California Faculty Association
California Faculty Association
(affiliated with AAUP and SEIU)

Political Organizer

Based in Sacramento, CA

CFA is a union of 28,000 faculty members, librarians, counselors and coaches of the California State University (CSU) system. In classrooms on the 23 CSU campuses, CFA members work hard to teach our students the critical-thinking skills, the technical know-how and the cultural insights they need to be thoughtful, productive and artistic participants in our society.

In its role as the exclusive collective bargaining representative, CFA negotiates a contract with the CSU administration that promotes academic freedom, upholds faculty rights, delivers financial protection for the faculty, and promotes faculty participation in the governance of the CSU. CFA is proud to be a member run union and believes in employing hard-working and creative staff whose talents complement those of our elected leadership. Implementing our unions’ vision requires the best staff team we can find to build on the talent that already works with us. For more information about the CFA, visit our website at: www.calfac.org.

Political Organizer

The Political Organizer reports to the Director of Government Relations (GR). CFA’s Political Organizer is responsible for formulating and implementing CFA’s Political Action/Legislative program. The candidate must have political campaign experience with demonstrated ability to manage a strategic political and legislative operations within a union/progressive organization setting.

CFA’s Political Organizer must have “hands on” experience in building a political/legislative program around organizational goals, and must be able to develop and implement a vision for a strategic program. The Political Organizer will assist in managing a program that enhances CFA’s political power, fosters internal organizing and chapter development, and encourages members to develop strong political relationships. The Political Organizer’s work will focus on developing an organizational plan for each campus to increase political capacity and CFA’s political action funds, as well as maintaining productive working relationships with affiliates, partners in labor, and allied community organizations.

Essential Duties:

  • Support and empower members to build their political power to positively impact their wages and benefits as well as larger social/political issues
  • Mobilize member and student volunteers for political, issue, fundraising, voter registration and legislative campaigns
  • Identify, recruit, and develop members to participate in the union’s political program
  • Outreach to elected leaders & community organizations to support union campaigns and recruit them to turnout out for union events
  • Attend community and political functions as a representative of CFA
  • Coordinate involvement in electoral and political fundraising work
  • Function as a lead field organizer in electoral campaigns to elect endorsed candidates and ballot measures
  • Assist with development of overall strategy for campaigns responsible for building, maintaining and mobilizing members and political support
  • Organize and coordinate events related to politics and/or legislation
  • Maintain and manage GR database, website, and membership activist list
  • Prepare endorsement interview, contribution recommendations and assist with Fair Political Practice Commission filings
  • Develop relationships with and work with other labor, education and community organizations

The ideal candidate for our team will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • A strong commitment to advancing racial and social justice transformation in the union movement
  • Ability to work independently, handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines;
  • Possess excellent writing, verbal and analytical skill
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and empowering working people to build political power
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours and travel occasionally
  • Ability to work in high pressure environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively and strategically with CFA officers, members, interns and staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to infuse anti-racism and social justice work into the everyday work of CFA;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of California politics, budget and legislative process
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Prior experience doing political organizing

Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license, an automobile for business use, and proof of minimum insurance coverage.

Location/Salary/Benefits/Other requirements: The position is located in Sacramento, California. CFA offers a fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and generous paid vacations. Salary is commensurate with experience. Travel is required for this position.

Submission Requirements:  Email cover letter, résumé with references and two writing samples to: searchcommittee@calfac.org.

Women, people of color and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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