Negotiations Specialist
Education Minnesota - Saint Paul, MN

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POSITION TITLE: Negotiations Specialist
DEPARTMENT: Policy Research and Outreach/Negotiations
LOCATION: St. Paul Office
EMPLOYEE GROUP: Professional Staff
HOURS/STATUS: Full time / Exempt
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Policy Research and Outreach Director


  • Coordinate the development and implementation of training for members and staff on collective bargaining, including alternative bargaining styles, pay equity, alternative compensation strategies, settlement organizing and bargaining strategies.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of plans to include professional issues such as teacher development and evaluation and other education issues as an integral part of collective bargaining goals and strategies.
  • Coordinate, with field staff, in providing direct training on selected negotiations topic at intermediate organization and local levels.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of Education Minnesota’s health insurance reform for public education employees.
  • Coordinate the development and production of various printed or electronic resources to assist staff and locals (e.g. training manuals and negotiations bulletin).
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of programs and activities addressing members understanding of health insurance issues including bargaining of plan designs and their impact on both benefits and cost.
  • Coordinate the collection, analysis and the development of staff and member education on the school employee health insurance to help Education Minnesota, our affiliates, our members and staff to be aware of current trends in employer based insurance benefits.
  • Coordinate, with the research specialist, the development and delivery of training about local union organizing through the local contract action teams to maximize the effectiveness to successfully achieve local union goals.
  • Serve as a resource and consultant to locals, staff and leaders on negotiations strategies and goals, settlement organizing strategies, and legislative initiatives.
  • Coordinate and communicate the negotiations programs and services.
  • Serve as staff liaison to various committees and task forces as assigned.
  • Serve as liaison to outside agencies such as the Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS), Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), and the Twin City Labor Management Council (TCLMC).
  • Serve as liaison to NEA and AFT on national trends impacting bargaining and other matters as assigned.
  • Negotiate contracts and assist with interest arbitrations when assigned.
  • Serve as coordinator of the bi-annual collective bargaining conference.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Experience and knowledge about health insurance including 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.
  • Collective bargaining experience and familiarity with the collective bargaining practices of public school employees as well as other public and private sector employees.
  • Successful training experience.
  • Experienced PC platform computer user including word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation graphics, email and internet.
  • Experience in research techniques and in the development and production of analytical reports.
  • Successful teaming experience.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years work experience collectively bargaining for public school employees and/or other public or private sector employees.
  • Documented experience developing and delivering small and large group trainings.
  • Must have a valid Minnesota driver’s license.
  • Must have an active personal credit card.


  • Formal training in labor relations
  • An understanding of and experience communicating key legal points with the federal affordable care act.

Education Minnesota leaders and members Education Minnesota/NEA/AFT staff
Governmental agencies General public

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided: the position requires use of clear and articulate speech; ability to read and comprehend written and oral directions; ability to effectively deal with tight deadlines; sitting for long periods, standing for periods of time; repetitive movement with hands and wrists; use of computer keyboard; and carrying materials (up to 10 lb. and occasionally up to 40 lb.). The position requires the ability to perform the essential functions of the job, including the physical demands with or without a reasonable accommodation.