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Organizing Specialist
Florida Education Association

Based in Tallahassee, FL
(extensive travel required)


Job Classification: Professional A – FSO Bargaining Unit
Supervisor: Director of Organizing and Field Service or Manager Designee
Location: Tallahassee, Florida (extensive travel required)

SUMMARY: The Organizing Specialist reports to the Director of Organizing and Field Services or Manager designee and is primarily responsible for providing multi-function support in the areas of Community Organizing, Charter School Organizing, Charter School Conversion Organizing, Issue Organizing, Membership Recruitment and Development, Scratch Organizing, Student Organizing, Internal Organizing, other training and development, and member/local advocacy. The Organizing Specialist may also be called upon to perform other duties and functions similar to Service Unit Directors and Regional Specialist on and as-need basis to support the Vision, Mission, and Goals of FEA.

QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or 4 years of comparable professional work experience is required. The position requires familiarity with association work as member, leader or staff and experience in one or more of the following areas: Charter School Organizing, Charter School Conversion Organizing, Issue Organizing, Membership Recruitment and Development, Scratch Organizing, Student Organizing, member/local advocacy support, professional, organizational, leadership, and staff development, grievance processing, and collective bargaining. The position holder will be expected to develop expertise in other areas through formal and informal training.

COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK – Incumbent must embrace, exhibit and possess the following effectiveness competencies:

  1. Oral Communication- Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing presentations, listens to others; attends to nonverbal cues.
  2. Self-Management/Initiative- Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
  3. Teamwork- Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust; fosters commitment; works with others to achieve goals.
  4. Written Communication- Recognizes and uses correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner, produces written information that is appropriate for the intended audience.
  5. Planning and Evaluating- Organizes work, sets priorities, determines resource requirements, determines goals and strategies; coordinates with other organizations, monitors progress; evaluates outcomes.
  6. Integrity/Honesty- Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization and displays high standards of ethical conduct.
  7. Interpersonal Skills- Shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy; develops and maintains relationships; deals with difficult people; relates well to people from varied backgrounds; is sensitive to individual differences.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provides direct support to FEA and its affiliates in the planning and implementing of organizing programs. Including but is not limited to: Charter School Organizing, Charter School Conversion Organizing, Community Organizing, Issue Organizing, Membership Recruitment and Development, Student Organizing, Scratch Organizing, Organizing Training, Internal Organizing, and Political Campaign Organizing.
  2. Develops and provides direct support to FEA and its affiliates in building community relationships and coalitions to support the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the Florida Education Association and its affiliates.
  3. Develops and provides direct support to FEA and its affiliates in Representative/Steward training, local organizing program development, political action/legislative initiatives and any other areas with which the local seeks guidance and assistance for the purpose of organizing.
  4. Develops and provides direct support to FEA and its affiliates in developing organizing plans and creating a system/process to measure effectiveness.
  5. Conducts regular visits to worksites to coach local and worksite leaders in organizing skills. Builds positive relationships with local leaders and staff and advance the knowledge and skills of worksite leaders.
  6. Provide interface, consultative and generalist support to local affiliate/Service Unit officers/building representatives/committee members/delegates/staff in the planning and implementation of their collective bargaining, employee rights and contract enforcement programs. Includes but is not limited to communications, implementation of centrally developed and locally delivered training programs, local training programs, employee relations, minority concerns, bargaining and contract enforcement, grievance processing, membership promotion, political action, legislation, program evaluation etc.
  7. Assists with on-the-job skill development and cross-training of other association staff to build generalist knowledge; participates with FEA Headquarters and cross-regional staff to build and deliver effective training programs to increase organizational knowledge and bench strength.
  8. Assists in rep training, local program development, budget, political action/legislative initiatives and any other areas with which the local seeks guidance and assistance.
  9. Provide multiple avenues of high-quality, research-based professional development to meet training, retraining and certification needs of teachers and ESPs to enhance effectiveness of practice and improve student achievement.
  10. Serves as a liaison with FEA, state and national affiliates, locals and Service Units.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Organizing and Field Services or Manager designee.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: The salary for this position is determined by the negotiated agreement between the Florida Education Association and the Florida Staff Organization based on credited experience. FEA provides medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term-disability insurance to its employees with no employee premiums. Additionally, FEA provides employer-paid retirement options, vacation leave, sick leave, and paid holidays.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by clicking on the link provided below -- https://organizers.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2gb5ri2m2ue/aaak

Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates that apply on or before May 10, 2019 will receive preferential treatment.

FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Consistent with the FEA Affirmative Action Plan, minority, female, and physically-challenged applicants are encouraged to apply. Please contact FEA’s Office of Human Resources at 850-201-3215 or feahr@floridaea.org to request an accommodation during the application process.

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