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Communications Workers of America

Communications Workers of America


Campaign Lead

Location preference:
Washington, DC, Northeast, Southern California, Bay Area, Pacific Northwest

 

Workers are taking bold action in increasing numbers to respond to unprecedented economic inequality, demanding social justice, and building a future where average people have a voice in our lives, economic security, the hope of ecological survival, and freedom. Time and again, we see the daring and innovative leadership of tech workers on the front lines of these struggles, from game worker and Googler walkouts to stamp our sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, to the climate strikes, to workplace actions to end complicity in ICE internment camps, family separation, and the facilitation of war crimes.

These efforts continue through the courageous efforts of workplace leaders who are building organization to change our lives. These workers are organizing with their union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) a dynamic, militant, member-led union that is building a movement for social and economic justice. Through CWA’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA), workers from tech start-ups to AAA game studios, platform companies with global monopolies to indy game developers, freelancers, and worker co-ops have formed unions and are building a movement for worker power across the technology, media and communications (TMC) sector of the economy.

To continue these efforts, CWA seeks motivated campaign organizers to support one of the most dynamic organizing efforts across the labor movement today. These organizers will lead campaigns among software engineers, IT professionals, artists and designers in gaming, new media and high tech workplaces to build power.

The ideal candidate will have experience running multiple organizing campaigns with professional workers, and industry work history. They will have the organizational and strategic skills necessary to inspire and activate workers to take action. Current workplace organizers and organizers with past programming, design, and production work history are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will report to CWA’s National Organizing Director and receive support and direction from CWA’s regional Organizing Coordinators. The position involves regular travel.

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

Job Specifications:

  1. Wages: $70,111.50- $88,964.84 Annually (Effective 10/1/2021)
  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.

To Apply:
If you feel you have the background and experience to qualify for this position and wish to apply, please submit your résumé with a letter of interest on https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=50545&clientkey=3DD4D8AF8C58AF2A4AA4B0629E6428E9

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