Manager of Organizing and Field Services
Florida Education Association

Based in Hillsborough County, Florida (Extensive Travel Required)

The Florida Education Association is the largest professional and labor organization in the state of Florida and represents more than 140,000 school employees. The FEA represents the professional and working interests of its members and plays a prominent role in shaping state policies that affect public schools. The FEA is a merged state association affiliated with both the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

The FEA seeks a dynamic, high-energy, innovative advocate for public education who embraces the values organizing, member advocacy, and collective bargaining. This leader will provide oversight, direction, and management of FEA field operations under the direction of the Director of Organizing and Field Services. The office of Organizing and Field Services serves 100 local affiliate offices, which are aligned into service units and located throughout the State of Florida. The manager must bring visionary leadership and a focus on building a strong and responsive organizing operation. The Manager must be able to work in a highly supportive and collaborative manner with the Director of Organizing and Field Services, Chief of Staff, FEA's Executive Officers, and FEA's management team. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in leading change through internal and external organizing.

Bachelor's Degree or comparable work experience required; an advanced degree and fluency in Spanish would provide added value. Direct experience in areas of internal/external organizing, membership engagement work, member advocacy, and collective bargaining.

Required Experience:
Three (3) to five (5) years of Association Staff/Leadership experience gained through progressively responsible work assignments.

Functional Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills and diplomatic approach to managing relationships between local affiliates, service units, and staff from individual contributors to senior/executive leadership.
  • Ability to deal with a geographically diverse organization with autonomous, membership-based operating units.
  • Proven knowledge in internal and external organizing, collective bargaining, grievance processing, arbitration and multiple methods of impasse and conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge and understanding of techniques and strategies for the promotion of membership.
  • Demonstrated ability to assume advocacy responsibilities and functions.
  • MS Office skills (Word-Excel-PowerPoint) including skill in working with spreadsheets and budgets required. Demonstrated ability to use other organizing software like Voter Action Network, Hustle, WorkIt, etc.
  • Fosters accountability, proactive decision-making, team-work, and strategic planning.
  • The manager promotes a working environment of excellence, external and internal collaborations, and professional standards for the organization.
  • Expertise in conflict management, and group and individual facilitation skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess effective public speaking skills with large audiences.
  • Ability to direct organizing, collective bargaining, arbitration programs and supervise Association Staff.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all departments including legal and public policy advocacy.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and processes simultaneously.

Leadership Competencies

  • Leadership - Ability to influence employees to actively pursue organizing goals or outcomes and accept changes in improvement.
  • Team Building - The ability to encourage, facilitate and reinforce others to work together as a team to accomplish unit and organizational goals.
  • Developing Others - Has the capacity to take an active role in helping others learn the knowledge and skills needed to perform their jobs and to grow and develop within the organization.
  • Delegation and Empowerment - Skill and willingness to actively involve others in decision-making and empower those at lower levels of the organization.
  • Directing Others - Distributing tasks to others in a fair manner, taking into account each person's abilities, as well as making assignments clear and providing needed assistance for achieving those tasks.
  • Conflict Management/Resolution - Knowledge and skill in the broad range of strategies and methods that can be successfully employed to alleviate or eliminate sources of conflict.
  • Motivating Others - Understanding the approaches and methods that motivate others and using that information to maximize work effort and output.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making - Propensity to collect and rely on hard data, statistics, and facts to make decisions.
  • Self-Sufficiency - The ability to look inward for inspiration and rely on one's own experiences, knowledge, abilities, and skills when making decisions.
  • Value Diversity - Valuing, accepting, and appreciating individuals with backgrounds and orientations different from their own.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume by clicking on the link provided below –

Application Deadline: Open until filled

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