UniServ Director: Southern Region

Vermont-NEA is seeking to fill its UniServ Director position to serve local Associations in the Southern Vermont counties (Windham and Bennington counties in their entirety and a portion of Windsor and Rutland counties).  We are accepting applications until Monday, November 23, 2020 (or until the position is filled), and we will interview finalist candidates soon thereafter.  Starting date is approximately January 1, 2021.

Please send application letter, resume, two or three writing samples, and names/contact information of three references to Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont-NEA, via PDF format to [email protected].  Direct phone and email inquiries to (800) 649-6375 or [email protected].

Duties include assisting local educator unions with organizing, collective bargaining, and grievance processing around working conditions and professional issues, engaging with Association members, and participating in some anticipated policy advocacy activities.  Our UniServ staff constitute approximately half of our professional staff and work in concert with our organizing, legal, communications, program benefits, and professional development personnel.

The successful candidate will have unusually strong and broad skills, including: unlimited dedication to the interests of both public education and public school educators in Vermont; excellent interpersonal skills both with groups and with individuals; extensive ability to work collaboratively as well as individually; thorough working knowledge of employee rights as well as education and labor laws and processes; appreciation for the role of labor unions; excellent oral and written communication skills; understanding of public policy issues and trends affecting public education and educators; interest and involvement in political action activities as they relate to public education and educators; good computer and math abilities; a willingness to work many evenings and some weekends on Association business; and adaptability.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Relevant graduate degree and/or certification preferred.
  • Union experience at the local, state, or national level.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work activities, monitor progress, and coach other leaders towards success.
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to think strategically.
  • Commitment to racial and social justice.
  • This position is based in Montpelier, VT (Residence within the Southern Counties mentioned above may be considered on a case-by-case basis).

Vermont-NEA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

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