POSITION TITLE: 2018 Campaign Project Organizer (Job#2018-31)
DEPARTMENT: Public Affairs
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Public Affairs
LOCATIONS: Greater Minnesota & Twin Cities
EMPLOYEE GROUP: Professional Staff / TEMPO Bargaining Unit
HOURS/STATUS: Temporary (up to 3 months) / Part Time / Non-Exempt
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Under the direction of the Director of Public Affairs, the primary responsibilities of the 2018 Campaign Project Organizers will implement Education Minnesota’s relational political organizing program for the 2018 campaign. Day-to-day direction in program implementation will be from designated public affairs professional staff. Project organizers will primarily interface with Education Minnesota members and leaders in service of Education Minnesota’s member voter engagement and political action goals for the 2018 elections.
MAJOR FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist in conducting relational organizing conversations with Education Minnesota members.
- Assist in identifying, recruiting and developing member political action leaders, and build local union, campus and worksite political organizing capacity.
- Assist in training Education Minnesota local union leaders, members, student program members, and Education Minnesota staff on grassroots issue advocacy and political action activities relating to the 2018 campaign goals and strategies.
- Assist in recruiting Education Minnesota members and staff to participate in one-to-one, relational organizing conversations and traditional grassroots campaign tactics, including phone and door canvassing of Education Minnesota members and general public voters.
- Assist and participate in events, actions and traditional grassroots campaign tactics, including phone and door canvassing of Education Minnesota members and general public voters.
- Assist Education Minnesota staff in implementation of digital engagement projects relating to the 2018 campaign, as directed.
- Input data and assist in implementing data strategies of the 2018 campaign, as directed.
- Assist in the coordination of organizing activities and assist in communicating with all relevant internal and external stakeholders, as directed.
- Attend meetings and trainings as directed.
- Other duties and responsibilities of a like or similar nature as assigned.
Education Minnesota leaders and members School district personnel
Education Minnesota, AFT and NEA staff Minnesota legislative personnel
Community, civic and grassroots organizing leaders Staff and leaders of political parties
Governmental agencies and officialsGeneral public
Candidates for public office and campaign staffs Vendors
AFL-CIO staff and leaders, and staff and leaders of affiliated unions
Various strategic/management/departmental activities.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Knowledge and understanding of unions.
- Knowledge and understanding of the legislative and political process.
- Ability to conduct one-on-one organizing conversations and assess individual opinions, union affinity, motivations and leadership potential.
- Ability to successfully recruit, train and support grassroots activist volunteers.
- Knowledge and awareness of social, racial and economic justice concerns.
- Ability to foster and maintain good public relations.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Strong planning and organizational skills.
- Ability to prioritize work assignments to achieve ambitious, measurable organizing goals while adhering to established strict timelines.
- Ability to understand and effectively carry out complex verbal and written directions.
- Ability to problem solve and work independently.
- Ability to work with and maintain confidential and sensitive information and issues.
- Ability to work with technology, social media and data tracking systems.
- Education Minnesota Education Support Professional Member or former Education Support Professional member.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Valid Driver’s license
- One year of experience demonstrating grassroots organizing leadership success on a union, political or advocacy campaign.
- One year of experience in a professional setting related to public education, early education, higher education, teaching, education unionism or a related field.
- Bachelor’s degree in political science, government relations or a related field.
- Three or more years’ experience demonstrating grassroots organizing success on a union, political or advocacy campaign.
- Experience working with Education Minnesota Education Support Professionals.
- Experience developing organizing plans and building grassroots organizing networks.
Work is in a general office environment. Employee is required to: talk and hear; frequently stand, walk and repetitively use hands dexterously (use fingers to handle, feel), reach with hands and arms, bend and physically lift and carry up to 25 pounds; occasionally lift up to 40 pounds and infrequently travel by various conveyances (e.g., air, rail, auto).
These are temporary part-time positions, not lasting beyond November 2018. Willingness to work mornings/nights and weekends as needed. Travel throughout Minnesota required.
EDUCATION MINNESOTA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Education Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where diversity is valued, supported and celebrated to benefit applicants, employees, members and students.All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need.
POSTING DEADLINE: For best consideration, apply online and include a resume. Posting is open until all positions are filled.