Executive Director

Based in Topeka, KS

The Executive Director is employed by the AFT-Kansas executive board and reports directly to the President of AFT-Kansas. The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of AFT-Kansas programs, preserving the legal integrity of the organization, and for carrying out the basic policies established by the executive board, constitution and bylaws of AFT-Kansas and applicable State and Federal laws.

Essential Functions:

  • Leadership: The Executive Director is responsible for leading the operational and strategic direction of the organization, per the direction of the AFT-Kansas President and Executive Board.
  • Communications: The Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing the communications of the organization. This includes developing printed communications for member engagement campaigns, media releases, social media content, and regular communications to the membership using effective communications tools (this may include, but is not limited to use of email blasts, texting programs, website information, and social media platforms).
  • Empowering others: The Executive Director will provide training, support, and direction to members of local unions regarding skills and leadership development and internal structure building, pursuant to local constitutions, bylaws and organizing principles. The executive director will also be responsible for training and supporting local unions in collective bargaining and contract campaigns.
  • Community and Coalition Leadership: The Executive Director will identify, develop and maintain key relationships in the community to support an effective organization. The Executive Director will establish working relationships with other labor unions as well as current and future coalitions whose values and strategic vision aligning with those of AFT-Kansas.
  • Human Resources and Supervision: The Executive Director directs the human resources functions of all AFT-Kansas employees and campaigns, ensuring appropriate processes and systems are in place. The Executive Director is responsible for staffing recruiting, compensation and benefits, training and development, employee relations, record keeping, performance management, and employment policies and procedures. Motivates and leads a high-performing team, hiring, coaching, disciplining and terminating as necessary. Identifies formal training and development opportunities for employee skill and leadership development.
  • Finance and Resource Management: Manages AFT-Kansas vendor relationships in a fiscally responsible manner. Works with an appropriate leadership committee to develop and manage a budget based on the priorities and direction of the executive board. Establishes fiscal control consistent with board policies and generally accepted accounting principles. Provides written financial reports to the executive board as requested and required. Provides for the maintenance of the organization’s building, equipment, and supplies, and ensuring a safe and secure working environment. Executive director is responsible for the engagement of an independent auditor, overseeing and participating in the annual audit process. The executive director is also responsible for the timely preparation and filing of all associated reports for the IRS, the State of Kansas and its agencies, and the US Department of Labor, as necessary.
  • Organizing: The Executive Director is responsible for a growth strategy and campaigns for local unions of the organization. This includes internal organizing within established unions as well as identifying new, external organizing opportunities. Ensures that organizing principles and best practices are utilized in accomplishing these goals.
  • Legislative Strategy: Identifies priorities and support from the membership in establishing a legislative strategy. Works with lobbying team and leadership in guiding strategy during the legislative session, providing testimony and information to legislators and the media as necessary on AFT-Kansas positions. Engages membership in participating in the legislative process via direct lobbying and organized lobbying opportunities. Identify allies to engage in pursuing legislative goals.
  • Political Mobilization: The Executive Director leads political mobilization of members during the electoral process. The executive director is the conduit between the chair of the political action committee in engaging with political candidates, ensuring timely distribution and analysis of candidate questionnaires, analysis of voting records, and establishing processes for communicating with candidates relative to public and financial support of candidates for office. The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising processes and programs for the purpose of building a political action treasury.
  • Governance: The Executive Director establishes relationships with members of the executive board to develop strategies and priorities of the organization. The Executive Director will communicate regular progress reports to the executive board.
  • Additional Duties: Perform other duties as assigned by the President of AFT-Kansas.

Typical Physical Requirements:

  1. Regularly uses telephone and email system for communications. Must operate a computer and office productivity machinery. The job is rated for light work and lifting up to 20 lbs. occasionally can be expected.
  2. Must have valid driver’s license and insured, reliable automobile
  3. Frequent travel within and out of state via automobile or plane.
  4. Atypical work hours are common, expected and dictated by the demands of the work

Employment Standards:

  1. Additional knowledge/experience:
    • The Kansas legislative process
    • Parliamentary procedures
    • Labor and employment law
    • Alternative dispute resolution
    • Collective bargaining principles and practices
    • Running successful organizing campaigns using tested organizing best practices
    • Kansas regulations governing campaign finance
  2. Skills and Competencies:
    • Microsoft Office – Outlook, Power Point, Excel, Word, Publisher (or similar experience with Adobe products)
    • Reviewing, editing, preparing written documents
    • Detail oriented
    • Public Speaking
    • Leading and facilitating meetings
    • Making presentations

Desirable Education and Experience:  (Any combination of education and experience, which would produce the necessary knowledge and abilities)

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Five years’ work experience in the labor movement, utilizing the skills necessary to meet the essential functions of the position
  3. Experience working in complex organizations requiring management skills and fiscal knowledge and responsibility
  4. Excellent communications skills
  5. Current knowledge of issues facing Kansas workers, particularly in the public sector

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits: AFT-Kansas offers a competitive health and benefits package.

How to Apply:
Please submit cover letter, résumé and three references by clicking the link provided below –

Equal Employment Opportunity and all are encourage to apply.

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