UNISERV DIRECTOR POSITION


Mississippi Association of Educators   

Vacancy Announcement for Position of UniServ Director

Capital and Southwest Mississippi District

Date of Posting: September 24, 2018

Deadline for Application: October 5, 2018 or until filled

POSITION AND AREA DESCRIPTIONS

The Capitol/Southwest Mississippi District is composed of the following counties: Hinds, Canton, Warren, Yazoo, Claiborne, Copiah, Simpson, Jefferson County, Adams, Franklin, Lincoln, Lawrence, Jeff Davis, Wilkinson, Amite, Pike, Walthall, and Marion counties

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least a B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Demonstrated skills in developing strategies to foster positive change
  • Political Awareness
  • Demonstrable high-level knowledge/skills in all areas of association activities, including

o   Effective verbal skills including presentation skills

o   Clear, concise writing skills

o   Knowledge of technology and application to work assignment

o   Demonstrated skill in desk top publishing

o   Highly developed and effective interpersonal skills

o   Demonstrated positive collaborative working relationships with others

o   Conflict resolution/mediation skills

o   Conceptualizing, developing and delivering training and organizational programs

o   Skill in project management, assessment, and evaluation

o   Demonstrated effectiveness in counseling, coaching, and mentoring

o   Ability to be flexible – shifting priorities/resources with a positive attitude

o   Strong public relations skills

o   Self-starter who can work without direct supervision

o   Political awareness of campaigns and lobbying

CORE COMPETENCIES

Core Competency I: Organizing Skills:

  • Ability to apply organizing theories and philosophies in direct service to associations and training local leaders
  • Ability to explain the relationship between organizing and power
  • Ability to write an Organizing Campaign Plan that demonstrates an understanding of campaign messaging, elements of successful action, last to first planning, and data analysis
  • An understanding of one-on-one conversations
  • Ability to identify, recruit, and develop leaders
  • An understanding of issue organizing and relational organizing
  • An understanding of organizing tools, e.g. power mapping
  • Ability to write an agenda and conduct effective meetings which leads to achieving stated outcomes
  • Ability to facilitate emotionally charged complex meetings
  • Ability to train leaders and members with the necessary skills and tools to recruit and retain members
  • Ability to work with leaders to implement an Organizing Campaign Plan
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of community leaders and/or outside groups or coalitions
  • Ability to demonstrate building relationships and organize leaders and/or outside groups or coalitions II.

Core Competency II- Advocacy Skills:

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of and loyalty and enthusiasm for the mission, vision, and core values of the NEA, state and local affiliates
  • Ability to support and defend cause, particularly in the face of pressure and adversity
  • Ability to bargain with others in order to reach mutually acceptable agreement
  • Ability to generate alternatives and select an appropriate solution to problem
  • Ability to think clearly and logically under pressure
  • Ability to identify and obtain relevant information about an issue or problem
  • Ability to facilitate discussion of issues and mediate issues and problems that arise between individuals or groups
  • Ability to use organizing techniques to prepare locals for bargaining issues, policy issues, and legislative issues
  • Ability to distinguish between grievances and organizing issues
  • Ability to find and close “deal”

Core Competency III: Communication Skills

  • Speaks effectively. Clearly communicates thoughts, ideas, and information in groups, in one-on-one conversations and to the media
  • Demonstrates effective use of electronic communications tools
  • Uses effective listening skills by demonstrating attention to and conveying understanding of the ideas and opinions of others
  • Ability to establish rapport with an audience and to express ideas to them in clear and concise manner
  • Ability to verbally communicate effectively using proper grammar
  • Ability to write effectively using proper grammar
  • Ability to prepare and make presentations that are informative and persuasive to an audience, both informally and formally, using variety of media

Core Competency IV: Project Management Skills

  • Ability to develop or adopt system to track tasks and projects
  • Ability to develop, manage, and complete projects
  • Ability to build and develop team
  • Ability to communicate changes and outcomes of project
  • Ability to facilitate the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables
  • Ability to define project tasks and resource requirements
  • Ability to develop project plans
  • Ability to plan and schedule project timelines
  • Ability to use technology to advance the project V. Core Competency
  • Educational and Professional Issues Skills:
  • Ability to demonstrate basic understanding of the patterns, trends and best practices regarding education policy.
  • Ability to demonstrate basic understanding of employee evaluation policies and procedures, including the evaluation appeal process
  • Ability to demonstrate basic understanding of, and advocacy regarding policies and strategies that impact education professions and student learning
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of statutes/policies covering teaching and learning topics
  • Ability to demonstrate adult learning theory—how to work with and train adults
  • Ability to demonstrate advocacy for quality professional development

Core Competency V: Educational and Professional Issues Skills:

  • Ability to demonstrate basic understanding of the patterns, trends and best practices regarding education policy.
  • Ability to demonstrate basic understanding of employee evaluation policies and procedures, including the evaluation appeal process
  • Ability to demonstrate basic understanding of, and advocacy regarding policies and strategies that impact education professions and student learning
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of statutes/policies covering teaching and learning topics
  • Ability to demonstrate adult learning theory—how to work with and train adults
  • Ability to demonstrate advocacy for quality professional development

CORE JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Assist local leadership in developing and implementing year-round membership recruitment and retention plans
  • Assist in the design and execution of association/rep building level leader training
  • Assist local leadership in providing association visibility in worksites where building local leaders/ARs have yet to be identified
  • Assist local leadership in identifying potential building-level leaders/ARs.
  • Assist locals in the recruitment and leadership development of Education Support Professionals
  • Assist local leadership to develop capacity for advocacy and activism within the membership and larger community
  • Provide consultation to members and local Associations on and work to protect member rights and working conditions
  • Perform administrative function in local UniServ offices and service areas, including, but not limited to, oversight of office calendars and schedules, supervision of support staff, oversight of office budgets, etc.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the IMS and other related membership information systems as NEA/MAE may employ
  • Coordinate state and national resources including raising awareness of member benefits
  • Develop members’ leadership and organizing skills through training workshops
  • Assist in legislative and political activities and maintain familiarity with federal, state and local legislation and policies affecting members.

 

SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS

Depending upon applicant’s experience and qualifications. Effective September 1, 2017, the MAE Staff Master Contract has a salary range of $40,702 for this position for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The contract also includes an excellent fringe benefits package. (NOTE: The salary range for this position has been changed from $42,000, which was an error.)

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Send a resume along with a cover letter and contact information for three references with telephone numbers to fwilliams@maetoday.org. The deadline for receipt of materials is April 10, 2018.

MAE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER