Union Organizers
AFT Virginia

Based in Fairfax and Hampton, VA


Job Purpose
Fairfax County Federation of Teachers and Hampton Federation of Teachers, locals of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO are seeking Union Organizers. Organizers are responsible for a variety of aspects of a campaign including building relationships with workers, developing issues-based organizing plans for assigned areas, and for recruiting and sustaining motivation of organizing committee members and activists.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize and mobilize workers
  • Attend weekly meetings with supervisors to discuss progress and plan activities
  • Identifying and developing new workplace leaders to participate in organizing efforts
  • Communicating with members and potential members outside the workplace through site visits, home visits and phone calls (varying hours)
  • Coordinating with members and potential members to gather information that is useful in identifying opportunities for membership growth and mobilization
  • Coordinating with and involving community allies in organizing campaigns
  • Enter assessments and other data collected in a database on a weekly basis
  • Occasionally, be assigned to other locations as required
  • Take direction on daily and weekly activities to grow AFT membership and accomplish the overarching union vision
  • Conducting external and internal organizing
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Dedication to social and economic justice
  • Dedicated to public education and fighting for the rights of teachers and service personnel
  • Ability to work with individuals different from one’s self
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours (not a 9-5 job)
  • Ability to receive and implement feedback
  • Ability to make and follow through on a work plan
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong planning, time-management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to comprehend educational policy and law
  • Ability to creatively apply strategies to short and long-term campaigns for organizing and member mobilization

Required licenses or certifications:

  • Working vehicle/car
  • Valid driving license

Preferred candidates will have:

  • Experience in labor/union, community, student, civil rights, or environmental activism or organizing is highly preferred, training will be provided for the right individual
  • Prior experience in comprehensive campaigns
  • Willingness to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Experience as an educator


  • Commitment to excellence and high standards.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with all levels of management.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, time management and analytical skills.
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees.
  • Computer proficiency and comfortable with Microsoft applications.
  • Communication including but not limited to phone and electronic mail.

Working conditions
The Union Organizer will be working out of a local office, but may attend meetings and events outside the office regularly. Special working conditions may cover a range of circumstances from regular evening and weekend work, attending conferences and school board meetings, and so forth.

Physical requirements

  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided for the position:
  • Involves analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Written/oral communication skills
  • Use of a computer keyboard
  • Sitting/standing for long periods and ability to travel by various means, e.g., train, plane, automobile.

Proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive and diverse work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We believe that in order to achieve our purpose of creating a better way to live, we must recruit, develop and retain employees with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives and create an environment that encourages all voices to be heard, understood and appreciated. With this we know we can do great things. We value diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Salary and benefits
Health benefits, 401k and vacation are included. Salary is between $50-55k.

How to Apply:
A Cover Letter describing why you want to work for an education union, and specifically AFT Virginia, is required. All other submissions will not be reviewed.

Please submit résumé and cover letter information to: https://bit.ly/AFTVAapplication

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