Political Cadre

Get Involved. Make a Difference.

Are you interested in helping build your local association's political strength? Would you like to work with coalitions, fellow members and elected officials to better our schools?

Apply to be an OEA Political Cadre!

As a cadre, you can assist your local union with anything from volunteer recruitment and training, communicating with members and the public, to coordinating local actions and organizing events. Here is a description of the eligibility requirements and responsibilities of the cadre. You can fill out a cadre application here.

Only a limited number of positions are available. Please return completed applications to OEA's Government Relations Department. Stipends are provided to all political cadres.


The OEA Political Cadre program, part of the Strategic Action Plan, is designed to encourage OEA members to build toward our statewide political objectives and develop local political programs in their own communities.  This six-month-long program is focused on skill building for long-term political power (rather than for special projects or elections).

OEA Political Cadre positions, outside of special projects, include five primary project areas:

  1. building local pro-public education political programs in the local community;
  2. organizing local union members to engage and participate in legislative advocacy efforts;
  3. implementing a dynamic OEA-PIE drive, including building visits and fundraising training;
  4. working on local levy/bond measures and/or school board races by engaging in candidate, volunteer recruitment, and campaign activities;
  5. building grassroots political power with resources provided by OEA’s Strategic Action Plan.

Who:   Any OEA members who are interested are encouraged to work with their Local and Council leadership to apply.

When:   Term of assignment will be August 22, 2014 through December 31, 2014 (one semester) or August 22, 2014 through June 15, 2015 (one year).

Stipend:   Members can receive a stipend of up to $2,000 for participating for full length of the program.

Contact: Jenny Smith, Statewide Political Organizer [jenny.smith@oregoned.org]