United Campus Workers of Colorado (CWA Local 7799)

United Campus Workers of Colorado
(CWA Local 7799)

Field Organizer

For covering the Boulder/Denver, CO areas


Position Title: Field Organizer
Location: Boulder/Denver, Colorado
Start Date: September

United Campus Workers of Colorado (CWA Local 7799) seeks a Field Organizer with a passion for social justice to help organize a wall-to-wall union in the University of Colorado (CU) system, which includes locations in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver. University workers eligible to join this union include graduate students, staff, lecturers, instructors, and faculty.

Graduate workers at CU-Boulder began organizing an unaffiliated union, the Committee for Rights and Compensation (CRC), in 2017 and garnered over 400 dues-paying members in three years. As an unaffiliated union, the CRC helped to secure pay raises, a partial reduction in student fees, dental coverage, and paid family leave through direct action and organizing campaigns. As a result of these victories and with the intention of escalating its labor strategy, the union decided to affiliate with a national labor union, Communication Workers of America, as a local chapter of United Campus Workers.

The full-time field organizer will be accountable to the local union Board of Directors and the democratic will of rank-and-file membership. In this position, the field organizer will be responsible for organizing workers throughout the CU system by developing recruitment and canvassing strategies, through coordinating and managing issue campaigns that improve material conditions for all rank-and-file members, and through maintaining continuity and institutional memory of the local union.

On-the-job training for this position is provided, with the potential to travel to campaigns and conferences relevant to the responsibilities of the position.


  • Recruit new members to the union
  • Conduct worksite visits of all employment positions eligible to join the union
  • Coordinate canvassing campaigns with existing membership
  • Communicate with membership and potential members through email, Slack, text messages, and digital platforms
  • Implement organizing program and help develop campaign plans
  • Support research and development of potential organizing projects
  • Maintain a secure archive of all relevant documents and union communication
  • Support Board of Directors and leadership
  • Build coalitions and maintain relationships with local activist organizations
  • Plan and coordinate organizing events and direct actions
  • Plan and coordinate regular membership meetings with Board of Directors
  • Design and create flyers, posters, and other forms

Minimum Requirements:

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends
  • Strong commitment to social justice and the labor movement
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient with technology including but not limited to Slack, Word, Excel, email, text messaging, OpaVote, and Nation Builder
  • Ability to work as team member, as well as take individual initiative with minimal supervision
  • Driver’s license and reliable access to car
  • Previous union and/or community organizing experience
  • Previous work history of supporting leadership development
  • Previous work history of legislative or policy advocacy

Preferred Requirements:

  • Basic knowledge of labor laws and union organizing efforts in Colorado
  • Previous experience organizing workers on a university campus
  • Graphic design and website maintenance skills
  • Basic knowledge of university financial systems and governance

Highly competitive salary and benefits.

How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three professional references to Enida Shuku at Eshuku@cwa-union.org by August 26, 2020.

Please email the same address with questions.

UCW-CWA Local 7799 Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek to promote diversity within our organization, and we encourage women, LGBTQ, people of color, and disabled individuals to apply.

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