Organizer 2017-18

COGS-UE Local 896 would like to hire a part-time Organizer (10 hours/week averaged over the employment period, or approximately a 25% appointment) to assist with various critical tasks related member organizing.

The Organizer’s responsibilities include regular one-on-one member organizing, including office and house visits; participating in and coordinating group organizing activities; using the COGS member database to provide information to officers and stewards; and other organizing duties. The Organizer will work under the direction of the Vice-President for Organizing.

The position will begin September 1, 2017 and end on April 30, 2018.  The salary is $7,606.36 for the period, to be paid in monthly installments at the end of each month worked.

Required qualifications include union awareness and commitment to labor causes; union and grassroots organizing experience; excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and motivational skills; self-motivated, detail-oriented worker able to manage multiple ongoing tasks; and familiarity with graduate employee working conditions.

Previous work as a steward or organizer a plus, but not required. Candidates for elected office (including trustee) for 2017-2018, and members of the ad-hoc hiring committee, are ineligible to apply.

This position is not a University appointment.  Depending on visa status, international students may not be eligible for employment under federal regulations.  Further details on the job description can be obtained by contacting Laura Szech, Vice President for Organizing (cogs@cogs.org).  If interested, please send a letter of application outlining your qualifications and a resume to: COGS Hiring Committee, COGS-UE Local 896, 20 E. Market St., Ste. 210, Iowa City, IA 52245; or cogs@cogs.org.  The application deadline is June 1, 2017, at 5:00pm.