Massachusetts Teachers Association

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Higher Education Regional Manager

Based in Quincy, MA


The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) is a union, dedicated to improving the workplace and the quality of life for all education employees and to protecting their hard-won rights. Equally important, we are an association of highly qualified professionals, committed to establishing and maintaining optimal conditions for student learning from preschool through graduate school.

The MTA and its 110,000 members work to advance the quality and equity of Massachusetts public schools and colleges by securing the working conditions and professional respect and autonomy of educators, advocating for full funding for public education, and challenging education “reforms” that serve to privatize public education and undermine educator professionalism and the student learning experience.

The Field & Organizing Division is looking for a solid Higher Ed Manager who supervises higher ed field and office staff and advances the priorities of the MTA and higher ed local affiliates in the areas of organizing and collective bargaining in order to fully engage the membership and maximize the power of the union. The Higher Ed Manager is also responsible for developing and administering programs to promote and deliver the full range of MTA/NEA services to affiliated higher ed local associations and members.

To be successful in the role you need to have the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree. Master's Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in representing unions in the public sector collective bargaining, organizing, and contract administration.
  • Ability to develop and implement comprehensive organizing plans that include rank and file leadership development, data analysis, messaging, power analysis, and benchmarks and assessments.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to work in a positive, creative, and productive manner with staff and elected leaders in the development and implementation of programs and long-range plans.
  • Understanding of the importance of political and community action as it relates to a state association and affiliates.
  • Knowledge and support of democratized forms of bargaining, such as open bargaining and bargaining for the common good.
  • Experience in organizing and a commitment and ability to work on the creation and implementation of strategic action programs through the Division of Field and Organizing, in concert with other divisions.
  • Understanding of key concepts and commitment to dismantling systems of oppression that create inequity by race, class, and gender
  • Well-developed written and verbal skills; effective public speaker.
  • Ability to effectively motivate and lead staff, elected leaders, and members.
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations which relate to the membership, affiliates, and the MTA.
  • Understanding of and commitment to a vision of a labor movement that advances social, racial, and economic justice and a common good agenda.
  • Willingness to accept responsibility and ability to make swift, sound decisions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating decisions with individuals and diverse groups, and for mediating and resolving disputes between individuals and groups.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours, nights, and weekends, and travel statewide and nationally as required.
  • Ability to respond to situations in various geographic locations on short notice. Personal automobile and Massachusetts Driver's license.
  • Administrative experience preferred.

This role will perform the following:

  • Supervises assigned personnel conducts performance reviews and makes employment-related recommendations.
  • Collaborates with other Field & Organizing managers to develop a strategic vision and plan for strengthening higher ed locals and connecting rank and file members to the life of the union.
  • Develops and implements a program to continually assess the needs of higher ed local affiliates. Communicates membership service needs to the Director of Field & Organizing and coordinates direct delivery with field staff.
  • Develops a plan for staff assignments to higher ed local associations for contract negotiations, contract maintenance, membership development, organizing, and the delivery of all MTA/NEA services.
  • Reviews staff assignments on a regular basis to ensure an equitable distribution of the workload among the staff.
  • Fosters a team environment. Provides direct assistance to higher ed staff in times of crisis.
  • Communicates needs for legal assistance to the General Counsel.
  • Identifies potential members or membership problem areas and informs the Director of Field and Organizing.
  • Assists in membership campaigns at the statewide and regional levels.
  • Establishes positive relationships with civic and community leaders and works to build support for the Association and its members.
  • Monitors expenditures within the higher ed office and makes budgetary recommendations.
  • Works cooperatively with the Division of Government Relations to develop, coordinate and execute grassroots political action programs. Works cooperatively with all MTA Divisions to assist with the delivery of MTA/NEA services to the higher ed membership.
  • Identifies the training needs of field and support staff and works with the Director of Field and Organizing to address those needs.
  • Assumes responsibility for special project assignments as determined by the Director of Field and Organizing.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of current labor relations practices, case findings, statutes, and regulations.
  • Performs related functions as required.

To Apply:
For more information about this exciting opportunity please refer to the attached job description. Apply HERE!

*MTA reserves the right to waive any qualifications at its discretion*

The MTA has a competitive compensation program with a robust benefits package that includes: a defined benefit plan, 401k, medical, dental, STD, LTD, paid holidays, and a generous time off program.

The MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applicants from minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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