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Deputy Director (Local Strength)

The Deputy Director will, with other Deputy Directors, lead and manage a field team to develop local strategic plans, leadership development programs and trainings to rebuild and transform our local unions and school communities.

Position: Deputy Director (Local Strength) with North Carolina Association of Educators

How to apply: 

Required Materials: Please submit your resumeat least 3 references, cover letter and a writing sample that demonstrates skills relevant to this role to

  • Salary Range: $85,000 - $105,000/yr. depending on experience
  • Application Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

 The position

Position Summary: The North Carolina Association of Educators seeks a talented, dedicated, and experienced union, community or electoral organizing manager to fill the position of Deputy Director of Local Strength, Organizing and Field Services. The Deputy Director will, with other Deputy Director, lead and manage a field team to develop local strategic plans, leadership development programs and trainings to rebuild and transform our local unions and school communities. The Deputy Director of Local Strength, Organizing and Field Services, reports to the Director of Organizing and Field Services. 

About North Carolina Association of Educators:

The North Carolina Association of Educators is the state’s largest advocacy organization for public school employees and represents active, retired, and student members. We are building a movement to defend and transform public education in our state. In the last three years, we've led the largest educator mobilization 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 staffsecured #shotsforsafereturn for their 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:

  • Centering multi-racial equity, solidarity and democratic-union values in the planning and implementation of all planning, programs and activities as assigned.
  • Hire, train, coach, and manage a team of Uniserv Directors and Field Staff across the state, including overseeing day-to-day assignments, frequent worksite visits, meeting facilitation, and debriefs, in addition to shadowing staff and leading trainings for staff as needed
  • Coordinate and design strategic plan trainings, programs and templates to assist local unions in the development of local strategic plans, campaigns. 
  • Evaluate local plans and direct and manage resources allocated to local unions to carry out local plans, campaigns and activities to meet local leadership and membership growth goals.
  • Coordinate and create leadership develop training and programs of members in local union roles in consultation with the Director of Organizing and Field Services and Officers
  • Manage development of highly effective worksite leader training programs, including but not limited to professional and employment issue advocacy and organizing
  • Utilize data to evaluate staff, activities and programs 
  • Build and maintain a team culture that is innovative, 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 staff team
  • Provides strategic analysis on campaign communications, 
  • Incorporate statewide campaigns and programmatic initiatives into field staff work and assignments
  • Synthesizes research and provides strategic analysis for member leadership, staff and stakeholders
  • Co-develops cross-departmental systems and processes to efficiently meet member rights/legal issues and maximize potential to strengthen local unions
  • Develops across departments comprehensive initiatives designed to strengthen local leadership capacity utilizing legal, research, communications, government relations and community work
  • Identifies and coordinates with state member governance cross-local and geographic collaboration and share of resources
  • Participates in statewide organizational planning

Skills and Qualifications:


  • At least 3 years of organizing experience in labor organizing or comparable environments in electoral, community, or movement organizing
  • At least 3 years of experience designing or managing leadership development and training programs
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a deep understanding and ability to build trust, and communicate with people from different backgrounds
  • 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 support systems that set field staff up for success
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meeting frequent and tight deadlines
  • An excellent collaborator and team player
  • A willingness to work nights and weekends 


  • Management experience; experience managing in an organizing and union staff context strongly preferred
  • A track record of effective people, project, and program management, and excellent training, coaching, staff development, delegation, and follow-up/accountability skills
  • Experience with the use of communications, research, community and political engagement, and the law to advance the rights of workers
  • Advanced experience or education in adult education, equity and inclusion, or organizational change/management
  • Deep experience creating and managing leadership development programs
  • Familiarity with online-to-offline organizing models and best practices

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
  • Experience driving union-work through equity, inclusion, and anti-racism framework
  • 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 North Carolina or willing to relocate. Has the ability and willingness to travel 


  • Salary: $85,000 - $105,000/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
  • 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.