United Steelworkers

United Steelworkers

Lead Campaigner
Strategic Campaigns Department

Based in Washington, DC
(frequent travel)


Largest industrial union in North America seeks dedicated and creative individuals with experience leading contract campaigns in a variety of sectors.

The USW Strategic Campaigns Department is responsible for developing and coordinating membership mobilization and contract campaigns in a variety of industries to support collective bargaining. The campaigns vary – from individual local union contract campaigns to heavily-resourced corporate campaigns, labor disputes and first contract fights.

This position involves:

  • Working with staff, local union leaders and rank-and-file members from various industries to develop and lead campaigns that build solidarity and leverage to win fair contracts
  • Developing and implementing creative campaign strategies and tactics responsive to a variety of situations from tough bargaining at a single plant to high-profile, nationwide campaigns with multiple locals at a single employer
  • Conducting in-person, full-day and multi-day trainings with union members in various settings
  • Planning and implementing creative campaign actions
  • Writing campaign materials, including corporate communications, flyers, campaign updates and research reports
  • Leverage research on employers to inform strategies and tactics
  • Preparing local unions for potential labor disputes, leveraging strike preparation efforts and direct, on-the-ground support to win strikes and lockouts
  • Coordinating with other USW staff and departments, including bargainers, servicing reps, communications and organizing departments
  • Planning events and meetings with union members and staff
  • Mentoring other department staff and interns
  • Leading campaign teams in planning and problem-solving


  • At least 7 years of experience in the labor movement or similar including experience leading various campaigns from planning through implementation
  • Ability to lead campaign teams, including setting goals, delegating, coaching and reporting out on campaign progress and activities
  • Experience developing and leading trainings and educational programs
  • Ability to write effective campaign materials quickly
  • Ability to conduct, analyze and report on corporate leverage research
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with union leadership, staff and rank-and-file members
  • Willingness to learn, take direction and work both collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented, able to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously, think ahead and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to work long, irregular hours when needed, including weekends and evenings
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and similar tools, such as Google Drive
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Frequent travel required across the U.S. and occasionally Canada
  • Proficiency in another language, particularly Spanish or French, a plus

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary - Salary range is $72,500-$111,000, with placement on the range commensurate with experience. This is a bargaining unit position. Generous benefits provided by the employer including healthcare, dental, vision and retirement benefits.

To Apply:
Please send résumé and a cover letter highlighting your experience to: stratjobs@usw.org

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