Union Organizer : Virginia

Fairfax County Federation of Teachers - AFT Affiliate Local 2401

Fairfax County Federation of Teachers
AFT Affiliate Local 2401

Union Organizer

Based in Springfield, VA

Job Purpose:
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO is seeking a Union Organizer. 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
  • One-on-one visits, site visits, home calls, before and after school meetings/events, and other interaction with members and prospective members (varying hours)
  • Enter assessments and other data collected in a database on a weekly basis
  • Occasionally, be assigned to other parts of the state as required
  • Take direction on daily and weekly activities to grow AFT membership and accomplish the overarching union vision


  • Dedicated 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
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer literacy
  • Strong social media literacy
  • Ability to comprehend educational policy and law
  • Ability to creatively apply strategies to short and long-term campaigns for organizing and member mobilization
  • Experience in labor/union, community, student, civil rights, or environmental activism or organizing is highly preferred. Training will be provided for the right individual.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.A., B.S.) or equivalent strongly preferred.


  • 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
  • Ability to independently manage priorities and workflow
  • 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 works in the FCFT 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
  • Use of clear and articulate speech
  • Written/oral communication skills
  • Interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Moderate lifting (up to 25 lbs.)
  • Use of a computer keyboard
  • Sitting/standing for long periods and ability to travel by various means, e.g., train, plane, automobile.


To Apply
Apply HERE, or send résumés to: hresources@fcft.org.

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