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Field Organizing Specialist

Affiliate:
MD Council 3
Location:
Maryland
Salary:
Starts at $50,000
Posting Date:
October 20, 2020

AFSCME Council 3 represents over 30,000 workers throughout the state including university staff at MD’s public universities, correctional officers, social workers, clerical support staff, nurses, and road maintenance workers.  We organize in the workplace and fight for dignity, respect and a fair standard of living for all public service workers in MD. 

We are accepting applications for Field Organizing Specialists.  

The Job:

  • Identify, and foster recruitment and training of a network of union stewards who can assist members in problem solving, membership growth and communication.
  • Drive membership growth through site visits, phone banking, steward networking, and new employee orientations. Grow PEOPLE membership to empower our membership politically.
  • Serve as liaison with local unions regarding all elements of Council 3's political, legislative, and organizing programs, and ensure worksites in the state know about the campaigns and wins of their fellow members.
  • File grievances and appeals, submit demand to bargain letters, help organize and attend Labor / Management Committees, organize direct actions and issues campaigns, develop and help pass legislation.
  • Attend union local meetings, inform executive boards how to comply with the requirements of their constitution and aid them in elections, amending constitutions, certifying convention delegates, etc.
  • Mobilize members around regional or statewide actions.

What We’re Looking For:

  • At least one year of successful union organizing experience
    Ability to articulate how a union works. 
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and coordinate activities to build power for 501c3, 501 or other progressive organization.
  • Experience with working in diverse communities and in a multi-cultural work environment. Sensitivity to and appreciation of ethnic and cultural differences a must.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and gather information for negotiations, strategy development and other servicing and organizing activities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with co-workers and members.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs, Zoom, Voter Action Network, Slack and other social media platforms.
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours and weekends. Some travel required. Car and valid driver’s license a requirement.

We offer a salary range of $50,000 - $75,000 (commensurate with experience.) and excellent benefits. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, email cover letter and resume to recruiting@afscmemd.org.