Grassroots advocacy organizer

Department: Public affairs
Immediate supervisor: Director of public affairs
Location: St. Paul office
Employee group: Professional staff/TEMPO bargaining unit
Hours/status: Full-time (up to 6 months) /exempt 

Purpose of position:
Under the direction of the director of public affairs, the primary responsibilities will be to act as a leader in implementation of Education Minnesota’s 2019 grassroots legislative advocacy campaign, working cooperatively with Education Minnesota members, staff and leaders involved in the union’s legislative advocacy work and other designated Education Minnesota internal and external stakeholders. The organizer will use relational organizing to mobilize Education Minnesota members to act collectively during the 2019 legislative session around a shared agenda to achieve visionary funding for public education and an expansion of union freedoms.

Major functions and responsibilities:

  • Conduct relational organizing conversations with Education Minnesota members. 
  • Implement grassroots organizing strategies to connect and motivate Education Minnesota members to exercise their voice collectively in the legislative process.
  • Recruit Education Minnesota members and staff to participate in worksite engagement, and member-to-member and general public legislative advocacy. 
  • Utilize data strategies to identify, target and develop member leaders and build grassroots capacity.
  • Organize public meetings with elected officials and Education Minnesota members.
  • Provide training and support for Education Minnesota members and staff on grassroots advocacy work.
  • Represent Education Minnesota with various coalitions as assigned.
  • Provide back-up support to other Education Minnesota public affairs professionals.
  • Provide work direction for assigned support staff.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Education Minnesota leaders and members.
  • Education Minnesota staff.
  • Governmental leaders and agencies.
  • Stakeholders.
  • General public.

Machines and/or tools operated:

  • Personal computer.
  • Internet and browser-based software.
  • Windows-based software.
  • FAX machine.

Confidential information:
Various strategic/management/departmental activities.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Experience in developing organizing plans. 
  • Demonstrated experience in successful organizing.
  • Experience in working with confidential and sensitive information and issues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legislative and political process.
  • Experience and skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and strategic planning.
  • Ability to work with groups to organize and focus their activities.
  • Ability to work with technology and information systems.

Minimum qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED. 
  • Three years of grassroots organizing experience.
  • Valid driver's license.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Leadership experience in collective action work of a union or progressive organization.
  • Experience using the Voter Activation Network (VAN). 
  • Experience coordinating large organizing structures.

Additional Comments:
Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed. Travel required. Able to successfully pass a post offer pre-employment background check.  

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.

Deadline: For best consideration, apply online and include a resume by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Education Minnesota
Human Resources
41 Sherburne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103