Communications Workers of America

Communications Workers of America
District 1


D1 Campaign Lead - Political Organizer

Based in New York City, NY


Level: Experienced
Job Location: New York City
Remote Type: Temporary Remote
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range: $70,111.50 – $88,964.84 Salary/year
Travel Percentage: Up to 25%
Job Shift: Day

Campaign Lead Job Description
Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 is hiring a Campaign Lead.

CWA District 1 is a progressive union representing 140,000 workers in telecommunications, the public sector, healthcare, media, and manufacturing in New York, New Jersey, and New England.

CWA District 1 moves and implements ambitious legislative and political programs and campaigns to win big for CWA members through work with locals all across the district. The Campaign Lead is responsible for supporting all legislative and political work as well as all Legislative & Political Action Teams (LPATS) for all union locals in the District 1 footprint, which covers New York and New England. The role includes supporting legislative advocacy on the local, state, and federal levels, supporting electoral mobilization and organizing, political education, and raising contributions to our Political Action Fund. The Campaign Lead will be responsible for campaign support tasks including but not limited to legislative and policy research, drafting advocacy and electoral materials, and data entry, tracking and reporting. The Campaign Lead works closely with all staff of the Political Department. We are especially seeking candidates who have strong computer skills including Excel, experience with legislative and political campaigns, unions, have been recognized as leaders in their previous fields of work, and have a strong commitment to building progressive movements for social change.

Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience in legislative and/or political organizing and advocacy in a leadership role within a union or other grassroots membership organization. This position involves a moderate amount of 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 a CWA-led political or legislative campaign, or movement building project

  • Taking ownership and developing elements of a broader campaign, possibly in a specific geographic area or specific element of the campaign.
  • 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
  • May review electoral races, strategies, current and proposed laws and regulations and analyze the potential alignment and impact with respect to the CWA policy agenda.
  • Draft letters, training materials, electronic correspondence regrading proposed legislation or CWA electoral programs
  • Review laws, regulations and other research materials to determine how policies affect CWA’s legislative agenda as well as other organization political analysis to determine impact on electoral program
  • Draft appropriate materials to CWA staff and locals to implement programs.
  • Responsible for six (6) month evaluation of the campaign
  • Other duties as assigned


  1. Wages: $70,111.50 - $88,964.84 Salary/year (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.

Submit a résumé, a cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this role, plus a writing sample. We are looking for an immediate hire so applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls please. Submit application online at:

People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

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