Representation Specialist

Northern California

Affiliated with: SEIU, CTA/NEA, and AAUP

CFA is a union of 28,000 faculty members, librarians, counselors and coaches of the California State University (CSU) system. In classrooms on the 23 CSU campuses, CFA members work hard to teach our students the critical thinking skills, the technical know-how, and the cultural insights they need to be thoughtful, productive, and artistic participants in our society.

CFA is one of the largest higher education labor unions in the US. In its role as the exclusive collective bargaining representative, CFA negotiates a contract with the CSU administration that promotes academic freedom, upholds faculty rights, delivers financial protection for the faculty, and promotes faculty participation in the governance of the CSU.

CFA has an explicit commitment to racial equity throughout the entire organization and is seeking candidates with a strong knowledge and background in racial equity work. Candidates who have experience in engaging in racial equity work (formally or informally) and can translate that into the range of job responsibilities listed below are strongly encouraged to apply.

CFA is proud to be a member run union and believes in employing hard-working and creative staff whose talents complement those of our elected leadership. For more information about the CFA, visit our website at www.calfac.org.

Representation Specialist
Northern California

Given the nature of our work as a union and the responsibilities of this position in particular, we are looking for a candidate with the capacity to communicate across many lines of difference, with the ability to handle conflict and challenges with steadiness, and the capacity to craft innovative outcomes that honor various individual needs.

CFA takes an organizing approach to representation. As a result, the Representation Specialist plays a key role in identifying and developing local and statewide representation issues and strategies with an understanding of how these issues connect to chapter and leadership development.

The CFA field staff team and representation specialists work together to provide representation, to identify and activate new leaders, and to develop stronger chapters. Representation Specialists may sometimes be called on to help organize statewide work actions and events. The ideal candidate will also need to be able to work independently on assigned cases.

The ideal Representation Specialist will have experience as an advocate and be skilled in identifying contract violations, filing grievances, representing members in arbitrations, and writing post-hearing briefs. Experience handling unfair labor practices is also useful in this position. Excellent research and writing skills required.

The ideal candidate will also possess the ability to work and thrive in a team environment. These abilities include communicating effectively with others, and recognizing, understanding and respecting different viewpoints. This necessarily includes a willingness to partner with leaders and staff.

Representation Specialists typically have legal experience; an advanced degree is not required.

Salary/Benefits/Other requirements: CFA offers a fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and generous paid leave. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement; salary is commensurate with experience. Some travel required.

To apply, send cover letter and resume with references and two writing samples to:

Interviews to begin mid-August, 2017.

CFA is an Affirmative Action Employer. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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