Field Staff #2020-10
Company: Education Minnesota
Posted on: February 16, 2020
Position Title: Field Staff (Job #2020-10)
Department: Field Services – SW Metro
Immediate Supervisor: Manager of Field Services
Employee Group: Professional Staff /TEMPO bargaining unit
Location: SW Metro Office
Hours/Status: Full Time (Temporary – up to 18 months)/Exempt
An Education Minnesota Field Staff supports union leaders and
members to build and maintain strong locals and a strong union. A
Field Staff works with locals to develop and implement programs and
activities related to membership growth, collective bargaining,
member rights, organizing, professional issues, political action,
and community partnerships. In addition, a Field Staff engages
members through leadership identification, member training, and
skills development. A Field Staff actively promotes membership in
and engagement with Education Minnesota, the National Education
Association (NEA), and the American Federation of Teachers
Major Functions and Responsibilities
Provide advice, training, and professional assistance to members
and locals, including the following and other such duties as
- Organizing –
- Support locals in the development and implementation of various
types of organizing plans: issue organizing, membership organizing,
community organizing, internal engagement organizing, etc.
- Assist in developing and implementing worksite organizing
infrastructure, including methods of charting/mapping,
organizing-related communications structures, and information
- Assist locals with identifying issues around which to organize,
setting goals and determining strategies and timelines.
- Train leaders and members in the tactics of organizing and
- Engage members and leaders in 1:1 conversations to assess
members, identify issues, and identify potential leaders.
- Membership Promotion –
- Work with leaders and members to develop and successfully
implement on-going programs of membership promotion, recruitment,
- Promote and assist locals with the integration of Education
Minnesota's strategic goals and objectives into local programs.
- Recruit participants for Education Minnesota events, trainings,
- Assist in organizing unorganized education employees.
- Collective Bargaining –
- Support locals in all stages of the bargaining process,
including serving on local negotiations teams as needed.
- Coordinate assistance to local negotiators from the
Negotiations Department and other areas of Education Minnesota, NEA
- Member Rights –
- Strive to guarantee members' rights through a variety of
- Train local leaders in principles of member rights advocacy,
including the recognition and processing of grievances as well as
through organizing and mobilizing.
- Prepare for and represent members and locals in investigations,
grievance proceedings, hearings, arbitration sessions, and other
- Communications –
- Provide guidance in developing internal communications plans
that encourage consistent, multi-faceted connections among members
- Support the development and implementation of external
- Legislative and Political Action –
- Encourage and support local lobbying and political action
- Coordinate communication between members and legislators.
- Develop members' skills to work effectively in political
- Participate in Education Minnesota campaign activities.
- Education Issues –
- Provide relevant, timely information to leaders and members on
issues related to education and professional development.
- Train members using adult-learning best practices.
- Professionalism: Staff Skills for Workplace Success –
- Communicate regularly and work collaboratively with colleagues
- Participate in collaborative staff teams on a variety of
Education Minnesota leaders and members Education Minnesota
Government leaders and agencies General public
Community and civic leaders
Machines and/or Tools Operated
Personal computer Internet and browser software
Smartphone Windows-based word processing software
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Experience including, but not limited to, education issues,
collective bargaining, political and legislative action, grievance
processing, local and member training, member consultation skills
and experience in working with elected leaders at all levels is
- Understanding of organizing principles, labor relations and
experience in a union environment.
- Ability to collaborate with others in a team environment.
- Excellent communication skills, including writing, speaking and
- Experience in working with confidential and sensitive
- Skill in strategic thinking and problem-solving, including the
ability to identify and appropriately evaluate alternatives.
- Valid driver's license.
- Reliable transportation.
- Must have an active personal credit card.
- Must be willing to maintain residency within the assignment
- Bachelor's degree.
- Previous work in a higher education setting.
- Previous union work experience.
Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed. Some travel
Education Minnesota is an Affirmative Action Employer
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the
following is provided: the position requires use of clear and
articulate speech; ability to read and comprehend written and oral
directions; ability to effectively deal with tight deadlines;
sitting for long periods, stooping, bending, reaching and standing
for long periods; repetitive movement with hands and wrists; use of
computer keyboard; and carrying materials (up to 5 lb. and
occasionally up to 50 lbs.).
Posting Deadline: This position is posted both externally and
internally; for best consideration, apply online; include a resume,
by 11:59 PM on Friday, February 21, 2020.
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