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Lead Campaigner

Starts at Salary Range: $70,000 – $85,000
Posting Date:
October 03, 2022

AFSCME Maryland Council 3 represents over 6000 higher education workers at 12 of the 15 public state colleges and universities.  After a multi-year organizing effort, AFSCME MD helped to pass a groundbreaking law allowing workers from all University System of Maryland campuses where we hold contracts to negotiate one system-wide contract.  We are executing an exciting and robust campaign to grow and build a powerful higher education union in the state.

AFSCME Council 3 is currently seeking a Lead Campaigner for our Higher Education team. This role will report directly to the Organizing Director. The Lead will be responsible for developing and running a comprehensive organizing campaign field program in Higher Education.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in developing and implementing statewide coordinated contract and external organizing campaigns that include the goals, strategies and tactics necessary to execute the plan, including effective management of staff, member and administrative resources.
  • Work with staff and volunteer member organizers to develop and drive program.
  • Assure the accuracy of lists, records, databases and wall charts related to campaign.
  • Plan and implement worksite issue-based campaigns.
  • Coordinate, identify, and develop worksite leaders and stewards.
  • Work with elected member leaders, senior leadership and staff in ongoing development and implementation of strategic plan.
  • Visits workers at their job sites and in their homes and trains and develops organizers and volunteer member organizers in organizing.
  • Writes leaflets and other materials for campaigns.
  • Lead coalition-building efforts with other unions, allies, and students to support local and statewide campaign goals.

Required Qualifications and Skills include:

  • Ability to think strategically and work in teams.
  • At least 3 years’ experience managing organizing campaigns including leading or supervising multiple staff
  • Experience with collective bargaining, representation, organizing preferably in the public sector and/or public higher education.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport and credibility with diverse demographic groups, and well as with professional, technical, administrative, and service workers
  • Excellent written and oral communications.
  • A demonstrated commitment to union democracy and supporting and developing members’ voices and leadership in their union.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
  • This position may require occasional overnight travel.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license, reliable car and insurance.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.

Salary starts at $70,000 – $85,000.  Benefits include excellent health insurance, staff union contract, 3 weeks paid vacation, 15 paid holidays, 12 sick days, pension, optional 401k, life insurance, and great working environment.  To apply, email cover letter and resume to