Full-Time External Lead Organizer

Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), AFL-CIO is seeking Lead Organizers for an external organizing project in Baltimore and Washington DC. The AFT is seeking creative, experienced, hard-working organizers who are excited to work strategically on external organizing campaigns. This is a full-time 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 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 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 2-3 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 and 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 members;
  • 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.

Please submit your cover letter and resume at the following link:


Equal Opportunity Employer and all are encouraged to apply.

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