OFS Regional Manager

Classification: Management
Supervisor: Director of Organizing and Field Services
Location: Northeast and Western Florida (Extensive Travel Required)

Florida Education Association is the largest professional and labor organization in the state of Florida and represents more than 140,000 school employees. FEA members include teachers and education staff professionals, higher education faculty, retirees, and students seeking degrees in education. FEA represents the professional and working interests of its members and plays a prominent role in shaping state policies that affect public schools. FEA is a merged state association affiliated with both the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). 

Position Summary: FEA seeks a dynamic, high energy, and innovative advocate for public education who embraces the values of organizing, member advocacy, and collective bargaining.  This leader will provide guidance and oversight of FEA field operations under the direction of the Director of Organizing and Field Services (OFS). OFS serves 100 local affiliate offices, which are aligned into service units and located throughout the State of Florida. The manager must bring visionary leadership and focus in building a strong and responsive organizing operation. The Manager must be able to work in a highly supportive and collaborative manner with the Director of OFS, FEA’s Executive Officers and Chief of Staff, and FEA’s management team. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in leading change through internal and external organizing.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or 4 years of comparable professional work experience is required. At least five years of experience in areas of internal/external organizing, membership engagement work, member advocacy, and collective bargaining is required. Experience with management and leadership in the union environment is highly desired. Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.

Functional Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal skills and diplomatic approach to managing relationships between local affiliates, service units, and staff from individual contributors to senior/executive leadership.
  • Ability to deal with a geographically diverse organization with autonomous, membership-based operating units.
  • Proven knowledge in internal/external organizing, collective bargaining, grievance processing, arbitration, and multiple methods of impasse and conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge and understanding of techniques and strategies for the promotion of membership.
  • Demonstrated ability to assume advocacy responsibilities and functions.
  • MS Office skills (Word-Excel-PowerPoint) including skill in working with spreadsheets and budgets required. Demonstrated ability to use other organizing software like Voter Action Network, Hustle, etc.
  • Fosters accountability, proactive decision making, team-work, strategic planning, and a “customer-service” orientation.
  • Promotes a working environment of excellence, external and internal collaborations, and professional standards for the organization.
  • Expertise in conflict management, and group and individual facilitation skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess effective public speaking skills with large audiences.
  • Ability to direct organizing, collective bargaining, arbitration programs, and supervise regional specialists.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all departments including legal and public policy advocacy.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and processes simultaneously.

Leadership Competencies

  • Leadership – Ability to influence employees to actively pursue organizing goals or outcomes and accept changes in improvement.
  • Team Building – The ability to encourage, facilitate and reinforce others to work together as a team to accomplish unit and organizational goals.
  • Developing Others – Capacity to take an active role in helping others learn the knowledge and skills needed to perform their jobs and to grow and develop within the organization.
  • Delegation and Empowerment – Skill and willingness to actively involve others in decision-making and empower those at lower levels of the organization.
  • Directing Others – Distributing tasks to others in a fair manner, taking into account each person’s abilities, as well as making assignments clear and providing needed assistance for achieving those tasks.
  • Conflict Management/Resolution – Knowledge and skill in the broad range of strategies and methods that can be successfully employed to alleviate or eliminate sources of conflict.
  • Motivating Others – Understanding the approaches and methods that motivate others and using that information to maximize work effort and output.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making – Propensity to collect and rely on hard data, statistics and facts to make decisions.
  • Self Sufficiency – The ability to look inward for inspiration and rely on one’s own experiences, knowledge, abilities, and skills when making decisions.
  • Value Diversity – Valuing, accepting, and appreciating individuals with backgrounds and orientations different from their own.

Compensation & Benefits: Salary will be based on relevant experience and qualifications. FEA provides medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term-disability insurance to its employees with no employee premiums. Additionally, FEA provides retirement options, vacation leave, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to feahr@floridaea.org. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates that apply on or before June 14, 2019 will receive preferential treatment.

FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Consistent with the FEA Affirmative Action Plan, minority, female, and physically-challenged applicants are encouraged to apply. Please contact FEA’s Office of Human Resources at 850-201-3215 or feahr@floridaea.org to request an accommodation during the application process.