Assistant Executive Director

NJEA Assistant Director Richard Gray has announced his intent to retire effective Dec. 1, 2013, after more than 36 years of dedicated service to NJEA, creating a vacancy in his position.

General Responsibilities

The Assistant Executive Director is responsible for serving as a surrogate for and assistant to the executive director, in addition to directly supervising the headquarters-based Training and Organizational Development staff and Member Rights (legal services) staff.  As a member of the leadership team, the Assistant Executive Director reports to the executive director and coordinates inter-divisional staff projects, as assigned.


  1. Coordinate projects, as assigned by the executive director, related to organizational development, staff organization and deployment, strategic priorities, and policy initiatives.
  2. Act on behalf of the executive director, as assigned, in official capacities including appearances and/or speeches at public or member events, maintaining relationships with other organizations, and internal and external meetings.
  3. Participate in meetings of the leadership team.  Attend and serve as a resource at meetings of the Executive Committee, Delegate Assembly, and other governance committees, as needed.
  4. Participate in employment interviews and deliberations, as appropriate.
  5. Provide ongoing consultation and guidance to the executive director, officers, and other management employees regarding issues that are of broad concern to the Association.
  6. Serve as manager of the headquarters-based Training and Organizational Development staff and the Member Rights staff, including all supervisory functions (assignment of work, evaluation of employees, and other personnel functions).
  7. Perform such other duties as may be assigned or required.


A candidate for this position should be familiar with the operation of a state education association or similar organization, and possess a high degree of intelligence, integrity, creativity, and leadership ability.  He or she should: manage multiple priorities; coordinate the human and other resources of the association to address organizational priorities; contribute to the management decision-making process within NJEA; have a diversified background in association activities, including but not limited to organizing, negotiations, grievance adjudication, instructional issues, public relations, policy research, legislative and political action, membership promotion, leadership training, and organizational management.

He or she should show leadership ability in training groups, motivating others, managing staff, and coordinating campaigns; be familiar with standard procedures in budgeting, financial management, personnel management, and collective bargaining; demonstrate considerable knowledge of the legal structure, organization, and operation of public schools and colleges; and possess the ability and personality to direct and supervise the activities of personnel.

This position requires initiative, self-motivation, and administrative competence.  The ability to communicate well, including speaking and writing with professional skill and authority, is essential.  The individual must possess sufficient physical, mental, and emotional stamina to work long hours – nights and weekends, as necessary – and be able to help address difficult and sometimes controversial situations.

Must have experience in public education and organizational activities.  Bachelor’s/master’s degree(s) desirable.


Determined by NJEA Executive Committee.


The Assistant Executive Director shall be assigned to the Executive Office, based at NJEA’s Trenton, NJ, headquarters, under the supervision of the NJEA executive director.

Resume and letter of interest

Those interested in this position should forward via email a letter of interest and a resume to Vincent Giordano, executive director, at by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

NJEA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.