Project Staff #2020-30

Education Minnesota   Saint Paul, MN   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on August 28, 2020

POSITION TITLE:                             Project Staff (Job #2020-30)

DEPARTMENT:                                 Policy & Public Affairs

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:              Director of Policy & Public Affairs

HOURS/STATUS:                             Full-time / Temporary

EMPLOYEE GROUP:                         Professional Staff/TEMPO Bargaining Unit

FSLA/GRADE LEVEL:                       Exempt


The Project Staff will implement Education Minnesota’s worksite relational organizing program. Initial supervision will be under the director of public affairs, with day-to-day direction in program implementation from public affairs professional staff. Project staffers will primarily interface with Education Minnesota members, leaders, and staff in creating worksite level member unity teams in service of Education member voter engagement and member action goals through May 2021.


  • Work with Field Staff and local union leaders to recruit four unity team leaders at each of the targeted worksites around the state, develop member leaders, and build local union, campus and worksite organizing capacity.
  • Conduct relational organizing conversations with Education Minnesota members.
  • Train unity team leaders on the political context, leadership skills and high-participation worksite organizing methods. These trainings will be both collective and individual, as needed.
  • Assist and organize a subset of the Education Minnesota professional staff who will provide ongoing support and accountability for unity team leaders at targeted worksites.
  • Work directly with unity team leaders and other members, as needed, to teach, clarify and re-teach key organizing principles and methods.
  • Recruit Education Minnesota members and staff to participate in one-to-one, relational organizing conversations and grassroots campaign tactics with Education Minnesota members and general public voters.
  • Work with digital organizer to create member content for digital organizing.
  • Train and monitor member, staff and leaders use of Empower relational organizing software.
  • Lead and actively participate in events, actions and grassroots campaign tactics with Education Minnesota members and general public voters.
  • Input data and implement data strategies of the campaign, as directed.
  • Coordinate organizing activities and communicate directly with all relevant internal and external stakeholders, as directed.
  • Attend meetings and trainings.


Education Minnesota leaders and members

Education Minnesota, AFT and NEA staff

AFL-CIO staff and leaders, and staff and leaders of affiliated unions

Community, civic and grassroots organizing leaders

Governmental agencies and officials

School district personnel

Minnesota legislative personnel

Candidates for public office and campaign staffs

Staff and leaders of political parties

General public



Personal computer                                                                       

Internet and browser software

Windows-based software             

FAX machine

Education Minnesota’s Website


Various strategic/management/departmental activities.


  • Knowledge and understanding of unions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legislative and political process.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct one-on-one organizing conversations and assess individual opinions, union affinity, motivations and leadership potential.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully recruit, train and support grassroots activist volunteers.
  • Demonstrated awareness of social, racial and economic justice concerns.
  • Good public relations, communications, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills and ability to prioritize work assignments to achieve ambitious, measurable organizing goals on strict timelines.
  • Understand and effectively carry out complex verbal and written directions.
  • Problem solve and work independently.
  • Experience working with confidential and sensitive information and issues.
  • Ability to work with technology, social media and data tracking systems.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • One year of demonstrated grassroots organizing leadership success on a union, political or advocacy campaign.
  • One year of engagement in a professional setting related to public education, early education, higher education, teaching, education unionism or a related field.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, government relations or a related field.
  • Three or more years of demonstrated grassroots organizing success on a union, political or advocacy campaign.
  • Professional experience working as an educator or education support professional in a public school or college.
  • Experience developing organizing plans and building grassroots organizing networks.


Work is in a general office environment.  Employee is required to: talk and hear; have clear vision with or without corrective lenses, frequently stand, walk and repetitively use hands dexterously (use fingers to handle, feel), reach with hands and arms, bend and physically lift and carry up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift up to 25 pounds and infrequently travel by various conveyances (e.g., air, rail, auto).


  • Some after-hours work (evenings and weekends) and occasional travel with overnight stays may be required.
  • Maintain confidential information as applicable.
  • Able to successfully pass a post-offer pre-employment background check.


Education Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where diversity is valued, supported and celebrated to benefit applicants, employees, members and students. All employment decisions are based on qualifications; merit and business need with preference given to people of color.

POSTING DEADLINE:  For best consideration, apply online and include a resume. Posting is open until midnight of Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

Education Minnesota

Saint Paul , MN