The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) is a union, dedicated to improving the workplace and the quality of life for all education employees and to protecting their hard-won rights. Equally important, we are an association of highly qualified professionals, committed to establishing and maintaining optimal conditions for student learning from preschool through graduate school.
The MTA and its 110,000 members work to advance the quality and equity of Massachusetts public schools and colleges by securing the working conditions and professional respect and autonomy of educators, advocating for full funding for public education, and challenging education “reforms” that serve to privatize public education and undermine educator professionalism and the student learning experience.
The MTA is seeking a Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Program Manager who will collaborate with the HR Director and Executive Director-Treasurer to develop tools and resources to a) foster a shared understanding among MTA staff of institutional white supremacy culture, racism, sexism, classism, and other systemic and institutional forms of oppression; b) strengthen staff capacity to help build an anti-racist MTA through their work in each division; and c) develop the HR systems, policies and procedures, staff support systems, and organizational strategies aimed at creating an anti-racist culture and a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. This position is conveniently located in Quincy, MA.
Duties for this position include but are not limited to:
- Develop and equip staff at all levels of the MTA with the skills, tools, strategies, resources, and support to a) be effective leaders and advocates for racial justice in their work and b) confront situations of inequality and injustice in the workplace and/or in the field.
- Collaborate with the HR Director on evaluating, developing, and implementing HR processes to align with MTA equal employment opportunity policies and overcome the effects of white supremacist culture.
- Assist all MTA divisions to weave social, racial, and economic justice into their work processes, projects, and relationships.
- Strengthen the staff’s collective awareness and understanding of the causes and impacts of systemic racism and white supremacy in our lives, the workplace, and in public education, and the centrality of racial justice in achieving MTA’s mission.
- Assist the HR Director to develop and implement recruitment strategies, both internal and external, to generate a diverse candidate pool for all positions in the organization and assist with every step of the hiring process.
- Collaborate with the HR Director and Executive Director-Treasurer to coach the Management Team on how to how to foster an inclusive work environment.
- Conduct racial justice and diversity assessments and utilize data to develop and drive action plans for staff learning as well as recruitment, hiring, retention, and promotional practices.
- Help develop structures in the workplace for constructive conversations about how race, gender, class, and other systems of privilege impact the work environment.
- Leverage external resources to provide staff with ongoing learning opportunities and professional development for understanding and undoing systemic and institutional forms of oppression and building an anti-racist union.
- Assist the HR Director to evaluate and develop clear and effective policies and procedures for reporting and resolving employee complaints about microaggressions and discrimination experienced on the job.
- Conduct independent investigations of complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, or other actions that impact MTA’s ability to provide a welcoming and safe work environment, and partner with managers and staff to resolve issues.
- Make recommendations to the HR Director and Executive Director-Treasurer on employment relations and to advance racial equality, diversity, and inclusion in the MTA.
- Create support structures to foster mutual support and accountability among staff implementing racial justice and inclusion priorities in their divisions and work.
- Assist appropriate Board committees to make sure that MTA policies on discrimination and equal opportunity are up to date and relevant.
- Serve as the MTA Equal Employment Opportunity Officer in accordance with MTA policies.
- Monitor hiring practices and advancement opportunities and report to the HR director, Executive Director-Treasurer, and Equal Opportunity Council (EOC) as appropriate
- Provide guidance to the HR director and EOC on related employment laws such as FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and MCAD
- Participate in Joint Labor-Management Committees as assigned
- Assist the HR director with the implementation of divisional goals.
- Other duties as assigned.
- A commitment to the mission of the MTA and to the organized education profession
- Experience leading racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives inside organizations
- Experience developing and implementing Human Resource policies and practices.
- Experience as an HR generalist
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Experience developing strategic initiatives to organize around social, racial, and economic justice.
- Strong project management and collaboration skills
- A proven track record for acting and positive impact.
- Experience managing projects across multiple divisions and stakeholders.
- Experience designing and facilitating racial equity, diversity, and inclusion events and trainings for multiple audiences.
- Comfort and experience collaborating and coaching at all levels of an organization, including coaching and advising managers.
- Strong foundational knowledge of race, structural racism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and oppression and the ability to acknowledge its presence throughout systems, cultural norms, practices, and policies.
- Familiarity with state and federal statutes regarding workplace equity and protections, such as FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and MCAD.
- Demonstrates a deep understanding and emotional intelligence regarding human behavior and organizational development.
- Proven ability to listen, discern challenges, and identify solutions, and facilitate difficult and honest conversations about race, discrimination, and other forms of oppression.
- Ability to stay positive and resilient in the face of institutional resistance to culture change.
- Union or community organizing experience preferred.
- Ability to work evenings, weekends, and long hours when needed.
- Multilingual skills a plus
*MTA reserves the right to waive any qualifications at its discretion*
The MTA has a competitive compensation program with a robust benefits package that includes: a defined benefit plan, 401k, medical, dental, STD, LTD, paid holidays, and a generous time off program.
The MTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all staff.