With 3 million members, Working America mobilizes working people who don’t have the benefit of a union at work to fight for good jobs and a fair economy. As the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, we unite working people in urban and suburban communities around a shared economic agenda.
The Regional Director, a member of the National Field Staff, is responsible for supervising Working America’s program leadership team in an assigned region. The Regional Director will work with both national and state-level staff to set short and long-term organizational goals in their respective region.
Reports to: National Campaigns Director
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work regularly with headquarters staff to coordinate strategy around the programmatic and legislative work, issue advocacy, electoral campaigns, communications and fundraising (as needed) of assigned region;
- Work collaboratively with national staff and Regional Field Supervisor(s) to plan, implement and integrate the programmatic work of the canvass; implement high-quality message training; and evaluate overall programmatic success in each assigned office;
- Oversee all aspects of hiring, training, and evaluating, and make effective recommendation for promotion and discipline of State Directors & State Program Directors within the assigned region;
- Direct the work of the region’s State Directors and State Program Directors, and oversee the work of their direct reports;
- Regionally, represent the interests of Working America at meetings and other activities, especially within the State Federations and local labor councils, AFL-CIO affiliates and allied organizations in the progressive community;
- As requested, develop and deliver trainings for regional program staff and national leadership; attend and participate in national field leadership conferences and other meetings as needed;
- Coordinate with national staff and Working America General Counsel to ensure fair and consistent application of organizational policies; participate as necessary in investigation of personnel complaints;
- Oversee State Director & State Program Director management of canvass offices on a short-term, as needed basis, especially to facilitate startups, short-term coverage, training and development of staff and other special projects;
- Work with regional and national print, radio, online and television media;
- Oversee selection, management of, and compliance with regional office lease agreements;
- Perform regular site visits to all supervised offices;
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least 4 years experience directing or supervising field canvass and program operations; experience in recruiting and training field canvass and program leadership staff strongly preferred;
- Five or more years’ experience in electoral, labor or progressive politics;
- Knowledge of national and local structures of the labor movement;
- Effective time management skills including prioritization and managing multiple tasks;
- Experience managing in a union environment, familiarity with the collective bargaining process, and a commitment to the principles of progressive discipline preferred;
- Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion, maturity and good independent judgment;
- Leadership, team-building and strategic planning ability;
- Ability to work independently in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments;
- Excellent problem-solving and relational skills;
- Computer proficiency and strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to travel on a regular basis as needed;
- Must be able to work irregular and long hours.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN through 2018;
- Based in either Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN or Chicago, IL beginning in 2019
- FLSA Classification: Exempt
Competitive benefits include health insurance and 401(k) with employer contribution.
Minimum Education Required