University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100, IFT/AFT

University Professionals of Illinois Local 4100, IFT/AFT

Project Organizer
Central Illinois Higher Ed Organizing Campaign

Based out of Central Illinois


The UPI is a 3,000 strong member union comprised of higher education professionals across Illinois in local chapters. We are seeking a full-time project-based position to work on organizing campaigns based out of Central Illinois (Bloomington/Normal). Organizers are responsible for a variety of aspects of internal and external organizing including building relationships with workers, developing issues-based organizing plans for assigned areas, recruiting and sustaining motivation of organizing committee members and activists, having 1:1 conversations with potential members to ask them to join the union, working with the organizing committee to plan and implement member-to-member outreach drives, and doing community outreach and coalition building with local allies. Union organizing experience preferred.


  • Willing to work long and irregular hours
  • Dedicated to social and economic justice and Higher Education access
  • Be in possession of an insured vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population
  • Have strong communications skills
  • Must be competent in basic computer/web functions and social media platforms
  • Be motivated, responsible, organized, professional and detail-oriented
  • Be able to work independently while also being able to incorporate constructive feedback and direction from the campaign lead and campaign director
  • Experienced in community, student, or labor activism is a plus
  • Being a skilled and experienced organizer, ideally with 2-3 years of organizing experience in the labor movement, particularly in Higher Education, is preferred


  • Organize and mobilize workers
  • Attend regular meetings with supervisors and team to discuss progress and plan activities
  • One-on-one visits, site visits, meetings, and other interaction with members and potential members
  • Enter assessments and other data collected in a database on a regular basis
  • Occasionally, be assigned to other parts of the state or country as required
  • Take direction on activities to grow membership and accomplish goals

Competitive salary and benefits including car and housing allowances; paid health and dental benefits; paid leave including vacation, personal, and sick days; travel and expense reimbursements.

Please send a cover letter and current résumé to Tamara Morris via email at tmorris@upilocal4100.org no later than Jan 7, 2024.

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