American Federation of Teachers

American Federation of Teachers

Deputy Director of Higher Education Organizing
Organization & Field Services


Job Title: Deputy Director of Higher Education Organizing    
Unit: Management
Supervisor: Director of Higher Ed Organizing
Department: Organization & Field Services    
Annual Salary: $162,127.71
Position Summary: The deputy director will work under the direction of the Director of Higher Education Organizing and the Senior Director of Organizing and Field Services, as well as in cooperation with other regional directors. Responsibilities will generally include developing and implementing organizing strategies to grow higher education membership, overseeing external organizing campaigns, oversee bargaining first contracts, assist locals with organizing supports, and other duties as assigned.
Position Responsibilities:    

  • Supervise and direct organizing campaigns, collective bargaining election campaigns, strikes, contract negotiations, as well as other field activities on behalf of the national union.
  • Supervise and direct the on-site work of staff, including national representatives.
  • Oversee relations between the national AFT and state federations and offer recommendations for national financial aid and other assistance with respect to organizing.
  • Assist affiliates with capacity building in all areas of union activity.
  • Work to ensure application and utilization of the AFT Organizing Model to all forms of union activity.
  • Supervise and direct bargaining of first contracts for newly won units.
  • Provide negotiations expertise for first contracts, local, around trends in higher education, as well as other contract issues.
  • Make presentations to affiliates and other groups regarding AFT’s organizing projects.            

Primary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:    

  • Substantial experience in the labor movement, including but not limited to, coordination and direction of communications, political action and labor education activities is essential.
  • Substantial experience in new unit certifications and collective bargaining.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated record of excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work in a professional and collegial manner.
  • Applicants must be willing to relocate residence if deemed necessary by AFT for effective servicing of assigned area.
  • Experience working with the AFT Organizing Model is desirable.

How to Apply:    
Applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé via this application Link HERE.

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