AFT Kansas

AFT Kansas

State Federation Organizer

For primarily covering the Wichita, KS area


Kansas Association of Public Employees, dba AFT-Kansas is the AFT State Federation in Kansas, representing over 20,000 public sector employees (teachers, paraprofessionals, healthcare workers, higher education, as well as city, county, and state employees).

AFT-Kansas seeks an Organizer to work with an organizing coordinator to carry out the implementation of the AFT-Kansas organizing plan. The organizer will primarily work with the United Teachers of Wichita and assist with other locals and projects as assigned by AFT-Kansas.

Primary duties include:

  • Recruit new members
  • Schedule formal and informal meetings and visits with members and potential members
  • Implement organizing campaigns to win Union recognition for unorganized workplaces, building organizing committees, identifying issues, leadership identification and development
  • Educate workers and others on how power relationships work and how workers can/should use that knowledge
  • Organize rallies and demonstrations, including organizing workers to support actions and pressure campaigns on employers
  • Develop and disseminate written materials including flyers and meeting notices
  • Educate and mobilize members around the Union’s political program
  • Represent the Union as assigned in community and labor coalition activities
  • Required to work long and varying hours including weekends, nights, and holidays. Regular worksite visits, home visits and canvassing are required.
  • Driving long distances for extended periods of time is also required. Travel both statewide and out of state with overnights and periods away from home may be required.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Experience as a Community, Political, or Union Organizer or proven ability to carry out the responsibilities of the job
  • Knowledge of labor and related issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish, and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Adept at leading and motivating people to mobilize around issue campaigns
  • Personally organized with effective system for managing multiple projects and meeting deadlines
  • Effective demonstrable oral, written and listening skills in English; bilingual skills highly desirable
  • Ability to work and organize independently and as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of or ability to learn computer programs including Word, e-mail, accessing the internet, and databases

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

Physical Demands: The capacity to lift up to 25 pounds is required.

To Apply:
Email résumé and cover letter to AFTKS President Sarah LaFrenz at SLafrenz@aftks.org and CC Bkeeper@aftks.org with the subject line “Organizer Job Application.”

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