Virginia Education Association

Virginia Education Association

ARPA Coordinator

Based in Richmond, VA


Date of Posting: October 8, 2021
Deadline for Applying: Open until filled
Reports to: Director, Organizing and Field Support

The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is seeking applicants for the position of ARPA Coordinator. VEA is a statewide community of more than 40,000 teachers and school support professionals working for the betterment of public education in the Commonwealth. VEA is the state affiliate of the National Education Association with more than 3.2 million members. Visit our website.

Position and Area Description:
The State Coordinator shall be responsible for the optimizing and leveraging the allocation and spending of new federal resources (ARP) through cross-departmental coordination, collaboration, and organizing. Responsibilities include researching and compiling all information related to ARP funding, amounts, approved grants, and other resources going to the local school districts as part of the ARP program and disseminating such information to locals through the Field Services Department and working directly with field staff and local leaders. The incumbent will represent VEA on Coalitions/Committees, Task Forces as related to ARP/ESSER funds. The Coordinator will work with targeted locals to support them in having a voice in how ARP funds are allocated. The Coordinator will also be responsible for helping field staff understand their local division budget information, how to find budget information, and training members and staff to understand their local division budgets. They will also be responsible for helping staff, local leaders, and members understand the county budget system and where ARP funds and state funds could be appropriated to support VEA members improve their working conditions. The state coordinator will also work with technology/data to develop tools to make ARP and division budget data easy to read and understand. The ability to communicate and work as a team is a must.

This position is funded for a one-year period. Funding for a second year is possible.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Broad understanding of the critical issues and problems facing the public schools and public-school employees in Virginia.
  • Skilled in capacity building using organizational/political relational organizing techniques.
  • Skilled at engaging organizational capacity to effectively achieve organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated consultation, facilitation, and organizational skills necessary to successfully complete complex group projects and activities.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in working with community organizations.
  • Experience working in labor organizations and/or education-related associations/programs and services at local, state, and national levels.
  • Experience and commitment to team approaches, to program support activities, and willingness to share responsibility for local affiliate support with colleagues.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A BS/BA or higher degree.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) and learn programs necessary to support local affiliate bargaining, organizing, and communications.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license. This position requires regular travel throughout the state of Virginia.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Will have a full understanding of the funds allocated to Virginia and to individual school districts.
  • Will research and fully understand the allowed usages of the ARP funds.
  • Will review and monitor district plans for allocation of the funds and make recommendations to locals based on local and member needs.
  • Will understand school district budgets and how other funds relate to the ARP funds.
  • Will work with individual locals to develop stakeholder plans of giving input and strategies for meeting their members' needs.
  • Will work with locals to develop plans of action in getting community stakeholders involved in the input process.
  • Through the NEA network of coordinators, will share with locals, best and creative practices of using ARP funds to help with student learning and members' needs.
  • Will work with locals on bargaining language and strategies to leverage ARP funds.
  • Will work with Communication and Public Affairs to highlight successes and positive impacts of the funds.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Other preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with building community coalitions
  • Understanding of local, state, and federal education finance policy issues and the ability to provide fiscal policy analysis
  • Development and/or implementation of database technology to enhance organizing/political campaigns
  • Organizational development
  • Traditional and interest-based bargaining
  • Effective use of technology to communicate with diverse audiences

Salary and Benefits:
This is a professional staff position covered by the VEA/VPSA Master Contract. Salary is negotiable depending upon applicant’s experience and qualifications. Effective September 1, 2020, the VEA/Staff Master Contract has a salary range of $68,000 to $101,948 for 2020-2022. The contract also includes an excellent fringe benefits package.

Application Procedure:
To apply, please visit www.veanea.org and click on the link under About/VEA Careers.


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