Staff Representative, AFT PA – Jan 26

Posted by American Federation of Teachers PA on January 18, 2022

Overview of Position:

Staff Representatives are responsible for both traditional contract servicing functions (e.g., contract negotiations, grievance/arbitration support) and membership engagement duties (e.g., increasing membership, developing activists, assisting with labor and political campaigns). Additionally, they support the longterm vision and strategy as outlined by the AFTPA President and Executive Council.

Qualities Sought:

The desired candidate will be a strong proponent for the professional status of educators, including their salary and benefit rights, improved working conditions, and ability to advocate for members during their employment. Moreover, such a candidate has the personality and understanding needed to engage with a diverse member population in addition to supporting the talent development of local leaders.


  • Serve as primary support for local leaders in the collective bargaining process including strategizing with locals, attending contract negotiation sessions, assisting in the drafting and editing of proposals, etc.
  • Manage and assist local leaders with grievance, arbitration, and mediation related issues.
  • Conduct regular visits to assigned locals including (but not limited to) membership meetings, board/governance meetings.
  • Develop, coordinate and/or facilitate workshops and activist training programs in the areas of (a) collective bargaining, (b) contract compliance, (c) financial compliance, and (d) membership engagement and labor organizing.
  • Coordinate and maintain local membership data including databases (e.g. AFT Connect) and monitor overall health of the local.
  • Assist the Executive Director with longterm strategy implementation, as developed by the Executive Council, including coordinating with fellow national and state union affiliates.
  • Perform other duties as assigned including support with special projects.

Application deadline: January 26, 2022, 11:59 PM

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