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Jobs

The jobs section provides descriptions and applications for any TEA employment opportunities that may be available and links to other job opportunities in the education field. 

Jobs with TEA:

Legal Department Associate

TEA Legal is an in-house law firm that, among other things, assists TEA members with a broad range of employment related issues. The candidate who fills this position will report to the Assistant Executive Director/General Counsel and will work collaboratively with TEA’s legal staff and attorneys by providing administrative support for the legal services division and serving as the central point of contact for matters that make their way to TEA Legal and the TEA Hotline. 

TEA Legal is a fast-paced environment requiring the associate to give great attention to detail, to have the ability to multi-task, to work under pressure of deadlines, and to timely complete routine and recurring administrative tasks. The associate will be exposed to confidential attorney-client matters and must adhere to a strict non-disclosure policy with respect to those confidential matters. The ability to communicate with members using poise, compassion, and professionalism is required.

The successful candidate will need to reside in or near the Nashville area and must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Candidate’s main job location will be TEA Headquarters. The position will require participation in occasional evening and weekend Association events.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Clerical duties, including filing, office management, creating conference agendas, and preparing documents and presentations.
  • Answer incoming telephone calls to legal services, respond to member inquiries, and refer members to legal staff, litigation counsel, or other association staff as appropriate. 
  • Assist with the Advocacy Hotline by answering calls, creating tickets, and performing other clerical duties as assigned. 
  • Transcribe, draft, and proofread correspondence and legal documents for the legal staff.
  • Perform basic research.
  • Maintain legal services’ filing system.
  • Process litigation counsel statements onto the DuShane Legal Management System (DLMS).
  • Assist legal manager with audits.
  • Prepare and file EEL liability claims with the insurance carrier and periodically follow-up to ensure claims have been processed. 
  • Check membership of all potential clients and current cases in litigation; prepare and mail dues letter as needed.
  • Gain a working knowledge of TEA’s membership data entry system.         
  • Manage visitors to Legal Services.
  • Maintain a professional and positive demeanor.

 

Qualifications/Experience:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), and able to type a minimum of 50 words per minute.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proactive approaches to problem-solving.
  • Resourceful team-player, with the ability to work independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.

Preferred Competencies

  • Four-year college degree is preferred
  • 2+ years administrative support experience
  • Experienced in Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms

 

Salary/Benefits: TEA is offering a generous and competitive salary and benefits package that is in accordance with its Associate staff salary schedule. Excellent fringe benefits package including full family health insurance; dental, pension, vision and life insurance; retirement and leave package. 

Candidates who wish to apply may do so by submitting an application and resume to Assistant Executive Director, Steve McCloud by emailing Jessica Holmes. Applications may be completed and submitted online.

UniServ Coordinator / Field Organizer — District 13

TEA is seeking applicants for the position of UniServ Coordinator/Field Organizer in UniServ District 13.  District 13 consists of Montgomery, Houston, Stewart, Henry (Paris), Benton, Humphreys, and Weakley counties. UniServ Staff coordinates, assists, supports, and advises local leadership with the implementation of the programs and activities of the local, state and national associations within the UniServ district. Responsibilities of the individual filling this position will include organizational development, member representation/advocacy, and issue organizing. Membership recruitment and retention as well as leadership identification and recruitment will also be key expectations for the individual serving in this position. Click here for the full job description.

A bachelor’s degree is required (master’s degree is preferred). The coordinator will be required to reside in or near the District 13 area and must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. The coordinator must be able and willing to travel to assigned areas, work long irregular hours in and across the district to organize and carry out diverse job functions of a UniServ Coordinator/Field Organizer.

Preference will be given to applicants who have successful public school classroom teaching experience or previous Uniserv experience, demonstrated creativity and skill in organizing local affiliates across diverse areas, an understanding of teacher evaluation systems, direct experience in the development of local organizational positions that are responsive to local/state educational policies, knowledge of the collaborative conferencing process, and a thorough understanding of Association structures and governance.

The position will be open until filled. The salary for the position will be in accordance with TEA’s professional staff salary schedule. Those wishing to apply may do so by submitting an application and resume to Executive Director, Terrance J. Gibson, by emailing Jessica HolmesApplications may be completed and submitted online or faxed attention Jessica Holmes at:  615-242-8964. 

Administrative Assistant to Executive Director and General Counsel

TEA is seeking applicants for the position of Administrative Assistant to Executive Director and General Counsel. The candidate who fills this position will be responsible for performing advanced, diversified administrative duties requiring the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to the general business operations of TEA.    

The Administrative Assistant reports to the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director/General Counsel and will work collaboratively with executive management and the TEA President by serving as the central point of contact and for the planning and coordination of the Executive Director’s activities, creating win-win situations for direct access to the Director’s time and office, including preparation of relevant meeting documents and briefing materials. This is a demanding and fast paced environment requiring the Associate to be persistent and politically astute in working with TEA’s Board of Directors, local affiliates as well as executive level officials in external agencies.

The successful candidate will need to reside in or near the Nashville area and must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Candidate’s main job location will be TEA Headquarters. The position will require participation in occasional evening and weekend Association events.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Lead and implement project coordination and event planning.
  • Lead the development and implementation of internal business systems and office management procedures.
  • Assist with the coordination, support, planning, protocols and operations of the TEA and NEA Representative Assemblies.
  • Research and prepare data to create operational documents for review and presentation by the board of directors, committees, and executives.
  • Perform special projects and assignments for Executive Director or General Counsel as requested.
  • Negotiate with vendors and execute contracts on behalf of TEA as assigned.
  • Efficiently prepare and edit inbound and outbound communications including databases, expense reports, confidential correspondences, managing email, phone messages, and hard copy mail.
  • Conduct clerical duties, including filing, office management, creating conference agendas, preparing documents and presentations and internal information and platforms.
  • Provide secretarial assistance to executive management.
  • Maintain and monitor updates of the TEA Board Policy manual, Administrative Policies, TEA Calendar of Events and bargaining unit negotiated agreements.
  • Schedule and maintain calendar of appointments, meetings and travel itineraries and coordinate related arrangements as requested.
  • Monitor and assist executive management and Board of Directors with the timely completion and submission of documents relevant to TEA operations.
  • Manage visitors to the office and resolves routine and complex inquiries.
  • Maintain a positive demeanor regardless of changing tasks or evolving work opportunities.
  • Represent the TEA president and executive director to both members and, at times, the public.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, the Assistant Executive Director/General Counsel, or their designee.

Qualifications/Experience:

  • Requires 5+ years experience as an administrative assistant with associate/bachelor’s degree or 8-10 years experience as executive assistant or a comparable position without a degree.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms and able to type a minimum of 50 words per minute.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and elected officials.
  • Expert level written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to be extremely effective independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.
  • Proven ability to be innovative in work processes and solving unique problems.

Preferred Competencies

  • Four-year college degree is preferred
  • 2+ years administrative support experience at an executive level
  • Ability to create graphs in MS Office products

Salary/Benefits:  TEA is prepared to offer a generous and competitive salary (commensurate with experience and qualifications). Excellent fringe benefits package including full family health insurance; dental, pension, vision and life insurance; retirement and leave package. 

Candidates who wish to apply may do so by submitting an application and resume to Executive Director, Terrance J. Gibson by emailing Jessica Holmes. Applications may be completed and submitted online.

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TEA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, members of ethnic minority groups and adults with disabilities to apply.

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