Jobs at Texas AFT

Current Openings

  • Member Service Specialist
  • Bridges Fellowship
  • Graphic Design Internship
  • Canvassers (part-time)

Texas AFT Member Service Specialist

Location:  McAllen, TX (Rio Grande Valley Area)
Starting Salary:  $50,000
Preferred Start Date:  Sept. 1, 2021
Application Deadline:  Aug. 1, 2021

The Texas AFT is posting for a Member Service Specialist to work with Texas AFT and our affiliates to provide overall representation for member-related questions, issues, concerns, and grievances. Texas AFT staff are subject to assignments throughout the state based on the needs of our union.  This position will be based in McAllen, Texas, and may require some travel.

Duties: 
Specific job duties include:

  • Identifies potential organizing/advocacy opportunities within member issues/concerns 
  • Identifies potential union advocates during the resolution process  
  • Briefs members of the organizing team regarding advocacy and organizing opportunities or potential activists as appropriate 
  • Responds to calls and messages from members with issues/concerns 
  • Utilizes the Smartsheet Service Intake Form 
  • Maintains records of members and their issues through our database systems 
  • Assists members with rebuttal letters to write-ups, emails, phone calls or meetings to/with supervisors 
  • Represents members in hearings via phone conference or virtually 
  • Evaluates and processes member disputes through the district level where appropriate  
  • Conducts both one on one and group meetings either in-person or in a virtual environment
  • Assists affiliates with organizing and servicing requirements as needed 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:
Required knowledge and skills: 

  • Exhibit a working knowledge of the Texas Education Code, Texas Administrative Code, general education law as well as district level policy  
  • Proficiency in research and analysis 
  • Proficiency in the use of virtual meeting platforms 
  • Ability to build trusting relationships and maintaining confidence of worker members 
  • Exercise sound judgment 
  • Highly organized and self-motivated 
  • Ability to manage resources, data, and time 
  • Must maintain confidentiality 
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft suite, smart sheets, and zoom 

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 the Texas AFT Member Service Specialist is $50,000 and is part of a collective bargaining agreement with the Texas AFT 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 employees and dependents
  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 equal to 22 percent of the employee’s salary


APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Submit resume, writing sample, and references to:
Texas AFT – Tanner Williams, Director of Organizing & Leadership Development
Email: twilliams@texasaft.org
For questions, call 512-448-0130.


Bridges Fellowship 

Application Deadline – Aug. 1, 2021 
Are you a pro-union student interested in using your writing skills and legislative knowledge to further the fight for public education in Texas? At Texas AFT, we believe everyone deserves a quality education. This is only possible with dedicated and empowered public school teachers. Texas AFT is looking to help train the next generation of labor & education policy activists through our legislative fellowship program. 

All fellows are expected to work an average of 20 hours a week. Your class schedule MUST allow you to work 20 hours during weekdays during the hours of 8 to 6. Occasional evenings and weekends will be required. You will receive the same paid holidays as Texas AFT employees, including 10 days at Christmas. 

Duties and Responsibilities 

Fellows will be asked to perform a variety of tasks: 

  • Compile research for projects focusing on Education policy and the State Legislature 
  • Attend seminars, meetings, and training sessions both virtually and in-person, acting as a representative of Texas AFT and providing detailed reports on the contents of those meetings 
  • Compose thoughtfully written articles, summaries, and legislative briefings which will be distributed internally as well as externally on our website and in our weekly newsletter 
  • Adhere to a predetermined schedule, being on-call to be brought into any new project as is needed, but also being flexible to occasionally work outside the bounds of your schedule as is necessary 
  • Attend weekly meetings and participate in union events  

Requirements 

  • A current undergraduate student 
  • A proficient and efficient writer 
  • An analytical reader 
  • Able to take constructive criticism from our team of experienced legislative staffers 
  • Well-organized, attentive to details, able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks, and able to complete projects under time constraints 
  • Self-motivated and adaptable, able to work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Able to communicate with, understand and anticipate the diverse concerns of people of varied economic, racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds and identities. 
  • Ready to fight for the higher wages, better working conditions, and more suitable retirement plans that Texas educators deserve 
  • Committed to the labor movement and building union power in Texas 

Benefits 

  • $1,500 monthly stipend 

Please send resume, writing samples (of 500 words or less), and any questions to Macey Erhardt at merhardt@texasaft.org 

Bilingual applicants and those with teaching experience are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Graphic Design Internship 

Application Deadline – Aug. 1, 2021 

Are you a pro-union student interested in using your graphic design skills to further the fight for public education? At Texas AFT, we believe everyone deserves a quality education. This is only possible with dedicated and empowered public school teachers. We’re looking for a full-time intern that shares these same values and can bring fresh, creative ideas to the table! 

All fellows are expected to work an average of 20 hours a week. Your class schedule MUST allow you to work 20 hours during weekdays during the hours of 8 to 6. Occasional evenings and weekends will be required. You will receive the same paid holidays as Texas AFT employees, including 10 days at Christmas. 
 

Graphic Design Intern Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Create and design print and digital materials 
  • Adhere to brand guidelines and complete projects according to deadline 
  • Retouch and manipulate images 
  • Use graphic design software and work with a wide variety of media 
  • Assemble printed materials as needed 
  • Collaborate with our Communications Department to develop design concepts 
  • Receive feedback from the Communications Department and make necessary changes 

Requirements 

  • Must be a current undergraduate student 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the Adobe suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.)  
  • Understanding of graphic design principles and effective visual storytelling  
  • Ability to meld unique personal design style with existing brand guidelines to create consistent, cohesive materials 
  • Experience with a variety of design work, including print materials, website assets, and social media graphics  
  • Knowledge of digital accessibility best practices (color contrast ratios, typeset readability, etc.) a plus! 

Benefits 

  • Work on a wide range of graphic design projects 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Flexible schedule 
  • $1500 monthly stipend 

Please email resume, work samples, and any questions to Macey Erhardt at merhardt@texasaft.org 

Bilingual applicants and those with teaching experience are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Canvassers (Dallas area)

Texas AFT is seeking reliable, part-time canvassers with strong communication skills to engage with families in our public school districts in Dallas and surrounding areas through our 2021 back-to-school program. Our goal is to make sure every family has what they need for a safe return to school this fall.

Must be over the age of 18.

Pay/Schedule:

  • $15-$20 per hour based on experience
  • $50 gas stipend per week
  • 20-25 hours per week
  • Employment type: part-time

Duties include:

  • Daily check-in team meetings to set daily goals and debrief.
  • Recording accurate survey data from all conversations.
  • Communicating with current and potential public school students and families through targeted door-to-door conversations.
  • Must be able to work weekends and afternoons.
  • Must have reliable transportation and be willing to travel regularly within the Dallas and surrounding area.

Skills needed:

  • Outgoing and comfortable with talking to the public, walking neighborhoods, and knocking on doors to engage in back-to-school encouragement.
  • Punctual, well-organized, self-motivated, energetic, and motivated to work independently.
  • Strong passion for bettering our DFW public schools.
  • Political, community, education, or labor experience a plus.
  • Being bilingual (particularly in Spanish) is a plus.
  • Polite and courteous.
  • Strong verbal and customer service skills.

To apply, please email us your resume, references, and best contact phone number to jvines@texasaft.org and be sure to use “Canvasser Position” in the subject line.