Jobs at Texas AFT

Current Openings

  • Field organizer (temporary)
  • Organizer (Dallas)
  • Organizer (Houston)

Texas AFT Field Organizer (Temporary)

Location: Austin, Rio Grande Valley, possibly other Texas locations. Position is preferred to be physically in Austin or the Valley, but remote applicants will be considered.

Pay: $3,500 per month plus stipends for healthcare and cellphone

Duration: Aug. 1 or Aug. 15 to Nov. 15 (with potential runoff extended into December)

Hours: Full-time (temporary position)

Job Description

Texas AFT is looking for an experienced field organizer in Texas to help us campaign for our endorsed candidates for the 2022 midterm elections and possible runoff school board elections. We will be endorsing many candidates from the state Legislature to statewide offices to local school board races and need a dedicated organizer to help us win our ground game.

Duties

  • Recruiting volunteers and members to help GOTV (phone-banking, texting, canvassing)
  • Creating and managing all forms of direct voter contact including phone-banks, canvasses, peer-to-peer texting, postcard writing, etc.
  • Event building
  • Data tracking
  • GOTV planning and execution
  • Advocating for union-endorsed candidates and public schools

Qualifications

  • At least one cycle of campaign experience preferred
  • Spanish language skills are helpful
  • Dedication to electing pro-educator candidates to office in Texas
  • Experience with Mobilize, Hustle, Impactive, NGP/VAN or LAN, Callhub, and experience with other virtual organizing tools preferred but not required
  • Have a regular presence online and has excellent virtual communication skills

To Apply

Fill out the application form and upload a current resume.


Organizer (1 Dallas, 1 Houston)

Location: Dallas and Houston

Starting Salary: $44,341

Preferred Start Date: ASAP

Application Deadline: N/A

Job Description

Texas AFT is seeking a full-time organizer to join an ongoing campaign to build worker
power within the public school system. Organizers perform a number of duties, including:

  • recruiting new members
  • identifying potential leaders and activists
  • implementing and identifying issue campaigns
  • tracking data in their assigned areas

Our organizing includes work with established locals, organizing committees to build new locals, and new statewide organizing in our Associate Membership Program. Applicants should have a working knowledge of unions and a commitment to the labor movement. Some organizing experience is a plus, but not a requirement. This job requires often long and irregular hours, some weekend work, and travel.

Duties

Specific job duties include:

  • Identifying, recruiting, and training volunteer leaders
  • Taking direction from the Project Director and the Lead Organizer on daily and weekly activities to grow AFT membership in the assigned school districts
  • Ensuring that sufficient progress is being made for all short- and long-term goals
  • Developing and managing relationships with local leaders and volunteers
  • Reporting daily regional activities and regular program results
  • Contributing to a positive work environment and culture throughout the project
  • Occasionally, assignment as a formula rep in other parts of the state or country as required for short periods of time
  • Monitoring and tracking relevant school board policy and other regulations
  • Implementing other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required knowledge and skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to successfully relate to and motivate staff and volunteers
  • Capable of conducting effective one-on-one conversations to move workers to action
  • Experience using social media to communicate and engage workers
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings
  • Proven experience excelling in fast-paced and metrics-driven work environments
  • Willingness to think creatively and solve problems proactively
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others
  • Ability to build and manage relationships
  • Some knowledge of public sector unions in non-collective bargaining situations is preferred
  • Ability to conduct meetings via Zoom or other electronic means

Other requirements and expectations:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license, current insurance, and reliable transportation
  • Willingness to travel for participation in Texas AFT/AFT campaigns or events
  • Spanish speaker a plus

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary for this position is $44,341 and is part of a collective bargaining
agreement with the staff union. In addition to base salary, the position offers a wide
range of benefits including:

  1. Benefits of a union contract
  2. Fully paid health and dental insurance for the employee and one dependent
  3. Fully paid disability income insurance for the employee and $50,000 term life
    insurance
  4. Paid sick and vacation leave per year
  5. Retirement contribution

Application Procedure

Submit resume, writing sample, and references to:
Texas AFT – Tanner Williams, Director of Operations
Email: twilliams@texasaft.org
For questions, call 512/448-0130.


Equal Opportunity Employer and all are encouraged to apply.