Available Positions

FIELD ORGANIZERS
Part-time and Full-time Positions Available
We will begin reviewing applications on November 12, 2018.

Location: Applicants must be based near a UC campus (or be willing to relocate)

UAW Local 2865 is a dynamic, member-driven labor union representing over 18,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs)—Teaching Assistants, Readers, Graders, Tutors, and others—at the nine teaching campuses of the University of California.

UAW Local 2865 is currently hiring part-time and full-time Field Organizers to organize academic workers across the UC system, including UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, UCLA, UC-Irvine, UC-San Diego, UC-Merced, UC-Riverside, UC-Santa Cruz, and UC-Santa Barbara. These positions will be directly responsible for internal and external organizing activities, including membership recruitment, leadership identification and development, and increasing member participation in statewide campaigns.

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

Organizer Responsibilities:

  • Identify and develop new worker leaders from diverse backgrounds, in particular, workers of color.
  • Develop an organizing committee of worksite leaders at their respective worksites.
  • Train organizing committee members to move worksite organizing campaigns
  • Conduct organizing trainings in collaboration with worker leaders
  • Assist leaders in mobilizing for union actions and campaigns through activities such as phone-banking, leafleting, door knocking, tabling, holding department meetings, etc.
  • Perform administrative tasks necessary for organizing (such as maintaining databases, producing materials and correspondence)
  • Any other duties/tasks as assigned

Required Experience and Characteristics:

  • Ability to work with, identify, and recruit leaders of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to conduct one-on-one organizing conversations
  • Ability to role-play and workshop difficult conversations with co-workers, supervisors, and member leaders
  • Ability to facilitate and plan meetings that solicit broad worker participation
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including prompt responsiveness to emails, phone calls, and other forms of communication
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines
  • Willingness to work late nights and weekends: this is not a 9 to 5 job
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance with adequate coverage, and an automobile for business use.
  • Must possess an email-capable cell phone for business use.
  • Must possess a laptop, iPad, or comparable portable computing device for business use.

Preferred Experience and Characteristics:

  • Demonstrated experience moving workers to action
  • Ability to provide organizing feedback to member leaders
  • Experience with organizing academic workers, public sector employees, and/or student workers
  • Bilingual or multilingual (especially Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hindi)
  • Familiarity with the political landscape of California and the University of California

Scope and Nature of Supervision:
Organizers report to the Statewide Field Coordinator (staff leadership) and the Executive Board.

UAW Local 2865 is an equal opportunity employer and an organization devoted to challenging exploitation in all of its intersecting forms. Working class people, women, people of color, LGBTQ-identified people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits:
This position is covered by a collectively bargained agreement, with a generous benefits package and starting full-time salary of $68,621

Instructions for Applying:
Interested applicants should submit a résumé, 2-3 references, and a one-page cover letter with the subject line “[Your Name] Field Organizer Application” to the hiring committee at jobsuaw2865@gmail.com.

We will begin reviewing applications on November 12, 2018.