California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO

California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO

Field Representative

For covering Southern California


This is a temporary one-year position with the potential to become a permanent position.

Position: Field Representative
Employment starts: Approximate Start Date – August 3, 2020
Location: Southern California

Salary range: $83,672 - $116,921 (Steps 1–5 on salary schedule, depending on qualifications and experience), plus full employee fringe benefit package: health, dental and vision plans and retirement program.

Deadline to apply: July 17, 2020

The AFT in California represents school employees, certificated and classified, at every level of public and private education — pre-school and Head Start, K-12 public and private schools, community colleges, private higher education, and the University of California.

Field Representatives for the California Federation of Teachers perform a wide range of tasks covering organizing, negotiating, and training in both public and private sector arenas related to education. These responsibilities include work with certificated and classified employees ranging from pre-school through post-graduate.

Qualifications and experience

  1. Public and private sector employee collective bargaining experience: organizing, contract development and negotiations, education agency budget analysis, grievance administration and arbitration procedures, working knowledge of public employee collective bargaining laws and national labor relations law and practice, membership recruitment, representational petition campaigns and elections and training.
  2. Broad understanding of the critical issues and problems facing education and workers in California and the nation.
  3. Experience and knowledge with organizing campaigns.
  4. Must be able to travel in a broad urban and rural geographic area.
  5. Current California driver’s license

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Designing and running organizing campaigns and collective bargaining elections, including the filing of campaign petitions
  2. Representing the CFT before the Public Employment Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board
  3. Designing and running internal membership drives and agency fee campaigns
  4. Designing basic flyers and writing basic campaign literature
  5. Designing and conducting contract surveys
  6. Writing contract language
  7. Negotiating collective bargaining contracts using traditional and non-traditional formats and models
  8. Analyzing budgets (with some assistance from the CFT Research Department
  9. Filing grievances and unfair labor practice charges, representing members at hearings, with assistance from legal counsel, as necessary
  10. Organizing and maintaining area councils and/or regional training programs for locals in the field representative’s assignment
  11. Assisting in get-out-the vote and related political activities
  12. Assisting locals in compliance with national and state affiliate constitutional obligations
  13. Trouble shooting, brainstorming and assisting locals in their day-to-day activities
  14. Advising locals on grievances, arbitrations, negotiations, budgets and concerted activities
  15. Conducting training sessions for locals and members

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of public and private sector labor law
  2. Knowledge of collective bargaining laws (NLRB, EERA, HEERA)
  3. Knowledge of California education law
  4. Knowledge of CFT’s positions on education issues
  5. Knowledge of school finance
  6. Knowledge of AFL-CIO labor relations
  7. Knowledge of AFT/CFT special services and benefits
  8. Knowledge of CFT’s candidate endorsements
  9. Ability to work rapidly and accurately during rush periods
  10. Ability to strategize, organize, plan activities, and set priorities
  11. Ability to take charge and to direct, develop and coordinate activities
  12. Ability to secure relevant information and solve problems
  13. Ability to make decisions, render judgments and take appropriate action
  14. Ability to work with others
  15. Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
  16. Ability to research work-related questions in appropriate sources
  17. Ability to strategize and plan a collective bargaining campaign
  18. Ability to negotiate collective bargaining agreements from initial surveys through completion
  19. Ability to analyze budgets
  20. Ability to accurately and coherently compose correspondence, charges, grievances, arbitration briefs, basic campaign literature, flyers, and bargaining language
  21. Ability to make public presentations to audiences in a range of venues
  22. Ability to design and present training sessions
  23. Ability to represent employees in grievances and arbitration hearings
  24. Ability to set up and run phone banks

Membership in the CFT Field Representatives Union is required.

To Apply:
Submit letter of application, résumé, references and at least three written samples to:

California Federation of Teachers, AFT, AFL-CIO
Leticia Castro, Director of Administrative Services
1107 9th Street, Suite 460
Sacramento, CA 95814

Or email to Human Resources

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Callahan, Executive Director, or phone 510-523-5238.
You can also find a description for the Field Representative position on our website HERE.

The CFT is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

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