Negotiations Specialist #2021-13

Education Minnesota   Saint Paul, MN   Full-time     Other
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Posted on July 9, 2021

POSITION TITLE:                Negotiations Specialist (Job #2021-13)

DEPARTMENT:                     Policy & Public Affairs           

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Professional Practice, Research and Organizing Manager               


LOCATION:                           Headquarters – St. Paul


FSLA/GRADE LEVEL:           Full Time / Exempt


Provide statewide strategy support to field staff, intermediate organizations and local unions engaged in bargaining campaigns like Bargaining for the Common Good. Develop, create, and disseminate training and resources in support of a full range of bargaining and organizing work based on an assessment of state and local needs conducted within the Policy and field departments. Serve as a resource and consultant to locals, staff and leaders on negotiations strategies and goals, settlement organizing contract organizing strategies, and legislative initiatives. Demonstrate a commitment to creating an inclusive space for members and staff, extending this culture of equity and inclusion into the work.


  • Coordinate the development and implementation of Education Minnesota’s support for local unions with respect to health insurance including insurances provided within Minnesota, the Public Employees Insurance Program (PEIP), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), other federal insurance programs, and the state health insurance exchange (MnSure).
  • Work interdepartmentally with staff and serve as resource for local unions on employment and labor relations topics affecting collective bargaining agreements including but not limited to retirement security, insurance, compensation, evaluation and professional development, equity and anti-racism policies, and education policies affecting employment and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Serve as staff liaison to various internal and external committees external committees, outside agencies, national affiliates (NEA and AFT) as assigned.
  • Negotiate contracts & assist with mediation and interest arbitrations when assigned.
  • Serve as co-coordinator of the biennial bi-annual Collective Bargaining Conference.
  • Participate in union-wide teams and committees of staff and members in support of union goals around equity and anti-racism and provide direct support to locals engaged in bargaining on these topics.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Strong background knowledge in the importance of labor unions in improving public education
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on a team, plan, and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of and background in anti-racist or cultural competence curricula or tools such as Beyond Diversity, Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching, Intercultural Development Index, etc.


  • B.A. in education or related field
  • Collective bargaining experience and familiarity with the collective bargaining practices of public school employees as well as other public and private sector employees
  • Experience and knowledge about health insurance including, but not limited to, premium rates, plan design, HRAs and HSAs
  • Creative thinker who anticipates and is committed to long term planning
  • Settlement organizing experience including coalition building, communications, and community relations
  • Successful presentation and training experience
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license


  • Knowledge of and commitment to the cause of employee unions
  • Formal training in labor relations and an understanding of the federal affordable care act.
  • Understanding of education issues, political and legislative landscape in Minnesota


Employee is required to: Continuously sit, talk and hear; frequently stand, walk and repetitively use hands dexterously (use fingers to handle, feel), reach with hands and arms, bend and physically lift and carry up to 25 pounds; occasionally lift up to 50 pounds and infrequently travel by various conveyances (e.g., air, rail, auto).


Willingness to work nights and weekends as needed.

Some travel required.

Education Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Education Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where diversity is valued, supported and celebrated to benefit applicants, employees, members and students. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need with preference given to people of color.

POSTING DEADLINE: For best consideration, apply online; include a resume, by 11:59 PM on Friday, July 16, 2021.