In preparing for the opportunities and challenges ahead of us, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is investing more deeply in technology that can amplify the voices and needs of working people in our democracy. We are hiring passionate problem solvers who will take our organizing data systems and processes to the next level. Are you creative and passionate about finding solutions to make technical tools more accessible for everyone? Join our growing team! Together we will brainstorm, collaborate, build, and continue to improve the ways in which CWA takes data in from its members and uses it to make high stakes decisions. You will work closely with CWA affiliates across the country and have opportunities to collaborate with other teams within CWA on data-based projects. CWA represents 700,000 workers in public and private sector employment in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. CWA members work in telecommunications, information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, education, health care and public service, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields. The Data Specialist works in the Secretary-Treasurer’s office with the Director of Data and Information Systems as well as the Organizing Department. In this role, you will have a rare opportunity to develop and implement data strategy for organizing at one of America’s most progressive labor unions.

Responsibilities In this role, you will work primarily with CWA’s organizing tools and data and liaise with members from affiliates nationwide who work on organizing campaigns.

  • Provide data, targeting, and technological guidance and support for organizing, issue, and/or electoral campaigns
  • Administer, support, and train users
  • Assist staff and affiliates in developing strategies, data processes, and reporting to accurately measure progress toward organizing goals
  • Create and/or maintain internal databases, including manipulation of voter, membership, volunteer, and other person level data
  • Work across departments and with vendors to integrate the flow of information across organizing tools and other systems used by CWA
  • Work with leadership and staff to establish standards for data collection, acquisition, preservation, analytics, and hygiene

Required Skills and Experience We are looking for someone who is committed to CWA’s vision of economic justice and who has a real passion for implementing systems that enable organizations to thrive.

  • Ability to manage data for a large member- or donor- based organization
  • Ability to train people with a range of skill sets on technical tools
  • Ability to apply flexibility and creative problem solving to enforce the necessary use of certain systems
  • Moderate or better SQL ability
  • Experience handling multiple responsibilities, working independently within the context of a plan
  • Good communication and relationship-building skills including the ability to communicate technical subjects to non–technical individuals
  • Curious, and a brave learner, not afraid to pursue challenges and growth opportunities
  • Ability to travel and work long and extended hours when needed

We especially encourage applications from people who have these additional skills:

  • Familiarity with online and electoral tools and datasets such as Catalist, VAN, and other constituent relationship management tools like Action Network
  • Experience with programming language such as Python or R
  • Experience with data visualization tools such as Tableau, Periscope, or Google Data Studio
  • Experience working with APIs
  • Experience in the use of data and analytics to drive effective decision-making in organizing, issue, and/or electoral organizing

In addition you should be comfortable with using the Microsoft Office suite and GSuite/Google Apps.

Job Specifications

  • Salary: $56,294 - 79,320
  • Located in Washington, DC
  • Maximum four-year term
  • Position covered by the Guild Contract with CWA

To be considered for this position, submit your resume and cover letter to with the subject ‘CWA Organizing Data Specialist’. In your cover letter please highlight any experience you have working with the labor movement, advocacy groups, political campaigns or community organizing. CWA is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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