Organizer — Northern California
Job Posting


Approximate start date: TBD upon hiring

Location: Based in the CFT Bay Area office (Berkeley). Assignment requires considerable travel throughout Northern California and occasional travel around the state.

Salary range: $97,850.00 - $136,734.00 (Steps 1-5 on a 10 Step schedule depending on qualifications and experience), plus full employee fringe benefit package: health, dental and vision plans and retirement program.

Deadline to apply: Open Until Filled

The CFT is the California affiliate of the AFT, AFL-CIO representing education workers in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education.

The CFT seeks an Organizer in Northern California to help coordinate internal and external organizing in the state of California. The CFT currently represents school employees, certificated and classified, at every level of public and private education throughout California (pre-school and Head Start, K-12, community colleges, private higher education, and the University of California). The philosophy of the CFT is to develop capabilities and expertise at the local level. All staff are expected to work with the CFT leadership to facilitate a sense of organizational identification and inclusiveness.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Public and private employee organizing experience.
  2. Working knowledge of public and private sector bargaining laws as well as labor relations law and practice, membership recruitment, representational petition campaigns, and elections.
  3. Broad understanding of the critical issues and problems facing education workers and    unions in California and nationally.
  4. An understanding of education policy, especially in the state of California.
  5. The ability to work independently and as a collaborative team member.
  6. The ability to develop and lead organizing campaigns.
  7. The ability to direct the day-to-day activities of other staff, member organizers, and volunteers.
  8. Current California driver’s license and insured vehicle.

Duties and Responsibilities

This is not a 9 to 5 job.  There will be considerable travel within the state of California. Some weekend work will be necessary.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop organizing strategies as well as plan and help lead organizing campaigns of the Federation.

Membership in the CFT Field Representative Union (CFT/FRU) is required.  CFT requires proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.  

  • Email a letter of application, résumé, references and at least three written samples to Human Resources.
  • If you have questions, please email Sarah Callahan, Executive Director, or phone her at 510-523-5238.

The CFT is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.