California Faculty Association
California Faculty Association
(affiliated with AAUP and SEIU)

General Manager / Staff Director

Based in Sacramento, CA


Union Overview
A union of 29,000 tenure-line and lecturer faculty, coaches, librarians, and counselors, CFA is seeking candidates with a strong knowledge and background in racial and social justice work. Candidates who have relevant experience (formally or informally) and can translate that into the range of job responsibilities listed below are strongly encouraged to apply.

CFA is proud to be a member-run union and believes in employing hard-working and creative staff whose talents complement those of our elected leadership.

Job Description
The General Manager (GM) manages and directs union activities and staff in accordance with CFA bylaws and policies established by an elected Board of Directors. In addition to working with member leaders and staff to develop goals and strategies to meet desired outcomes, the GM has day-to-day general responsibility for implementing policy and overseeing plans in all program areas, including Representation, Collective Bargaining, Government Relations, Communications, and General Administration. The GM also has oversight responsibility to the CFA Board to ensure the adequacy and soundness of the union’s fiscal budget.

The GM manages a staff of approximately 50 employees (including 9 managers) based throughout California in the CFA Sacramento Headquarters and on the 23 CSU campuses. The GM serves as the liaison between the staff and governance operations of CFA. The GM represents the union, as appropriate, in its relationships with the CSU administration, legislators, affiliates, community alliances and in the public on local, state and national levels. The GM reports to the CFA President.

The ideal candidate will have a proven record of accomplishment in the following competency areas:

  1. Commitment to Advancing Racial and Social Justice
    • Strong commitment to, and demonstrated experience in intentionally engaging, moving and advancing racial and social justice transformation in CFA, the union movement, the university, and beyond.
  2. Strategic Planning/Implementation
    • Proven skill and experience in strategic thinking, organizational development, campaign development and implementation (contract, organizing and legislative political campaigns, etc.) and long-term planning.
  3. Working with Leadership
    • Ability to work creatively, strategically, and in consultation with union officers, member leadership, and senior staff to develop CFA programs and campaigns, including coordinating, planning, and managing implementation.
  4. Staff Development/Management
    • Demonstrated skill, experience and acumen in building and managing staff teams.
    • Strong understanding of, and demonstrated skills in, motivating and inspiring unionized staff.
    • Demonstrated record of treating staff with respect, and valuing staff input while holding them accountable.
  5. Collective Bargaining/Administration
    • Proven record of accomplishment in collective bargaining and contract maintenance.


  • Extensive management experience in a union, political, nonprofit, or grassroots association. Management experience in a higher education environment, highly preferred.
  • Five-years minimum staff management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five-years minimum experience developing and implementing campaigns.
  • Familiarity working with union officers and member-based committees.
  • Experience bargaining and administering collective bargaining agreements.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to establish priorities and manage multiple activities with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • The GM is required to devote full time to the position and work a non-standard work week including evenings and weekends when required.
  • Frequent travel within the state and some limited travel outside the state.
  • Valid driver’s license, an automobile for business use, and proof of minimum insurance coverage.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. subject to reasonable accommodation.

Salary/Benefits/Location: CFA offers a fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision, SEIU defined benefit pension plan and generous paid leave. Salary range for this position is $190,000 – $205,000 commensurate with experience.

To be considered for this position, please provide the following:

  • A letter of application, which specifically addresses how accomplishments in your career have prepared you to meet the essential functions and requirements, presented in this position.
  • A current résumé reflecting qualifications for this position, including months and years of employment, and reasons for separation from each position.
    • Indicate the months and years of employment for each position.
    • For each position listed, provide reasons for separation.
    • Certify your resume by adding the following statement:
      •  “I certify that the information on my résumé is true and accurate.”

Please email all materials to CFA Search Consultant, Debra Schwoch-Swoboda, Margolies, Potterton & Assoc., LLC: dswoboda@unionsearch.org

For confidential inquiries, questions or to schedule a call, please email Debra Schwoch-Swoboda, dswoboda@unionsearch.org.

Position open until filled, initial review September 30, 2023.

For more information about CFA and please visit: https://www.calfac.org/

CFA is an Affirmative Action Employer. Women, People of Color/Native People, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

CFA complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact dswoboda@unionsearch.org.

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