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Deputy Executive Director

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Emeryville, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA

Job Summary

The CFT is the California affiliate of the AFT, AFL-CIO representing education workers in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education. The Deputy Executive Director, under the direction of the Executive Director, supports and manages the field program including the day-to-day management of field representatives and the organizing program. The Deputy Executive Director provides support for the collective bargaining and organizing goals of union members and local unions and to execute the strategic goals of the CFT. Frequent evening and weekend work, as well as travel for union activities, is required.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Duties and Responsibilities

·   Provide support and management of the CFT field and organizing programs.

·   Coordinate and work closely with CFT departments including training, political, legislative, research and communications to support local union contract and bargaining goals and the strategic goals of the CFT.

·   Work with CFT leadership and the Executive Director to convene and direct the efforts of multi-functional teams of CFT staff and/or leaders to support strategic and local collective bargaining goals of CFT.

·   Facilitate meetings of multi-functional teams with emphasis on collaborative decision-making, follow through and accountability.

·   Direct and manage CFT staff in the implementation of CFT’s strategic goals.

·   Make recommendations regarding the necessary staff and budgetary resources required to support CFT locals, member organizing goals, and carry out the CFT’s mission.


Minimum Qualifications and Experience

·   Demonstrated five years of experience directing, supervising, managing, and evaluating a large and diverse staff

·   Experience in the labor movement, preferably in California

·   Experience as a field representative representing members

·   Experience participating in or managing the organizing of members

·   Knowledge and experience in the American labor movement, its structure, philosophy and goals

·   Knowledge of the California Education Code and the practice of collective bargaining

·   Experience negotiating contracts and labor agreements

·   Demonstrated experience organizing and representing members and non-union workers

·   Knowledge of public and private sector labor laws

·   Knowledge of critical issues facing education and public sectors in California and the United States

·   Knowledge of key issues facing the U.S. labor movement

·   Ability to facilitate team meetings and trainings including agenda setting, collaborative decision making, task follow through, and evaluation

·   Ability to work independently in a high-pressure and face-paced environment

·   Ability to communicate effectively while working under pressure and to make public presentations to audiences in a range of venues

·   Ability to take charge and to direct, develop and coordinate activities and campaigns

·   Ability to render judgments, make decisions, and take appropriate action

·   Ability to accurately and coherently edit and evaluate correspondence, charges, grievances, flyers, and bargaining language

·   Ability to coordinate the ongoing functions of several task groups simultaneously

·   Ability to develop imaginative approaches to complex issues and challenges

·   Ability to coach, mentor, support and guide staff and leaders

·   Ability to analyze budgets

·   Current California driver’s license

Desired Qualifications

·   Previous experience in a similar position

·   Approachable, respectful, and collaborative management style

·   Empathetic, honest, inspiring, and emotional intelligence


Salary Range: $170,000–$180,000 annual salary plus full employee fringe benefit package including health, dental, and vision plans and retirement program

How to Apply: 

To Apply for the Position

Submit a letter of application, résumé, 3 supervisorial references, and 3 writing samples to:

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Callahan, Executive Director, at 510-523-5238 or email her at [email protected]

CFT requires proof of vaccination as a condition of employment.

Applications and accompanying information may be sent electronically to [email protected].

The CFT is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer

Additional Information: 

Approximate Start Date: Summer 2024

Location: Based in the CFT Bay Area (Emeryville), Los Angeles (Burbank), or Sacramento office

Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2024, or until filled

Organization Info

California Federation of Teachers

Burbank, CA, USA
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

The CFT is a union of educators and classified professionals affiliated with the 1.7 million member American Federation of Teachers, and through it with the AFL-CIO, representing more than 12.5 million working people.

In all segments of education, the CFT is committed to promoting high-quality education and to securing the conditions necessary to provide the best services to California’s students.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Apr 11 2024
Active Until: 
May 10 2024
Hiring Organization: 
California Federation of Teachers