Lecturers’ Employees Organization (LEO), AFT Michigan Local 6244, AFL-CIO

Lecturers’ Employees Organization (LEO)
AFT Michigan Local 6244, AFL-CIO


Part-Time Organizers

Based at UM in Flint or Dearborn, MI

The Lecturers’ Employees Organization (LEO), AFT Michigan Local 6244, AFL-CIO, the union representing non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Michigan (UM), is seeking to hire two part-time Organizers, one each for the UM Flint and Dearborn campuses. LEO represents over 1600 non-tenure-track faculty on 3 campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint). The Flint and Dearborn campuses each have about 300 of these bargaining unit members. We are largely a volunteer organization with a strong organizing ethos. LEO will begin to bargain a new contract in Fall 2020.

Brief Description of Responsibilities

  • Work with the campus leadership, lead organizer, and activist members to organize lecturers across the Flint or Dearborn UM campus at a 75% appointment (i.e., 30 hours/week))
  • Identify, recruit and develop members to participate in organizing process
  • Respond to the decisions of a volunteer-run organization
  • Represent LEO to members and community
  • Help manage membership data

LEO requires applicants to have:

  • Organizing experience, especially related to unions, higher education and/or political action
  • Strong one-to-one organizing skills and willingness to engage lecturers on campus and at their homes
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Willingness to travel to other UM campuses on occasion
  • Willingness to implement organizing plans as decided by LEO leadership
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work with other campus stakeholders in coalitional efforts
  • Ability to facilitate groups
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and cooperatively

LEO prefers applicants to have:

  • Experience with a volunteer-run organization and/or a coalitional campaign
  • Strong commitment to social justice and the labor movement
  • Basic computing and informational systems knowledge
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Experience with the Flint or Dearborn community

LEO hopes to hire organizers to begin as soon as October 22nd. The annual salary for a 75% appointment is $37,500. Healthcare benefits are provided.

To Apply
Please submit cover letter, résumé, and list of three references no later than Friday, September 27th at midnight to: office@leounion.org.

Please direct any questions to Ian Robinson, LEO’s President, who will be chairing the search committee at: e.ian.robinson@gmail.com.

LEO is an equal-opportunity employer and is dedicated to building a diverse environment. Applications are strongly encouraged from all people who are interested, regardless of race, sex, national origin, age, marital status, parental or pregnancy status, disability, HIV antibody status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status.

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