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American Federation of Teachers

American Federation of Teachers


AFT Project Staff Organizer

Covering Connecticut


AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is a powerful union of over 1.7 million members.

AFT CT is a state affiliate of the AFT, with over 90 local unions representing close to 31,000 workers in Pre-K-12 and higher education, health care, and state services.

AFT and AFT CT are seeking a dedicated individual to serve as our newest Project Staff Organizer. Ideal candidates are those who feel passionately about helping working people build power in their worksites and in their communities.

This position reports directly to the State Federation’s Director of Organizing and to a designee of the National union.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify and develop new organizing targets and respond efficiently to organizing leads
  • Identify and incorporate relevant worker issues in all campaigns
  • Conduct strategic research on organizing targets
  • Plan for, write, and carry-out comprehensive organizing plans
  • Conduct one-on-one and small group meetings with workers
  • House calling and phone banking
  • Write and incorporate strategic communications materials
  • Recruit workers to join organizing committees and other bodies
  • Train member organizers, committee members, and work-site leaders on every relevant aspect of external and internal organizing, as well as community engagement
  • Assist locals and local leaders as needed in the development of work-site leadership structures
  • Assist with issue-based organizing campaigns, as well as contract campaigns, political mobilizations, and community engagement plans
  • Organize large-scale rallies, work-place actions, and community forums
  • Organize and run effective meetings
  • Turn out workers to all types of union events
  • Respond quickly and effectively to other needs, as directed

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Organizing experience strongly preferred, including experience with both public and private sector organizing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Ability to handle stress and conflict effectively
  • Ability to present effectively to groups
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complicated information
  • Ability to work independently while also incorporating feedback
  • Ability to work well within multiple collaborative/team structures
  • Ability to prioritize activities while advancing the needs of campaigns
  • Ability to inspire confidence and ownership from workers in all campaigns
  • Ability and willingness to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to drive long distances
  • Ability to speak a second language (especially Spanish) preferred
  • Diverse experiences preferred
  • Private sector health care organizing experience preferred
  • Community and political organizing experience a plus

Salary and Benefits: Per Agreement between NEROP Staff Union and the Northeast Region of the AFT, including competitive salary, health insurance, retirement, and other fringe benefits.

Tools: The Organizer is required to have a valid driver’s license, legally required registration, automobile insurance, and a working automobile.

How to Apply: Please submit your cover letter and résumé to: eborlaug@aftct.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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