Lead Organizer : Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – Maryland

American Federation of Teachers Maryland

Lead Organizer

Based in Baltimore, MD

This is a project of AFT Maryland. The position will be based in Baltimore, Maryland but requires regular travel throughout the state. This is a project-based position and candidates should have the following competencies:

  • Proven ability to mentor, motivate and coordinate staff in all aspects of organizing including regular check ins and development of work plans
  • Conduct field campaign briefs and debriefs with staff
  • Provide high levels of strategic input
  • Evaluate campaign status, including but not limited to messaging, numeric assessments interpretation and campaign field needs to the Campaign Director
  • Help oversee and move 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
  • Lead Organizer experience as demonstrated by knowledge, skills, abilities and results


  • Willing to work long and irregular hours
  • Dedicated to social and economic justice and public higher education
  • Be in possession of an insured vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population
  • Have strong communications skills
  • Be motivated, responsible, organized, professional and detail-oriented
  • Be able to work independently while also being able to incorporate constructive feedback and direction from the Campaign Director
  • Experienced in community, student, labor, or environmental activism is a plus
  • Bilingual, especially Spanish/English, is desirable
  • Being comfortable organizing a highly educated workforce is desirable
  • Experience with higher education policy and issues is desirable
  • Being a skilled and experienced Lead Organizer, ideally with 3-4 years of experience in the labor movement, particularly in higher education or working with professionals is desirable


  • Moving field turf toward the goals and objectives of the campaign;
  • Assigning and as necessary adjusting turf assignments;
  • Creating a campaign calendar and plan with goals and escalating tactics when necessary;
  • Working with other organizers to develop turf goals
  • Continuous and effective communication to and between organizing staff and the campaign director;
  • Working directly with rank-and-file leadership on projects, issues, strategic field and comprehensive campaigns and objectives;
  • Coordinating the activities of member subcommittees and workgroups;
  • Working with members and staff on campaign communications and messaging including field literature, general communications and organizing conversations/rap writing;
  • Identification of large scale organizing opportunities, development of a strategic field plan and strategic input into the comprehensive components of the campaign plan;
  • Mentoring, motivating and coordinating staff in all aspects of organizing including regular check ins and development of work plans;
  • Conducting field campaign briefs and debriefs with staff;
  • Providing high levels of strategic input;
  • Evaluating campaign status, including but not limited to messaging, numeric assessments interpretation and campaign field needs to Campaign Director;
  • Organizer development and effectiveness;
  • Navigating local and state politics, including union, legislative/electoral and community.
  • Conducting meetings with workers’ employer(s);
  • Identification and integrating of available resources into the campaign;
  • Conducting skills inventory of organizers and contributing assessments of organizers that may be part of the organizer evaluation process;
  • Acting as a liaison to other unions, groups and organizations;
  • Providing regular reports to the project or Campaign Director;
  • Organize and mobilize workers
  • Attend regular meetings with supervisors and team to discuss progress and plan activities.
  • One-on-one visits, site visits, meetings, and other interaction with members and potential member
  • Enter assessments and other data collected in a database on a regular basis.
  • Occasionally, be assigned to other parts of the state or country as required
  • Take direction on activities to grow AFT membership and accomplish goals

Competitive salary and benefits as outlined in the AFT Maryland staff collective bargaining agreement.

Please submit your cover letter and résumé to bmccamish@aft.org with the headline- “Lead Organizer

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