AFT New Mexico

AFT New Mexico

Organizer / Field Representative

Based in Albuquerque, NM


Job Title: Field Rep/Organizer or Member Organizer
Reports To: AFT NM President, AFT NM Executive Vice President, and AFT NM Staff Director or designee

AFT NM Overview
AFT NM is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO. We represent 23,000 Early Learning-K-12 and higher education public employees in New Mexico. AFT NM supports members and our leaders by providing professional leadership, legal services, legislative/political involvement, a membership benefits program and professional and personal development. AFT NM is governed by an elected member governing body that meets multiple times a year, including an annual state convention.

AFT NM is a public education organization that will face the following challenges over the next few years:

  • Developing and implementing a clear vision for AFT NM that includes increasing our membership strength, developing union leaders and strengthening our union via increased member involvement/mobilization around issues that matter to public school employees and the students we serve.
  • Enhancing our public and political image;
  • Creating professional development opportunities
  • Improving internal and external communications and organizing programs; and,
  • Maintaining financial viability and flexibility.

We seek to:

  • Generate the respect of educators as well as the public and policy makers by being a powerful advocate for professional life, salary rights, and working conditions of public education employees and by being a vital component in the delivery of quality public education in New Mexico.
  • Maintain relevance in the personal and professional lives of public education employees in New Mexico.

Overview of Responsibilities: Organizer
AFT New Mexico seeks to hire a team of organizers to mobilize, recruit, and develop members to win. Under the direction of the AFT NM Staff Director and President, the Organizer/Field Representative will implement and assist with AFT NM organizing and collective bargaining strategies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Find and identify local activists, leaders and drivers
  • Assemble and train leadership teams including building reps and organizing committees
  • Use databases to accurately track and record membership information and train local leaders to do so as well
  • Chart and Map turf
  • Run campaigns in locals to build majority membership
  • Work with local leaders to draft and execute annual and month-by-month organizing and mobilization plans, including local actions
  • Effectively grow membership
  • Build organizing committees at schools/institutions
  • Create campaign documents and literature
  • Conduct regular site visits and off site one-on-one visits
  • Attend local meetings and actions.
  • Develop and lead local trainings
  • Ensure that building/site reps have training regarding union building
  • Train local officers on their duties and responsibilities
  • May assist in negotiation preparation and negotiations
  • May be assigned to work on political or organizing campaigns and events     
  • Work on local school board elections
  • Will be available for members as needed.
  • Be committed to executing the vision of AFT NM.
  • And to perform any other tasks relative to the goal/mission of AFT NM as directed by the AFT NM President, AFT NM Executive Vice President, and AFT NM Staff Director

Experience, Skills, Aptitude and Commitment

  • Experience in education field
  • Experience in organizing, recruiting or mobilizing people to achieve a goal is preferred
  • Experience in representing workers is preferred
  • Track record of working professionally, in a team and independently
  • Ability to conduct assessments, track data and produce work reports
  • Ability to build committees amongst people
  • Demonstrated written and verbal competency in English and Spanish is preferred
  • Proficiency in widely used computer programs and technology preferred
  • College education preferred
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends

To Apply
Please provide a cover letter, résumé and writing sample and/or training you have designed. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Please submit to Stephanie Ly, AFT New Mexico President, via email to: stephanie@nmaft.org. Please write JOB APPLICATION on the reference line.

The jobs will be posted until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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