Are you looking for a new challenge?

Would you like to develop skills to prepare for an association leadership role?

Have you thought about what it would be like to join the NJEA staff?

Consider applying to be part of the 2020-22 NJEA Bolivar L. Graham Practicing Apprentice Program.

NJEA created the apprentice program to provide members of color and women with the opportunities, knowledge and skills needed for association governance roles and potential NJEA staff employment. Graduates of the program include current full-time NJEA staff members, part-time NJEA consultants, and many statewide, county and local leaders.

All applicants will be required to attend an open house in the spring, tentatively scheduled for March 31, 2020. The program will run from July 2020 through June 2022. The Apprentice Program is a two-year program. It is broken down into two distinct program years.

    Year One—Active Learning—consists of 10 core training programs (excluding an orientation), one Delegate Assembly meeting, and several specified NJEA conferences as well as optional activities that include additional meetings and events. The apprentices and their mentors interact regularly (at least twice a month suggested), including opportunities for each apprentice to shadow their mentor in their work. NJEA assigns each apprentice a mentor from its staff.

    Year Two—Ambassadorship—consists of apprentices independently honing skills learned with support from the program, representing the Apprentice Program at assigned NJEA conferences and events, providing structured input to enhance the program for the next class, recruiting new members, and having your success highlighted by the program.

Each apprentice will be assigned to one of the four zones of the state: Northeast, Northwest, Central and South.

Visit for details and an application. You will need to log in using your pin and password. 

You may also contact the NJEA Human Resources Office at 609-599-4561 or

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