AFL-CIO, Director — Electoral, Issues, and Mobilization Hub

AFL-CIO Published: July 12, 2017
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The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the democratic, voluntary federation of 55 national and international labor unions that represent 12.5 million working men and women, seeks a talented and dynamic Director for its Electoral, Issue and Mobilization Hub.

The AFL-CIO strives to ensure all working people are treated fairly, with decent paychecks and benefits, safe jobs, dignity, and equal opportunities. We help people acquire valuable skills and job-readiness for the 21st century economy. Our work is anchored in making sure everyone who works for a living has family-supporting wages and benefits and the ability to retire with dignity. We advance legislation to create good jobs by investing tax dollars in schools, roads, bridges, ports and airports, and improving the lives of workers through education, job training and a livable minimum wage. We advocate for strengthening Social Security and private pensions, ensuring fair tax policies, and making high-quality, affordable health care available to all


The AFL-CIO Electoral, Issue and Mobilization Hub activates unions, their workers, and allies in fights for higher wages, decent benefits and a voice at work so all working people can enjoy a better life. The hub builds power through the state and local federation system in partnership with national and local affiliate unions, community allies as well as everyday workers. The Electoral, Issue and Mobilization Hub is comprised of five divisions including campaigns, field, outreach, federation oversight and training, political operations and state and local legislation.

The Director manages all Hub resources including personnel and budget management. This position works with leaders and staff to develop, execute, and align mobilization and outreach programs across multiple hubs and resource centers, campaigns and affiliates.



  • Develop and strengthen national AFL-CIO mobilization programs by engaging affiliates, state federations, central labor councils, area labor federations, and outside groups in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of political, organizing and issue campaigns.
  • Work with affiliates, staff, allies and consultants to conduct a thorough quantitative and qualitative analysis and evaluation of the federation system to determine a long-term reform plan with clear goals and potential recommendations for organizational and financial change.
  • Oversee and manage the strategic development and implementation of campaigns that integrate outside advocacy groups and community and church groups at national, state and local levels with other AFL-CIO programs including immigration, community action, political, and communications, and with state federations, local central bodies and affiliated unions.
  • Conceive, develop and implement worker-oriented strategies, campaigns and programs directed at non-union communities through mail, phone, and earned media programs and integrate them into the larger AFL-CIO strategy.
  • Manage the systematic reform of state and local AFL-CIO federation bodies making sure that non-union workers and community outreach are integral to the AFL-CIO’s mission.
  • Direct all resources and technical assistance for local and state campaigns.
  • Represent the AFL-CIO at tables, coalitions and meetings with outside organizations.
  • Manage Hub planning, budgeting and forecasting as needed, including overall ground mobilization budget and state and local central body political fund allocations, messaging, communications and working with the appropriate internal? Hubs and resources to understand targeting priorities.
  • Assist AFL-CIO officers and other AFL-CIO leadership as needed on special projects.
  • Work with Communications Resource to determine press strategy to highlight reform.
  • Implementing benchmarks and metrics to ensure successful completion of goals and assess and pivot as needed.
  • Implementing staff development plans that maximize individual growth potential and output.
  • Convening and collaborating with affiliates peer to peer.
  • Oversee the implementation and use of technology and project/communication systems to enhance information flow and work coordination.
  • Other duties as directed by the executive offices.


  • Direct and manage the Electoral, Issues and Mobilization Hub, including the supervision of all staff within the Hub. Based on the strategic plan, build campaign staff structure, supervise, mentor and provide leadership for a staff of 75-80 employees.
  • Oversee and direct the launch of strategic programs to advance the priorities of the federation including the budget alignment with those priorities.
  • Collaborate with other internal Hubs and Resource Centers to integrate work, coordinate staff resources and streamline efficiencies where appropriate.
  • Coordinate budget with other Hubs to assure best use of resources.
  • Ensure an environment of inclusion that recognizes and maximizes the skills and talents of all employees within the Hub.


  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in national and local political program development and implementation, with significant experience managing issue and electoral mobilization programs.
  • Extensive leadership experience working inside and alongside the labor movement.
  • Extensive management experience coordinating programs between national organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and strengthen key relationships with leaders at all levels – including, political, NGO, community, and union leaders.
  • High level of understanding of the labor movement and its structure in the United States.
  • Extensive staff management experience, including strong interpersonal skills and an ability to lead a team.
  • Proven ability to supervise and develop staff maximizing each person’s contribution and inclusion in the overall strategic purpose of their work.
  • Excellent project management skills on complex projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple high priority projects with competing deadlines.
  • Extensive experience managing large, diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments.
  • Superior ability to exercise excellent political judgment and discretion.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing campaign and personal work plans and goals.
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and motivate teams and work effectively in a team environment in both a lead and support role.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and ability to facilitate meetings with diverse participation.
  • Ability to work long hours and weekends as required.
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis as needed, and for extended periods of time.

To apply: send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:, subject line: AFL-CIO, Director.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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