Virginia Education Association

Virginia Education Association

UniServ Director

Based out of VEA Headquarters in Richmond, VA 
(with travel)


About VEA
The Virginia Education Association is a union of more than 40,000 teachers and school support professionals working for the betterment of public education in Virginia.

VEA is dedicated to advancing quality instruction and curriculum, adequate funding, and excellent working conditions for Virginia public employees.   VEA is the state affiliate of the National Education Association with more than 3 million members. See our website at www.veanea.org.

The position
The Uniserv Manager is a field service position requiring time in the field with Uniserv Directors (field staff) to direct, manage, coach, evaluate and develop their skills.  The Uniserv Manager reports to the Director of Organizing and Field Support

The Uniserv Manager:

  • Identifies staff needs for professional development of skills and competencies and provides such for staff development.
  • Assists UniServ Directors in identifying local concerns and organizing opportunities.
  • Ensures that UniServ Directors are working with local VEA affiliate unions to develop membership growth and retention plans.
  • Works with the department director to identify issues, patterns, and trends that can be used for mobilizing and organizing members.
  • Assists with design and preparation for general, headquarters and regional staff meetings.
  • Conducts group facilitation.
  • Monitors and approves submission of leave, travel, VISA Reconciliation and other reports submitted by UniServ Directors, in keeping with deadlines.
  • Supports VEA Leadership Team
  • Supports and participates in regional staff meetings of the UniServ Directors.
  • Participates in conferences, webinars, seminars and training.
  • Participates and/or leads conference calls and electronic communication.
  • Serves as Staff Liaison to VEA Committee(s) as assigned.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities required:

  • At least three years’ demonstrated successful experience as a manager for a labor union.
  • Demonstrated experience, expertise and success in planning and implementing member organizing and mobilization campaigns and plans
  • Demonstrated organizing and coordinating skills necessary to successfully complete group projects and activities.
  • Relevant experience representing union members.
  • Success in coaching, mentoring and evaluating direct reports. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups of union staff.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree

Preferred Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experience as a UniServ Director
  • Experience managing unionized staff.
  • Bargaining experience preferred
  • Bilingual, Spanish/English a plus.


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Virginia drivers’ license and have a vehicle.
  • Position is based out of VEA Headquarters in Richmond but requires travel 50-70% of the time throughout the state of Virginia, with occasional travel outside of Virginia.

Salary and Fringe Benefits:
Competitive salary, negotiable depending upon applicant’s experience and qualifications. The position also includes an excellent fringe benefits package.

Application Procedure
Email a cover letter and résumé to Recruiting Consultant to VEA, Margolies Potterton and Associates, Union Search LLC kam47@cornell.edu. Potential candidates can have confidential discussions with Ken Margolies 845 499 6636.


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