Jobs at Texas AFT

Northside AFT Full-time Organizer/Staff Representative

JOB OPENING:  Full-time Staff Representative/Organizer

HOW TO APPLY:  Please submit resume, cover letter and at least three professional references to: info@northsideaft.net

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 22, 2021 by 5:00P.M.

Northside AFT is seeking full time Organizers/Staff Representatives in the Northside District, San Antonio, Texas.  These positions are supervised by the Local President and Executive Board. Organizers/Staff Representatives report to the NAFT Lead Organizer.  Organizer/Staff Representatives perform a number of duties, including recruiting new members, identifying potential leaders and activists, tracking data in their assigned areas, intake for problem solving on campuses, assisting members through potential concerns or issues, organize around unionwide campaigns, working with established committees to grow the local and other duties as assigned by the local. Our organizers strategize with our President and Lead Organizer to plan organizing campaigns that engage members, potential members, and community members.  Our organizers help develop strong worksite leaders by guiding and coaching members in organizing, problem solving, communications, and member engagement.

Applicants should have a working knowledge of unions and a strong commitment to the labor movement, strong computer skills, experience presenting in front of groups, the ability to adapt quickly, and multitasking skills. Organizing experience is preferred. This job requires irregular hours, some weekend work, and travel. Teachers and paraprofessionals are encouraged to apply.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  

  • Take direction from the President and NAFT Lead Organizer on daily and weekly activities to grow AFT membership in the assigned school district
  • Prepare members to successfully organize their coworkers and mobilize parents, guardians, and community members
  • Plan campaigns and develop actions in collaboration with school members to promote our members’ rights and fight for educational justice
  • Handle individual and group problem solving and grievance-related issues that arise at assigned worksites
  • Mobilize for union-wide events and campaigns
  • Work with parents and community organizations around issues related to funding and other struggles to improve our schools and communities
  • Make appointments for school visits, one-on-one visits and track data for each campus
  • Handle member issues, address campus issues, prepare and present grievances, and  interact with members and potential members in assigned school campuses to make assessments
  • Attend daily and/or weekly meetings with supervisors to discuss progress and make plans
  • Enter assessments and other data collected in a database on a weekly and daily basis
  • Ensure all union materials are distributed on all NISD campuses
  • Assist with the overall union organizing program and growth of the local
  • Lead and assist with training
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to the local Northside AFT organization
  • Some knowledge of public sector unions in non-collective bargaining situations, understanding of labor unions and social movement values is preferred
  • Computer literacy required, some database experience preferred, knowledge of G-Suite, and other computer programs
  • Reliable transportation  and a valid driver’s license
  • Be able to work irregular, often long, hours
  • Be willing and able to travel to appropriate worksites
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to meet important deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Have a professional demeanor
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required
  • Experience in union organizing a plus

COMPENSATION

  • $44,000/year, plus a phone and car allowance
  • Retirement fund will be 10% of pay after the first year of employment
  • Health insurance package as governed and negotiated yearly by the Executive Board of Northside AFT
  • Organizers will follow the Northside calendar/holiday schedule during the school year
  • Vacation days -10 days per year (unused days may be rolled over to next year)
  • Sick/discretionary days-10 days per year. (unused days may be rolled over to next year)
  • Bereavement leave for death of immediate family member- 3 days

Benefits will begin after the 90 day probationary period. (During the pandemic, health insurance will begin after (30) days.)

Northside AFT requires a two-week written notice if the employee chooses to resign. Failure to provide a two-week notice will result in a forfeiture of any accrued leave.

Equal opportunity employer and all are encouraged to apply.