Project staff

POSITION TITLE: Campaign project staff
DEPARTMENT: Public Affairs
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Public Affairs
LOCATIONS: Northern Minnesota (1 position)
                     Metro and Southern Minnesota (3 positions)
EMPLOYEE GROUP: Professional staff /TEMPO bargaining unit
HOURS/STATUS: Full Time (up to 18 months) /exempt

The project staff will implement Education Minnesota’s worksite relational organizing program. Initial supervision will be under the director of public affairs, with day-to-day direction in program implementation from public affairs professional staff. Project staffers will primarily interface with Education Minnesota members, leaders and staff in creating worksite level member unity teams in service of Education Minnesota member voter engagement and member action goals through May 2021.


  • Work with field staff and local union leaders to recruit four unity team leaders at each of the targeted worksites around the state, develop member leaders, and build local union, campus and worksite organizing capacity.
  • Conduct relational organizing conversations with Education Minnesota members.
  • Train unity team leaders on the political context, leadership skills and high-participation worksite organizing methods. These trainings will be both collective and individual, as needed.
  • Assist and organize a subset of the Education Minnesota professional staff who will provide ongoing support and accountability for unity team leaders at targeted worksites.
  • Work directly with unity team leaders and other members, as needed, to teach, clarify and re-teach key organizing principles and methods.
  • Recruit Education Minnesota members and staff to participate in one-to-one, relational organizing conversations and grassroots campaign tactics with Education Minnesota members and general public voters.
  • Work with digital organizer to create member content for digital organizing.
  • Train and monitor member, staff and leaders use of Empower relational organizing software.
  • Lead and actively participate in events, actions and grassroots campaign tactics with Education Minnesota members and general public voters.
  • Input data and implement data strategies of the campaign, as directed.
  • Coordinate organizing activities and communicate directly with all relevant internal and external stakeholders, as directed.
  • Attend meetings and trainings.


  • Education Minnesota leaders and members
  • Education Minnesota, AFT and NEA staff
  • AFL-CIO staff and leaders, and staff and leaders of affiliated unions
  • Community, civic and grassroots organizing leaders
  • Governmental agencies and officials
  • School district personnel
  • Minnesota legislative personnel
  • Candidates for public office and campaign staffs
  • Staff and leaders of political parties
  • General public
  • Vendors


  • Personal computer
  • Internet and browser software
  • Windows-based software
  • FAX machine
  • Education Minnesota’s website

Various strategic/management/departmental activities.


  • Knowledge and understanding of unions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legislative and political process.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct one-on-one organizing conversations and assess individual opinions, union affinity, motivations and leadership potential.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully recruit, train and support grassroots activist volunteers.
  • Demonstrated awareness of social, racial and economic justice concerns.
  • Good public relations, communications, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize work assignments to achieve ambitious, measurable organizing goals on strict timelines.
  • Understand and effectively carry out complex verbal and written directions.
  • Problem solve and work independently.
  • Experience working with confidential and sensitive information and issues.
  • Ability to work with technology, social media and data tracking systems.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • One year of demonstrated grassroots organizing leadership success on a union, political or advocacy campaign.
  • One year of engagement 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 of demonstrated grassroots organizing success on a union, political or advocacy campaign.
  • Professional experience working as an educator or education support professional in a public school or college.
  • Experience developing organizing plans and building grassroots organizing networks.

Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed. Travel required. Able to successfully pass a post offer pre-employment background check. This is a temporary position, not lasting beyond May 2021.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided: the position requires use of clear and articulate speech; ability to read and comprehend written and oral directions; ability to effectively deal with tight deadlines; sitting for long periods, stooping, bending, reaching and standing for long periods; repetitive movement with hands and wrists; use of computer keyboard; and carrying materials (up to 5 lb. and occasionally up to 25 lb.).

Open until filled.

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