Employment Opportunity - Professional Development Coordinator/Member Services

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Employment Opportunity - Professional Development Coordinator/Member Services

The Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association (NWTTA) is a professional organization of approximately 850 teachers from three (3) distinct bargaining units who are employed within the Northwest Territories’ publicly funded school system.

With the support of the President and five (5) professional staff, operating out of a central office located in Yellowknife, the NWTTA offers a broad range of services to its membership.

The Professional Development (PD) Coordinator/Member Services position is full-time. This position will serve as the main contact for teachers looking to improve their professional knowledge through training and coursework and provide advice to members in matters pertaining to their respective collective agreements.

Through a combination of training, expertise and qualifications, this person will possess:

  • Interest and expertise in the areas of labour relations, collective agreement interpretation, negotiations and professional development;
  • Skills to foster and maintain positive relationships with external stakeholders to effectively advocate for members;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to work independently;
  • Superior communication, experience in conflict resolution and problem-solving abilities;
  • Proven track-record of leadership, teamwork and lifelong learning;
  • Thorough understanding of budgets and the ability to understand financial reporting;
  • Ability to work tactfully with people in a respectful and professional manner;
  • Understanding of roles and responsibilities of teachers and principals;
  • Interest and/or involvement in the activities of a professional teacher organization;
  • Advanced analytical skills with the ability to deal with sensitive and complex information;
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Office, in particular Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Personal vigour and capacity to meet the demands of this position.

The Professional Development Coordinator duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinating Central Professional Development Committee (CPDC) meetings;
  • Communicating information to members and the CPDC regarding the GNWT PD Fund;
  • Acting as the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) Professional Development representative and contact for the NWTTA;
  • Responding to Professional Development inquires;
  • Maintaining and distributing current conference listings;
  • Provide presentations and workshops to members;
  • Contributing regularly to the NWTTA newsletter;
  • Approving applications and PD reimbursement for Distance Education courses, summer courses, Indigenous Language Funding and the Educational Leadership Program;
  • Distribution of information for Project Overseas;
  • Implementing the selection process for Education Leave and preparing Education Leave documents;
  • Lead for the NWT Educators’ Conference;
  • Prepare and monitor the PD budget and ensure completion of yearly audit;
  • Work with each Regional Professional Development Committee to track approvals, reimbursements and regional trends;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

The Member Services duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist members with interpreting their respective collective agreement;
  • Assist members with teacher certification applications;
  • Assist the Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director and President with negotiations and grievances;
  • Advise members on pension issues;
  • Prepare research on teacher issues and trends in collective bargaining;
  • Develop knowledge pertaining to pension programs, NWTTA Bylaws and Policies, Acts and regulations pertaining to NWT teachers, District Education Authority (DEA), District Education Council (DEC) and school policies;
  • Assist with professional relations, conflict resolution and facilitate mediation sessions;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

This position offers a competitive salary, a full range of benefits, professional development opportunities and an attractive vacation package.

Interested applicants are required to submit applications through email to the NWTTA Executive Director, David Murphy, at david.murphy@nwtta.nt.ca ensuring to include a cover letter, resume and contact details for three professional references, one of which must be from your most recent supervisor. Typically, the qualifications for this position would be attained by an education degree, at least five (5) years experience as a teacher and involvement in the Association. Equivalencies will be considered.

Application Deadline: March 21, 2022 at 5:00 pm (Mountain time)

The start date for this position is August 15, 2022 or as mutually agreed upon.

The successful applicant shall provide a current criminal record check prior to hiring.

Disclosure of Covid-19 vaccination status will be required.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only the candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

David Murphy
Executive Director
NWT Teachers’ Association