Registered Nurses Professional Association

Registered Nurses Professional Association

Association Representative

Based in San Jose, CA


Registered Nurse Professional Association (RNPA) was founded in 1978. RNPA is an independent organization representing registered nurses working for the County of Santa Clara. We have 4,000 members working throughout the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System. Our members work at Valley Medical Center, O’Connor Hospital, Saint Louise Regional Hospital, Ambulatory and Community Health Services, Psychiatric Services, and Custody Health Services. We are looking for energetic, hard-working professional staff who is committed to representing registered nurses.


Under the supervision of the RNPA Board of Directors, this position is responsible for developing worksite leadership structures; handling grievances, arbitrations, and disciplinary appeals; recruiting new members; supporting members in exercising political power; participating in organizing and political campaigns; and negotiating union contracts. Also responsible for internal organizing and bargaining support campaigns. Responsible for preparing work plans, calendars, files, reports, and other records. May be required to work evenings and weekends as needed.


  • Recruitment: Accountable for working with union leadership, other staff members, and Area (Unit) Representatives in recruiting new members to participate in union activities and political campaigns. Regular one-on-one contact with members will be required.
  • Leadership Development: Develop and maintain effective worksite leadership structures through the recruitment, training, and support of Area Representatives and other union leaders.
  • Communication: Maintain regular and effective communication with workers in assigned areas through personal visits, flyers, newsletters, phone calls, mailings, bulletin board postings, and meetings. Respond to telephone and email messages within 24-hours.
  • Representation: Interpret collective bargaining agreements and other relevant laws, codes, regulations, policies, and practices and assist union members in understanding their rights. Provide assertive and prepared advocacy, handle grievances, appeals, requests for hearings, and other formal personnel matters on behalf of union members. Aid attorneys and other union staff in the preparation of hearings, including investigation and preparation of witnesses and exhibits. Assist union members in achieving informal resolutions of work-related problems.
  • Collective Bargaining: Conduct bargaining surveys, salary surveys, and other research activities to strengthen the negotiating position of assigned bargaining units.
  • Issue Campaigns: Participate in the development and implementation of effective industry strategies and coordinated activities to raise standards. Identify significant worksite and/or departmental issues and develop strategies and tactics to effectively address them, including petitions, group grievances, work actions, media events, and legal actions.
  • Political Action Campaigns: Participate in and recruit members to participate in political campaign activities, including lobbying, phone banking, letter-writing, door-to-door canvassing, and other activities.
  • Administration: Maintain a “rounding” calendar which accurately documents past, present, and future activities, visits, and appointments in connection with work as a field representative. Maintain accurate records, including activity reports.


  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • High-level ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Analytical skills necessary to interpret contract language, investigate and process grievances, and prepare contract proposals.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision; must be well organized and self-motivated.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and discern priorities.
  • Ability to make effective use of resources available to the union.
  • Dedication to improving the position of working people and strengthening the role of organized labor in society through work actions, community relations, and legislative and political activity.
  • Ability to work effectively with members and staff from diverse ethnic, social, and economic groups.

Experience in union organizing and representation. Experience in negotiating contracts is highly desirable, but not required. Experience in county and governmental areas is desired but not required. Related experience will be given consideration as will steward and rank-and-file experience. RNPA seeks to maintain a staff which is representative of a wide variety of backgrounds in order that the union truly reflects our members’ interests and concerns.

  • Preferred: Knowledge of Salesforce, Outlook, Labor Relations, small businesses, and local independent unions.

Must possess a valid California driver’s license; must pass a DMV check and have a good driving record; must have auto insurance that covers business driving (minimum coverage of $100,000 per person/$300,000 per incident of bodily injury liability/$50,000 property damage liability, and list RNPA as an “additional insured” or “interested party” in order to trigger notification in the event the policy is cancelled); and must possess an automobile for business use.

The current salary range is negotiable and based on qualifications and experience. RNPA offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, and includes mileage reimbursement, cell phone credit, and 13 paid holidays.

Mail, fax, or e-mail a cover letter, detailed résumé and the name, address, and phone number of three references to Allan Kamara, 950 So. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128. Fax to (408) 292-6061 or e-mail your cover letter, résumé and references to AKamara@rnpa.net. Or call (408)292-6061 for more information. This position will remain open until filled.

RNPA works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

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