2024 Membership Development Trainee (MDT) Program

2024 Membership Development Trainee (MDT) Program

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The Education and Organizing Unit is excited to announce the upcoming Membership Development Trainee (MDT) program.  The MDT program is authorized by the Executive Board. The program is expected to start on September 16, 2024, and will run for 12 weeks until December 6, 2024.

If you are a member of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/SEFPO), you are eligible to apply for this training opportunity which will develop your knowledge and understanding of the trade union movement through mentoring and skills development in a variety of union-related professions at OPSEU/SEFPO.

There are 12 MDT positions available for 2024:

  • 7 Staff Representatives
  • 2 Campaigns Officers
  • 1 Grievance Officer
  • 1 A/Typical Negotiator (working with the Ontario Public Service)
  • 1 Negotiator (working with Broader Public Sectors and/or CAAT)

The job descriptions for these positions can be found below.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must complete the following two steps to be considered for the MDT Program:

  1. Submit a cover letter and resume by email to competitions@opseu.org quoting “MDT application” in the subject line by 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) Monday, July 22nd, 2024.

If you would like to submit a video cover letter instead of a written cover letter, you can do so by following the instructions below:

    • Keep your video cover letter to 2 minutes in length.
    • You can use a web camera or other software such as iMovie or Zoom to film your video. Acceptable video formats to submit are MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV MKV, FLV and MPEG.

2. Complete OPSEU/SEFPO MDT Job Applicant Survey – Please click the following link: OPSEU/SEFPO Applicant Survey (MDT) / Enquête sur les candidat(e)s (MSD) (office.com)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Membership Development Trainee Program?

The MDT (Membership Development Trainee) program was created to provide opportunities for OPSEU/SEFPO members from all sectors to experience what working with OPSEU/SEFPO would be like.

Why is OPSEU/SEFPO offering these training opportunities?

As is the case with most organizations, OPSEU/SEFPO may be experiencing a number of staff retirements over the next few years. The program will help improve the skills of activists to apply for these jobs. This program assists OPSEU/SEFPO in providing potential staff members from its membership with an orientation to staff roles.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any OPSEU/SEFPO member in good standing who would like to develop their skills may apply for one of the MDT positions.

What can I expect the training to be about?

Each successful applicant will receive on-the-job training in the knowledge and skills required for a specific position at OPSEU/SEFPO. This will offer applicants familiarity with the position and an opportunity to see whether the position is aligned with their career goals.

How is the leave from my regular work arranged?

If you are selected, OPSEU/SEFPO will contact your employer and seek a leave of absence for you.

When does the program start?

All MDTs are expected to start on September 16, 2024, and the program will continue for 12 weeks until December 6, 2024. During that time, it will not be possible to approve vacations other than the use of compensating days for time off from the training program. Therefore, applicants need to ensure that they are available for the entire planned training program.

As an Equity or Sector leader, can I maintain my position if I was selected for the program?

Your leader position will be put on hold to ensure you have the opportunity to participate fully in the staff position. You will need approval to participate in any event(s) you had a role in organizing while in your leader position.

I’ve never done a resume before, what are you looking for?

What we are looking for is information about your skills and experiences that will indicate how you could contribute within OPSEU/SEFPO as a workplace.

OPSEU/SEFPO supports employment equity.  Black, Indigenous, and racialized workers, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning and two spirit workers, francophones, women and young workers are encouraged to apply.  For the purpose of statistical data collection, applicants are strongly encouraged to voluntarily self-identify.

Please advise via email should you require an accommodation to participate in this posting.

OPSEU/SEFPO Job Descriptions

Job Title: Staff Representative

Report to: Regional Supervisor

Principal Duties:

Represents members and locals as Bargaining Agent in bargaining or dispute resolution forums in a resource, advocacy, or spokesperson role. Represents members in grievance handling and delivers educational programs:

  • Provides advice to members and staff regarding bargaining/dispute resolution issues etc.
  • Negotiates contracts and other agreements
  • Develops and writes contract/dispute settlement language
  • Develops new, innovative bargaining/dispute resolution strategies and positions
  • Researches and prepares arguments and proposals for collective bargaining
  • Provides servicing support to organizing/re-organizing campaigns
  • Provides leadership and advice to members in strike preparation and strikes
  • Provides leadership in development of strong active locals and positive links within the labour community
  • Prepares for and facilitates educational programs
  • Attends and assists in general membership meetings and elections and votes as required
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree and four years of related work experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Knowledge of bargaining trends, settlements, labour and other related legislation, arbitration awards
  • Knowledge of OPSEU/SEFPO organization, structure and policies
  • Understanding of and commitment to labour movement and social democratic philosophy
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Requires facilitation, advocacy and numeracy skills
  • Requires intermediate PC skills and knowledge of relevant software packages and internal databases
  • Requires tact and diplomacy skills

Job Title: Campaigns Officer

Report to: Supervisor, Campaigns, Policy Research & Education Unit

Principal Duties:

Coordinate member activities in a variety of campaigns, including Collective Bargaining, community, and workplace issues, with a focus on member and community empowerment:

