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  • Part-time organizer based in Austin
  • Organizer based in Houston

Texas AFT Part-Time Organizer for ACCAFT

Location: Austin, Texas

Stipend Payment: Each part-time organizer will receive the following compensation:

  • Average pay is $425 per week based on a minimum 25 hours of work completed (to be paid bimonthly)
  • Program is based on a 30-week organizing period while school is in session (August to May)
  • Mileage reimbursement of up to $100 maximum per week based on the IRS mileage rate

Duration: Feb. 1 – May 6, 2022

Job Description

A part-time organizer (PTO) provides an important function to assist in growing a self-sustaining local
union. Texas AFT local affiliates have implemented programs for many years to identify and to develop
part-time organizers. The PTO will be the key person to implement a strategic organizing plan and work to
meet expectations and goals outlined by the program’s coordinator in conjunction with local union

The PTO will report directly to the Texas AFT PTO Program Coordinator.


The following are expectations of a part-time organizer:

  • Coordinate with the Texas AFT PTO Program Coordinator on a daily and or weekly basis
  • Recruit new members and identify new union activists/leaders (build the capacity and density of the local union)
  • Share local union’s campaign messages in day-to-day organizing conversations
  • Conduct worksite and campus visits as well as off-campus recruitment events
  • Plan a strategy for recruitment and organizing in consultation with program coordinator and keep a detailed calendar of organizing activities
  • Maintain a detailed record of organizing conversations (assessments) and provide regular reporting of organizing progress
  • Complete an average of 25 hours per week totaling 100 hours per month between Feb. 1, 2022 and May 6, 2022


A part-time organizer should:

  • have union leadership experience or have grassroots organizing experience
  • be a team player and capable of planning team meetings and implementing plans
  • have great time-management skills and be an independent worker
  • outgoing personality and experience facilitating conversations easily
  • have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Preferred but not required: be a member/retired AFT member in good standing

To Apply

Submit résumé and cover letter to:

Texas AFT — Kat Kupelian, state field representative

Texas AFT Organizer

Location: Houston, Texas

Starting Salary: $42,000

Preferred Start Date: ASAP

Application Deadline: Rolling

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 statewide new 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.


Specific job duties include:

  • Identifying, recruiting, and training volunteer leaders
  • Taking direction from the project director and lead organizer on daily and weekly activities to grow AFT membership in 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
  • Monitoring and tracking relevant school board policy and other regulations
  • Occasionally, assignment as a formula rep in other parts of the state or country as required for short periods of time
  • Implementing other duties as assigned


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 language proficiency a plus

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary for this position is $42,000 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:

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

To Apply

Submit résumé, writing sample, and references to:

Texas AFT — Tanner Williams, director of Organizing & Operations


For questions, call 512-448-0130.

Equal Opportunity Employer and all are encouraged to apply.