This position requires the ability to work effectively with CTA staff and members. Although the primary assignment will be in Region 3, requests for service and assistance may require travel to other regions. Additional regional and statewide responsibilities include assistance in the planning of statewide conferences and other statewide programs and projects. A strong background in negotiations, including school district finance using BEN and SSA, crisis bargaining, organizing and in organizational development is important. Additionally, strong interpersonal communication skills with specific expertise in dealing with difficult situations, as well as the ability to be an effective trainer are important components of this job. Excellent oral and written communications skills along with competency in using technology will be essential assets in this position.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Primary responsibility is to serve as an organizer that develops strong leaders who advocate for themselves, their students and public education. Responsibility to assist recruiting and supporting members to lead the union and profession through strategic campaigns that promote the mission of CTA and local affiliates.
- Responsibility to support leaders in developing and implementing strategic organizing plans and to train members and leaders on all aspects of organizing, including the relationship between organizing and power, the importance and effectiveness of relational organizing based one-on-one and small group meetings.
- Responsibility to support and organize local leaders in membership recruitment, retention and engagement campaigns.
- Responsibility to foster coalitions between local chapters, community organizations, other labor unions and organizations.
- Serve as staff resource to local leaders on local programs, including negotiations, contract maintenance, political campaigns and influencing elected officials, organizational capacity building and communication systems, including electronic systems.
- Responsibility to promote and secure the implementation of CTA policies and programs.
- Represent the local chapter’s position and policies to lay and professional groups.
- Performs such other related duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director or his designee.
- A BS/BA or higher degree.
- Broad understanding of the critical issues and problems facing the public schools and the education profession in California.
- Demonstrated knowledge of state and other laws/regulations/procedures relating to the collective bargaining process and to school finance.
- Ability to analyze information, identify issues and problems, develop strategies and solutions.
- Experience and demonstrated skill in contract negotiations.
- Experience and demonstrated skill in organizing.
- Experience and demonstrated skill in developing and conducting training programs.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing.
- Ability to use computers and willingness to learn spreadsheet programs and Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) necessary to support chapter bargaining, organizing, communications, and training programs.
- Ability to obtain a valid California driver’s license.
* This position is in a bargaining unit represented by CSO. Salaries are established by a collective bargaining agreement. Step placement is also determined by the CTA/CSO Agreement.