders in research, and a part of a growing movement of academic workers unionizing across the country. As the first, and currently only, private university with a postdoctoral worker union, our members are committed to raising researcher working conditions in New York City and across the country through strong membership engagement and political and legislative activism.

We seek a staff organizer who will support continued organizing to grow our union and advocate for the rights of our membership, while working with elected Union leadership in the day-to-day functions of the union.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to Stewards and worker organizers with organizing and communications to the unit, including full-time active outreach to researchers
  • Identify and develop leadership within the union
  • Plan and lead trainings, workshops, and one-on-one assistance for Stewards and organizers on organizing best practices
  • Union event planning, logistics, and turnout
  • Grievance-handling and supporting researchers facing workplace issues
  • Draft, design, and edit informational materials, including coordinating communications strategy and media
  • Data management for 1600+ person unit
  • Strategy development for issue-based and contract campaigns

Successful candidates for this highly member-facing position will have a proven track record of organizing and a people-person attitude.

Job Requirements:

  • Dedication and enthusiasm for the labor movement and social justice
  • Ability to work with a diverse workforce, collaborate as part of a team, and work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to frame issues and follow messaging in accordance to the Local’s mission and principles
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of common office software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in labor organizing
  • Experience with academic employment
  • Familiarity with the research workplace
  • Experience/familiarity with communications, marketing, presentations, volunteer coordination, and training or related as well as contractual workplace issues is a plus.

Come join a friendly progressive workplace where you can work toward improving worker conditions in a unique academic setting. We offer flexible work hours and protected vacation time.

Terms of Employment: 1 year contract, salary commensurate with unit payscale, $500 bonus towards healthcare plan, paid personal time off as well as sick time.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a résumé/CV to the Executive Board at: columbiapostdocunion@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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