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Lead Organizers

Organizers will identify, recruit, train, and coach building level leadership and work with local leadership to support organizing campaigns to win the learning and working conditions our students and educators deserve while building our locals’ membership and power.

Position: Lead Organizers

  • How to apply: Please submit your resume and 3 references at
  • Subject Line: Please make the subject line of your email: “FirstName LastName Lead Organizer Application.”
  • Salary: $57,559/yr
  • Application Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by December 1, 2021

The position

The North Carolina Association of Educators seeks talented and dedicated organizers to fill multiple Lead Organizer positions across North Carolina. Organizers will identify, recruit, train, and coach building level leadership and work with local leadership to support organizing campaigns to win the learning and working conditions our students and educators deserve while building our locals’ membership and power. Lead Organizers will be on the front lines of NCAE’s efforts to organize the public education sector in the South and will report directly to the Organizing Managers.

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 staff, secured #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:

  • Identify and recruit members to lead organizing efforts at their worksites; train, coach, and support worksite-level leaders to host events, talk to their coworkers, and hone their skills; and build and nurture worksite-level teams of colleagues organizing around around common issues
  • In coordination with UniServ Directors and NCAE local leadership, support member organizing, issue organizing, and political campaigns that win tangible improvements in educators’ and students’ lives and strengthen our organization
  • Support local membership growth in line with NCAE’s strategic goals
  • Identify, recruit, and develop worksite level leaders to build effective team structures and run effective engagement efforts with members and potential members
  • Conduct regular visits to worksites in your assigned locals to identify and recruit leaders and members
  • Build positive relationships with member leaders, members, and potential members
  • Help build an organizing team culture that is innovative, hungry to learn, and inspired to fight to defend and transform our public schools
  • Promote leadership and professional development among the team and run an organizing program in your assigned locals that is deeply invested in members’ leadership growth
  • Serve as a thought partner to the Organizing Managers, UniServ Directors, and local leadership to increase the effectiveness of our organizing program both in your locals and statewide
  • Contribute to statewide organizing initiatives such as statewide trainings and more

Skills and Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • At least 1-2 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, maintaining strong relationships, and the ability to communicate with people across difference
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to be adaptable and flexible in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, meeting frequent and tight deadlines
  • An excellent collaborator and team player
  • A willingness to work nights and weekends when needed
  • Reliable access to transportation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience organizing in North Carolina and understanding of the North Carolina political landscape

Duration: The position will run for up to 3 years–through June 2024–with the possibility of extension. The position will start in January 2022.

Compensation: This is a step 0 position of the staff union contract with an annual salary of $57,559 plus benefits.

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


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.