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Senior Associate 

Category Senior Associate  

Job Number: AOF-68-28-0720-V

Department: AFT Paraprofessional and School Related Personnel (PSRP)

Annual Salary: $90,136

Special Note: The senior associate will be responsible for helping build Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel programmatic and strategic capacity in affiliates, including member engagement, high-quality professional development and strategic communication. The PSRP constituency comprises a diverse group of members who work in a variety of roles within early childhood, K-12 and higher education.

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the department director, the senior associate will support and help push out programs to affiliate leaders, activists and members. This position will be used to help develop programs and professional development for our K-12 and college support staff. The senior associate will also work to expand the communication capacity between the department and affiliates in support of our mobilization and engagement efforts.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work with department and other AFT staff to develop and present skill- and issue-based training programs that help build capacity in PSRP affiliates (“train-the-trainer”).
  • Assist department staff with the development of PSRP job-related professional development, including the development of brochures and other written material related to the training programs.
  • Assist with the development and dissemination of communication materials and strategies to gain greater public awareness and recognition for PSRPs’ role and work in schools and colleges.
  • Develop toolkits for affiliates on workplace issues.
  • Develop and implement resources and strategies to help PSRP affiliates mobilize members and potential members on local, state and national issues.
  • Research, develop, compile and oversee the posting of PSRP-related resources on the AFT website and AFT LeaderNet in collaboration with other AFT program and department staff.
  • Work with department and other AFT staff to develop and implement communication tools, strategies and programs, including social media, to support affiliate organizing, issues campaigns and member involvement.
  • Participate in the development of materials for and the delivery of briefings on AFT services/resources for PSRPs.
  • Work with department and other AFT staff to turn issue-based training into e-Learning modules.
Position Requirements
  • Proven ability to work successfully with members of a diverse community.
  • Experience with project management and proven ability to see projects through from conception to implementation.
  • Proven communication skills – both verbal and written.
  • General knowledge of school and school employee issues.
  • Experience working in a PSRP role and among a diverse constituency is highly desirable.
  • Background working for or in a union or progressive environment preferred.
  • Good interpersonal skills including the ability to work in a collegial manner.
  • Experience in a union leadership or staff role is desirable.
  • Background in training is considered a plus.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time and/or Part-Time  
Work Environment The work is generally performed in an office environment, but also requires moderate out-of-town-travel.  
Position Senior Associate  
Close Date  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number SEN-20-00014  
Open Date 7/17/2020  
Location Washington  
About the Organization  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. AFT is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, individuals with disabilities and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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