AFT College Staff Guild, Local 1521A

AFT College Staff Guild, Local 1521A

Executive Director

Based in Los Angeles, CA


Posted: September 2, 2022

The AFT Staff Guild is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGTBQ+, Immigrant people, and people of all genders are encouraged to apply.

The AFT College Staff Guild, Local 1521A has been the union for over 1300 Unit 1 Clerical and Technical employees in the Los Angeles Community College District for over 35 years. The Staff Guild is one of the largest units of organized community college classified employees in California. We are a democratically run organization supporting quality education and the best interest of Unit 1 Clerical/Technical employees in the Los Angeles Community College District.

Position Description
The Executive Director is responsible for adeptly managing and skillfully executing the strategies and vision of the Guild as outlined in its Constitution, Bylaws, resolutions and plans as directed by the President and the Executive Board. The Executive Director is the day-to-day manager at the Guild office and is responsible for overseeing office staff and working as a key advisor to the Officers and Executive Board members of the Guild. The Executive Director will empower leaders and members in the mission of the organization through their experience in organizing, member mobilization, contract negotiations, issue campaigns and representation.

This is a regular, full time, 12-month position, working for the AFT College Staff Guild, Local 1521A (Staff Guild) and reports directly to the President.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To:
Staff Guild Operations:

  1. Assist in the day-to-day operations and programs of the organization;
  2. Develop timelines for Staff Guild Elections in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws and in cooperation with the Elections Committee;
  3. Assist with the management and administrative (e.g. payroll processing) routine operations of the Staff Guild Office and performs other appropriate duties as assigned by the President;
  4. Assist Treasurer with preparation of Staff Guild Budget and attends Finance Committee meetings; review and pays bills and make deposits, when necessary; works with accountant as needed.

Staff Management

  1. Supervises appropriate office staff, assign tasks, assists with evaluation and conducts periodic staff meetings as directed by the President;
  2. Participate in negotiations as a Staff Guild representative during negotiations of the office staff collective bargaining agreement as assigned by the President;
  3. Knowledge of office staff collective bargaining contract;
  4. Develop and enforce office protocols and policies related to office staff duties.

Leadership Development

  1. Advisor to the Staff Guild Officers and Executive Board;
  2. Provides professional assistance, consultation, advice, and support to the elected officers and members in the performance of their duties;
  3. Attends meetings of the Executive Board, District Board of Trustees, Personnel Commission, worksite meetings, LA County Federation of Labor, CFT State Council meetings, Council of Classified Employees (CCE) meetings, CFT Conventions, AFT Conventions, conferences, trainings and any other meetings, assigned by the President;
  4. Develop and conduct trainings, informational meetings, and programs for membership as coordinated with the President.

Staff Guild Programs and Policies

  1. Work with local Officers and Executive Board members to identify, develop and implement policies and programs that will further the success of the Staff Guild;
  2. Monitor and assist with political activities (local, state, national) affecting the interest of the bargaining unit and the organization;
  3. Assist the local to act in compliance with state laws and administrative rules and regulations that impact the organization’s responsibility as the exclusive collective bargaining agent;
  4. Research issues important to the Staff Guild;
  5. Work with Guild committees and committee chairs in a regular and consistent way to further the goals of the Guild and assist the committees in successfully achieving their goals.

Organizing & Representation

  1. Develop and implement ongoing membership recruitment plans;
  2. Assist the membership by listening to their issues, providing professional advice, and determining if any issues are potential contract violations;
  3. Identify, develop and implement issue campaigns;
  4. Work directly and consult with Staff Guild Secretary for Grievances; attend grievance representatives’ meetings; meet and consult with Grievance Representatives; serve on Internal Review Committee and assist with arbitrations, unfair labor changes and other legal matters;
  5. Consult with President, Grievance Secretary, prepare and present grievances for hearings before management, represent members at hearing and/or in arbitration, and assist in the preparation of unfair labor charges with assistance from legal counsel;
  6. Assist in interpreting, enforcing, and maintaining the collective bargaining agreement.

Collective Bargaining

  1. Assist in the development of contract proposals, including necessary research and analysis, to include surveying members as coordinated with the President;
  2. Assist in negotiating collective bargaining contracts with the District using traditional and interest-based formats and models;
  3. Analyze and evaluate the District’s budget in support of negotiations with assistance from the CFT and/or AFT Research Departments.


  1. Draft letters and other correspondence and assist in designing publications;
  2. Monitors and helps maintain and update the website on a regular basis;
  3. Assist with the communications plan and regular communications in a consistent and ongoing way.

District and External Relations

  1. Assist in developing and maintaining professional and productive relationships with the District management;
  2. Develop and maintain community and labor contacts and communication with political and community leaders;
  3. Assist in establishing positive public relations for the organization and the bargaining unit;
  4. Assist in Staff Guild and other labor related COPE meetings and activities;
  5. Monitor public relations information and develop a positive relationship between the organization and the media as coordinated with the President.

Perform other related duties

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • At least five years as staff or comparable experience with union work
  • Experience using technology for flyers, newsletters, mass e-mails and texts, and web design
  • Experience in internal organizing, membership recruitment, grievance administration, contract negotiations, and other management
  • Experience supervising and managing staff
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of campaign strategies including political, organizing, negotiations, etc.
  • Ability to think strategically, analyze issues, assess risks and benefits, establish plans, and utilize your sound judgement to implement those plans
  • Ability to prioritize and carry out assigned task with minimal supervision
  • Experience working with people of various diverse backgrounds
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends and travel as needed
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Work experience in a community college
  • A master’s degree or equivalent with five years recent experience working with labor unions
  • Knowledge of public education employee collective bargaining law and familiarity with the problems facing California’s Community Colleges
  • Ability to perform research on issues important to the Staff Guild
  • Experience in public relations, group dynamics, leadership development and public speaking

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Starting salary of $85,000 negotiable based on training and experience
  • Benefit package provided by employer includes medical, dental, vision care, and retirement
  • Vacation leave, paid holidays and sick leave

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2022. Please submit a résumé, salary history, references, and a cover letter which addresses any skills we are looking for that are not clearly identified in your résumé.

Send your cover letter, résumé, salary history, and references to:

Hazel Alonzo, President AFT College Staff Guild
3356 Barham Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90068
323 851-1521
323 851-8572 FAX

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