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Executive Director - Chief Administrative Officer

Posted: 11/07/2022

Currently, the Vancouver Education Association supports a bargaining unit comprised of 1600+ certificated (non-supervisory) staff members from Vancouver Public Schools. We are affiliated with the Washington Education Association (as a local option) and the National Education Association. The Association is committed to leadership development and invests significant resources to support the growth of leaders. The Association works with a high degree of collaboration within and between our VEA commissions including but not limited to the negotiations commission, rights and responsibilities commission, budget commission, member engagement and equity commissions.  

  • We are a member-driven organization and provide members the opportunity to lead, learn, and broaden the impact of the Vancouver Education Association.
  • We pride ourselves on being a leader in our state and this is borne out by program offerings in professional development, diversity equity and inclusion work, and member engagement opportunities for a broad range of our membership, from new educators to pre-retirees. 
  • VEA is a leader statewide in union and PAC membership recruitment and retention, aggressive compensation and benefits agreements, member organizing and political action.
  • VEA looks to advance our work in professional development, community engagement, and anti-racism initiatives, while maintaining our aggressive stance in our current work.
The Vancouver Education Association currently negotiates exclusively with Vancouver Public Schools #37, the ninth largest district in Washington, with an enrollment of 21,000+ students. Collective bargaining with interest-based labor management is used in formal and informal negotiations with the district. Labor relations with the Vancouver School District are typically collaborative.

Supervision: The successful applicant will be under the direction of the VEA President and the Executive Board.

Primary responsibilities of the position:
  • Supports and advances the mission, goals, core values and priorities of the VEA.
  • Shapes and maintains shared responsibility for creating an institutional environment that supports accountability for anti-racism and inclusion.
  • Provides counsel, advice, and representation to individual members.
  • Serves as an advocate and the designated primary investigator, researcher of facts, and drafter of potential courses of action for the remediation of problems as identified by the leadership, a group of members, or an individual member.
  • Serves as chief administrative officer of the association.
  • Provides leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of association programs and organizational strategies that create a member-driven culture.
  • Serves as Business and office manager (oversight).
  • Represents the association to the school district, liaison with professional organizations, and works collaboratively with WEA.
  • Collective bargaining and contract administration.
  • Crisis organizing and management.
  • Presents, represents and interprets the VEA and its programs to the membership and public.
  • Community organizing for clearly stated goals or objectives.
  • Political action.
  • Achieve a strong local that involves members and advocates for their interests.
  • Serves as a consultant to the key commissions of the Association; assists with training in their duties, providing background and current information, and preparing research and drafts of proposals necessary to help each group achieve its purpose.
  • Develops and delivers training in the areas of member rights, advocacy, collective bargaining, cultural competency, organizational development and leadership, and other areas as directed.
  • Engages diverse communities, including historically under-represented groups and communities of color, both within Association membership and the broader Vancouver community.
Minimum job requirements and essential functions
  • Ability to work with diverse groups and individuals, including experience working with communities of color and/or historically underrepresented groups.
  • Ability to identify, incorporate, and promote best practices to transform our association to one that is actively anti-racist and inclusive.
  • Strong interpersonal skills that build and maintain collaborative relationships.
  • Strong communication (verbal, written, through various media) skills.
  • Ability to organize people and build consensus.
  • Ability to think creatively and work with all stakeholders to resolve problems, issues, and conflict.
  • Strong work ethic, ability to perform under pressure and to manage a flexible work schedule.
  • Masters degree and/or comparable experience.
  • Strong technology skills (e.g. Microsoft/Google Suite, social media platforms, video-conferencing tools).
  • Collective bargaining experience in a variety of styles.
  • Experience with contract administration and member rights protection.
  • Involvement with union activism, political action and/or lobbying around local, state, and federal educational and social justice issues.
  • Experience with developing and facilitating member training programs.
  • Ability to mediate sensitive interpersonal situations.
  • Working knowledge of school district budgets and education funding in the State of Washington.
  • Ability to travel both in and outside the State of Washington.
  • Ability to obtain a valid Washington State driver's license, have a satisfactory driving record, and a dependable automobile for Association travel. Proof of automobile insurance with liability limits of at least $100,000/$300,000 required.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Preferred job requirements
  • 5 or more years working as an organizer in an education union setting.
  • 5 or more years' experience with internal, new member and/or community organizing.
  • Experience as an education employee or working directly with education employees.
  • Staff or Association leader experience in education associations, local, state, or national school employee organizations, or professional organizations.
  • Knowledge of special programs (e.g. special education, multilingual, highly-capable, etc.)
  • Experience in facilitating organizational change.
  • Experience as a UniServ staff or comparable union work.
  • Experience with or knowledge of labor and/or employment law.
  • Experience in public relations or as a media spokesperson.
The Vancouver Education Association is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is the desire of the Vancouver Education Association to interview applicants from an applicant/interview pool that reflects the diversity of the greater community for each vacancy as it occurs.

Salary range and benefits
Annual salary range: Mirrors the 2022-2023 *WEASO Salary Schedule E for a Level V - $128,075 to $175,860
  • Full Family Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Personal, Sick and Vacation Leaves
  • VEBA Option for Sick Leave Cash-Out
  • Paid Holidays
  • Defined Contribution Plan (401K) and Employer Sponsored 457B Plan
  • Member of Vancouver United Staff Association (VUSA), covered under an Employee Agreement with the VEA, Inc.
*WEASO: Washington Education Association Staff Organization
Application deadline: December 5, 2022