Idaho Education Association

Idaho Education Association

Organizing Coordinator

For covering Idaho


Join the Idaho Education Association (IEA) in the fight to win the schools our students deserve. We are Idaho’s education union, and we are a united group of educators and school support staff who are driven to build fair and equitable schools that deliver a high-quality comprehensive education to all of Idaho’s children. We are looking for talented, innovative people who can assist and support our members who are organizing to win a strong voice and respect at work. Come help build the movement for just public schools!

IEA seeks an Organizing Coordinator that desires to organize and assist building strong local unions, including but not limited to winning a voice for low-wage educators throughout the state. The applicant selected for the position will have a passion for building union power and capacity to win in often strategically complicated, deeply conservative communities, around educator issues and values that unite us all. The right applicant has a dedication to lifting up the voices of the most marginalized worker communities in public education and building strong independent and democratic local unions.

This position is responsible for providing the day-to-day leadership required for the IEA’s strategic internal and external organizing campaigns.

Applicants should have several years of experience in organizing and a demonstrated ability to lead. Experience running or acting as a lead organizer or organizing coordinator in an external union organizing campaign or comprehensive community campaign is preferred.

This position involves often long and irregular hours, some weekend work, and travel.

JOB OPENING: Organizing Coordinator

TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and résumé to jobs@idahoea.org and include “Organizing Coordinator” in the title of the email

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Until position is filled

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Organizing Coordinator performs a wide range of duties, including:

  • Develops as part of a leadership team the comprehensive strategy of organizing campaigns.
  • Ensures development and execution of field organizing plans, including meeting goals and benchmarks.
  • Coordinates all aspects of the campaign including communications, community engagement, field and political operations, research and legal work.
  • Reports to Associate Executive Director on progress, field operation, community relationships, and progress towards strategic benchmarks
  • Conducts organizer training and ongoing staff and member leadership development
  • Conducts or effectively delegates roles for successful organizing meetings, events, phone banks, and other tools to mobilize the field
  • Leads organizers’ daily activities via frequent ride-alongs and daily debriefs
  • Ensures the maintenance of data, wall charts and other tools of organizers
  • Occasionally, may organize outside of immediate assignment, including in other states


  • Strong commitment to the labor movement and the movements for racial, education and economic justice
  • Demonstrated skill as an organizer in the field
  • At least 3 years’ experience leading staff and demonstrated ability to:
    • Inspire and motivate workers and staff
    • Works independently to achieve goals
    • Uses a high level of judgment
    • Works well with diverse group of people
    • Leads staff and evaluate staff’s strengths and weaknesses and provides training in an ongoing and positive way
  • Lead Organizer experience in an external union organizing campaign or comprehensive community organizing campaign is preferred
  • Community engagement and organizing experience is preferred
  • Strong spoken and written English and Spanish-language skills is preferred
  • Computer literacy is required
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license are required

Salary and benefits:

  • Competitive salary based on experience and IEA/ISEAO staff union contract
  • Fully paid health, dental benefits, pension and 401(k).
  • Leave includes vacation, personal, and sick days.
  • Travel and expense reimbursements.

IEA is committed to equal opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religions, and other characteristics. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to our core organizational values and objectives to apply.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.