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Massachusetts Teachers Association

Massachusetts Teachers Association


Affiliate Services Director

Based in Quincy, MA


The Massachusetts Teachers Association is seeking a Director of Affiliate Services who is a dynamic leader with both a strong background in collective bargaining and grassroots organizing, and a deep commitment to public education, pre-K through higher education, and to social and racial justice. This position will report directly to the Executive Director-Treasurer.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) is a union of 110,000 public school and college educators dedicated to defending public education as a fundamental right, protecting union rights, and building a just society. The MTA works to advance the quality and equity of public education in Massachusetts by securing the working conditions and professional respect and autonomy of educators, which improves learning conditions for all students, advocating for full funding for public education, and participating in broad coalitions to improve the lives of students and their families.

The MTA has been charting a new direction for the past several years to build power through rank and file organizing and leadership development in order to grow stronger than ever despite assaults on public sector unions, to assure that the contractual, legal and professional rights of MTA members are enforced, and to challenge education “reforms” which serve to privatize public education and have undermined educator professionalism and the student learning experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Union Strategist/Advocate

  • Leads collaborative efforts, along with members, leaders and staff, that support creative approaches to collective bargaining as a core tool of protecting educator professionalism and rights, and achieving better schools and colleges.
  • Develops strategies to strengthen our nearly 500 locals through systematic member sign-up and retention, identifying and engaging emerging activists, leadership development, and support.
  • Supports staff in understanding the challenges and needs of a multi-racial, multi-ethnic membership and how to organize with Locals to meet these needs.
  • Sustains MTA’s reputation as the leading advocate for the schools our educators and students deserve, including fighting privatization of public K-12 and higher ed institutions and advancing a racial justice agenda.

Visionary Leader

  • Collaborates with the President, Vice President, and Executive Director-Treasurer to develop new strategies for building a strong rank and file led union in a post-Janus world, and ensures Division alignment and capacity with the vision, mission, and strategic plan.
  • Provides leadership and direction, along with empowering staff, to link statewide legislative, ballot, and organizing campaigns to building capacity and power within Locals.

Strong Manager

  • Plans, coordinates, and manages the daily operation of the five regional offices of the Affiliate Services Division, working with field managers and staff to fulfill the mission of the MTA and meet established goals and objectives; direct supervisor for the Quincy (Metro) field office.
  • Establishes and maintains effective systems for strategic planning, evaluation, and communication among approximately 50 field staff.
  • Provides advice and guidance to field staff on collective bargaining language and approaches, MA public sector labor law, and effective organizing and leadership development.
  • Fosters an inclusive work environment that develops leadership and mentorship opportunities for a diverse staff.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of five years management experience including, but not limited to, the ability to inspire, supervise, coordinate, and evaluate programs and personnel.
  • Minimum of five years of experience representing unions in public sector collective bargaining and all elements of contract enforcement, including knowledge of interest-based bargaining, bargaining for the common good, and open bargaining.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in organizing and movement-building for social change.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of rank and file organizing and leadership development as it relates to building collective power.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of political and community action as it relates to building a strong state association and local affiliates.
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours, nights and weekends, and to travel statewide and sometimes nationally, as required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.

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First consideration will be given to candidates who respond by OCTOBER 15, 2019.

The MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value our diverse workforce and welcome applications from minorities, veterans, women, and persons with disabilities.

Salary, commensurate with experience, is highly competitive with a generous benefit package.

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

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