American Federation of Teachers

American Federation of Teachers

Deputy Director
Political Department

Based in Washington, DC


Supervisor: Director, Political Department
Salary: $162,127.71

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities.  We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.  The AFT believes that a culturally diverse workforce advances our mission and we strongly encourage applications from under-represented communities of workers.

Special Note: The purpose of this position is to assist the director and work closely with state federation and local affiliate leaders to develop and implement a robust political field mobilization effort including electoral campaigns, federal legislative campaign, and grassroots issue advocacy efforts.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the political director, the Deputy Director will coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of AFT’s political field campaigns

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and implement AFT’s political and federal legislative field programs at the national, state and local levels in support of candidates and issues.
  • Supervise and manage department field staff involved in AFT’s political and federal legislative field programs at the national state and local levels.
  • Manage the day-to-day implementation of approved political programs, including the development of campaign plans, voter contact programs, accountability systems and campaign materials.
  • Develop and coordinate training program and staff/leadership development programs to build political capacity in states and local affiliates.
  • Coordinate AFT’s use of vendors in support of the approved political programs.
  • Collaborate with state and local affiliates to develop and improve state and local political and legislative mobilization capacity around candidates and issues.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with allied groups on political and legislative campaigns at the national, state and local level.
  • Work on other initiatives or tasks supported by the AFT.

Primary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive experience developing and implementing candidate, issue and/or legislative campaigns.
  • Strong understanding of general public campaigns and campaign finance laws. 
  • Applied experience working with polling instruments, data and developing appropriate targeting strategies.
  • Experience working collaboratively with community groups and allied organizations.
  • Experience in developing political and legislative training programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience working on federal legislative issues, as well as state and local elections.
  • Working experience ensuring compliance with state and local campaign laws.
  • Working knowledge of public education and labor issues.

Work Environment:  Extensive travel is required.

How to Apply:  
Please submit a cover letter and résumé via the following link: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=4115031.

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