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Montgomery County Education Association

Montgomery County Education Association


Organizational Specialist, Member Professional Learning
 

Based in Rockville, MD

 

The Montgomery County Education Association is seeking candidates for a new position in the organization.

MCEA represents 14,000+ teachers and other professional educators in the Montgomery County Public Schools system in suburban Washington D.C. MCEA is one of the 15 largest local educators’ unions in the nation and is an affiliate of the National Education Association. We are committed to educational excellence and social justice and believe that the well-being of our members is inextricably linked to the well-being of our students, their families, and our communities. For more information, go to www.mceanea.org.

PROGRAM AREA:    Education & Training
POSITION TITLE:    Organizational Specialist, Member Professional Learning
BARGAINING UNIT:    Professional Staff Organization
REPORTS TO:        Executive Director
STARTING SALARY:     $78,830.09

CAREER OPPORTUNITY
The Montgomery County Education Association is searching for a talented, motivated, and cause-driven individual to serve as an Organizational Specialist, Member Professional Learning to help the organization advance critical organizational initiatives that support the professional growth and development of our members.

Under minimal direction, the Member Professional Learning Organizational Specialist is responsible for designing, facilitating, and coordinating the MCEA member professional learning program. This includes working with member leaders to develop and deliver professional learning workshops, educational resources, cohort programs, and mentorship programs designed to build the capacity of our members to improve student educational outcomes, reduce the impact of systemic inequities in schools, and acquire National Board Certification or equivalent professional certification.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF ROLE: 
The Organizational Specialist, Member Professional Learning, develops and coordinates institutional member professional learning programs and events and facilitates the development and delivery of workshops that serve the professional, educational, and training needs of MCEA unit members related to professional practice skill development; provides resource materials to members and staff; and monitors the member professional learning program budget.  This is not a strictly 9-5 position. Willingness to work irregular and long hours, including weekends and holidays, and to attend required evening and weekend events/meetings is at times both expected and required.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Examples of key duties are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature. 

  • In conjunction with the Professional Learning Committee, develop the Union’s Member Professional Learning Plan, establish goals and objectives to align with organizational goals; facilitate and develop related programs throughout the year. 

  • Plan and coordinate the Union Member Professional Learning programs including the design and production of promotional materials, event logistics, oversight of member professional learning program budget, contract services and speakers, tracking member attendance, and conducting post-event assessment.

  • Collaborate with various union departments and constituent groups to address our members’ training needs related to educator professional practice skills.

  • Design and conduct related annual needs assessments.

  • Prepare program materials including, flyers, announcements, and tools for individual workshops. 

  • Develop and monitor budgets; ensure compliance with related union policies.

  • Serve as liaison with state affiliate, MSEA, and national affiliate, NEA, on related programs/programming.  Work with management on grant applications for MSEA and NEA.

  • Serve as liaison with Montgomery County Public Schools and Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Education Certification and Program Approval on professional learning-related programming.

  • Serves as staff liaison to the MCEA Professional Learning Committee

  • Work with the MCEA communications department to create and maintain a member professional learning program web page and resource library. 

  • Perform research as necessary to ensure that the resources and training offered correspond with best practices.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES
ABILITY TO: 

  • coordinate the activities of a comprehensive professional learning program 

  • perform difficult, complex and detailed planning, reporting and communicating with multiple constituency groups, senior management, and outside entities 

  • work under pressure to meet deadlines 

  • ability to analyze situations accurately and take appropriate action

  • identify problems and recommend solutions

  • compose correspondence and reports

  • communicate effectively in English

  • follow and give oral and written directions

  • interact with members, staff, and the public in a helpful, courteous and friendly manner

  • perform public speaking in front of small and large audiences

  • develop and maintain processes and procedures

  • work independently with a minimum of supervision

  • interpret, apply, and initiate MCPS and MCEA policies and procedures

  • maintain cooperative working relationships

  • demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, a diverse population

KNOWLEDGE OF: 

  • principles of professional learning and training trends in public education programs 

  • adult education principles and theory

  • public speaking and presentation techniques

  • office methods and practices including filing, proofreading, formatting, report writing and basic bookkeeping and fiscal management

  • proper English usage, spelling vocabulary, and grammar

  • meeting facilitation

  • event coordination

  • marketing principles, practices and techniques

  • current office technology, including webpage maintenance, operation of personal computer software programs including word processing and spreadsheet tools, and standard office equipment

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates/incumbents must meet the minimum qualifications as detailed below, or file for equivalency. Equivalency decisions are made on the basis of a combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree; advanced degree preferred

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • Moving adult cohorts to successful completion of program goals  

  • Improving educational outcomes for students from non-dominant communities

  • Implementing training programs using a train-the-trainer approach

  • Facilitating committees through the co-creation of curriculum or other resources

  • Experience working (as staff or member leader) with or for a member-led union that organizes for power 

  • Familiarity with the National Board certification process for educators

  • Familiarity with Just Schools educational practices as well as organizations and individuals developing and expanding tools and trainings for educators in the implementation of Just Schools

  • Experience using cloud/web-based data management systems.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Salaried position; requires nonstandard work hours and/or weekend and holiday work.

  • Travel is required, primarily within Montgomery County.

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, must have auto insurance that covers business driving, and must possess an automobile for business use.

COMPENSATION
The salary for this position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement.  MCEA also provides a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and prescription drug coverage, retirement savings plan, and long-term disability insurance.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT

  • Work is performed in a variety of settings – in schools, school district offices, a typical office work environment.

  • This position requires frequent driving throughout the county to various locations.

  • Must be able to occasionally remain in a stationary position up to 50% of the time.

  • The person in this position needs to regularly move about inside the office and other locations.

  • Constantly operates a computer, cell phone, and office productivity machinery, such as a copy machine and computer printer.

  • Frequently moves equipment & supplies weighing up to 25 pounds for various meeting and event needs.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
MCEA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
Qualified applicants should send cover letter, résumé, and 3 writing samples to:
Heather Carroll-Fisher, Executive Director, c/o Mary Neal at: mneal@mceanea.org
Subject: Organizational Specialist, Member Professional Learning

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