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Organizing Director

Council 3
Posting Date:
January 07, 2022

AFSCME MD Council 3 is seeking an Organizing Director to create a vision and strategy for organizing workers in Maryland.  With over 1.6 million members, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is the nation's largest public service labor union and a leader in the fight for social and economic change.  AFSCME members provide the services communities depend on.  

AFSCME Council 3 represents 30,000 workers throughout the state including university staff at MD’s public universities, correctional officers, social workers, clerical support staff, public defenders and road maintenance workers.  We organize in the workplace and fight for dignity, respect and a fair standard of living for all public service workers in MD.


  • Develop and lead the union’s organizing and growth plans.
  • Develop organizing campaign plans with the goals, strategies, and tactics necessary to execute the plan, including effective management of staff and members.
  • Set and track organizing metrics.
  • Generate and pursue new organizing leads.
  • Design and implement internal and external trainings and events that support the organizing work.
  • Supervise the recruitment and development of worker leader committees.
  • Oversee the creation of all campaign materials.
  • Run coalition-building efforts with other unions, student groups, and community allies.
  • Work with staff and volunteer member organizers to develop and drive program.
  • As a member of the senior leadership team help set the goals and agenda for the union.
  • Represent AFSCME with media, politicians, and allies.
  • Mobilize members to participate in Council 3 or AFSCME International events.

What We’re Looking For:

  • At least ten years of successful union organizing experience.
  • Success in supervising and mentoring staff.
  • Demonstrated success in running and winning organizing campaigns.
  • Ability to use social media and virtual platforms to support membership campaigns.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with co-workers and members.
  • Commitment to racial equity and social justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and gather information for negotiations, strategy development and other organizing activities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours and weekends. Some travel required.
  • Car and valid driver’s license a requirement.

AFSCME MD offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes employer paid family health insurance, pension, car allowance, and 4 weeks annual leave (including 1 week year end break).  To apply, send cover letter and resume to