  • Develops, coordinates, and leads OPSEU/SEFPO campaigns from concept to evaluation (e.g. rallies, demonstrations, lobbies, surveys, petitions, forums, workshops, conferences, and bargaining campaigns)
  • Acts as lead hand to member-mobilizers
  • Writes and costs campaign proposals for Executive Board
  • Develops policy expertise in assigned area of responsibility
  • Leads and implements outreach activities
  • Develops ideas for campaign materials (e.g. buttons, bumper stickers, posters, banners, leaflets)
  • Liaises with affiliates, community organizations, coalitions, government agencies as required
  • Provides specialized advice on strategies and methodology for OPSEU/SEFPO campaigns and responses to government initiatives and legislation
  • Writes speaking notes for elected leaders
  • Researches, develops and prepares position papers, briefs, Executive Board proposals and campaign materials
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree and four years related work experience including research and community development (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Requires advanced PC skills and knowledge of relevant software packages
  • Facilitation skills
  • Tact and Diplomacy skills
  • Knowledge of public relations group dynamics and political action
  • Knowledge of legislation, provincial and agency budgets, regulations affecting OPSEU/SEFPO members and advances in adult education techniques
  • Knowledge of online campaign techniques and various social media
  • Knowledge of OPSEU/SEFPO organization, structure and policies
  • Understanding of and commitment to labour movement and social democratic philosophy
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion

Job Title: Grievance Officer

Report to: Supervisor, Arbitrations Unit

Principal Duties:

Represents OPSEU/SEFPO and its members as a professional litigator by preparing and presenting grievance arbitrations before administrative tribunals:

  • Litigation of grievances in arbitrations before Boards and Arbitrators
  • Examines witnesses, in chief and in cross-examinations
  • Prepares evidence, researches and applies case law, and presents arguments on behalf of grievors
  • Meets with LEC’s, grievors and management representatives with a view to settling grievances
  • Negotiates grievance settlements, and drafts settlement documents
  • Provides advice and representation in the enforcement of settlements
  • Prepares written submissions for Boards and Arbitrators as required
  • Guides and instructs outside counsel
  • Responds to inquiries regarding collective agreement interpretation
  • Provides advice to OPSEU/SEFPO staff and members concerning grievances, including legal principles and case law, strategy, process and settlements as well as the merits of grievances
  • Co-ordinates and administrates grievances in the area of responsibility
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree and five years of related work experience with demonstrated advocacy skills (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Knowledge of labour law, collective agreement language, grievance/arbitration procedures and practices
  • Research and analytical skills to interpret and apply relevant collective agreements, legislation, and caselaw
  • Knowledge of OPSEU/SEFPO organization, structure and policies
  • Understanding of and commitment to labour movement and social democratic philosophy
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Requires intermediate PC skills and knowledge of relevant software packages
  • Requires tact and diplomacy skills

Job Title: A/Typical Negotiator

Report to: Supervisor, Negotiations Unit

Principal Duties:

Provide advice, advocacy and leadership for bargaining and dispute resolution on OPS issues with occasional BPS collective bargaining assignments:

  • Negotiates transfer/transitional agreements/redeployment settlements as required
  • Assists with delivery of membership education programs and community organizing campaigns with regard to OPS issues
  • Works with members, staff, locals, area councils and community groups to organize and/or lobby as required
  • Coaches and supports the MERCs in fulfilling their advocacy and co-ordination roles
  • Represents OPS members, units, MERCs and locals in dispute resolution forums in an advocacy/spokesperson role, including collective bargaining as assigned
  • Provides advice to staff, members, Executive Board Members and bargaining teams re. job security, attendance management, security screening and implementation of employer policies
  • Develops innovative, proactive strategies and positions in the area of job security (e.g. divestment, privatization, contracting out, lay-offs) and acts as spokesperson to protect and preserve OPS members’ rights and jobs
  • Develops and writes contract/dispute settlement language; researches and prepares arguments and proposals for bargaining BPS agreements as assigned
  • Prepares and negotiates Essential Services agreements; documents, prepares and delivers training materials for locals and staff
  • Develops new, innovative bargaining/dispute resolution strategies and positions
  • Prepares briefing notes on province-wide government initiatives
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree and three years of related work experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Requires intermediate PC skills and knowledge of relevant software packages
  • Advocacy, Facilitation skills and Numeracy skills
  • Tact and Diplomacy skills
  • Knowledge of bargaining trends, case law, settlements and related labour legislation, economic and political trends, and specific knowledge of Government policies
  • Knowledge of OPSEU/SEFPO organization, structure and policies
  • Understanding of and commitment to labour movement and social democratic philosophy
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion

Job Title: Negotiator

Report to: Supervisor, Negotiations Unit

Principal Duties:

Provides expert advice and guidance to staff, members, and bargaining teams, and represents them in an advocacy role for collective bargaining and dispute resolution:

  • Represents members, units and locals in bargaining or contract dispute resolution forums in an advocacy/spokesperson role, including, but not limited to: collective bargaining, job classification systems review, pay equity
  • Provides leadership for various bargaining teams, members, units, locals or divisional committees or meetings
  • Provides expert advice and training to staff, Executive Board members, bargaining teams, and members regarding bargaining/dispute resolution issues, job classification systems review, pay equity, and others
  • Develops and writes contract/dispute settlement language
  • Researches and prepares arguments and proposals for the collective bargaining and related processes
  • Develops new, innovative bargaining/dispute resolution strategies and positions
  • Negotiates Collective Agreements and pay equity plans
  • Uses complex calculations, e.g. wage and benefits costing, retroactivity
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Requires an undergraduate degree and three years of related work experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • Requires a working knowledge of structures, practices and procedures of employer groups, the Ministries, and Agencies such as OLRB, Pay Equity Office, and Affiliates
  • Knowledge of bargaining trends and techniques, case law, economic and political trends, settlements, and related labour legislation
  • Knowledge of OPSEU/SEFPO organization, structure, and policies
  • Understanding of and commitment to labour movement and social democratic philosophy
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Requires intermediate PC skills and knowledge of relevant software packages and internal databases
  • Advocacy and Numeracy skills
  • Tact and Diplomacy skills