The North East Area Labor Council is seeking one full-time, temporary Field Organizer to work with the affiliated unions of the North East Area Labor Council, staff and leaders of the local Central Body units and key community allies to develop and execute the development of political, build activism and local capacity; and mobilize affiliates, other labor organizations, community partners and allies to support the campaigns/actions needed to achieve our mission.
The position can be based out of Duluth or Grand Rapids, requiring organizing in (and potential travel to) the following counties: Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Koochiching, Itasca, Pine and Carlton and will occasionally require travel to the Twin Cities for meetings.
This position would run from July 9th, 2018 through November 14th, 2018.
Roles and Responsibilities
Work with affiliated unions of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, staff and leaders of the local Area Labor Councils and key community allies to:
- Hold one-on-one organizing conversations with local union activists, leaders and staff.
- Recruit, train and activate volunteers and activists for organizational and political mobilization.
- Organize and carry out membership mobilization for political campaigns, including doorknocks, phone banks and earned media activities, including press conferences, town hall meetings, rallies, protests and other grassroots events.
- Build new, strategic and mutually beneficial relationships between labor and community allies that strengthen labor’s ability to advance organizing and pro-working family policies.
- Build and facilitate a local working group of affiliates and community partners to organize around state and local issues and the 2018 elections.
- Map existing and potential relationships with labor, community, faith, non-profit and progressive organizations.
- Work with local unions to build worksite communication structures.
- Develop and implement strategic plans.
- Participate in “District Organizing Work Group” meetings, Area Labor Council meetings and State Federation meetings.
- Perform administrative tasks as necessary, including maintaining clear records, filing regular reports and utilizing the Labor Action Network’s (LAN) member lists, voter contacts and voter IDs.
- Other duties as defined by the NEALC Field Coordinator.
- Four years of post-secondary education preferred.
- Minimum two years of experience in union, political or community organizing campaigns.
- Knowledge of and experience with leadership development and in recruiting and mobilizing others to take action.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and drive effective and creative programs, convene and facilitate meetings and balance the interests of various stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to build and manage coalitions.
Possession of excellent listening, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Possession of sharp problem-solving skills.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint; Voter Action Network (VAN) or Labor Action Network (LAN) and Social Media.
- Flexible, creative and highly motivated.
- Ability to motivate and activate others.
- Ability to work in a cooperative manner with other staff.
- Ability to manage time and work independently within the context of a plan.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and projects and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work long and varied hours, including nights and weekends.
- Ability to travel, possession of a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Range: $3,200/month with mileage reimbursements
NEALC Field Coordinator
Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter to Katie Humphrey, NEALC staff by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22nd, by email to email@example.com
Women, people of color and people from underrepresented communities are particularly encouraged to apply.