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United Campus Workers of Arizona - CWA Local 7065

United Campus Workers of Arizona
CWA Local 7065


Field Organizer

Based in Phoenix, AZ

 

Position Title: Field Organizer
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Start Date: January/February 2022

UCW-CWA Local 7065 Arizona is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek to promote diversity within our organization, and we encourage women, LGBTQ, people of color, and disabled individuals to apply.

United Campus Workers of Arizona - CWA Local 7065 seeks a full-time organizer with a passion for social justice to help organize a wall-to-wall union in the University of Arizona and Arizona State University systems.

UCW Arizona unites Arizona's diverse public university workforce–including part-time and full-time staff, faculty, students, and student workers–to address the critical issues we all face. Our mission is to champion and defend the interests and well-being of all university workers, as well as to build and sustain social and economic justice in our workplaces and communities.

The full-time Field Organizer will be accountable to and supported by the union steering committee, the membership at large, the full-time UCWA organizers, and the campaign organizers that work for the Communications Workers of America. In this position, the organizer will be responsible for organizing workers throughout the Arizona University systems by developing recruitment and canvassing strategies. The organizer will coordinate and manage issue campaigns that improve material conditions for all rank-and-file members, and build unity and solidarity amongst all workers across campuses and job titles.

On-the-job training for this position is provided. In addition to normal comprehensive trainings, you will have the potential to collaborate with national UCW campaigns, and (hopefully soon) attend conferences relevant to the responsibilities of the position.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit new members to the union in collaboration with current members and the Organizing Committee
  • Communicate with membership and potential members through one-on-one’s, emails, phone calls, Slack, text messages, and other digital platforms
  • Implement organizing strategies and help develop campaign plans
  • Support research and development of potential organizing projects
  • Manage access to all relevant documents and union communication to ensure that member information is kept private and secure
  • Support the Steering Committee and other leadership
  • Build coalitions and maintain relationships with local activist organizations
  • Plan, coordinate, and attend organizing events and direct actions
  • Plan, coordinate, and attend regular membership meetings with the Steering Committee
  • Design and create flyers, posters, and other forms of advertising, in collaboration with the Communications Committee
  • Coordinate canvassing campaigns with existing membership
  • Conduct worksite visits of all employment positions eligible to join the union

To succeed in this role, we suggest applicants possess the following skills:

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
  • Strong commitment to social justice and the labor movement
  • Written and verbal communication skills, such as:
    • Empathic listener
    • Persuasive Speaker/Strong Presentation Skills
    • Proven adaptability to differing cultural environments
    • Enjoy working as a team member as well as independently
  • Proficient with technology including but not limited to Slack, Word, Zoom, Excel, email, text messaging, OpaVote, Canva Pro, and ActionBuilder, or the ability and willingness to learn these platforms
  • Ability to work as team member, as well as take individual initiative with minimal supervision
  • Strong time-management skills and the ability to self-motivate
  • Driver’s license and reliable access to car or public transportation
  • Previous union and/or community organizing experience
  • Skills in supporting leadership development
  • Some understanding of legislative or policy advocacy

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who possess the following skills:

  • Basic knowledge of labor laws and union organizing efforts in Arizona
  • Previous experience organizing workers on a university campus
  • Knowledge of university financial systems and governance or willingness to learn
  • Fluency in Spanish

Compensation:
This position has a starting salary of $48,000 – $50,000. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, 3% matching contribution to 401k, 2 weeks paid vacation, sick leave, and reimbursement for phone and internet bills.

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to Eshuku@cwa-union.org by Dec. 20, 2021.

Please email the same address with questions. We encourage anyone considering applying to reach out to us if they have any questions about the position. If you are uncertain of your qualifications, please reach out to us and we will be happy to clarify our expectations.

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