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(updated December 11, 2017)

UC Student-Workers Union (UAW 2865) Communications Specialist

Location: California (preferably near a UC teaching campus)

Deadline: Submit applications to by Dec 27, 2017

The UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865, is a dynamic, member-driven labor union representing over 16,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) – Teaching Assistants, Readers, Graders, Tutors, and others – at the 9 teaching campuses of the University of California.

The UC Student-Workers Union is currently hiring one 20 hour per week Communications Specialist to work with our statewide Communications Committee to execute a comprehensive statewide Communications Plan. This will include effective messaging and framing strategies that will advance field organizing campaign goals, thereby helping student-workers achieve greater victories through our union.

Candidates who identify as people of color, working class, queer, trans, women, and/or disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Print Media:
    • Support the work of the Field Organizing Team by developing engaging flyers, stickers, and other organizing materials.
    • Assist membership committees including Communications Committee in writing brochures, posters and other publicity materials.
    • Draft press releases, articles, and op-eds for external distribution.
    • Coordinating the dissemination of print media across all 9 campuses.
  • Website:
    • Maintain and update our statewide website, including press releases and communications approved by elected leadership.
    • Improve the visibility and functionality of the website to support bargaining and other priority campaigns.
    • Incorporate social media into the website and field organizing
  • Social Media:
    • Create new and compelling content for our union’s statewide social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
    • Coordinate campus-level social media accounts, encouraging active social media presence on every campus.
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.

Required Experience and Characteristics:

  • A demonstrated commitment to union democracy, bottom-up member-driven organizing, social justice, anti-oppression, and social movement unionism.
  • Exceptional graphic and web design skills.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including demonstrated experience writing news stories, features, editorials, speeches, press releases, promotional/advertising copy, and/or social media posts.
  • Ability to produce effective flyers, leaflets and other materials to support organizing and contract campaigns.
  • Strong grasp of social media and how to use it effectively to communicate with membership and external audiences, and to support organizing and contract campaigns.
  • Strong media relations skills, including the ability to project our union’s message with confidence.
  • Familiarity with labor, community, and/or campus organizing.
  • Work independently in a competent and professional manner, implementing UAW Local 2865’s overall goals and expectations.

Preferred Experience and Characteristics:

  • One year of experience working in a Communications role for a union or similar social justice organization.
  • Familiarity with the political landscape of California and the University of California.
  • Knowledge of: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, and website updating methods.
  • Knowledge of professional project-management practices and experience implementing multiple complex, fast-moving communications projects concurrently.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing proactive media outreach and generating positive media coverage.
  • Ability to produce and edit promotional videos for use online.
  • Ability to speak, write, read and translate in one or more languages (especially Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hindi).

Scope and Nature of Supervision:

The Communications Specialist reports directly to the Statewide Field Organizing Coordinator (staff leadership) and the Staff Support Committee (member leadership). This position provides support and technical assistance to a member-led Communications Committee, which includes regular participation in committee meetings. Like all local union staff, the Communications Specialist is ultimately accountable to and is employed by the union membership as a whole, which is represented by the Joint Council and the Executive Board. These democratically-elected bodies have the authority to hire, fire, and issue corrective action based on recommendations and evaluations by the Statewide Field Organizing Coordinator and the Staff Support Committee.

Additional Requirements:

  • Occasional travel to statewide office in Berkeley and between UC campuses for special events.
  • Must possess a laptop capable of running Adobe Suite, Indesign, and other design programs.
  • Must possess an email-capable cell phone for business use.

This Position Offers::

  • A competitive pay rate of $32.03/hr.
  • Full health, dental, and vision coverage, including coverage for eligible dependents.
  • Reimbursement for work-related travel in accordance with UAW 2865 policies.

To Apply For This Position: Please email letter of interest, Resume, contact information for two references, and sample(s) of your web/print design work and editorial work to Please use the subject line: “[Your Name] Communications Specialist Application.” The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis after Dec 27, 2017.