Professional Staff Congress
AFT Local 2334

Executive Director

Based in New York City, NY


The Professional Staff Congress, AFT Local 2334, is a progressive, member-focused, leadership driven activist union representing 30,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York. Providing a collaborative, supportive environment to drive progressive change in the context of the nation’s largest urban public university, the PSC is a major force in opposing austerity funding for CUNY and challenging the pattern of disinvestment in CUNY, a university that serves primarily low-income communities and communities of color.

The PSC is seeking a passionate, determined, highly ethical, experienced, and progressive Executive Director who is eager to work collaboratively with elected union leadership and lead a committed staff as they serve union members and campaign for the needs of members, higher education workers and CUNY students. The Executive Director works closely with PSC officers to carry out the union’s programs and decisions and run the day-to-day operations of the union.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES (not a complete list of duties)

  • Work closely with principal officers on a daily basis and provide advice and guidance to PSC leadership at all levels.
  • Manage the operation of the PSC office and activities.
  • Carryout the decisions and plans of PSC leadership.
  • Manage all aspects of supervising PSC staff - hiring, training, delegation; accountability and mentoring; and bargain staff union contracts.
  • Coordinate PSC contract, issue-based, political, and legislative campaigns.
  • Participate in contract negotiations and ensure timely and correct implementation of PSC collective bargaining agreements.
  • Oversee PSC research, communications, and collective bargaining.
  • Establish and maintain ongoing communication among PSC officers, staff, and member activists.
  • Work with the Treasurer and Director of finance to prepare and oversee budgets and maintain responsibility for the daily fiscal affairs of the PSC, under the Treasurer's policy direction.
  • Manage contracts with landlord and service providers.
  • Represent PSC with CUNY and Research Foundation management and other organizations as directed by PSC leadership.


  • Demonstrated ability to successfully perform the duties described above.
  • Significant number of years (10 –15) in progressively responsible leadership roles in a labor union or related organization- including at least 5 years running an organization or a sizable department.
  • Proven track record of balancing and administering a budget.
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring and training department directors and senior staff.
  • At least 5 years’ experience negotiating and/or administering labor contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with elected leaders.
  • Experience in public sector unions or environments highly desirable.
  • Experience in labor and/or higher education policy and budget analysis.
  • Excellent project management, strategy development and campaign planning skills


  • Baccalaureate required or more advanced degree in appropriate field a plus.

For this role, PSC/CUNY offers a competitive salary package of $170,000-190,000 depending on experience, excellent benefits, including family medical and dental coverage, generous paid time off and a pension.

This is a nationwide search, but we value candidates with experience in public sector labor in the New York metropolitan area. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the organization, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply.

The PSC is committed to creating a diverse environment and strives to achieve equity for all as we work towards economic, racial, and social justice. We particularly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ and working-class folks to apply.

Job is open until filled. To be considered in the first review of applicants, apply by April 12, 2024.

Email your résumé and cover letter explaining your interest in working with PSC and how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for the Executive Director role to:

Kim Cook, UnionSearch Associate at kim.cook1956@gmail.com

For more information and a confidential discussion of the position, please email Kim Cook, Unionsearch Associate at kim.cook1956@gmail.com to schedule a phone call.

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