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POSITION TITLE: UniServ Collective Bargaining and Research Consultant
 
The Ohio Education Association (OEA) is seeking candidates for a challenging and rewarding position as a UniServ Collective Bargaining and Research Consultant located in downtown Columbus.  The successful candidate will join the Education Policy Research and Member Advocacy department. Professional staff members work collaboratively to inform OEA’s local and state advocacy for members’ professional and economic well-being and the continuing improvement of public education.  
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
a. Develops statewide bargaining strategies and assists in the implementation of those strategies at the local level
b. Conducts state-based research activities that support OEA collective bargaining and the OEA’s strategic priorities
c. Analyzes and utilizes, as appropriate, national sample bargaining language in the development of state model contract language around federal and state legislation
d. Develops, on an on-going basis, statewide prototype contract language and disseminates said language to OEA staff 
e. Serves as a resource consultant in areas of assignment and represents OEA positions in those areas to OEA governance, membership, or allied agencies and interest groups
f. Compiles and analyzes court decisions, arbitration awards and legislative changes that impact on the collective bargaining process, synthesizes said information, and provides periodic reports of said information
g. Assists in developing legislative positions as they impact the collective bargaining process, equity and adequacy of school funding; may assist with lobbying activities regarding school funding issues 
h. Provides consultation in the development of contract language to be utilized in local bargaining, contract impasse, fact-finding hearings and processing of grievances at arbitration, as assigned
i. Assists in the development and administration of surveys, polls, and status studies as assigned
j. Analyzes school budgets, and audit reports from internal and external databases; serves as fiscal consultant to staff as assigned
k. Provides consultation and develops professional development activities consistent with statewide collective bargaining goals and strategies relative to contract development and contract enforcement, including student centered advocacy and professional issues
l. Establishes, reviews and analyzes up-to-date databases relative to research and collective bargaining to identify trends and opportunities for collective bargaining, model contract language and arbitrations
m. Develops research bulletins in areas of assignment which may include health insurance benefits, contract provisions, negotiation procedures, and economic status of education professions
n. Leads and assists staff and member work groups focused on collective bargaining and advocacy as assigned
o. Supports field operations as assigned 
p. Serves as a liaison/advisor and subject matter expert as assigned
q. Attends major conferences, workshops, etc. in areas of assignment and disseminates relevant information obtained at said approved professional training
r. Performs other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor within the job description
 
AUTHORITY AND RELATIONSHIPS
Responsible to the appropriate program director; recommends policy and procedure changes to and through the appropriate program director.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
1. Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred.
2. Three to five years of successful experience as a researcher/research consultant responsible for developing, conducting and presenting research and data information to achieve organizational and collective bargaining goals; preferably for a public employer, state agency, or union.  
3. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and contemporary models for compensation, health insurance plans and employee benefits required.
4. Knowledge of labor-management relations, collective bargaining law, organizing and crisis management, school funding, and issues relevant to OEA constituent groups, preferred.
5. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the following:
  • Creating and maintaining databases;
  • Gathering and synthesizing large amounts of complex data and simplifying for broad communication;
  •  Analyzing and producing reports on budgeting and expenditures, including school finances, employee salary schedules,   health insurance, benefit provisions, and collective bargaining agreements; and, Designing, developing and analyzing survey research methodologies.
6. Experience serving as a consultant and/or liaison with diverse internal and external groups and committees. Ability to:
  • Present, translate and facilitate discussion on research findings and financial data to groups;
  • Design spreadsheets, tools and programs for user-access and retrieval;  and,
  • Provide field support on issues related to school funding, compensation, benefits and other collective bargaining issues.
7. Demonstrated ability to apply research when communicating and translating the association's collective bargaining and legislative goals and programs to members, staff, legislators, state officials, and other groups. 
8. Ability to utilize and successfully develop model contract language focused on student centered advocacy.
9. Demonstrated successful experience in planning and conducting professional development for small groups, workshops, conferences and other events for staff and other audiences.
10. Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and collaboratively on complex issues with cross-functional, diverse teams (internal and external) by effectively using the diversity of individuals and groups with whom one works, including demonstrating an awareness of the value of differences, value of diverse needs, and the views of others.
11. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally, in writing and with contemporary electronic technologies.
12. Willingness to travel, work weekends and serve as staff liaison to OEA governance and affiliated groups.
 
APPLICATIONS & OTHER INFORMATION
 
This is a bargaining unit position with a starting salary of $77,324 to $91,444. Generous fringe benefits include paid vacation and sick leave; medical, dental and vision insurance; paid holidays; retirement plan and 401(k).  Interested candidates should respond no later than November 7, 2016 by e-mailing a cover letter and resume to hr@ohea.org or send by mail to:  OEA, Attn: HR, P. O. Box 2550, Columbus, OH  43216.  
 
Visit our website at www.ohea.org for information about OEA. 
 
The OEA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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