Position Description

Location CTA Headquarters (Burlingame, CA)
Department/Region Human Rights
Salary Schedule Management Salary Schedule
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General Description

The California Teachers Association is one of the state’s largest and most dynamic labor organizations committed to advancing the cause of free public education. CTA proudly claims more than 325,000 members devoted to the following mission: to protect and promote the well-being of its members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education; to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected; and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.

The Human Rights Department (HR) advocates for social justice, racial equity and equal access for students and public-school employees to achieve a quality public education for all students. The Manager reports directly to the Associate Executive Director of Training, Information and Development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs, coordinates and creates Human Rights programs for CTA.
  • Supervises and directs staff in Human Rights Department.
  • Monitors and analyzes emerging educational, instructional and human rights issues, trends and public policies.
  • Consults with and provides assistance to CTA governance bodies, including the Board of Directors, State Council of Education and various committees, task forces and workgroups.
  • Develops and recommends policies and initiatives related to racial equity, social justice and human rights; represents CTA on these issues with state and national government agencies and organizations.
  • Coordinates and supervises development of CTA conferences and training programs related to, human rights, racial equity and social justice, including CTA’s Cadre Program. 
  • Supports CTA leaders and members pursuing activism, advocacy, leadership and organizing in communities of color and supports programs to foster cross-cultural understanding.
  • Prepares CTA reports, publications and other written materials advising CTA leaders, members and staff regarding various educational, instructional and social justice issues; integrates Human Rights issues into CTA content and delivery systems. 
  • Oversees the coordination of various CTA scholarship and grant programs.
  • Develops and monitors the annual budget for the Human Rights Department.
  • Collaborates with other CTA departments, local chapters, and state and national organizations on public education and social justice initiatives. 
  • Performs such other duties as assigned.


  • A relevant graduate degree. Master’s degree preferred. 
  • An understanding of CTA programs, policies, and priorities; experience working with state educational associations preferred.
  • Five plus years experience in education and human rights advocacy, policy, program and training development; online training development experience a plus.
  • Proven ability to supervise, direct, and coach multi-person staff to function in a collaborative team with minimum personal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with executive management, staff, leaders and members of CTA.
  • Proven skills in developing, organizing and sustaining programmatic initiatives and complex projects.
  • Knowledge of change management principles and effective organizational systems.
  • Highly effective skills in decision-making, policy analysis, oral and written communications, including effective presentation skills, interpersonal relations, team building, collaboration and budget management.
  • Broad understanding of the critical issues facing public education and educators in California and the nation, both generally and in the areas of instructional and professional development and social justice.
  • Imagination, ingenuity, and initiative applicable to planning programs in support of CTA goals and objectives.
  • Ability to relate well to other CTA staff, to CTA leaders and members, and to representatives of government agencies and other organizations.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer technology, Microsoft Suite and the ability to learn and use the Association’s software programs.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid California driver’s license.
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