Student Organizing Coordinator

Sacramento, California
Jan 10, 2019
Feb 09, 2019
Job Function
Education / Teaching
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel

CFA is a union of 28,000 faculty members, librarians, counselors and coaches of the California State University (CSU) system. In classrooms on the 23 CSU campuses, CFA members work hard to teach our students the critical-thinking skills, the technical know-how and the cultural insights they need to be thoughtful, productive and artistic participants in our society.

In its role as the exclusive collective bargaining representative, CFA negotiates a contract with the CSU administration that promotes academic freedom, upholds faculty rights, delivers financial protection for the faculty, and promotes faculty participation in the governance of the CSU.  CFA is proud to be a member-run union and believes in employing hard-working and creative staff whose talents complement those of our elected leadership.  Implementing our union’s vision requires the best staff team we can find to build on the talent that already works with us.  For more information about CFA, visit our website at



CFA seeks a Student Organizing Coordinator. The position requires a wide variety of skills, including recruitment and oversight of student interns on campuses spread over the state, the ability to develop plans, and mentor interns.  The ideal student organizing coordinator candidate should be able to relate well with undergraduate student interns, identify with students and student life, and supervise them in a way that develops an intern’s organizing skills.

Applicant must be a self-motivated, deadline-oriented individual with a willingness and desire to learn new skills, and work with people in academia and in labor unions. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Supervises the work of student interns;
  • Develops and implements organizing plans for turnout at chapter and statewide events;
  • Guides, trains, and mentors student interns in order to develop their organizing skills;
  • Identifies and engages new members and interns;
  • Participates in statewide organizing campaigns, events, and activities;
  • Identifies, develops and maintains effective working relationships with community allies; 
  • Assists with membership recruitment, faculty organizing and political campaigns;
  • Plans and develops statewide organizing efforts for interns around strategic issues
  • Anti-Racism/Social Justice Transformation, including intentionally working to infuse anti-racist and social justice values into the everyday work of CFA;
  • Assists with grievance meetings, faculty rights meetings and meet and confers;
  • Develops and maintains productive relationships with CFA officers, members, interns and staff. 

The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Skill and experience organizing campaigns and members;
  • A strong commitment to advancing racial and social justice transformation in the union movement, the university and beyond;
  • Skill and experience in strategic thinking, organizational development, campaign development and long term planning;
  • Ability to work independently and meet CFA goals;
  • Knowledge of organizing practices;
  • Possesses excellent verbal and analytical skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and strategically with CFA officers, members, interns and staff;
  • Ability to travel frequently (weekly basis).


  • Demonstrated skill, experience and acumen in developing others;
  • Demonstrated ability to infuse anti-racism and social justice work into the everyday work of CFA;
  • Experience organizing and/or working in strategic campaigns;
  • Demonstrated skill and experience creating and implementing organizing and/or strategic plans;
  • Familiarity working with union officers and member-based committees;
  • Excellent writing, oral communication and public speaking skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Other Requirements:

  • The successful applicant will work a non-standard work week including evenings and weekends when required.
  • Frequent travel within the state, and some limited travel outside the state.
  • Valid driver’s license, an automobile for business use, and proof of minimum insurance coverage.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

Salary/Benefits/Location:  CFA offers a fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and generous paid vacation. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement; salary is commensurate with experience (range starts at $50k). 

To apply send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to

CFA is an Affirmative Action Employer.  Women, people of color and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CFA is affiliated with SEIU, NEA, CTA and AAUP.

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