(Northern Illinois University Faculty Workers Project)

DeKalb, IL

Higher education and unions are under the attack. AFT members are fighting back against these attacks and for racial, economic and educational justice for all of us. Northern Illinois University Faculty Workers Project (NIUFW) seeks a full-time organizer in DeKalb, IL.

The American Federation of Teachers is a 1.6 member union of educators and professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.

This is a full-time position working on an organizing campaign located in DeKalb, IL. Organizers are responsible for a variety of aspects of a campaign including building relationships with workers, developing issues-based organizing plans for assigned areas, and for recruiting and sustaining motivation of organizing committee members and activists. This project is a joint venture with the American Federation of Teachers. This job requires long and irregular hours, with some additional weekend work.


  • Willing to work long and irregular hours
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Dedicated to social and economic justice, and quality education
  • In possession of an insured vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Must have demonstrated leadership abilities and ability to work with a diverse population
  • Experienced in community, student, labor, social justice or environmental activism is a plus for organizer position
  • Experience in higher education is a plus
  • Union organizing experience preferred
  • Must be self-directed

Applicants must be flexible with regards to geography/be willing to relocate.


  • Organize and mobilize workers
  • Attend weekly meetings with supervisors to discuss progress and plan activities
  • One-on-one visits, site visits, meetings, and other interaction with potential members
  • Identify and develop new leaders and activists
  • Organize and facilitate meetings
  • Create communication pieces including flyers, emails and social media
  • Enter assessments and other data collected in a database on a daily basis
  • Take direction on daily and weekly activities to grow AFT membership and accomplish goals

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Competitive Salary and Benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by clicking on the following link –


Equal Employment Opportunity and all are encouraged to apply.

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