Labor Educator (Education Specialist 2) – Labor Education Service : Minnesota

LES (Labor Education Service) - University of Minnesota

Labor Education Service
University of Minnesota

Labor Educator (Education Specialist 2)
Labor Education Service

Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN


  • Advanced degree in relevant field, with at least 4 years of experience, or a BA/BS with at least 6 years of relevant post degree experience
  • Experience with labor unions, worker centers or community organizations
  • Relevant teaching experience (e.g., labor education, adult education, classroom teaching, training, workshop facilitation)
  • Strong cultural competency and a demonstrated history of work with at least one historically marginalized community
  • Knowledge and effective practice of adult teaching and learning techniques
  • Proficient oral, written, and interpersonal communicator
  • Capacity to work collaboratively and collectively with colleagues
  • Familiarity with current issues and debates shaping the labor movement
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends


  • Advanced degree (MA, JD, PhD) in labor studies or a related field.
  • Two or more years of experience as a labor educator in a university, union or community setting
  • Ability to speak a language other than English
  • Experience with other social movements
  • Familiarity with popular education teaching methods and its application in union settings
  • Knowledge of organizational development, particularly in a union context
  • Familiarity with online teaching
  • Experience with union leadership development programs

About the Job
The Labor Education Service (LES) is seeking a full-time Labor Educator to join our teaching staff.

LES is a program of the University of Minnesota, located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, communities known for their high quality of life and diverse neighborhoods and cultural opportunities. LES is the only educational program in the state specifically focused on the needs of Minnesota workers and their organizations. Our mission is to equip workers, union officials and labor organizations with the knowledge-based tools to protect and advance their rights and responsibilities in a changing global socio-economic environment. An integral component of this mission is the use of media such as video production and Through these efforts, we foster economic vitality, ethical relations and social justice in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Job responsibilities include leading labor education courses for working adults, designing customized curriculum, and coordinating and implementing educational programs, often in collaboration with other staff. The position requires teaching expertise using diverse methodologies and effectiveness in relating to a wide variety of worker organizations. Labor educators are also expected to collaborate with LES media-focused staff to promote labor education courses and to develop content for Workday Minnesota.

Instruction in labor education 45%

  • Identify training needs of diverse groups of workers and unions
  • Collaborate with labor organizations to develop and implement courses, workshops, and other programs
  • Collaborate with other staff on a regular basis to plan educational programming, team-teach as needed and evaluate effectiveness of teaching and programs.
  • Deliver customized educational programs in a variety of settings with union leaders, members, and the public
  • Provide instruction in current LES programs such as Minnesota Union Leadership Program and Labor Studies Skills Courses
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and utilize results to strengthen outcomes of ongoing programs

Curriculum development 25%

  • Design customized teaching materials for specific sectors, unions, and training sessions, individually or in collaboration with LES colleagues and people in other groups.
  • Incorporate popular education methodology and adult teaching and learning best practices
  • Serve as a strategic resource to labor leaders and other labor educators by providing current teaching resources, curriculum and leadership development opportunities
  • Create teaching materials reflective of the changing needs and growing diversity of the labor movement

Program coordination 20%

  • Plan and coordinate implementation of one or more ongoing LES programs and occasional conferences and special events
  • Perform part of the administrative functions related to classes and events, which may include location scouting, recruiting participants and promotion.
  • Be an active citizen within the collaborative culture of LES, including serving on LES committees and participating in regular staff planning and feedback meetings
  • Contribute to strategic planning to help LES fulfill its mission

Community engagement 10%

  • Foster and maintain productive relationships with labor organizations and other community groups committed to economic and social justice
  • Support the development and effectiveness of labor organizations by providing educational resources on current issues facing the labor movement
  • Write original editorial articles for public outreach through LES media services such as Workday Minnesota

** This is not a comprehensive list of duties. The duties of this position are subject to change. **

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please go to:

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 1.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Background Check Information
Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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