Illinois Nurses Association

Illinois Nurses Association

Staff Specialist

Based in Chicago, IL


Job Title: Staff Specialist
FLSA Status: Exempt
Effective Date: March 2020
Revised: October 2019
Territory: Chicagoland

Join the Illinois Nurses Association, a democratic independent nurse union, and join a team working to bring justice to healthcare workplaces across the state. INA is hiring a Staff Specialist to build power for nurses and transform healthcare in Illinois. Working under the leadership of the Director of Collective Bargaining and Representation, INA Staff Specialists lead contract enforcement and leadership development with collective bargaining unit members regarding labor relations representation activity including such things as contract campaigns and negotiations, contract interpretation, grievances, and strategic campaigns to improve workplace conditions and build power for nurses.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implements and maintains the organizing model of service and contract enforcement for assigned local units. Assists in the contract negotiation process or serves as chief negotiator as assigned.
  • Advises members on various aspects of contract interpretation and administration, filing grievances if necessary. Seeks to organize members around contract violations when possible. Represents the local unit or member throughout the grievance process, including arbitration process.
  • Process grievances with local leadership in a timely, zealous, and diligent manner. Keep members involved and active during the grievance process.
  • Participates in labor/management meetings and discussions and provides general problem-solving support and assistance to members of assigned local units.
  • Works with local unit leadership and general membership in developing and implementing strategic plans to resolve workplace problems and for leadership development and member education.
  • Assists in developing and conducting regularly scheduled retreats, educational sessions, planning sessions, or leadership development sessions for existing local units.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in local, state, or national events or activities pertaining to collective bargaining, labor relations, employment law, or other related areas that may impact interpretation and administration of existing local unit contracts.
  • Responds to member inquiries or concerns about INA or the local unit and provides prompt service and assistance.
  • If and as requested, prepares articles for publication in The Illinois Nurse, local unit newsletters, on the INA website, or for inclusion in other flyers or informational brochures pertaining to labor/collective bargaining activity.
  • If and as requested, performs other duties or tasks necessary to service members of the Association or conduct the business of the Association.

Required Education, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree and three years of experience representing labor union members in collective bargaining or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Organizing experience to lead and move labor union members to action.
  • Capacity to serve as chief negotiator in contract negotiations, plan and execute contract campaigns.
  • Willingness to work long or irregular hours including evenings and weekends when needed.
  • Previous experience with the use of computer hardware and software, including Microsoft Office and Outlook in the performance of work-related tasks.
  • Analytical skills necessary to accurately understand, interpret, and act on moderately complex information and data as well as mathematical skills necessary to perform moderately complex calculations including the use of sums, percentages, fractions, and ratios.
  • Interpersonal communication skills necessary to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, to a wide variety of individuals and audiences, particularly when describing or explaining collective bargaining and labor relations information.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a wide variety of individuals, consistently demonstrate a supportive, helpful approach when working with others, and consistently demonstrate the flexibility to lead or follow as various situations demand.
  • Ability to understand and apply established standards and policies and utilize sound reasoning to quickly and effectively resolve problems.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment such as a telephone, copier, fax machine, postage machine, computer and computer printer.
  • Ability to focus attention on detailed tasks and activities, manage and coordinate a variety of tasks, and effectively prioritize work for maximum efficiency and productivity.
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, and reach while performing daily duties. Ability to lift and/or carry up to twenty pounds.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle

Work Environment

  • Normal office environment.
  • Routine travel via automobile, train, bus, or airplane.

Compensation: Competitive Salary, Medical, Dental, Life, 401(k), Paid Vacation, and Comp Time

To Apply
Applicants can submit résumés to Alice Johnson, Executive Director at: ajohnson@illinoisnurses.com.
Fax: 312-419-2920

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