Communications Workers of America

Communications Workers of America
District 1


New Jersey State Political and Legislative Director

Based in Trenton, NJ
(job requires travel within state)


Office is based in Trenton, NJ
(Job requires travel within state)

Salary Range: $85,207.90 to $116,182.03

Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 is hiring an New Jersey Political and Legislative Director. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Applicants must have at least 5 years of experience of legislative and/or political organizing and advocacy in a senior leadership role within a union or other grassroots membership organization. The New Jersey Political and Legislative Director will have responsibility for developing a political and legislative program that advances issues of concern to CWA members and a pro-working families agenda, and that activates union members year-round to build the power of the union. Responsibilities will include developing strategies and tactics to promote the union’s agenda, including catalyzing joint campaigns with a range of local, state and federal organizational allies, as well as with elected officials; developing relationships with legislators at the state, local and federal level, and advocating for the union’s agenda with these representatives; and mobilizing members to support the union’s agenda and contract fights. We are especially seeking candidates who have been recognized as leaders in their previous fields of work and have a strong commitment to building progressive movements for social change.

CWA is a progressive union representing 65000 New Jersey workers in the public sector, telecommunications, healthcare, direct care, and media.


  • Lead the political program of the union, including member mobilization in support of the union’s electoral work.
  • Chair the Statewide Legislative-Political Action Team and coordinate member driven legislative activities.
  • Lead the union’s legislative work, including identifying sponsors, tracking bills, coordinating lobby days, coordination with legislative coalition partners, assisting with research and preparation for testimony, and lobbying.
  • Supervise and draft content for policy advocacy materials, such as legislative Fact Sheets and testimony.
  • Develop and support campaigns related to the union’s contract and other campaigns.
  • Work closely with communications staff to develop plans to reach our campaign and advocacy goals, including working across teams to manage rapid response strategic communications, and working collaboratively with communications staff on long-term plans for our campaign and partnership work.
  • Work with members in various parts of the state, including working with individual locals to educate and mobilize our members.
  • Represent CWA with New Jersey progressive organizations and coalitions involved in electoral and other campaigns where labor has a stake.
  • Other related responsibilities as needed.

Office is based in Trenton, New Jersey and job requires travel throughout the state.


  • A commitment to building a strong labor movement dedicated to economic, social and racial justice.
  • At least five years’ experience and a proven track record in one or more related fields: political/legislative advocacy, lobbying, union leadership/organizing, contract campaigns, non-profit leadership/organizing.
  • Experience with electoral campaigns is a plus.
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills and ability to build strong relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Familiarity with unions and labor movement structure.
  • Ability to gain deep issue fluency quickly; demonstrated ability to gain fluency in new policy areas.
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced environment and manage workflow across departments: You prioritize and switch gears quickly between the multiple projects. You successfully plan and coordinate workflow across teams, consistently meet deadlines.
  • Compelling public speaker: You have a track record of compellingly representing organizations in multiple forums, including delivering legislative testimony, speaking with the media, and presenting on public panels.
  • Familiarity with and connections across the progressive and social justice movements: You have a strong set of relationships within the progressive movement, ideally including both national and state-based policy, advocacy and grassroots organizing groups and networks.
  • Experience and expertise with our core issues: workers’ rights, collective bargaining, telecommunications, public sector, healthcare, racial justice.
  • Willing to travel within New Jersey (driver’s license required).
  • Willingness to work evenings or weekends, when needed, and at times long hours; ability to work independently while contributing to a strong team spirit.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with the Microsoft office and Google suite.

The position is based in New Jersey. The salary range depends on experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, paid holidays, vacation days, sick days, pension, and the opportunity to contribute to a 401K plan.

Please submit your application here.

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.

CWA is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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