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Vermont AFL-CIO

Job Title: On-Call Organizer                                                       

Reports to: Executive Director and Lead Local Organizer                                            

Effective Date: 4/6/2023

Hours & Pay: Part-Time, As-Needed, $20/hr

Job Summary:

Successful candidates will be kept on a roster of On-Call Organizers, whom we may contact to give short-term assistance to various organizing campaigns. The On-Call Organizer works under the direct supervision of the Union Local leading the campaign with additional mentorship and training support from the Executive Director of the VT AFL-CIO. Campaigns may be internal or external organizing campaigns. You may do anything from writing phone banking scripts to canvassing to organizing new shops.

Responsibilities & Duties May Include:

  • Conduct broad and intensive outreach
  • Have effective one-on-one conversations with workers virtually and in person
  • Perform basic campaign research, including probing, list building, and worksite mapping
  • Build one-on-one relationships
  • Identify, recruit and develop leaders
  • Conduct individual and group meetings to move organizing campaigns forward
  • Educate, engage, and motivate workers to take action
  • Plan and implement actions and events to support organizing efforts
  • Willingness to learn the target workplace’s work life, training, governance structures, terminology, and roles
  • Willingness to learn basic labor law, including unfair labor practices and pathways to union recognition
  • Other related duties as assigned
  • Opportunity to work with a tight-knit team of officers and organizers
  • Develop skills in relationship building, public speaking, economics, strategic research, and campaign execution

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Previous experience in the Labor Movement is preferred but not required
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal and writing)
  • Strong ability to connect and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds in pursuit of a common goal
  • Capability to think critically to manage conflict and adversarial situations
  • Ability to work independently and possess a strong work ethic
  • Ability to critically evaluate one’s own performance and quickly incorporate feedback and direction from your direct reports
  • Must be able to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Must have continuous use of a reliable vehicle and automobile liability insurance
  • Flexible working outside normal business hours, ability to work in the evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Proficiency with Google products such as Gmail and Google Drive (docs & sheets)
  • Proficiency with messaging applications, such as WhatsApp and Signal
  • Genuine interest in the work and the membership, as well as a desire to advance the Labor Movement and the Working Class more broadly
  • Ability to handle fast-paced settings and tight deadlines.
  • Develop one’s own skills, acquire knowledge and proactively seek opportunities to learn
  • Effective and appropriate communication with potential members, organizers, staff, and board members

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Some organizing experience, preferably in labor organizing
  • Some experience as a non-managerial worker, preferably a rank-and-file union member

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting in a car or at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Prolonged periods of standing and walking
  • Must be able to carry organizing supplies, such as flip charts, markers, boxes of literature, etc

Application Process:

  • Interested candidates may email a resume with references and a cover letter to Executive Director Liz Medina,