Executive Director

Based in San Jose, CA

CSEA is a public employee union with over 240,000 members who work in 750 school districts and community colleges in California. We are dedicated to expanding the rights of classified school employees by securing benefits, pensions, protections and funding for the service they provide.

CSEA’s values and goals include social justice, affordable health care and security for working families. Our mission includes improving the lives of CSEA members and the students they serve. We seek a candidate who is passionate about standing up for workers, students and organized labor.

Role of the Executive Director

  • Manage 300 staff in 12 offices and an annual operating budget of $65 million. Approximately 175 staff are Labor Relations Representatives.
  • Maximize the union’s political power, engage our members and staff, and ensure they have knowledge and resources to be effective.
  • Serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.

Examples of duties and responsibilities

  • Create and maintain relationships with the Association President and Board of Directors.
  • Set critical priorities for dealing with right-to-work initiatives by involving the Board and key staff.
  • Manage and direct Field operations, priorities, structure and technology.
  • Engage in long-term financial planning to ensure pensions, health care and capital investments are funded.
  • Build relationships with other unions and coalition partners.
  • Direct legislative advocacy and election efforts.
  • Select, develop and manage senior staff.
  • Present an operating budget to delegates at CSEA’s Annual Conference for approval.

The ideal candidate will have the following background

Experience and Education:

  • Executive experience directing a union, association or non-profit organization of comparable size and budget.
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Personal Qualities:

  • Committed to social change and building the union movement
  • Promotes a values-driven, engaged culture
  • Thinks strategically and demonstrates leadership
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Influence; integrity; inspires confidence and trust
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining, public employee pensions, elections and ballot initiatives, political action and management.

Ability To

  • Gain trust and confidence of members and member leaders
  • Engage in strategic planning with the CSEA Board of Directors and staff
  • Manage change
  • Inspire, develop and lead staff
  • Quickly develop an understanding of CSEA culture
  • Show initiative, creativity and exercise sound judgment
  • Be a trusted advisor
  • Handle high pressure situations with tact and professionalism 
  • Travel, work occasional irregular hours or weekends

Benefits of working at CSEA:
CSEA offers a dynamic career opportunity. We have an excellent salary and benefits package including:

  • $240,000+ annual salary
  • 17 paid holidays
  • 4 weeks’ vacation
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
  • Pension
  • 401k
  • An opportunity to enjoy the work you do, and find fulfillment through working with like-minded, dedicated professionals committed to this significant social mission

About CSEA
This is a critical time for unions, our members, our communities and our schools.

CSEA has a proud history fighting for social change and economic justice. Our mission is to improve the lives of our members, students and community. We are dedicated to fighting for income equality, affordable healthcare, quality education, and secure retirements for our members.

CSEA has been a stable and viable organization since 1927.

If you are creative and passionate about serving our members and staff, and advocating for education, organized labor and our communities, we welcome you to apply to be part of CSEA!

To Apply
To be considered, apply on our web site at www.csea.com/employment. Upload your résumé with a cover letter that explains how your experience, training and education makes you a viable and competitive candidate.

Questions? Contact Brian Schroeder, Director, Human Resources and Training at bschroeder@csea.com.

Our mission: To improve the lives of our members, students and community.


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