Industrial Workers of the World

Industrial Workers of the World

Part-Time General Headquarters Office Assistant

Based in Chicago, IL


The Industrial Workers of the World is one of the first labor unions in the United States to organize all workers - regardless of their ethnicity, gender, immigration status, or job. We have been growing in the last 20 years, with high profile organizing campaigns and a new wave of members ready and eager to organize their workplaces for better conditions, better pay, and a greater voice in how their work is done.

General Headquarters in Chicago is the administrative office for our union in North America. We process union dues and accounts receivables/payables, act as clearinghouse for the union, mail out the union’s members only newsletter, manage the membership database, run union elections and referendums, assist in organizing campaigns and with the union’s communications, as well as housing the Literature Department which runs the IWW’s official store.

Responsibilities of Position:

  • Clerical projects, both paper and digital, including redevelopment and maintenance of filing systems
  • Assist with triage of tasks and task management
  • Assist with and directing of member and officer inquiries
  • Answer and direct phone calls
  • Assist with the updating and distribution of documents and forms while faithfully representing the union and it’s positions internally and to the public as needed
  • Prepare materials for members and union branches
  • Assist as needed with Literature Department projects and tasks
  • Other miscellaneous office tasks


  • Experience and comfort with both digital and paper clerical best practices
  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Working knowledge of office equipment, such as printers/copiers and telephone systems
  • Proficiency with MS Office and Google Workspaces, though comfort with Adobe, Wordpress, CiviCRM databases, and other office software and applications is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, though proficiency in Spanish, French, or other languages is a plus
  • Patience and strong listening skills
  • Attention to detail, creative problem solving skills, and the ability to self-start
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize work

Ideal candidates will have, in addition to the above listed requirements, an understanding of labor unions and a commitment to anti-oppression workplaces.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the IWW and the GHQ Staff Union and provides competitive compensation and benefits including a stipend for healthcare costs, paid vacation, and sick days.

Additional Information
This is a part-time salaried position (20 hours), starting as a 90 day temporary position with the possibility of becoming permanent, per the GHQ Staff collective bargaining agreement, based in Chicago. This is not a remote position. Working hours are flexible.

To Apply:
Please send résumé and cover letter to ghq@iww.org with the subject line: “Part Time General Headquarters Office Assistant -

IWW is committed to Equal Opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to our core organizational values and objectives to apply.

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