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AFM Local 802 Director of Organizing and Field Services


Local 802 is the largest local union of professional musicians in the world. We represent musicians working in New York City, Sullivan, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, NY and parts of Connecticut. Our mission is to fight for the interests and well being of the musicians employed in New York’s music and entertainment industries through organizing and collective bargaining as well as through legislative and political action. The union represents under collective bargaining agreements Broadway theater musicians, off-Broadway theater musicians, symphonic musicians, recording musicians, club date musicians and others.

The position will involve supervising field staff in the single engagement industry (weddings, society functions), hotels, nightclubs and all non-symphonic freelance music. In addition, the position requires planning and supervision of organizing in all musical fields, working closely with the Recording Vice President. Areas of focus will include contract campaigns, internal organizing, new member organizing,as well as issue campaigns outside of traditional collective bargaining context. We are currently involved in a major campaign to unionize jazz, Latin and other music clubs in New York City.


  1. Work with the Recording Vice-President and leadership of the Union to plan and execute organizing strategy of the union.
  2. Work with the Recording Vice-President and leadership of the Union to plan and execute issue campaigns in the fields of Latin, jazz, rock and other freelance independent fields of music in order to achieve better conditions for all musicians in the greater New York City area.
  3. Manage and supervise organizers and field staff in Club Date, Hotel, Nightclub and Jazz, as well as staff in other departments on their organizing assignments.
  4. Work with an Administrative Assistant in contract administration and enforcement.
  5. Conduct or facilitate training of organizers as necessary.


  • Experience in union organizing campaigns including union elections and strategic campaigns.
  • At least two years of experience and demonstrated success and ability in providing direction and leadership to organizing and field staff with varied levels of experience.
  • At least two years Supervisory experience
  • Experience in developing and implementing a major campaign.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of the music industry highly desirable, especially jazz and other live music genres.
  • The Director will be expected to assist the local’s Recording Vice President and other staff to coordinate the Union’s organizing efforts and to develop and implement long-term industry initiatives and campaigns.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary depending on experience.

Benefits include medical and pension.