WVEA Organizational Development Specialist
WVEA is accepting applications from interested individuals for the position of Organizational Development Specialist (ODS) in the Southwest Region. The area covered by the job includes the counties of Cabell, Boone, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, and Wayne counties.
Please send your letter of interest along with a resume to WVEA Executive Director Kym Randolph. Email your items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Assignments and Relationship
The organizer will perform a wide variety of membership recruitment and organizing services for the WVEA and local affiliates, as well as assisting local leaders in building local capacity. The organizer shall work under the direct supervision of the WVEA Director of Field Services and Organizing.
Identify, recruit, and retain members and leaders in the local and state organizations.
- Provide organizing assistance to build local Association’s capacity.
- Maintain liaison between the membership and leadership at the local and state levels.
- Serve as consultant to the officers of local Associations in their effort to strengthen program, organizational structure, and procedure.
- Motivate and maintain membership and achieve organizational goals.
- Take an active role in organizational development to create strong locals.
- Represent members during the grievance process.
- Perform other responsibilities assigned by the Director of Field Services and/or Executive Director.
Qualifications – Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Prior organizing experience or Association elected leadership experience preferred.
- Experience with membership recruitment, organizing and organizational development preferred.
- Ability to perform duties listed above.
- Willingness to travel extensively and relocate when necessary. A valid driver’s license is required.
- Ability to comply with and implement directives.
- Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
- Demonstrated ability to transfer organizational goals and objectives into programs. Experience in developing strong locals preferred.
- Demonstrated ability as an advocate.
- Ability to develop/present proposals to groups with supportive back-up data.
- Experience in newsletter production is preferred.
- Strong writing and oral communication skills.
- Ability to handle personal stress and confrontation.
- Ability to devote long hours to the position. Hours may include evening and some weekend work.
- Demonstrated ability to identify and implement alternative (organizing) solutions.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Windows Operating System, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, and other computer applications preferred.
Salary and benefits package (health, life, dental insurance, 401k etc.) in accordance with negotiated staff contract.
WVEA is an equal opportunity employer.
WVEA General Counsel
The West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) is accepting applications from interested individuals for the position of General Counsel. The successful applicant would manage and supervise the WVEA Legal Services Program and serve as the chief legal counsel to the WVEA.
If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to WVEA Executive Director Kym Randolph. You may email your items to email@example.com.
The General Counsel serves as the corporate counsel for the WVEA, advising the Executive Director and governing bodies on all matters related to the operation of the organization. General Counsel also supervises and participates in the legal representation of WVEA members through the WVEA / NEA legal services program and the WVEA Help Center. Additionally, the General Counsel provides assistance and guidance to all divisions on legal-related issues and is directly responsible to the WVEA Executive Director.
- Supervise the WVEA / NEA legal services program including:
- Legal defense of members in employment-related matters through available administrative proceedings and the court system.
- The Attorney Referral Program.
- Educators Employment Liability Insurance Program.
- Keep track of all cases and issue quarterly reports as to their status.
- Advise and represent the Executive Director and Governing Bodies regarding:
- Corporate legal matters including governmental reporting requirements, tax, zoning, staff negotiations and contract maintenance.
- Personnel matters such as policies, employment, discipline, grievances, and arbitration.
- Political action and election law.
- Supervise work of contract attorneys providing representation the members through the legal services including:
- Determining which cases are appropriate for funding consistent with established policy.
- Retaining outside counsel and reviewing their work and billing.
- Supervise the reporting of data regarding legal activity and billing through the NEA audit system.
- Supervise and assist the field staff regarding representation of members in administrative hearings including:
- Training in legal research.
- Modeling and reviewing hearing and written arguments.
- Working with the Director of Field Service to assist in maintenance of quality representation.
- Assist and participate in the operation of the WVEA Help Center.
- Monitor and assist Help Center staff to ensure high quality and timely responses to member inquiries.
- Ensure timely and accurate data storage of calls and outcomes.
- Help with calls during high volume periods or absences.
- Assist in the WVEA legislative program by:
- Drafting Legislation proposed by the WVEA Delegate Assembly. Executive Committee or Executive Director.
- Draft amendments and other documents necessary to advance the legislative program.
- Testify when requested to promote legislation that will promote WVEA goals.
- Analyze legislation that passed and the implication on the WVEA and its members.
- Litigate cases as workload permits with an emphasis on cases before the WV Supreme Court of Appeals and the WV Intermediate Court. Also occasionally represent members before the Grievance Board.
- Any other duties assigned by the WVEA Executive Director consistent with the policies and goals of the WVEA.
- Licensed to practice law in West Virginia.
- Experience in representation of education employees or public employees in employment related matters.
- Experience with administrative appeals, extraordinary writs and trial practice.
- Strong legal research and writing skills as well as the ability to convey complex legal concepts to non-lawyers in clear and concise terms.
- Supervisory skills and the ability to work productively in a team setting.
- Willingness to work long hours and travel when necessary.
- The ability to maintain a professional and empathetic demeanor with difficult and distraught individuals and groups.
WVEA provides a competitive salary and benefits package (health, life, dental insurance, 401K, vacation/sick leave, holidays, etc.).
WVEA is an equal opportunity employer.