Deputy Executive Director, Milwaukee Teachers Education Association


POSITION: Deputy Executive Director
EMPLOYER: Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association
DATE POSTED: August 15, 2022 (applications considered immediately upon submission)
STARTING DATE: Immediate with some flexibility
SALARY/BENEFITS: $116,000 or more based on experience and qualifications; health/dental/vision/life insurance; employer contributions to 401(k) plan

The MTEA is seeking a Deputy Executive Director to support its members in the fight for economic and social justice. MTEA represents 5,200 educators in the Milwaukee Public Schools. The MTEA leads the fight to oppose privatization of our public schools and works to fight for the schools and communities our children deserve.

The Deputy Executive Director’s primary responsibilities are to manage MTEA’s member advocacy program, to lead internal organizing, and represent the Union in all responsibilities assigned by the Executive Director. The Deputy Executive Director must have a demonstrated ability to effectively manage staff and lead a team, have run successful organizing programs, and significant experience representing workers. The position requires creativity and the ability to apply organizing principles to the representation of workers in public education under the restrictions of Wisconsin’s ACT 10. The work is fast-paced, and a qualified candidate should be able to deal with pressure filled situations, stress, and sometimes long and varied hours.

MTEA seeks a Deputy Executive Director who is committed to a member led union with an organizing model of building union strength with our members, and with parent and community allies. The ideal candidate is a proven leader with demonstrated organizing skills, representational skills, and negotiating skills in formal and informal settings. We seek someone with strong communication skills, the ability to support negotiations and meet and confer, a capacity to think strategically, and a deep commitment to labor organizing and social justice.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least six (6) years’ experience including labor organizing and strategic campaigns, contract negotiations, and representation. Candidates with less experience can submit evidence of additional qualifications or experience that may substitute.
  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Advanced degree in labor relations, labor law, or related field favored.

 Desirable Qualifications:

  • Possess knowledge of Wisconsin public sector labor laws and rules.
  • An understanding of public education landscape is crucial: understanding the public-private debate and current movements, how public education is funded, and the importance of a properly funded system of public education and how public education unions can advocate best for our students, our communities, and our members.
  • Be able to work with a diverse group of member leaders and staff to develop education programs and materials for the membership which builds a foundation for union strength, member activism and knowledge of important issues.
  • Understand how to identify opportunities for increasing member engagement or developing leadership and organizing skills within the organization with an emphasis on supporting local school leaders to build strong building leader structures.
  • Have a history of organizing and using strategies to increase member action, leadership, and engagement in the life of the Union, local and state communities, and allied advocacy organizations.
  • Successful track record of effective negotiating skills, grievance handling, and organizing experience.

Additional duties include:

  • Making staffing recommendations.
  • Negotiating internal and external contracts and settlements on behalf of the Union.
  • Staffing member committees as assigned.
  • Serving on external committees or boards.
  • Leading issue campaigns or serving as the liaison to campaigns, community groups and unions.
  • Supervising and managing the day-to-day activities of staff under her/his direction. This includes in part:
    • Promoting a harmonious workplace through effective leadership.
    • Assessing workload allocation and assign tasks.
    • Coordinating the training and development of supervised staff.
    • Evaluating and improving the performance of supervised staff.
    • Enforcing MTEA policies and procedures.
    • Collaborating with the Executive Director on hiring, discharge, and related supervisory functions.

 Other Related Tasks may include:

  • Serving as Acting Executive Director during the latter’s absence.
  • Working on special projects assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Working with the Elected Officers, worksite membership Committees and staff to analyze and increase membership rates over time.
  • Acting as a senior advisor to Staff Representative and Elected Officers in contract and handbook administration, organizing, and member advocacy.


A complete application must include a one-page cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three one-page letters of reference.

The writing sample should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to communicate effectively and should show the applicant’s creative and strategic thinking abilities. Examples include campaign plans, organizing communications, member literature, etc. that the applicant authored. Each reference must describe their direct knowledge of the work or experience of the candidate. Letters must contain the references’ contact information including name, position, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.

Submit application to Benjamin Ward, MTEA Executive Director by e-mail to Submit a complete application as soon as possible as candidates will be considered for interviews on an ongoing basis.

MTEA is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

August 2022