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Job Title Political Educator
Company NNU
Job Description

Political Educator


California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (AFL-CIO)


About California Nurses Association/National Nurses Social Justice and Equity Division:


California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the largest labor union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history. Our new division of Social Justice and Equity works to build and leverage workers’ collective power toward the transformation of systems, institutions, policies, and practices that reinforce and perpetuate racial/gendered health disparities and workplace inequity. Through political education, leadership development trainings, resource development and supporting a bold and expansive vision for social justice unionism, we strive to build a more just and inclusive multi-racial, gender inclusive, feminist working people’s democracy in which access to a safe and healthy world is understood as a public good and provided as a fundamental right.


We seek skilled political educators, trainers, facilitators, curriculum/resource developers with a structural understanding of racism, capitalism, and gendered oppression. Ideal candidates have experience developing and delivering creative interactive and accessible workshops and trainings in areas of racial, gender, healthcare, economic, environmental, global justice and/or bargaining for social justice or strong collective bargaining experience. Our division bridges the challenge of turning education into action by developing the leadership of rank-and-file nurses to organize, bargain for, and advocate for racial, gender, economic, healthcare and environmental justice.


Position: This is a permanent full-time position that is currently remote but will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area after the pandemic. This position is best suited for a political educator with strong ties to working class efforts to build unity across historical lines of division at multiple geographic scales. Creative approaches to popular education and resource development, along with capacity to respectfully and strategically address tensions that erupt in the face of injustice is highly desirable. This position works collaboratively, but also requires an ability to take direction and work independently when developing workshops, resources and providing strategic support to multiple divisions within the union.


Desired Skills and Experience: We are hiring a team that values building union power and working-class solidarity through collective fights for racial and gender justice. This position requires strong communication and an ability to make complex structural dynamics accessible, tangible, and relatable. We are looking for people who have practical experience facilitating political education workshops and trainings, an understanding of the changing social justice landscape and/or experiencing with collective bargaining for patients and communities.


Basic Qualifications:


· A college degree in a relevant discipline and/or commensurate union or social movement experience.

· A minimum of two years’ experience working with a labor or social justice organization

· Dynamic and engaging facilitation and training skills

· Excellent written and oral communication skills


Experience developing political education curriculum and/or collective bargaining resources

· Ability to balance multiple short-term and long-term projects

· Ability to consistently deliver core programming while flexibly adapting to the dynamic needs of a large organization

· Proficiency in working collaboratively and independently around concrete organizational demands

· A valid driver’s license and ability to travel (eventually)


Desired Background (one or more):

· A pulse on and/or ties to domestic and global working class/anti-racist/feminist movements

· Grounding and/or historical understanding of social justice unionism and equity

· Advanced skills in planning, facilitating, and coordinating effective meetings and events

· Understanding of anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and Title IX policies and/or experience with transformative justice modalities

· Experience negotiating strong contracts and bridging labor and community demands for justice.

· Applications from women, people of color, Indigenous, gender-non-conforming and other historically oppressed or marginalized people are highly encouraged


Salary and Benefits: Excellent salary depending on experience, benefits including comprehensive family health and dental plan, and generous pension.


To Apply: Fill out our one-page online application form and submit a resumé, cover letter, sample of a political education tool or resource that you have developed, and an outline of a 1 hour workshop on building working class power through the lens of racial/gender justice.


The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is a premiere organization of registered nurses and one of the nation’s fastest growing labor and professional organizations in the U.S. and a strong, progressive voice for nurses, patients and healthcare workers around the world.


CNA/NNU is committed to Equal Opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences with a commitment to collective union power and nurses’ professional values of care, compassion and community to apply.