Thank you for your interest in the California Labor Federation! We are delighted that you would consider joining our team.

The California Labor Federation is a leading organization advancing workers’ rights, racial justice and equity.

The Federation is one of the largest and strongest labor federations in the country, with 1,000 affiliated local unions and more than 2 million members across California.

We are committed to strategic organizing, progressive politics, and building power for working people through campaigns – political, legislative, and corporate campaigns – that engage lots of people. And we use innovative communications to support them.

We also support strong local labor councils to help build worker power. We aim to maximize Labor’s capacity to advance racial and economic justice for everyone.

CALIFORNIA LABOR CAMPAIGN/ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

PROJECT COORDINATOR – WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (WED) PROGRAM

 

CALIFORNIA LABOR CAMPAIGN/ORGANIZING DIRECTOR

POSITION DESCRIPTION
We seek an experienced Campaign/Organizing Director to lead our field staff team who can motivate leaders, staff, and volunteers, understand the evolving role of unions in the economy, and help develop programs that increase Labor’s strength.

The Campaign/Organizing Director plays a key role in building the organizing capacity of California’s labor movement at every level. S/he works with unions to involve a new generation of union activists in internal member organizing and external new member organizing.

The California Labor Federation is a leader in advancing new organizing and growth in unions. The Campaign/Organizing director leads the way in innovations like “All in to Win”, which is a mutual aid effort among unions to share organizers in the big, strategic organizing campaigns.

If you would like to apply, be prepared to show us how you have succeeded in member-based field organizing, strategic planning, organizer training and leadership development in both internal and external organizing. The tests will be rigorous.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CAMPAIGN/ORGANIZING DIRECTOR INCLUDE:

  • Build strong campaigns to support CA unions efforts to engage and organize more workers.
  • Inspire and motivate unions to grow their organizing capacity.
  • Strategize organizing, contract, legislative, political, and corporate campaigns that win in the short term
    and build union power in the long term.
  • Partner with California’s regional labor councils to innovate new ways that involve union members in
    building grassroots activism.
  • Initiate campaign trainings and member education programs.
  • Supports trategic planning with labor councils and unions.
  • Help labor councils develop member-based Legislative Action Committees for district lobbying of state
    and federal legislators, informing their electeds and holding them accountable.
  • Help build involvement and affiliation of local unions in the State Federation.

We seek an experienced Campaign/Organizing Director to join and lead our staff team who can motivate leaders, staff, and volunteers, understand the evolving role of unions in the economy, and help develop programs and trainings that increase Labor’s campaign strength.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

  • 10+ years leading Grassroots member-to-member mobilizing for political, organizing, and legislative campaigns.
  • Lead strategic planning.
  • Ability to oversee and utilize strategic research as needed.
  • Build support for union organizing campaigns.
  • Experience in leading organizer training programs.
  • Experience dealing with staff in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to inspire confidence and work as a member of leadership teams.
  • Experience using social media and enhancing campaign communications.
  • Strong multi-tasking capacity.
  • Knowledge of and past work in unions and commitment to the labor movement and social justice.
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours and weekends.
  • Must be a “self-starter”, have initiative, and be able to work independently.
  • Have a positive attitude and be a good team partner with other directors and staff in the organization.

REPORTING STRUCTURE
Reports daily to the Chief of Staff and works closely with the Federation’s Secretary-Treasurer, the chief officer. S/he is a member of the management team and supervises the Field Team and any loaned staff or member organizers from our unions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
This position is currently remote/telecommuting and based in California. Significant travel to unions across the state, conferences, and meetings once the COVID crisis is under control. Work on political or electoral campaigns may require a longer-term stay in a jurisdiction.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
California Labor Federation employees earn very competitive salaries and enjoy excellent benefits, including employer-paid health care, dental and vision insurance; a generous leave package; employer-paid defined benefit pension plan and other benefits.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, and a resume, by May 1, 2021, to hiring@calaborfed.org.

We will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue until the opening is filled. People of color, bilingual applicants, and women are encouraged to apply.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS
The CLF provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at hiring@calaborfed.org (510) 663-4001, or Fax at (510) 663-4099. Your request will receive an individualized assessment and will be processed in the order it was received.

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, California Labor Federation AFL-CIO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

 

 

 

PROJECT COORDINATOR – WORKFORCE & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (WED) PROGRAM


POSITION DESCRIPTION

The project coordinator supports training by promoting high road labor-management partnerships as the best approach to workforce development and good jobs. Working with the Executive Director, the project coordinator identifies and develops new resources to support workers in a changing economy.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Support the creation and sustainability of high road training partnerships;
  • Identify and access public resources for union workforce and economic
    development projects;
  • Work with local and state partners to identify funding priorities and opportunities for new workforce and economic development initiatives;
  • Work with unions to avert layoffs and retain jobs;
  • When layoffs occur, connect unions to the state rapid response system and public resources available to help their members successfully transition to good jobs;
  • Work with Federation affiliates to increase their access to public funding;
  • Facilitate the development of high-quality training, education, and workforce development programs;
  • Develop, coordinate, and track grant related projects;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the program for WED’s
    annual conference;
  • Produce outreach materials to inform labor and the wider workforce development community of policy developments and best practices;
  • Conduct research and produce reports for general dissemination;
  • Draft and edit a variety of publications, newsletters, and reports;
  • Attend, track, and participate in local, regional, and State workgroups, community-based organizations and committees;
  • Public speaking and meeting facilitation;
  • Respond to affiliated union requests for support to advance their issues;
  • Represent the Federation at various meetings and events;
  • Participate in, organize, and convene various Federation/WED sponsored meetings and trainings;
  • Contribute website content and perform other marketing and communications
    duties;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION

  • Extensive experience in the labor movement and/or workforce investment and job training;
  • Excellent strategic and analytic skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to speak publicly and clearly present information to groups;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team as well as independently;
  • Must have own means of transportation and ability to travel throughout the state;
  • Proficient with computer software programs;
  • Curriculum development a plus.

REPORTING STRUCTURE

Reports to the Workforce & Economic Development Program Executive Director. Works closely with other program staff to advance Federation/WED goals and grant deliverables.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

This position is currently remote/telecommuting and may be based in California. Some travel to unions across the state, conferences, and meetings. Grant funded position.

Federation staff often work on political or electoral campaigns in coordination with political department. May require longer-term travel. Some weekend and evening work, especially during campaign season. Political campaign work is not funded by grant resources.

People of color, bilingual applicants, and women are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, and a resume, by May 31, 2021 to hiring@calaborfed.org.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:

The CLF provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at hiring@calaborfed.org (510) 663-4001, or Fax at (510) 663-4099. Your request will receive an individualized assessment and will be processed in the order it was received.

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, California Labor Federation AFL-CIO complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

California Labor Federation AFL-CIO expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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