University Professional & Technical Employees – CWA Local 9119

University Professional & Technical Employees
CWA Local 9119

Strategic Communications Director

SF Bay Area preferred
(other locations considered)


UPTE, CWA Local 9119 (“UPTE”) is a dynamic and growing, member-run, statewide union representing 18,000 University of California technical, research, and health care professionals. UPTE is seeking to hire an experienced communications professional and leader who, as part of the senior staff and strategy team, will build and drive the Union’s communications program.

Please visit us at http://www.upte.org/ to get a sense of who we are and what we stand for.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Systemwide Director, assist in the development and implementation of communications strategies and media essential to support the goals and objectives of the Union.
  • Design, implement and continually build a creative, multi-dimensional communications program that frames the Union’s key priorities and initiatives, and engages workers and the public.
  • Be versed in breaking trends in emerging communications media and incorporate into the Union’s communications programs and strategies.
  • Write clear and compelling messages that drive member engagement and continually improve the Union’s communications with varied audiences.
  • Produce high-quality, error-free digital and written materials for use in email, text, web, direct mail, brochures, flyers, press releases, speeches, regular town halls, and other mediums.
  • Develop press strategies and provide press support and for Union actions and initiatives.
  • Design and implement public escalation strategies for priority Union campaigns.
  • Supervise communications staff as assigned.


  • Experience developing and implementing one or more multi-dimensional communications programs.
  • Ability to understand complex issues, gather and assess information, identify campaign leverage, and develop communications that enhance strategic pressure points.
  • Experience working with organizing and/or bargaining staff to develop communications strategies.
  • Outstanding verbal, written and editorial skills, especially under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Experience using research metrics and/or databases to develop communications targets and messages is desired.
  • Experience working with allies on joint campaigns is a plus.
  • Team leadership experience is desired.

Compensation: Starting salary range of $100,000 – $110,000 and an excellent benefits package, including a defined benefit pension, family medical and dental insurance, all university holidays, and flexible work arrangements.

To Apply:
Send your submission to: Patricia Johnson, Unionsearch Managing Partner at: patjohnson@unionsearch.org.

Please include the following:

  • A résumé with the months and years of employment for each position.
  • A cover letter addressing your qualifications and ability to carry out the duties of the position as described above.
  • A sample portfolio highlighting relative experience.

To Arrange a Confidential Conversation About This Position Please Contact:

Doug Crooks, Unionsearch Associate at:
Email: douglas_crooks@yahoo.com
Phone/text: (206) 538-4504

Position open until filled

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