The Regional Specialist reports to the Organizing and Field Services Regional Manager, who reports to the Director of Organizing and Field Services. The primary responsibility for this position is to provide support through training and development of local affiliate staff and leaders in the areas of bargaining, organizing, member representation, and union operations. The Regional Specialist may also be called upon to perform functions in support of the region’s collective bargaining specialist and service unit directors and will serve as a shared resource to other regions on an as-needed basis. This position requires extensive, overnight travel.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.
- At least four years’ experience of member advocacy and collective bargaining is required.
- Professional experience with union organizing is highly desired.
- Professional experience with conducting organizing, member representation, and collective bargaining training is highly desired.
- Ability to effectively build and maintain professional relationships is an essential requirement of this position.
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple high-priority projects is an essential requirement for this position.
- Ability to develop additional expertise through self-led research and formal and informal professional development is an essential requirement for this position.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide consultative and generalist support to the local affiliate staff, officers, and members in the planning and implementation of their collective bargaining, labor relations, organizing, and contract enforcement programs.
- Assist with on-the-job skill development and cross training of other regional specialists, to build generalist knowledge; participates with FEA Headquarters and cross-regional staff to build and deliver effective training programs to increase organizational knowledge and bench strength.
- Assist with representative training, local program development, budget awareness, political action/legislative initiatives, and any other areas with which the local seeks guidance and assistance.
- Assist leaders and staff in developing and implementing organizing plans and creating a system/process to measure effectiveness.
- Conduct regular visits to work sites to build positive relationships with local leaders and staff and advance the knowledge and skills of site leadership.
- Manage the planning, implementation, utilization, and access to state and national affiliate programs and projects for locals.
- Assist in the implementation and support of FEA’s Internal and External Organizing Program by developing and enhancing a local’s organizational capacity to recruit and retain members and build worksite leadership structure.
- Provide multiple avenues of high quality, research-based professional development, to meet training, retraining and certification needs of teachers and education support professionals, to enhance their effectiveness of practice and improve student achievement.
- Serve as an FEA liaison to local, state, and national affiliates and Service Units in the region.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Organizing and Field Services or designee.
- Acknowledge and support the advancement of FEA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals.
- Identify, contribute to, and support new opportunities to advance FEA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals.
- Perform all work assignments in a manner that effectively and efficiently utilizes FEA resources.
- Contribute to and support the development and implementation of departmental and interdepartmental programs and services.
- Perform all duties, responsibilities, and assignments within the guidelines outlined in the FSO/FEA Collective Bargaining Agreement and in accordance with FEA Policies and Procedures.
- Oral Communication – Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; makes clear and convincing presentations, listens to others; attends to nonverbal cues.
- Self-Management/Initiative – Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
- Teamwork – Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust; fosters commitment; works with others to achieve goals.
- Written Communication – Recognizes and uses correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information in a succinct and organized manner, produces written information that is appropriate for the intended audience.
- Planning and Evaluating – Organizes work, sets priorities, determines resource requirements, determines goals and strategies; coordinates with other organizations, monitors progress; evaluates outcomes.
- Integrity/Honesty – Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; is trustworthy.
- Interpersonal Skills – Shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy; develops and maintains relationships; deals with difficult people; relates well to people from varied backgrounds; is sensitive to individual differences.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position is determined by the negotiated agreement between the Florida Education Association and the Florida Staff Organization based on relevant experience. FEA provides medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term-disability insurance to its employees with no employee premiums. Additionally, FEA provides employer-paid retirement options, annual leave, sick leave, and paid holidays.