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Exempt Staff – Assignment: Zone Organizer

Vacancy Announcement
Exempt Staff
Assignment: Zone Organizer

Date of Posting: August 12, 2022                                               Closing Date: August 29, 2022

 

The West Central UniServ Unit is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Member Organizer.

Position Description:

The Colorado Education Association is recruiting experienced and qualified candidates who are passionate about
helping elevate educator voices and building organizing and collective bargaining power to improve working and learning conditions for educators and students. The ideal candidate will be passionate about our mission, thrive on overcoming challenges and have the skills to develop and implement bold strategies. The Zone Organizer will coordinate with staff and leaders within an assigned geography to facilitate training and provide support to locals in the development and implementation of their collective bargaining, organizing and contract enforcement strategies and campaigns. The Zone Organizer is also responsible for developing and expanding bargaining for the common good strategies and other creative organizing strategies in their turf.

The Colorado Education Association is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage people of color, women, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, or gender non-conforming, people living with disabilities, veterans, and  bilingual people to apply for open external positions at CEA. CEA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. CEA will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

 

Essential Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated use of sound professional judgment
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Knowledge of organizing principles and ability to develop and implement organizing plans
  • Proficiency in basic computer technologies
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Understanding of membership-based organizations
  • Project planning and management skills
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and manage time and financial resources
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Willingness and ability to expand knowledge and skills in a rapidly changing environment
  • Training and presentation skills
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with staff and leaders
  • Willingness and ability to advocate for the membership and goals of the organization
  • Ability to write a comprehensive organizing campaign plan that demonstrates an understanding of campaign messaging, strategy, last to first planning, and data analysis and to work with leaders to implement such plan.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully developing, implementing and winning comprehensive organizing campaigns that have resulted in increased membership, leadership and member engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience planning and implementing organizing blitzes including development of organizing
    rap, assessment questions, tracking tools and follow-up plans.
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and leadership identification and development including skills in utilizing data for targeting organizing campaigns and experience with organizing conversations, assessments
    and moving people to action.
  • Demonstrated experience in community organizing and coalition building among diverse organizations with competing interests.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with staff and leaders
  • Facilitation, training and presentation skills including the ability to train leaders and members with the necessary skills and tools to recruit, retain and engage members and external partners.
  • Ability to use organizing techniques to prepare locals for bargaining, policy, and legislative issues.
  • Ability to travel statewide with frequent overnight trips and work long and irregular hours including some weekends.
  • An understanding about issues related to systemic racism and social justice and a commitment to learn more.

Desired Qualifications for the Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with school finance systems.
  • Familiarity with public school employee salary schedules and alternative forms of compensation.
  • Familiarity with community, education and labor groups and coalitions in Colorado.
  • Familiarity with the Voter Activation Network (VAN)
  • Ability to demonstrate a basic understanding of employee evaluation policies and procedures, including the evaluation appeal process.
  • Ability to demonstrate a basic understanding of, and advocacy regarding policies and strategies that impact education professions and student learning.
  • Familiarity with collective bargaining in both interest based and traditional bargaining environments as well as bargaining for the common good strategies.
  • Experience organizing through house visits and planning and implementing organizing tactics and strategies including rallies, marches and other direct actions.
  • Successful experience working in the area of labor relations and/or research including strategic research to guide organizing and campaign strategy.
  • Demonstrated experience working on successful external/scratch organizing campaigns.
  • Ability to design, produce and manipulate database reports, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
  • Has demonstrated commitment to and experience working with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and working class communities.
  • Spanish proficiency.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the coordinator and trainer of leaders and staff in organizing, community engagement, planning, leadership identification and development, scratch organizing and other capacity building efforts.
  • Coordinate and lead statewide organizing and capacity building programs.
  • Support the development and implementation of the CEA bargaining program.
  • Work with local affiliates and units to implement the CEA strategic plan within designated units, locals and constituency groups.
  • Serve as a resource to local negotiators, leaders and staff regarding member and community organizing to support bargaining and bargaining for the common good strategies.
  • Engage, in person, with organizing and capacity building efforts with leaders, members and staff each week.
  • Provide strategic support and content for communications both internal and external, related to statewide organizing campaigns.
  • Provide training for leaders, members and staff to strengthen their bargaining, organizing and advocacy skills.
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative reports related to the assigned work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Compensation and Terms of Position:

This is a bargaining unit position with a salary range of $68,218 to $123,475 based upon prior experience. Fringe benefits include auto allowance; liberal vacation and sick leave; holidays; health, dental, disability, and life insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer contribution of 16.5%.

 

Application Process:

To complete an application, go to this link: https://form.jotform.com/221995517649168.

Applications must be received at CEA by 5pm(MST), August 29, 2022. The letter of interest that you will be asked to submit should be addressed to Hiring Manager at:

Colorado Education Association
1500 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203

 

 

 

West Central Colorado UniServ Unit

Vacancy Announcement
Exempt, 1-Year Position
Organizer

Date of Posting: September 2, 2022                               Closing Date: September 19, 2022

 

The West Central UniServ Unit is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of  Organizer.

