Columbia Postdoctoral Workers and Sinai Postdoctoral Organizing Committee

Columbia Postdoctoral Workers and Sinai Postdoctoral Organizing Committee

Full-Time Organizer

Based in New York City, NY


The UAW Local 4100 is seeking a Full-time Organizer. UAW Local 4100 represents over 2,100 postdoctoral researchers across Columbia University and Mount Sinai. Our members are innovators and leaders in research, and a part of a growing movement of academic workers unionizing across the country. As the first unionized postdoctoral workers at a private university, our members are committed to raising researcher working conditions in New York City and across the country through strong membership engagement and political and legislative activism.

We seek a staff organizer who will support continued organizing to grow our Union and advocate for the rights of our membership, while working with elected Union leadership in the day-to-day functions of the Union.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to Stewards and worker organizers with organizing and communications to the units, including full-time active outreach to researchers.
  • Identify and develop leadership within the Union.
  • Plan and lead trainings, workshops, and one-on-one assistance for Stewards and organizers on organizing best practices.
  • Union event planning, logistics, and turnout.
  • Grievance-handling and supporting researchers facing workplace issues.
  • Draft, design, and edit informational materials, including coordinating communications strategy and media.
  • Data management for 2100+ person unit.
  • Strategy development for issue-based and contract campaigns.

Successful candidates for this highly member-facing position will have a proven track record of organizing and a people-person attitude.

Job Requirements:

  • Dedication and enthusiasm for the labor movement and social justice.
  • Ability to work with a diverse workforce, collaborate as part of a team, and work in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to frame issues and follow messaging in accordance to the Local’s mission and principles.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of common office software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years of experience in labor organizing.
  • Experience with academic employment.
  • Familiarity with the research workplace.
  • Experience with international workers and different cultural backgrounds.
  • Experience/familiarity with communications, marketing, presentations, volunteer coordination, and training or related as well as contractual workplace issues.
  • Multilingual abilities, especially Chinese or Japanese language skills are a plus.

Come join a friendly progressive workplace where you can work toward improving worker conditions in a unique academic setting. We offer flexible work hours and protected vacation time.

Terms of employment: This position will be covered by UAW Staff United and will include competitive salary ($72,500 – $80,000 starting range, depending on experience, with annual raises), healthcare benefits, paid personal time off, and sick time.

To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to the Executive Board at: postdocunion@uaw4100.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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