ATF Seeks Organizing & Communications Specialist

Job Announcement

Teachers Union: Organizing and Communications Specialist

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF)/AFT/AFL-CIO is seeking candidates for position of Organizing and Communications Specialist.

ATF represents over 6,500 teachers and other professional educators in the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). APS is an urban, rural, and suburban district—the largest school district in New Mexico.

ATF is the largest local teachers’ union in the state and is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). We are a progressive, professional union committed to educational excellence and social justice, and believe that the future well-being of our members depends on the success of our public schools. For more information, go to


Position Description

The ATF Organizing and Communications Specialist works toward the achievement of the ATF’s goals by:

  • Creating and implementing communications plans and strategies.
  • Understanding education policy and worksite issues in order to inform membership, media and local elected officials of ATF policy priorities.
  • Utilizing social media and media platforms such as Hustle, Action Network, and Smart as a Fox in order to broadcast messaging.
  • Designing original graphics and flyers to succinctly deliver complex messages.
  • Managing website content.
  • Generating organizing plans and accompanying budgets to meet ATF membership goals.
  • Creating organizing and membership engagement campaigns.
  • Overseeing a team of 5-10 ATF member-organizers.
  • Creating targeted ATF member recruitment plans.
  • Fostering leadership and providing support for ATF Federation Representatives.
  • Serving as a bridge between ATF leadership, members and community organizations.
  • Writing monthly reports to report back to the ATF Executive Council.

The ideal candidate for the position has work experience in education, with labor, progressive nonprofit agencies, political organizations, and/or media.

Essential Qualities and Skills

The ideal candidate is passionate about public education and enjoys working in a team environment. Candidates should be willing to “do what it takes” to reach our goals. Long and indeterminate hours are sometimes required. The person in this position must be able to sustain work on several activities, projects and goals simultaneously. Additionally, the ideal candidate excels in the ability to hold conversations with members and potential members of our organization.

Candidates for the Organizing/Communications Specialist must have excellent writing skills and a demonstrated knowledge of websites, social networking, email, blogging and production of informational flyers that they can seamlessly apply to organizing.

Other essential qualities:

  • Dedication to improving the position of public school employees and strengthening the role of organized labor through public actions, community relations, and political activity.
  • Knowledge of current issues in K-12 public education.
  • Excellent writing, speaking and analytic skills; the ability to analyze and articulate complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well on teams.
  • Ability to take direction.
  • Ability to use appropriate strategies and interventions to deal with difficult individuals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist in resolving interpersonal disputes.
  • Assess information and evidence while managing conflicting and changing priorities.
  • Establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to work under pressure; must be well-organized and self-motivated.
  • Media outreach and communications experience.
  • Knowledge of education and labor policy issues.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Tech savvy.

Preferred Attributes

  • Independent project management skills, detail-oriented self-starter
  • Strategic thinker, exercising a high level of judgment
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate outstanding listening, oral and written communication skills
  • Respect for and/or knowledge of the cultures of New Mexico

Entrance Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree with a preference for a degree in education.


  • Starting salary range: $50,000 - $55,000 (or more) depending on experience. ATF provides a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and prescription drug, defined benefit pension plan, and long-term disability insurance as outlined in the staff Collective Bargaining Agreement.


  • ATF staff works at the direction of the president.

Probation Period

  • 1 year

Application Process

Interested candidates should send a resume, letter of interest and a 400-700-word persuasive essay on either an education or labor-related issue of your choosing.

Search Committee
Albuquerque Teachers Federation
530 Jefferson Street NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108


Electronic submissions may be sent to: Barbara Gonzales at

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, May 31, 2019.

Preferred start date:  Early June 2019

Mentor Teachers Needed for SY 2019-2020!

The Mentor Program is looking for general and special education mentor applicants - Level 2, or Level 3 licensed teachers.

The role of the mentor is to offer support and practical advice to first-year teachers based on observation and discussion of the first-year teacher’s professional experiences.

Mentor Benefits:

  • Support beginning teachers
  • Remain a classroom teacher
  • Gain professional renewal
  • Engage in monthly professional development
  • Earn Domain 4 evidence of professionalism
  • Receive a $2,000 differential

The role of the mentor is to offer support and practical advice to first-year teachers based on observation and discussion of the first-year teacher’s professional experiences.

Previously approved mentors are still considered active for 2019-2020 and need not reapply.

For more information visit:

Or contact The Mentor Program Office at 505-253-0335

ATF Educators’ Emporium- Donate classroom materials!

Once again, we’re teaming up with the AFT NM Chapter of Retirees for our annual donation drive for the ATF Educators’ Emporium.

What is the Educator’s Emporium? Each year, ATF collects useable classroom materials from retiring teachers and educators who are cleaning out their classrooms or offices. Throughout the summer, the ATF Organizing Team sorts the materials and our union distributes them to incoming educators at the New Teacher Orientation in August.

Drop-Off dates for useable materials:

Friday May 24, 10a-2p

Wednesday, June 12, 10a-2p

Thursday, July 18, 10a-2p

We’ll be there to help you unload! We’ll even have some snacks and lemonade, compliments of our AFT NM Retiree chapter!

