HPAE Education/Health and Safety Coordinator

Based in Emerson, NJ

HPAE, NJ’s largest health care union, is seeking an Education/Health and Safety Coordinator. HPAE, affiliated with AFT, represents 13,000 nurses, professionals, clinicians, and ancillary staff in hospitals, nursing homes, university settings, home care, blood banks and other health facilities, in both the public and private, in New Jersey and Philadelphia. HPAE is a democratic union whose goals are to advance the rights of healthcare workers through organizing, collective bargaining, member engagement and community and political action.

Position Summary

Education Component:

  • Develops program, curricula, training materials, and provides instruction for new union officers, Local Executive Boards, and State Executive Council members, worksite leaders, and union activists.
  • Assists the Education Taskforce chair in the preparation of agendas, recruitment of Taskforce members, and preparation of reports to the State Executive Council and Committee.
  • Coordinates a staff work group on education and training
  • Works with consultants and learning institutions to create training materials and programs
  • Coordinates with Directors to support staff development programs, including orientation and assessment tools.
  • Plans and coordinates state federation “education” events, assists convention planning committee.
  • Coordinates HPAE’s Professional Development and Continuing Education programs for members.
  • Makes recommendations and proposals for the education and training items of the HPAE budget.

Health and Safety Component:

  • Facilitates a union-wide health and safety taskforce.
  • Functions as a resource/research person for staff and local officers on health and safety issues; provides training and technical assistance.
  • Coordinates with Membership Representation department to assist local unions develop health and safety committees and campaigns.
  • Serves as liaison to OSHA and other agencies; works with local unions to file claims; assists with preparation and documentation.
  • Coordinates with Public Policy Department on legislative, regulatory, and public policy issues related to health and safety.
  • Coordinates health and safety education & training.
  • Organizes conferences and workshops on health and safety issues.
  • Writes fact sheets and web articles on health and safety issues.
  • Assist Membership Representation department in developing health and safety contract language.
  • Makes recommendations and proposals for the health and safety items of the HPAE budget.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or comparable experience with a labor union or non-profit organization.
  • Prior experience as a teacher or trainer.
  • Experience in developing curricular materials and lesson and/or training.
  • Knowledgeable of the basic principles of adult education (e.g. the value of participatory and experimental forms of education).
  • Additional knowledge of nursing and healthcare a plus.
  • Excellent writing, communication and computer skills.

Reports to Executive Director or designee. Staff Union position, Professional Salary Scale.

To Apply:
Send résumé to: Chris Whalen, HPAE Executive Director at cwhalen@hpae.org.

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