Communications Workers of America, District 6

Communications Workers of America
District 6

Campaign Assistant

Based in Austin, TX


Job Title/Position: Campaign Assistant
Job Location: CWA District 6, Austin, Texas
Salary Range: $42,943.30 – $62,100.60 Salary/year

Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 6 is hiring a Campaign Assistant. CWA District 6 is a progressive, member-led union representing 40,000 workers in telecommunications, the public sector, healthcare, tech, media, airlines, and manufacturing in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

We are seeking a full-time Campaign Assistant with a passion for social justice to assist in organizing wall-to-wall unions within public mental/behavioral health agencies in Texas. This is an entry-level union organizing position with opportunities for promotion and advancement based on skills development and organizing success.

The Campaign Assistant will be accountable to and supported by the District 6 Vice President and the District 6 Organizing Department leadership. In this position, they will be responsible for organizing workers in new and existing public sector, mental/behavioral health care campaigns in Texas by implementing recruitment and leadership development strategies. They will assist senior organizing staff in coordinating and managing issue campaigns that improve material conditions for all rank-and-file members and build unity and solidarity amongst all workers across departments and job titles.

As a Campaign Assistant you will be expected to support senior CWA organizing staff in recruiting members to the union, building organizing committees, identifying and developing leaders, developing trainings and workshops, developing and executing plans for issue campaigns, and helping execute political mobilizations of workers.

On-the-job training for this position is provided, with the potential to collaborate with national CWA trainings and attend trainings relevant to the responsibilities of the position.

Applicants must have at least 1 year of experience in labor or community organizing in a leadership role within a union or other grassroots membership organization. This position involves a moderate amount of travel.

Job Qualifications

  • Willing and able to take regular direction and learn from experienced campaign staff
  • Willing to commit, energy, heart and long, irregular hours
  • Ability to learn and implement the campaign basics
  • Be able to take notes, listen and get information/report back to campaign leads, DOC or other campaign leadership to evaluate campaigns
  • Ability to assess workers' support of the campaign, identify potential committee members, move workers to make concrete commitments and take action, recruit people to a committee, facilitate committee meetings, work with groups.
  • Understand and discuss issues in a way that contribute to the momentum of an organizing campaign.
  • Have a fundamental commitment to building a diverse and democratic labor movement and ability to organize workers from diverse backgrounds and demographics.
  • Willing to attend an Organizing Institute
  • Basic communications skills, able to do basic flyers and other written material
  • Motivated self-starter able to learn and troubleshoot without heavy supervision
  • Driver’s license and reliable car, must be able to travel to work locations away from home/office location.
  • 1-2 years of prior labor, political or community organizing experience
  • Strong social, written and verbal communication skills
  • Patient in pressure situations and savvy with conflict management
  • Bilingual, a plus

Job Responsibilities:

  • Review electoral races, laws, regulations and other research materials to determine how policies affect CWA’s legislative agenda
  • Utilize numerous organizing tactics including home-visiting, cold phone calling, hand billing, etc.
  • Provide appropriate materials to CWA staff and locals to implement defined programs.
  • Willingness to try new ideas while implementing and defending organizing basics
  • Solid working knowledge of systematic organizing, able to use charts, lists and databases to gather, analyze, and share information about a campaign.
  • Ability to follow up on leads in a timely manner
  • Along with a Campaign Lead or DOC, be able to help develop and implement a local organizing plan.
  • Working with Campaign Leads,
    • Be able to work effectively with committee members
    • Assist with moving campaigns to stage 3
    • Keep the committee on track
    • Motivate the committee to move through roadblocks and be public when it is time
    • Give the committee a realistic assessment of progress and inoculate them.
    • Draft letters and electronic correspondence regarding CWA agenda
    • Support state level engagement teams by drafting sample letters and assist in producing materials.
  • Work with the local unions to help identify and encourage others to participate in campaigns and build support for organizing.
  • Assist with congressional briefings, communications and requests for information
  • Submit reports as required, at least monthly.
  • Must be able to work on projects to build the local, but also be able to assist in national and district organizing projects.

Job Specifications:    

  1. Wages: See Collective Bargaining Agreement
  2. Reports to the CWA Organizing Director or appropriate administrative staff
  3. Other terms and conditions as per the Memorandum of Agreement.
  4. Position is not to be used to replace regular full time staff

To Apply:
If you feel you have the background and experience to qualify for this position, submit your letter of interest and your résumé on CWA Careers.

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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