NCAE - North Carolina Association of Educators

North Carolina Association of Educators

Organizing and Field Services Director

For covering North Carolina


Position: Organizing and Field Services Director with North Carolina Association of Educators

How to Apply:
Required Materials:
Please submit your résumé, at least 3 references, and a short writing sample that demonstrates skills relevant to this role to: jobposting@ncae.org.
Subject Line: Please make the subject line of your email: “FirstName LastName Field Director Application.”
Salary Range: $100,000 to $120,000/yr. (see below for benefits)
Application Deadline: Applications accepted until filled

The Position
The North Carolina Association of Educators seeks a talented, dedicated, and experienced union organizer, manager, and campaign strategist to fill a Organizing and Field Services Director position. The Organizing and Field Services Director will design field plans, anchor strategic planning in targeted locals, refine the union’s strategies for achieving membership recruitment, engagement, leadership development, and power building goals, help develop a culture of learning and results-oriented experimentation, and oversee a growing, multi-tiered field team in counties across the state. The Field Director will report directly to the Executive Director.

About North Carolina Association of Educators:
The North Carolina Association of Educators is the state’s largest advocacy organization for public school employees and represents active, retired, and student members. We are building a movement to defend and transform public education in our state. In the last three years, we've led the largest educator mobilization in state history and mobilized thousands of voters across the state to the polls as part of our successful campaign to halt the privatizer-controlled General Assembly’s eight-year legislative assault on our educators, students, and communities. In that same time, several of our locals have also fought for and won historic pay increases for custodians and other staff, secured #shotsforsafereturn for their staff and harnessed the momentum from those wins to propel themselves into ranking among the fastest-growing National Education Association affiliates in the country.

We're on the cusp of restoring North Carolina as a national leader on education policy and are making moves from the Sandhills to the mountains to win the schools our students deserve.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintains primary responsibility for implementing the policies, programs and strategic plan of the organization within the field across locals
  • Leads a team of Organizing Managers who lead Lead Organizers, UniServ Directors and Apprentice Organizers
  • Facilitates field strategic planning with field staff, members and elected local leaders
  • Oversees and manages all organizing campaigns and field projects as directed by the executive director
  • Administers field budget as directed by executive director
  • Integrates department, local, state and national issue-campaigns across the state among all members and field staff.
  • Assists and advises the union’s President and Board of Directors in developing organizational vision, strategic plans and campaigns via programs and positions in response to the changing external environment and the emerging issues that affect membership
  • Ensures the implementation of an organizing culture throughout the union, including overseeing a unified approach to member grievances and other worksite concerns along with achieving the union’s membership recruitment goals
  • Directs, supervises and evaluates all field staff and field staff teams, including in developing, implementing and evaluating programs and campaigns
  • Trains, develops and holds field staff accountable in all aspects of their work
  • Incorporates staff development and accountability into all aspects of planning, implementation, and development of field plans
  • Administers contract and personnel policies adopted by the Board of Directors for field staff
  • Works with NCAE’s data team and senior staff to create and ensure compliance with data standards for all field staff

Skills and Qualifications:
Required Qualifications

  • Bold commitment to winning historic workplace improvements and broad protections for working class communities and communities of color in Southern states that have banned collective bargaining for public employees
  • At least 10 years of labor organizing experience
  • At least 5 years of management experience, including deep experience managing managers
  • Experience managing comprehensive workplace or issue-based campaigns, including leveraging legal, research, political and other strategies
  • Proven track record of creating innovative programs and strategies to achieve union or win tangible campaign victories
  • At least 5 years of experience designing and directing union campaigns, including rapid response “hot shop” worksite or issue-based campaigns
  • Demonstrated experience leading and training managers and management teams who lead organizing staff
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meeting frequent and tight deadlines
  • An excellent collaborator and team player
  • A willingness to work nights and weekends when needed, and to shadow, coach and train field and organizing managers in counties across the state

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience creating a culture of learning within a union
  • Experience leading voter engagement and voter contact programs

In particular, we’d be thrilled about a Field Director who:

  • Shares our core commitment to building power through supporting, investing in, training, and empowering member leaders
  • Believes that rank and file members are the core of our union and are best positioned to lead our work and is deeply committed to member leadership
  • Believes in deep investment in training and professional development for organizing staff
  • Is fueled by a desire to learn and grow as an organizer, manager, and leader
  • Is committed to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in organizing
  • Is creative, solutions-oriented, and excited about designing a unique and innovative program and adapting it to fit locals across the state

Location: Must live in North Carolina with ability and willingness to travel


  • Salary: $100,000 – $120,000/yr., based on experience
  • Benefits: Benefits include:
    • 100% employer paid for healthcare coverage for the employee
    • 100% employer paid dental and vision coverage for the employee and family
    • A cell phone and internet reimbursement
    • Mileage reimbursement for work-related travel
    • A generous personal leave, sick leave, annual leave policy, and more.

Current and former/retired NCAE members, women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ people are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested applicants committed to a strong public educators’ association who meet many but not all of the qualifications are encouraged to apply.

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