Position Description:

The West Central Colorado UniServ Unit, a division of the Colorado Education Association, supports over 1,500 teachers, special service providers, and classified public education employees throughout Western Colorado. The Unit’s office is in Grand Junction, CO and the Organizer will be required to travel to nearby communities. The position will involve evening and weekend work to meet with educators after their workday. The essential functions of this position include collaborating with local association presidents and other association leaders, as well as with the WCCU Unit staff. The top priorities of this position are to increase membership numbers and build member engagement in association activities.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an organizer to increase membership numbers and member engagement.
  • Develop, organize, and execute membership and leadership campaigns.
  • Collaborate with association and unit leaders regarding the execution of programs for membership and organizing.
  • Provide strategic support and content for communications, both internal and external, related to organizing campaigns.
  • Conduct school visits and organize membership-oriented social events.
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative data entry reports related to assigned work.
  • Coordinate with the WCCU officers, Program Assistant, and UniServ Director.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

       

      Essential Qualifications:

      • Demonstrated experience in successfully developing, implementing, and winning organizing campaigns that have resulted in increased membership, leadership, and member engagement.
      • Demonstrated use of sound professional judgment.
      • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
      • Proven skills in organization, communication, collaboration, and interpersonal relationships.
      • Proficiency in basic computer technologies, databases, and social media platforms.
      • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
      • Understanding of membership-based organizations.
      • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities, time, and financial resources.
      • Willingness and ability to advocate for the membership and goals of the organization.
      • Characteristics including initiative, self-direction, drive, flexibility, engagement, and a positive attitude with a solution-oriented focus.
      • Ability to provide sound advice and commit to governance’s chosen path.
      • Willingness and ability to drive and work long and/or irregular hours including some weekends

       

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Experience in public education.
      • Union involvement.
      • Experience supporting political and/or community campaigns.
      • Ability to design, produce, and manipulate database reports, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
      • Bilingual; Spanish preferred

       

      Compensation and Terms of Position:

      • This is a twelve-month employment contract, paid bi-monthly.
      • The beginning salary range shall be $45,000-$65,000.
      • The employment contract will contain health care benefits.
      • The desired start date is October 17.

       

      Application Process:

      • Please complete a letter of interest, resume, and three references by Friday September 19, 2022, 5:00 pm (MT).
      • Applications may be submitted to: naragon@coloradoea.org
      • Interviews will be in person the week of September 19 at the WCCU office, located at 2472 Patterson Road Suite 13 Grand Junction, CO 81505.
      • Remote interviews, via Zoom, will be arranged for out-of-town interviewees.

       

      The West Central UniServ Unit is an equal opportunity employer. We actively encourage people of color, women, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, or gender non-conforming, people living with disabilities, veterans, and bilingual people to apply for open external positions at CEA. CEA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. CEA will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

       

      Front Range UniServ Unit

      Date of Posting: August 22, 2022                               Closing Date: September 6, 2022

       

      The Front Range UniServ Unit (FRUU) has approximately 3,000 members of a potential 4,500. It is a UniServ Unit of ten Locals varying in size from 2,500 (the third largest Unit in Colorado) to 16. Front Range is made up of an area that includes the

      south-eastern part of the Denver metropolitan area and extends into the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The largest local is Cherry Creek Education Association followed by Englewood, Sheridan, Cherry Creek Transportation, two higher education locals, and several small mountain area locals. Six locals all have Master Agreements with their respective school districts. Membership includes teachers, nurses, mental health, education support professionals and higher education. There is potential and desire to organize several employee groups within the unit.

      The Unit office is located just outside Denver in the suburb of Aurora. Denver offers multiple professional sports teams, a large performing arts complex, and is an hour and a half from world-class skiing and mountain recreation.

      The FRUU office employs two UniServ Directors and two Associate Staff personnel. CCEA has a full-time release president as well as a release-time vice-president. All other local presidents are on non-release time.

      Required General Qualifications 

      • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred
      • Governance Leadership experience
      • Two years of Association Staff experience
      • Experience in membership recruitment and organizational development
      • Experience in political organizing
      • Experience in organizing ESP Locals
      • Expertise in helping create a strong organizational vision and in developing effective organizational messages
      • Ability to build effective relationships with stakeholders in the Association, school district, and community
      • Strong leadership skills and personal characteristics with the ability to prioritize work, complete tasks in a timely manner, and think creatively
      • Ability to organize around issues, including motivation and mobilization of volunteers
      • Experience in traditional and interest-based bargaining
      • Experience in using appropriate technology
      • Excellent communication and training skills
      • Demonstrated organizational management skills
      • Technology skills for website maintenance

      General Duties

      • Assume lead role in the development of membership
      • Responsible for production of the Unit newspaper and other
      • Provide leadership and assistance to the elected representatives, committees and members of the Unit to increase membership.
      • Work with the present Director to provide consultation and representation in the areas of negotiations (including impasse) and grievance processing.
      • Organize assistance to develop UEP programs in the various local
      • Attend all meetings of the Coordinating
      • Attend UEP staff
      • Function in other capacities as may be dete1mined by the Coordinating

       

      Salary and Fringe Benefits

       There is a union agreement between the Unit and the Staff Organization (FRUSO) which offers a generous salary and benefits package. The starting salary range is from $73,056 to $107,392. Please contact Kasey Ellis at the Front Range UniServ Unit offices if you would like more details from the agreement.

       

      Start Date

       November 1, 2022

       

      Application Procedure

       Letters of application will be accepted through September 6, 2022. Interviews for selected candidates will be conducted September 16, 2022. Please include a written statement regarding your philosophy on the working relationship between the President and UniServ Director. Applicants are invited to submit writing samples and/or a sample portfolio of their work. A letter of application, resume, and list of five references for personal contact should be sent to:

       

      EMAIL: prust@coloradoea.org

      OR

      USPS: Kasey Ellis, Unit Chair Front Range UniServ Unit
      2851 South Parker Road, Suite 720
      Aurora, CO 80014

       

      The Front Range UniServ Unit is an equal opportunity employer.
      Ethnic minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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