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AFM National Lead Organizer

American Federation of Musicians of the United States & Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO

Location: New York City, with the ability to travel within the US and Canada.

Purpose: In collaboration with the Director of Organizing and Education, the Lead Organizer will research, plan, and implement internal and external organizing campaigns in various sectors of professional music at the national and local level. The Lead Organizer will assist with the planning and execution of all union organizing education initiatives.

Primary responsibilities

  • Design and direct external organizing efforts, with an emphasis on grass-roots,
    community-based, leverage campaigns
  • Plan and lead internal organizing campaigns, including contract campaigns, rank-and-file leadership development, member education, strike support, etc.
  • Identify and develop leaders, organizing committees, volunteer member teams, and rank-and-file activists
  • Work with national and local leadership and staff in conjunction with all research and communications, as well as political and legal aspects of campaigns
  • Cultivate relationships with community, labor, and political leaders, as well as organizations

Primary qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, and at least 3-5 years of experience in leading union organizing
    campaigns, and/or community organizing campaigns, including the design and development of campaign work plans
  • Knowledge of basic principles and practices of union organizing and a thorough knowledge of labor laws
  • Experience with strategic campaign planning and execution
  • Knowledge of labor education program planning and development; ability to conduct training sessions
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to work independently while coordinating efforts with national and local staff and leaders
  • Experience with, and knowledge of, collective bargaining and organizational management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritize tasks
  • Commitment to workers’ rights and social justice
  • Familiarity with the music and/or the entertainment industry is a plus, but not required
  • Basic computer skills and a knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

The AFM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package.

Send cover letter and resume no later than February 15, 2018 to: Cynthia Pellegrino, Director of Human Resources: cpellegrino@afm.org or fax:  212-214-0807

The AFM represents more than 80,000 musicians in 200 locals in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and forms part of the heart and soul of the labor movement. The AFM has national offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.