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Union Organizer

Based in El Paso, TX


The Texas State Teachers Association is searching for a Union Organizer to work in El Paso. This person will be part of the team that works on building strong TSTA locals. Spanish/English preferred. Salary in accordance with the PSA and TSTA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

To Apply
Please send letter of interest and resume to Karen Denton at karend@tsta.org or fax to 512-486-7045. Our telephone number is 512-476-5355, extension 1229.

Position Title: Union Organizer
Bargaining Unit: Professional Staff

Organizing Center for Affiliate and Leadership Development

JOB SUMMARY
The employee in this position will help the Association achieve its mission by carrying out a variety of tasks related to membership growth, organizing, training, recruiting and retaining members in assigned locals. Working under the general direction of the Director of the Center for Affiliate and Leadership Development and the Executive Director, the employee will work with others on AOT 2 to integrate elements of the Organizing Project of the assigned locals into the AOT plan.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Facilitate organizing for the purpose of membership growth in assigned locals. This includes recruiting and training grass roots organizers in the local to work to establish local education association/TSTA/NEA visibility in the worksites.
  • Facilitate organizing for the purpose of building capacity and effectiveness in locals. This includes identifying, recruiting, and training member activists to become engaged in local activities and work with local leaders.
  • Assist local leaders with the development, implementation, and evaluation of a local association plan and program of activity; provide training, consultation and resources to the local leaders. Develop activities to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Association.
  • Facilitate organizing for the purpose of developing leadership in assigned locals; provide training and resources for local leaders.
  • Contribute to the creation and development of the body of work of OCALD, including attending TSTA staff meetings and training sessions.
  • Work with the Area Organizing Team staff members to integrate the elements of the Organizing Project into the OCALD plan.
  • Facilitate organizing within assigned locals to improve representation of members at all levels; provide direction, training, consultation and resources to the local leadership. Assist in the development of a Membership Advocacy Team in the assigned locals.
  • Assist in the coordination of local programs with state and national association programs.
  • Work cooperatively with all staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Association.
  • Perform such other reasonable duties as may be assigned, including but not limited to routine administrative tasks such as completing and submitting vouchers, activity reports and leave requests.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Understanding of and commitment to TSTA Mission and Vision Statement.
  • Good working knowledge of TSTA/NEA programs and objectives.
  • Ability to effectively design and implement complex plans for effective organizing and membership recruitment.
  • Ability to provide training opportunities and deliver training to locals within the AOT to build local recruitment skills, enhance local capacity and effectiveness.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a contributing team member; effectiveness of work depends on ability to gain active cooperation and involvement of appropriate groups and individuals.
  • Skill in gathering and articulating information used as basis for developing specific strategies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Basic computer and telecommunications (email) skills
  • Knowledge of training principles and techniques, especially for adult learners. Ability to design, create, and deliver training sessions.

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION
Bachelor’s Degree. Master’s Degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE
Five years of experience in organizing and membership recruitment or similar work. Classroom teaching experience preferred. Experience in adult training desirable.

OTHER
Preferred bilingual—fluent in English and Spanish; willingness to travel, valid Texas Driver’s License (or ability to obtain one); must have reliable transportation;

OTHER INFORMATION

SUPERVISORY
The employee works under the general direction of the Director of the Organizing Center for Affiliate and Leadership Development and is expected to operate with relative independence and a minimum of supervision in handling complex problems with initiative, creativity and sound professional judgment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The work will be performed in a variety of settings including office, schools, classrooms and training facilities; sometimes in front of large or small groups and sometimes alone. Some lifting of boxes, some of which may be heavy, will be required. Some travel is involved.

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