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Union of Nontenure-Track Faculty at Michigan State University, UNTF/AFT Local 1855

Union of Nontenure-Track Faculty at Michigan State University
UNTF/AFT Local 1855


Full-Time Organizer

Based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI


The Union of Non-tenure-Track Faculty (UNTF)/AFT Local 1855, AFL-CIO is seeking a Full-Time Organizer to work with elected local leadership to build membership and activism in the local. UNTF represents a bargaining unit of about 640 non-tenure-track faculty members at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

This organizer will work closely with organizing staff from AFT Michigan, our state affiliate. Primary duties will include:

  • One-on-one internal organizing, including mapping the workplace, having conversations with potential, new, and current members of the local;
  • Identifying, recruiting, and training potential leaders.
  • Keeping detailed notes and managing confidential data.
  • Communicating regularly with other staff and leaders to coordinate organizing plans.
  • Motivating members and setting an example in organizing and meeting commitments.

Candidates should have strong organizing skills, the ability to work a flexible schedule, experience working with diverse populations, and have demonstrated union or community organizing experience.

Competitive salary with full medical insurance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Grassroots organizing experience
  • Higher education experience; bachelor’s degree required
  • Independent and self-directed
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Strong interest in and commitment to unions and the labor movement
  • Familiarity with current issues in higher education
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including oral communication, listening, motivational skills, and attention to detail
  • Basic computing skills, including experience with Microsoft Office

UNTF is an affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, members of the LGBT community and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Please submit cover letter, résumé and contact information for at least three professional references in a single PDF file with your last name as the first part of the file name to Rich Manderfield at: manderf1@msu.edu and using the subject line “UNTF Organizer.” Cover letters should include a short summary of your organizing experience and answer the following question: What would be your strategy to recruit members as leaders and build the organization in areas where there are not currently many activists?

We will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue accepting applications until June 28,2019. For more information contact: manderf1@msu.edu.

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