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Texas AFT - Lead Organizer (Houston Area)

at American Federation of Teachers

Posted: 9/28/2019
Job Reference #: 1564
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online, weekend

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Title:Texas AFT - Lead Organizer (Houston Area)
Region:Southwest Mountain

Lead Organizer
Texas AFT (Houston Area)

Texas AFT is seeking a full-time Lead Organizer for the Texas AFT Associate Membership Program (AMP). The work of Texas AFT AMP organizers is rooted in assisting educational employees build power in order to improve the working and learning conditions in Texas schools. Lead Organizers play a leadership role in strategic planning, guiding daily organizing activities, development and training of staff and emerging activists.

Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of experience in organizing and a demonstrated ability to lead. Experience working in external union organizing campaigns is preferred. This position involves long and irregular hours, including weekend work, as well as some travel.

JOB OPENING: Full-time Lead Organizer

TO APPLY: Please provide a cover letter, resume and the names/ addresses/ telephone number of at least three (3) contacts regarding your possible employment to the link below:

DEADLINE TO APPLY: (30 days from postdate)

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Lead Organizer performs a wide range of duties, including:

  • Builds AMP membership and leadership through face to face and online interactions.

  • Supervises organizers’ daily activities via frequent co-visits and daily debriefs

  • Participates in strategic planning at campaign, region, and statewide basis

  • Reports to the Project Director on progress toward campaign goals, staff performance, and other issues concerning the ground operation

  • Assists with organizer training, activists trainings and ongoing development of both

  • Oversees the maintenance of data and charting

  • Occasionally, works on assignment as a formula rep in other parts of the state or country

  • Crafts email, text message, social media ,and web-site content

  • Identifies digital organizing opportunities and campaigns that keep members engaged


  • Strong commitment to the labor movement

  • Knowledge of public sector unions in non-collective bargaining situations

  • Demonstrated skill as an organizer in the field

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate workers and staff

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to achieve goals

  • Demonstrated ability to use a high level of judgment

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people from varied backgrounds

  • Demonstrated ability to supervise staff

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate staff’s strengths and areas of growth and provide ongoing training

  • Lead experience preferred

  • Strong spoken and written English and Spanish-language skills preferred

  • Computer literacy required

  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license required

  • Familiar with social media sites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and other up and coming platforms

    COMPENSATION: Competitive salary and benefits package governed by a collective bargaining agreement.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and all are encouraged to apply.