Colorado Education Association

Colorado Education Association

Center for Organizing and Government Relations

Based in Denver, CO

Closing Date: April 22, 2019

The Colorado Education Association is recruiting experienced and qualified candidates who are passionate about helping elevate educator voices and building organizing power to win policies that improve working and learning conditions for educators and students. The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to our mission, thrive on finding ways to overcome challenges and enjoy working to translate bold vision into effective program. The role requires someone who is a systems thinker, engages effectively with staff, and can foster effective communication and information sharing.

The Manager for the Center for Organizing and Government Relations provides strategic direction for the state's largest union in the areas of legislative, political and member organizing, and bargaining and member advocacy. This position is responsible for coordinating across departments and working with staff and leaders to develop comprehensive organizing plans to achieve local, regional and state goals. The Center for Organizing and Government Relations includes a dynamic team of organizers, lobbyists and program assistants working together with other staff, members and leaders to achieve the goals of the organization.

The Colorado Education Association is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. CEA will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Qualifications Required

  • An applicable BA or BS Degree. Advanced Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience supervising, managing and directing teams of union, community or political organizing staff.
  • At least 5 years of experience developing and implementing comprehensive political, union or community organizing campaigns and working with teams to meet organizing goals.
  • Experience demonstrating mature judgment and a high level of sophistication regarding political processes, strategy, organizing and campaigns.
  • Ability to seize upon opportunities to strengthen CEA as a union, to identify and assess challenges and opportunities facing the CEA, and develop appropriate options and proposals to meet CEA goals and objectives.
  • Strong facilitation, training and coalition building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and develop individuals and teams to successfully work together to achieve organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated experience of creative and “out of the box” thinking in campaign and program development.
  • Ability to motivate others, share vision and energy.
  • Financial expertise and budget management experience.
  • Experience managing and coordinating multiple and diverse programs simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing organizational programs to successfully identify, recruit and develop leaders.
  • Experience with union negotiations (both traditional and interest-based) and familiarity with bargaining for the common good strategies; strike experience is encouraged.
  • Knowledge of the Colorado political process and functions of the State government and school boards, including developing, executing, and managing political strategy and campaigns. Legislative policy development and lobby experience a plus.
  • Broad understanding and knowledge of the critical issues and problems facing public schools and education professions in Colorado.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with communities of color and historically underrepresented groups to enhance social and racial justice.
  • Demonstrated commitment to union activism and political engagement on behalf of social and racial justice issues.
  • Experience in conflict resolution, including skills to initiate problem solving, and experience in facilitating and mediating difficult and sometimes controversial situations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license.
  • Ability to travel frequently and to work long and irregular hours.


  • Plan, lead and coordinate CEA’s legislative advocacy, political action, bargaining and organizing programs, including working with staff and leaders to identify legislative and organizing priorities.
  • Liaise with governmental and public policy entities that impact public education along with other labor and grassroots community allies.
  • Translate the vision of governance and leaders into effective programs.
  • Foster effective communication and information sharing.
  • Collaborate with other management and center staff to ensure alignment, focus and coordination of program work.
  • Train and mentor leaders and staff in capacity building, leadership development and organizing strategies.
  • Focus on problem solving and overcoming challenges and barriers to achieving organizational goals.
  • Direct, evaluate and develop the Center for Organizing and Government Relations staff.
  • Prepare and manage the annual program budget for the Center.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations through the Executive Director to the Governance bodies of the Association.
  • Coordinate with the National Education Association to ensure alignment of state and national program work and priorities.
  • Support and advance the CEA mission, goals, and strategic priorities.
  • Work with staff, management and governance to promote a collaborative and positive workplace culture.
  • Regularly visit field offices to support capacity-building efforts in local affiliates and to establish relationships with field staff and leaders.
  • Work with staff and management team to develop programs and strategies to advance the goals of the electoral, legislative and organizing programs and to build the power of the union.
  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned by the Executive Director.

Compensation Package
The CEA is prepared to offer a generous and competitive salary and benefits package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, pension plan and paid vacation.

Application Procedure
To be considered for this position, please provide the following:

To Apply
Applications must be received at CEA by 5pm, MST, April 22, 2019. Email the completed application form to: jobs@coloradoea.org.

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