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Director of Education Policy Research and Member Advocacy

The Director of Education Policy Research and Member Advocacy (EPRMA) leads the advancement and implementation of the OEA’s mission and strategic goals involving local and state advocacy for members’ professional and economic well-being and the continuing improvement of public education.



1. In conjunction with EPRMA program staff, work collaboratively to

  • Provide research, data, and strategic support for effective collective bargaining by local associations; and, provide research, best practices, and counsel critical to the certification/licensure, working conditions, and professional expertise and efficacy of members.
  • Provide education policy and practice information, research, and data support to OEA’s advocacy agenda for members and public education in legislative, agency, and electoral arenas; and facilitate strategic policy alliances among organizations, agencies, and other groups to accomplish OEA’s advocacy agenda.
  • Monitor, research, and analyze current national and state initiatives and trends in education policy development in order to advise appropriate OEA managers and staff, and to provide timely and accurate information to OEA Governance and staff as necessary and appropriate to achieve OEA’s strategic goals.

2. In collaboration with OEA managers, elected leaders and staff ensure the alignment of OEA’s participation and interaction with external organizations, governmental entities and coalitions that promote and aim to improve public education.

3. Coordinate the development and implementation of training programs for OEA staff, leadership, and partner organizations, including leadership and education-focused conferences, online training, member-based training cadres, and initiatives to assist OEA members and staff to build their own and local affiliate effectiveness.

4. Coordinate the development of OEA’s membership recruitment, retention and engagement strategy, including approaches for millennial and early career educators and local association capacity building.

5. Develop and maintain productive relationships with state education policy-making bodies, external organizations, governmental entities and coalitions, including institutions of higher education and other organizations that provide professional growth opportunities to OEA members.

6. Directly supervise EPRMA staff in a collaborative, team environment to ensure aligned, high quality services to the OEA’s affiliates and members and the advancement of the OEA’s vision and values.

7. Other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience and Training
Bachelor’s degree in education, educational administration, public administration or a related field; Master’s degree or PhD or EdD degree preferred. Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in the field of education policy development and/or school improvement. Experience in a managerial/supervisory role.
Association experience desired.

Reports to the Executive Director. Develops and manages annual operating budget. Authorizes expenditures in the unit. Supervises the daily operation of assigned staff.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Fringe benefits include paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, paid holidays and retirement plans, including 401(k). This position is a management position, exempt from the bargaining unit.

For consideration, please submit a letter of interest and resume to OEA Human Resources by the close of business January 14, 2015.

The Ohio Education Association (OEA) is seeking qualified candidates for projected Labor Relations Consultant vacancies located throughout Ohio. The ideal candidate approaches labor relations consulting from an organizing perspective and is able to demonstrate and communicate the connections between organizing and collective bargaining, member advocacy, building community relationships, media outreach, political action, public education, and professional issues.

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