UAW Local 1596

Campaign Organizer
Higher Education

Based in Boston, MA


The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations.

UAW organizers in Boston have helped build a cutting-edge and growing movement of academic workers winning justice, including path breaking recent successes at NYU, Columbia, The New School and Barnard. Currently, our Boston-based team is helping more than 11,000 student workers join the UAW. We seek committed, energetic people to join our team and help build on this success.

Position Responsibilities:
The primary focus of the position would be field organizing, working closely with rank and file leaders. Successful candidates for this work will be highly driven and committed individuals with the ability perform some or all of the following:

  1. Identify, recruit, train, develop and inspire worker leaders through one-on-one and group communication
  2. Conduct one-on-one conversations and effectively move workers to collective action
  3. Organize and lead productive, structured meetings
  4. Train worker leaders to mobilize coworkers to join in action with them
  5. Mobilize workers to tell their stories to reporters, engage in social media strategy, and engage with potential political and community allies
  6. Participate in team development of campaign strategy
  7. Help develop digital and written campaign messaging strategy and materials

Requirements and Qualifications:

  1. Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends
  2. Must be an engaged listener and able to move conversations with workers by asking provocative questions
  3. Must be able to respectfully challenge people to take action that may move them outside their usual comfort zone
  4. Ability to identify existing social networks between workers and use them to develop a broad and diverse worker organizing committee
  5. Capacity to work independently and with a team, and with people from diverse backgrounds
  6. Strong communications skills and computer/smartphone literacy
  7. Willingness to conduct one-on-one conversations
  8. A demonstrated commitment to economic, racial and social justice
  9. Experience utilizing social media and online tools in organizing drives a plus
  10. Organizing experience with demonstrated success in new organizing campaigns a plus
  11. Punctuality

To Apply:
Email your résumé, cover letter and three references to jgilbert@uaw.net and cgraugard@uaw.net.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.