University of San Francisco Faculty Association (USFFA) – Local 4269, CFT/AFT

University of San Francisco Faculty Association
Local 4269, CFT/AFT

Executive Director

Based in San Francisco, CA


The USFFA is seeking a full-time Executive Director. USFFA represents the 446 full-time faculty and librarians of the University of San Francisco, 100% of whom are Union members. We seek a skilled administrator who is committed to building our union’s strength and organizing capacity. This position will support union leadership in running our union as well as representing and mobilizing our membership. The ideal candidate will be a creative and strategic thinker with proven experience in negotiations resulting in strong collective bargaining agreements, with excellent communication skills, the capacity to evaluate budgets, and a deep commitment to labor organizing and social justice.

About our Union As the exclusive representative of the non-law school full-time faculty and librarians at the University of San Francisco, the USF Faculty Association (AFT4269) represents members for the purposes of collective bargaining in order to ensure their economic and material well-being as well as fostering and protecting their individual and collective rights under the collective bargaining agreement. As a faculty governing body, we are deeply committed to enhancing the academic and professional excellence of the University, promoting and preserving academic freedom, exercising our voice in shared governance and financial decision-making, and pursuing equity, access, and social justice for all members of our University community. The USFFA works to advance the Jesuit educational tradition as embodied in the University’s statement of Mission and Goals,

The Executive Director (ED) will work under the supervision of the USFFA President while reporting to the Executive and Policy Boards, the elected leadership of the USFFA. As the sole full-time staff member for the union, the ED provides vision for strengthening and developing our members’ leadership and our union’s capacity to represent membership’s interests.


  • A proven leader and organizer with tenacity who supports, respects, empowers, and encourages the contributions of all full-time faculty and librarians.
  • A strong leader who can oversee and manage union administration, while providing support and guidance to the Executive Board.
  • Experience in labor organizing, contract negotiations, union representation, or similar related work, preferably in higher education.
  • A creative thinker with skills in both collective bargaining and day-to-day problem-solving issues within the Union and the members' workplace.
  • A strong written and oral communicator.
  • An effective team-leader who is inclusive, approachable, and builds consensus.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3+ years union experience in labor organizing, collective bargaining, contract negotiations, grievance, and union legal matters.
  • Ability to work flexibly as needed. This may include evening and weekend hours in order to accommodate unit member schedules.
  • Ability to work both independently and within teams including a variety of members, staff and elected representatives.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and respectfully with a wide variety of people.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender, sexuality, and ethnic backgrounds of University employees and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate discretion in handling sensitive personnel information.
  • Fluency in digital communications: MS Office including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Zoom, Slack.
  • Ability to accurately and coherently compose correspondence, grievances, memos, and bargaining language.
  • Working knowledge of higher education law, structures, and policies.
  • Understanding of Human Resources protocols and related laws.


  • Manage and streamline the day-to-day operations of the USFFA including, with the Treasurer, union finances
  • Generate monthly operations reports to Executive Board and Policy Board
  • Attend Executive Board and Policy Board meetings and maintain records
  • Serve as contact for AFT and CFT, our labor law firm, maintain compliance with CFT/AFT constitutional obligations, and DOL legal reporting requirements


  • Establish annual goals and organizational strategy with Executive Board
  • Update the Policy Board and Executive Board on organizational activities, labor movement trends and developments
  • Plan and implement contract campaigns in collaboration with the Executive and Policy Boards
  • Conduct strategic planning in collaboration with the Executive and Policy Boards


  • Represent, support, and advocate for faculty and librarians
  • Execute strategic initiatives
  • Assist with negotiations and co-chair Grievance Committee; handles grievances, correspondence, filings, timelines, and preparation for hearings (e.g. grievance, arbitration, ULP, mediation and fact-finding)
  • Attend USF Workers United labor coalition and San Francisco Labor Council meetings
  • Meet regularly with USF Director of Labor Relations on matters relating to the CBA and grievances
  • Manage correspondence with members and the USF Director of Labor Relations on matters relating to the CBA and grievances
  • Analyze University budgets to support negotiations and grievance settlements
  • Research and coordinate training and development on issues critical to our members and our contract. Plan and participate in union meetings, organizing activities, and campaigns.


  • Direct communications including Union newsletters, email and website, position papers, and campaign literature in cooperation with Communications Committee
  • Manage volunteers, monitor committee staffing, support organizing and member services

Starting salary will vary according to experience and education but is tied to our Assistant Professor pay scale ($95-$116K) plus a 10% retirement contribution paid as salary, and health, vision, and dental benefits. The Executive Director has flexibility to work out of the union office and remotely, with the expectation to be on campus when needed.

To be considered, please submit the following by Fri. April 5, 2024, 11:59pm

  • A current résumé reflecting qualifications for this position and the names of three references we can contact.
  • A letter of application which addresses how your background, training, and experience have prepared you to assume the duties and responsibilities of this position.
  • A writing sample (e.g. professional group communication, report or position paper of which you were the primary or sole author).
  • Submit all materials as attachments in one email to: Search@usffa.net.

For more information about the USFFA, see https://www.usffa.net

EEO Statement
The USFFA is an equal employment opportunity employer that values a diverse and equitable workplace free from discrimination. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and veterans to apply. The USFFA is committed to accessibility and will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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