Union Engagement and Education Organiser

Mode: Permanent Full Time

Locations: Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, & Perth

There are up to five positions available. 

Job purpose:

The purpose of this role is to work with unions and their staff to develop the organisational capacity for unions to successfully organise, campaign and grow.

Capacity building in unions will include but not be limited to:

  • Facilitating strategic planning
  • Facilitating campaign planning
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Develop and write best practice formal education courses
  • Deliver formal education courses
  • Develop and deliver customised education and training

Key responsibilities

  • Work with unions to strengthen internal capacities and build programs that develop delegates and union staff.
  • Assist unions through providing education, mentoring, support and direction to organisers and other officials on campaigning and organising activities.
  • Provide support to unions on organising projects and campaigns.
  • Deliver a range of ACTU Courses aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of delegates, organisers and other union officials.
  • Where this role requires delivery of accredited training, comply with the Standards for RTOs, and with the relevant ACTU Organising Centre ‘Qualification Delivery Plan’.
  • Lead course development and implementation in union growth, campaigns and as directed.
  • Lead movement education peers in training, delivery and materials.
  • Working to ensure, develop and re-develop the content to be best practice for the OC, ACTU and wider labour movement including:

o   Course delivery (both classroom and digital)

o   Innovative content development & programming

o   Best practice, assessment, reassessment and renewal

o   Regular content evaluation and implementation

o   Innovation and Currency in classrooms, to wider movement, online, for delegates, for unions, for peers and for colleagues

Education qualifications

  • Certificate IV in Unionism & Industrial Relations (Organising Works), or willingness to undertake and complete the qualification within a nominated period of time from commencement of employment.
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment or willingness to undertake and complete the qualification within a nominated period of time from commencement of employment.

Knowledge and experience

  • Demonstrated experience within the trade union movement as an organiser and/or union educator.
  • Experience in developing and implementing: organising plans, collective bargaining campaigns, and issues-based workplace campaigns.
  • Demonstrated use of strategies to increase membership activism and promotion of union renewal and growth, as well as a commitment to working with unions to facilitate development in these areas.
  • Understanding and knowledge of contemporary industrial relations issues, equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination, and occupational health and safety issues impacting on Australian workplaces.
  • An understanding and knowledge of the Australian trade union movement, its values, policies, programs and organisational structures.
  • Experience as a union educator including both the delivery of courses, and curriculum development using active learning techniques.

Skills and abilities

  • Highly developed analytical and organisational skills.
  • Well-developed communication and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement plans and manage projects.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to demonstrate and model active listening, strategic questioning and motivational techniques.
  • Ability to facilitate group learning and work one on one.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to mentor and assist in the development of others.
  • Ability to use a range of computer applications for project management, communication, education and document writing.

Personal attributes

  • Self-initiating and capable of prioritising multiple goals.
  • Capacity to exercise judgement, discretion and work in a politically sensitive environment.
  • Commitment to collaboration.
  • Self-awareness and a commitment to developing as an educator/organiser.
  • A demonstrated commitment to continuous learning.
  • Ability to work well and consistently under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Commitment to the values and principles of trade unionism.
  • Respect and value for the cultural and social diversity both within the workforce and the community.

Other The position requires some interstate travel.

Key selection criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to the values and principles of trade unionism and an ability to work with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to organise workers and develop workplace leaders.
  • Demonstrated capacity to train, coach or mentor people in a group and one-on-one.
  • Experience in the presentation of information and facilitation of group learning using an active learning approach.
  • Sound ability to identify and implement personal work practices that promote efficient self-organisation, accountability and learning.

If you would like to discuss these positions informally and confidentially, please contact Joseph Mitchell (03) 9664 7357.

Applicants are asked to send a CV and application addressing Key Selection Criteria to Joseph Mitchell, jmitchell@actu.org.au, using the subject line: Union Engagement and Education Organiser application

Applications close COB Friday 24 November.

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