Please be conscious of the items you are donating and ensure they are useable— no textbooks, handmade lesson plans or Teachers’ Editions.

Questions? Email

ATF Dial-a-Teacher Receives $10K Grant

This week, the ATF Teacher Leadership Foundation received a $10,000 grant from Sandia Labs for the Dial-a-Teacher homework help program.

Since 1991, thousands of students and parents statewide have been helped with homework through the ATF Teacher Leadership Foundation's Dial-A-Teacher program. During each school year, from 5:30 to 8:30pm, licensed teachers are on duty to provide help in English or Spanish. Using one-on-one instruction, each licensed teacher encourages students to think and persevere when working through difficult tasks, and helps them understand the material they are expected to master.

Congratulations and thank you to the ATF Teacher Leadership Foundation Board for their tireless advocacy and a huge shout-out to our ATF members who staff the Dial-a-Teacher program!


Apply for ATF Leadership School

Attention: Looking for ATF Leaders

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation invites you to participate in the 2019-20 Union Leadership Program. The ATF Leadership Program is intended to support the development of union leaders to also serve as leaders in their school sites and in the district.

Members who participate in the ATF Leadership Program will have opportunities to serve on union committees and joint ATF/APS Task Forces.  It is our hope that participants will some day run for a union office. The union activists selected will join a nationwide network of union leaders. We are seeking ATF members who would like to take an active role in influencing policy in diverse areas. For example:

  • Leadership in School Change—the ways in which educators develop as leaders.
  • Teacher Preparation and New Teacher Induction—the ways in which teachers are educated, recruited, oriented, evaluated, supported, and retained.
  • Ongoing Professional Growth—the means by which all educators engage in professional growth, learning opportunities, and reflection.
  • Networks of Educators—the ways in which educators connect to other educators and organizations for the purpose of expanding their learning community.
  • Role of High Stakes Testing—how students are assessed and how students are prepared for college and career readiness.
  • School Design—how schools are organized and how instruction is delivered.
  • Teacher Evaluation—the need for fair and meaningful feedback.

We will provide members with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to influence policy locally, statewide, and nationally.  This will include framing practical policy positions that relate to student learning; conducting research in classrooms and schools; engaging the public and elected officials in community conversations about education; participating on advisory boards, panels, and task forces; developing policy recommendations based on research conducted; and publishing and disseminating findings and recommendations nationwide.

ATF members selected for the program will:

  • Increase knowledge of major challenges facing the teaching profession through readings and discussions with leading policy experts.
  • Improve leadership skills.
  • Represent educators nationwide as spokespersons and become members of a nationwide community.
  • Participate in conducting research and using it to influence policy.
  • Be awarded a $1500 stipend.

We are seeking a diverse group of ATF leaders who are active in their school communities.

The application is due no later than May 15th. Email it to Barbara Gonzales at

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Ellen @ 262-2657.

All portions of the application must be submitted or the application will be considered incomplete: (1) application; (2) commitments; (3) essay; and (4) two letters of recommendation.

Please note: All applicants are required to attend an hour-long group interview.

Click here for a Leadership School Application (PDF)
If you prefer a Word Document, please email

Vote "Yes" on the Bond/Mill Levy

During the December Fed Rep Council meeting, Fed Reps unanimously voted for our union to support a “yes” vote on the Bond/Mill Levy election happening on Tuesday, February 5. Ballots were mailed to voter’s homes on January 8. This will be a mail-in ballot only, so returning your vote promptly is critical.

​As a result of the ATF resolution, our union has been contacted about what a "yes" vote would mean for our schools.

A “yes” vote would allow our schools to:

  • Renovate dated buildings, including roofing, air conditioning, heating, and electrical systems.
  • Upgrade school security & classroom technology.
  • Purchase educational equipment related to physical education, libraries, vocational education, music, fine arts & science labs.

Voting “yes” will raise taxes by about 4.7% of your total property tax bill. On a house that costs $220,000, that comes out to an increase of about $.41 cents a day, or about $12.22 a month.

Here are the major functions this election will pay for over 6 years​:

  • ​School Security & Safety for all Schools, teachers & Students - $20 Million
  • Student & Teacher Technology - $150 million
  • School Student & Teacher Educational Furniture - $8 million
  • School Music/Fine Arts Instruments & Equipment for all Schools - $7.3 Million
  • School Physical Education Equipment for all Schools - $4.81 million
  • Library Materials, printing & Equipment - $4.5 million
  • School Science Equipment - $1.8 million
  • School Vocational Education Equipment (CTE) - $1.5 million
  • School Improvement funds (Discretionary individual school educational equipment/Supplies or ‘SIP’) - $12.3 million
  • School Design & Construction (rebuilding old schools) - $553 million
  • School Facility Maintenance – $94 million

​Click here to see if your school is on the list of proposed projects!

​APS hasn’t asked for a tax increase in over 12 years! As educators, we know first-hand that our schools are in desperate need of repair and revitalization. Our working conditions are students’ learning conditions.​

The County Clerk must have your ballot in-hand by 7pm on Tuesday, February 5!

If you do not receive your ballot, call the County Clerk at 468-1291. For more information, visit