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Public Relations Coordinator
Part-Time (10 hours per week)
The 4Cs invites applications from active and retired members for the position of part-time public relations coordinator. The coordinator will develop and implement communications strategies to:
  • Showcase the 4Cs as a community resource dedicated to helping all constituencies meet their education and training needs, and
  • Position the 4Cs as a voice of labor and higher education throughout the state.
The coordinator will:
  • Advise union officers on communications strategies and issues;
  • Develop appropriate media relations plans;
  • Write, take photographs for, and distribute news releases, feature stories, media advisories, backgrounders, and analyses to the appropriate local, state, national and educational media;
  • Develop ideas and ghostwrite op-eds by union officers for aforementioned media;
  • Write speeches for union officers;
  • Take and distribute stand-alone photos to the aforementioned media; and
  • Develop and pitch interview ideas and member subjects to local, state, and regional radio and television stations.

This is not an entry-level position. The successful applicant will have at least seven years current experience as a community college publicist/marketing specialist, current contacts with newspapers, blogs, and radio and television stations in Connecticut, and an in-depth knowledge of labor history and issues. Bachelor’s degree in journalism or English required, as well as master’s degree with a labor history or labor studies concentration.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and proposal to ellen@the4cs.org by September 18.

September 9th, 2015

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The online newspaper Fairfield Patch has published the following article on new organizer Greg Jackson’s joining the 4Cs. A similar article appears in the Norwalk and Danbury Patches.

Posted by Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges, SEIU L1973 on Friday, September 4, 2015

September 4th, 2015

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4Cs/SEIU #1973

Political Organizer

The Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges (the 4Cs), a Hartford-based public employee union, seeks a Political Organizer to be responsible for a comprehensive program of legislative action. The position is FT (35 hours per week).

Summary

The 4Cs Political Organizer advises the 4Cs president in all legislative matters and is the point person for developing member legislative activities. The Political Organizer’s responsibilities include recommending to the union leadership a vision for a strategic legislative advocacy program, building and maintaining relationships with Connecticut legislators of all political persuasions; Connecticut state officials; SEBAC, SEIU, and other unions, and coordinating lobbying activities with organized labor, student, community, non-profit, and other groups with whom our union shares common interests.

Example of Duties

The 4Cs Political Organizer’s duties include developing and helping execute the union’s state legislative and budgetary strategy, developing and implementing strategies for moving or stopping state legislation, supporting union contract negotiations, working to mobilize members for participation in state legislative and budgetary proceedings, lobbying members of the legislature, administration, and other state agencies, preparing reports on legislative, political, budgetary, and administrative issues, and conducting political and legislative trainings and workshops. Duties also include coordinating with Student Activities Directors to inform, engage, and empower students in the legislative process, and developing relationships with allies and coalitions to help advance the union’s state legislative and budgetary agenda.

Qualifications

Successful candidates must have a minimum three years of equivalent experience and a Bachelors degree or higher, or equivalent knowledge gained via experience.

Successful candidates must also have demonstrated political analysis skills; demonstrated effectiveness in employing legislative strategies at the legislature, including process, bill analysis, and coalition building, and demonstrated effectiveness lobbying in environments of great complexity. Successful candidates must also have knowledge of issues impacting American higher education, knowledge of Community College systems, and direct experience with Community College students and the issues that impact their academic progress.

Successful candidates must also have proven ability to work with diverse groups, knowledge of organized labor and political issues, demonstrated commitment to unions and their mission, superb written and oral communication skills, information technology literacy skills, flexibility and self-directedness, and ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who possess working knowledge of Connecticut politics, budgetary and legislative processes, and working relationships with state officials who impact public higher education in Connecticut.

Fluency in a second language us also preferred.

Compensation

Salary starts at $63,093. [CCP 18 Step 1]

Letters of interest and resumes should be emailed together to (info@the4cs.org) and must be received by 8/1/15.

 

July 1st, 2015

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Position Description

Union (Internal) Organizer

Purpose of Class:

The Union Organizer is responsible for representing members on community college campuses. The Union Organizer motivates members to protect their rights and to improve the quality of their working lives. This 4Cs staff member will assist local and state leaders with duties that include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting meetings, trainings, and other events vital to the active work of a college campus union chapter, thereby empowering members in the workplace;
  • Traveling between campuses as assigned to serve members;
  • Handling grievances, arbitrations, and mediations;
  • Identifying issues and problems of concern to a diverse union membership, and doing so with sensitivity and compassion;
  • Advocating strategically for members and doing so passionately when required;
  • Engaging members to support the union’s political program at the state and national levels;
  • Mobilizing members to engage in direct action in support of their own interests, and in furtherance of the interests of their students, their communities, and their various organized labor and social justice partners;
  • Identifying campus union leaders and promoting the development of future campus union leaders;
  • Organizing members to assist with all of the above;
  • Periodic evening and weekend work is required.

Supervisory and Other Relationships:

The Union Organizer reports to the 4Cs president. In addition, the position involves extensive cooperative and collaborative work with other 4Cs staff, local and state officers, members at large, community college and System Office personnel, and others.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The ability to work with diverse higher education professionals in various stages of their careers;
  • Written and oral communication skills sufficient for interaction with higher education professionals;
  • The ability to interpret relevant special bodies of knowledge (contract, labor law, State of Connecticut pension and health care plan regulations, etc.)
  • The ability to listen closely, while reserving any judgment, and to frame issues;
  • The ability to research, gather, and interpret information and evidence;
  • The ability to make persuasive arguments in a variety of settings, using multiple modalities;
  • The ability to advocate and negotiate, both formally and informally;
  • Information technology literacy skills;
  • Planning and organizing abilities–in individual, team, and coalition settings;
  • Judgment and problem solving skills, including prioritization of activities;
  • Skill in meeting/juggling many and varying deadlines (e.g. returning phone calls or email and making reports, etc.) and managing work time efficiently;
  • Ability to motivate and develop confidence in others;
  • Dedication to workers’ rights and progress;
  • Knowledge of organized labor and political issues;
  • Ability to work without direct supervision.

Required Experience and Training:

  • College degree;
  • Three (3) years of experience as a union organizer or in a related capacity;
  • A valid driver’s license and automobile for business use;
  • Preferred: A Master’s Degree and five (5) years of union organizing or related experience.

Compensation:

  • Salary range starts at  $63,093 (negotiable) plus a car allowance and a full benefits package.

To Apply: 

Email your resume and cover letter by July 15, 2015 to info@the4cs.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 16th, 2015

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