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Deputy Director of Community and Electoral Organizing

The Deputy Director will be responsible for supervising a team of Community and Political Organizers working to provide opportunities for NCAE’s local affiliates, members, and community partners to build issue advocacy and electoral campaigns.

Deputy Director of Community and Electoral Organizing

How to apply: 

The Position

The North Carolina Association of Educators seeks a metrics-based, energetic, and experienced manager to fill the position of Deputy Director within its Government Relations Department to support the development and implementation of NCAE’s legislative, political, community and electoral work. The Deputy Director will be responsible for supervising a team of Community and Political Organizers working to provide opportunities for NCAE’s local affiliates, members, and community partners to build issue advocacy and electoral campaigns. The qualified candidate should be accustomed to making data-driven decisions, member-driven fundraising tactics, providing strategic guidance, building an effective team culture, developing field programs, and capable of supporting the interest of NCAE in meetings. This position is a mid to senior level position and will work closely with the Officers and Organizing team while reporting directly to the Associate Executive Director.

About North Carolina Association of Educators:

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is a member-led, democratic union that’s building a movement to defend and transform public education in our state. In the last three years we've led the largest educator walkouts in state history, and mobilized thousands of voters across the state to the polls as part of our successful campaign to halt the privatizer-controlled General Assembly’s eight-year legislative assault on our educators, students, and communities. In that same time, several of our locals have also fought for and won historic pay increases for custodians and other staff and harnessed the momentum from those wins to propel themselves into ranking among the fastest-growing National Education Association affiliates in the country. 

We're on the cusp of restoring North Carolina as a national leader on education policy and are making moves from the Sandhills to the mountains to win the schools our students deserve. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Hire, train, coach, and manage a team of organizers across the state, including overseeing day-to-day assignments
  • Build an organizing team culture that is innovative, nimble, hungry to learn, and inspired to fight to defend and transform our public schools
  • Develop, design, and maintain resources, trainings, and systems to improve the functioning of the organizing team
  • Utilize data to enhance political strategies and decisions related to member activist, voter behavior, and local political activity.
  • Design, implement, manage, and evaluate community campaigns and programs designed to grow members leadership and build power with community and parents
  • Integrate and manage staff and programs to support comprehensive local campaigns aimed at winning a voice for educators in their workplace
  • Complete grant applications that support community, legislative and electoral programs
  • Coordinate NCAE’s involvement in federal, state and local races, including independent expenditure, member communication programs, and other efforts to support endorsed candidates.
  • Develop and lead campaigns to increase members participation in electoral programs such as increasing member PAC contributions, member participating in lobby days, and other electoral work.
  • Advises state leadership, local leaders, and members on effective political and campaign strategies.
  • Track electoral and leadership opportunities for members to serve in elected and appointed School Board, County Commission, and other positions  

Skills and Qualifications:


  • At least 5+ years of organizing experience in labor organizing or comparable environments in electoral, community, or movement organizing
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a deep understanding of trust-building, and the ability to communicate with people from different backgrounds
  • Strong commitment to the goals of public education, including social, racial and economic justice
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local campaign finance rules and regulations and lobbying rules.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills
  • Ability to work well with all religious, cultural, ethnic and social groups
  • Ability to identify, recruit and develop member leaders
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to be adaptable and flexible in a fast-paced environment
  • An understanding of and commitment to the kinds of trainings, resources, and organizing management systems that set organizers up for success
  • An understanding of the role community and parents play in advancing the cause of great public schools for all students
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meeting frequent and tight deadlines
  • An excellent collaborator and team player
  • A willingness to work nights and weekends 
  • Computer competency – Zoom, VAN (or another electoral database), Google Docs, Internet required


  • Experience organizing in North Carolina and understanding of the North Carolina political landscape
  • Experience running or managing statewide electoral or advocacy programs a plus
  • Experience working within and building strong relationships in coalition with community partners

In particular, we’d be thrilled about a Deputy Director who:

  • Shares our core commitment and has experience building power through supporting, investing in, training, and coaching member leaders
  • Believes that rank and file members are the core of our union and are best positioned to lead our work and is deeply committed to member leadership
  • Believes in deep investment in training and professional development for organizing staff
  • Is invested in the political project of rebuilding our union and reclaiming our state
  • Is fueled by a desire to learn and grow as an organizer, manager, and leader
  • Is committed to equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in organizing
  • Is creative, solutions-oriented, and excited about designing a unique and innovative program and adapting it to fit locals across the state


Location: Must live in or able to relocate to North Carolina with ability and willingness to travel 


Salary: $85,000 - $100,000/yr. depending on experience


    • 100% employer paid healthcare coverage for the employee
    • 100% employer paid dental and vision coverage for the employee and family
    • Employer provided FSA/HRA monies
    • 401k Plan
    • Pension Plan (if a temp. position-not eligible until 1/1 or 7/1 after 1 year of service)
    • Cell phone and internet reimbursement
    • Mileage reimbursement for work-related travel
    • Relocation costs
    • Paid holidays, employer paid life and LTD coverage, voluntary life insurance
    • A generous personal, sick, and annual leave policy, and more 

NCAE is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected.

Current and former/retired NCAE members and applicants committed to a strong public educators’ association who meet many, but not all, of the qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call Angela Schell in Human Resources @ 919-755-5541.


An equitable, quality public education for every child.

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), NC's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NCAE's members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NCAE has affiliate organizations in every county and student chapters in select colleges and universities throughout the state.