ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 is one of AFSCME’s largest education support personnel locals, representing over 6,000 members in Prince George’s County. The local also has an affiliate relationship with the Maryland State Education Association/NEA, which provides members with legal services, professional development opportunities, and legislative advocacy surrounding education issues. Local 2250 has a rich history of members standing up and fighting for the essential services for every child to be successful in and out of the classroom. We believe that every child deserves a high-quality education and that every school employee deserves fair pay and respect on the job. The work members do every day is critical to the success of the next generation, and our job is to advocate for our community and ourselves.
Local 2250 is currently seeking an Executive Director who has a proven track-record as a progressive leader with an innovative and creative mindset. The goal for Local 2250 is to build and strengthen our relationships with all of our members through education and technology. Member involvement encourages activism and strength in numbers making for a strong Local 2250.
The Executive Director is appointed by the Executive Board and shall serve at the direction of the Executive Board and shall administer the day-to-day affairs of the union and be an advisor to the executive board. All actions taken by the executive director or designee on behalf of the union shall be subject to review by the executive board. The executive director shall assign and supervise staff employees of the local union and accordance with the staff contract and will lead any contract negotiations with the staff union. The executive director is authorized to act as a cosigner of checks drawn on the local funds when an officer is unavailable.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Make all major administrative decisions for the union.
- Ensure necessary services to local associations, delegating this responsibility as necessary.
- Work in partnership with the President (i.e., planning and organizing governance meetings of the union)
- Serve as advisor to the Executive Board and its committees with the President.
- Assist the Executive Board in understanding its policy development responsibilities.
- Keep abreast of professional and educational trends.
- Maintain good working relationships with elected officials, the local AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, MSEA/NEA, and other unions and community groups.
- Prepare and submit regular reports to the Executive Board and membership meetings.
- Serve as chief of staff
- Provide leadership for staff commitment to the unions policy, goals and objectives.
- Implement the policies established by the Executive Board and the membership on a day-to-day basis.
- Assign staff resources to programs and projects as deemed necessary.
- Participate in the development and delivery of education and training for the staff, leadership, and activists.
- Coordinate, direct, and evaluate the work of staff employees, delegating supervision to other management employees as appropriate.
- Develop and maintain fiscal budget with regulatory accountability to the Executive Board
- Oversee compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
The successful candidate must exhibit verifiable past successful management experience in the following:
A leader who values public education and is focused on member needs. Someone who believes in member engagement, trust, and loyalty, and who is committed to fostering strong relationships between the local and its members. An experienced leader who has successfully demonstrated an ability to implement high quality programs and services that bring value to members. Demonstrated experience in using data to identify ways and means for offering value to members as related to their professional practice and careers. Ensures that the Local stays vibrant and relevant as the education landscape and the demographics of the workforce continue to evolve.
Strategic Planning and Execution
Has a verifiable success in leading organization-wide efforts in planning and driving effective implementation to achieve results. Has demonstrated experience in managing and improving processes. Promotes a global, “big picture” perspective, and champions meaningful innovation. Shows evidence of the use of sound judgment in analyzing issues, recognition of global implications of planned actions, and ability to create strategic advantage.
A visionary who inspires confidence with a record of success in organizational innovation and change. An influential public policy advocate who understands the central role support personnel play in leading change in their professions. An organizer with a solid grasp of the role that leaders and staff play in building member power. An open-minded, nimble leader who can learn while leading and has the flexibility to adapt to political/organizational realities. Has a record of attracting and motivating highly talented staff, along with the ability to coach and mentor. Has a proven record of effective collaboration and relationship-building.
An effective communicator who has excelled in building successful internal and external relationships. Has an established record of fostering teamwork and consensus, effectively managing conflict, provoking creative problem-solving and risk-taking, and is inclusive of diverse individual and cultural perspectives. An ability to juggle multiple projects with clear priorities and to easily articulate the connections between the big picture and specific action plans and timetables.
Has a record of long-term financial planning, managing finances and resources, and providing accurate information and guidance to governing boards. Has a record of creating fiscal soundness, sustainability, and resource stewardship. Has ability to manage and promote new technology, tools, and business practices to enhance the unions interests.
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university required, advance degree preferred.
- A record of life-long learning, including recent professional development work i.e., negotiations and administration of collective bargaining agreements
- A record of successful leadership experience in positions of increasing responsibility including management at a senior level for at least three years
- Background in public policy, labor advocacy, and/or business administration
- Ability to oversee and execute political and legislative relations, activities and campaigns that impact our union, including diplomatic relations with the elected and administrative officials.
- Experience with internal and external organization with labor unions
- Experience in grievance writing
- Demonstrates computer proficiency including database, spreadsheet, email, Internet, word processing, virtual meetings, and social media.
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work long, irregular hours and weekends.
- Ability to travel as needed.
- Ability to exercise excellent judgment while working under pressure.
- Experience in public education advocacy preferred.
- Experience reporting to and advising an elected executive board.
The salary is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. We provide an excellent benefits package, including health insurance, retirement benefits, vacation, and sick leave.
To be considered for this position, please provide the following:
- A current resume reflecting qualifications for this position.
- A letter of application which specifically addresses how accomplishments in your career have prepared you to meet the challenges and opportunities presented in this position
- Three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from current or previous employment.
All materials must be sent electronically to the following:
Or by mail or fax to:
Ace-AFSCME Local 2250
14440 Old Mill Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Attn: Executive Director Search
Fax: (301) 809-5821
To protect the integrity of this search and selection process we require that all prospective Executive Director Applicants and their advocates refrain from contacting members of the Local leadership and/or staff about this position.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 1, 2023