University Professional & Technical Employees – CWA Local 9119

University Professional & Technical Employees
CWA Local 9119

Political Director

May be based in Sacramento or the SF Bay Area, CA


UPTE, CWA Local 9119 (“UPTE”) is a dynamic and growing member-run, statewide union representing 16,000 University of California technical, research, and health care professionals. UPTE is seeking to hire an experienced Political Director and leader to drive the Union’s political organizing program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the Union’s political and community organizing strategies, advancing the Union’s political and policy priorities and building the Union’s power.
  • Work with Systemwide Director to develop goals and execute plans for members participation in candidate interviews, lobby days, town hall meetings, elected official accountability activities, voter registration drives, vote-by-mail and GOTV activities;
  • Responsible for designing and executing UPTE-CWA’s state legislative and political strategy in the state of California
  • Develop and lead campaign and legislative meetings with the goal of growing UPTE-CWA’s Legislative & Political (L&P) committee
  • Lead or develop Labor and Community coalitions around key issues or strategic initiatives. Design and drive public pressure campaigns as assigned.
  • Responsible for monitoring and lobbying on legislation as it pertains to UPTE-CWA members and affiliates and bringing information forward to the L&P committee to develop recommendations to bring forward to the systemwide executive board
  • Develop relationships with key local and state allies, legislators, key office holders and their staff, other unions and progressive organizations.
  • Develop and track state budgets.
  • Monitors political and legislative developments in order to make recommendations for engagement and involvement. Evaluates political campaigns (candidate, legislative and ballot measures at the local, state and federal level) and facilitate UPTE-CWA’s endorsement process when applicable
  • Provide support to internal organizing staff for the recruitment, training, leadership development and coordination of member political activists for political fundraising, electoral campaigns and lobbying
  • Work with staff and members to integrate political strategy into planning for contract and organizing campaigns.
  • Prepare and/or support the creation of member education materials;
  • Develop members to represent UPTE-CWA’s interests in Central Labor Councils, constituency groups, and community organizations, in their region.
  • Empower the membership to build effective advocacy relationships with elected officials, community partners, and other stakeholders; and,
  • Supervise staff as assigned


  • Minimum of three years legislative, political organizing, or campaign experience with a labor union, state or local agency or association, non-profit community organization or progressive elected official
  • Commitment to building a Militant, Progressive, and Democratic labor movement
  • Knowledge of professional campaigns including media, research, field, communications and GOTV programs
  • Experience with a union COPE or PAF program development and implementation
  • Thorough knowledge of state legislative and budget processes and California political landscape
  • Ability to craft and implement electoral and legislative plans.
  • Advanced understanding of the state’s ballot initiative process and campaigning is critical, as is awareness of federal, state and local campaign finance regulations.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel and willing to work long hours and weekends, as needed;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to motivate, lead, build strong working relationships and hold others accountable;
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to creating a positive work environment that encourages personal responsibility, initiative and innovation;
  • Proven ability to work with diverse group of people, from union members to union staff and leaders to elected officials to other community and issue stakeholders;
  • Previous experience in speech writing, media work, and other communication/public relations fields is highly desirable; and,
  • Fluency in a second language is desirable.

To Apply:
Please submit your résumé and a cover letter to: jobs@upte-cwa.org.

Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits package. The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $100,000.

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