Massachusetts Teachers Association

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Union Skills & Leadership Trainer

Based in Quincy, MA


The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) is a union, dedicated to improving the workplace and the quality of life for all education employees and to protecting their hard-won rights. Equally important, we are an association of highly qualified professionals, committed to establishing and maintaining optimal conditions for student learning from preschool through graduate school.

The MTA is seeking a Union Skills & Leadership Trainer or the TPL Specialist. The Division of Training and Professional Learning supports the association's goals in the areas of organizational effectiveness and member empowerment. The Union Skills & Leadership Trainer is responsible for designing, promoting, implementing, evaluating and providing appropriate follow-up for leadership/membership development and professional learning programs, as well as MTA staff training programs. This position is conveniently located in Quincy, MA.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Training Needs; Consult with leaders, members and staff to determine organizational and professional training needs.
  • Program Design; Collaborate in the development and delivery of training programs, tools and materials based on the identified needs of leaders, members and staff to build association power and efficacy, support member professional goals and improve member engagement and activism.
  • Program Coordination & Delivery; Assure that member needs are met through coordination of all training materials, programs, applications and events offered by MTA as local, regional, statewide and online training. This includes conferences, such as the Summer Leadership Conference, conferences and events for retired, ESP, higher education, BIPOC, new member and student member constituencies as well as regional leadership training, treasurers training, full capacity local training, LPAT and PAL training.
  • Program Quality; Assure that MTA staff and member trainers are prepared and supported to deliver high quality training that utilizes sound principles of adult education and builds member ownership and power. Build a central library of materials and best practices that trainers may draw from and contribute to, bring consistency and structure to the training program. Implement a rigorous evaluation program that begins with clear goals for all trainings and includes follow-up with trainers, participants and stake holders for continuous program improvement.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with staff from other divisions to assess needs and design programs that meet the professional needs of MTA members.
  • Collaborate with staff from other divisions to assess needs and design programs that meet the collective bargaining, leadership and organizational development, strategic planning, internal organizing, community organizing and political and professional advocacy training needs of MTA members and leaders.
  • Coordinate training to help MTA and local leaders build strong relationships and coalitions with parent and community organizations.
  • Prepare and present train-the-trainer programs for members and staff, including Professional Development Associates, in the content and presentation methods of MTA training and professional learning programs.
  • Design and manage the development of training and professional learning materials, online and mobile applications and programs.
  • Design and manage evaluation processes and instruments and a plan to use feedback to continually revise and improve training programs and materials.
  • Design and manage follow-up activities for training participants to take place in local associations, or cohort groups, to extend and deepen training.
  • Prepare and present training and professional learning programs as needed.
  • Serve as a liaison with other MTA divisions to develop and deliver training programs to staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree.
  • 5+ years’ experience in the areas of professional development, collective bargaining, organizing, organizational and/or leadership/membership training.
  • Proficient with computer applications for document processing and presentation design, including Word, PDF and PowerPoint. Familiar with data management and reporting applications such as Excel or Access.
  • Experience in development of printed and multi-media training materials.
  • Ability to function harmoniously with a wide variety of groups and individuals.
  • Effective writer, instructional designer, speaker and presenter.
  • Willingness to travel and to work nights and weekends.
  • Automobile or personal transportation required.

*MTA reserves the right to waive any qualifications at its discretion*

The MTA has a competitive compensation program with a robust benefits package that includes: a defined benefit plan, 401k, medical, dental, STD, LTD, paid holidays, and a generous time off program.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a résumé and cover letter. Apply HERE!

The MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applicants from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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