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Field Coordinator

Based in West-Michigan Area


Position: Field Coordinator – Michigan AFL-CIO
Compensation: Salary and benefits are competitive, and are commensurate with experience & qualifications
Start Date: Tentatively October 9, 2017
Applications Due: September 28, 2017 (later applications will be considered if the position remains unfilled)

THE ORGANIZATION:
The Michigan AFL-CIO is a chartered organization of the National AFL-CIO, which represents affiliates and central labor bodies across Michigan. The Michigan AFL-CIO works to advocate for pro-labor policies in the state legislature, and works to build power to working families through various campaigns and other organizing efforts. We focus on supporting the legislative, political, organizing, and solidarity goals of the labor movement locally, statewide, and nationally. We are led by an elected President and are governed by elected Executive Boards.

NATURE OF POSITION:
This is a one-year grant funded position, with the opportunity to renew after the twelve month period. Ultimately, the position is intended to maintain as a permanent staff position in the west-Michigan area. Candidates who cannot commit to serve for at least one full year will not be considered. The Field Coordinator will work in a nineteen-county region that encompasses the South Central Labor Council (Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Van Buren & Allegan Counties - except the Townships of Fillmore, Laketown & Overisel), the Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council (Kent and Ionia Counties), and Lakeshore Central Labor Council (Muskegon, Ottawa, Lake, Newaygo, Oceana, Mason, Manistee and Allegan Counties). The Field Coordinator will report on a weekly basis to the Field Director of the Michigan AFL-CIO. The Coordinator’s work plan will be determined by the Michigan AFL-CIO, and the surrounding central labor bodies. A detailed description of the position and its responsibilities is below.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINE:
By September 28, 2017, complete and submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) your resume; 3) two samples of written work projects you personally completed (e.g., a newsletter, a strategic plan, a piece of campaign literature, an educational flyer, or a PowerPoint presentation); and 4) references and any other relevant materials. Email the complete application package and all required materials to MI AFL-CIO Development Director Zinnia Kallabat at zkallabat@miaflcio.org.

DIVERSITY & EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:
Our organization is an equal opportunity employer, and we actively seek to build diversity among our officers, staff, and members. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, Veteran, and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Field Coordinator is responsible for implementation of all AFL-CIO activities and programs to advance labor’s agenda, working under the guidance of the Michigan AFL-CIO’s Political Director. He/She will also work closely with the Presidents of the South Central Labor Council (SCLC), the Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council (KICLC), and the Lakeshore Central Labor Council (LCLC).

The Field Coordinator’s priority assignment will be to develop and enhance the labor movement’s capacity to advance its agenda in the region covered by the following labor organizations: the South Central Labor Council, the Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, and the Lakeshore Central Labor Council.

PROGRAM PRIORITIES:

  • Building ALF/CLC Affiliation. The Coordinator will help plan and assist in outreach to locals that could be affiliated with the SCLC, the KICLC and the LCLC with the aim of increasing the number of local unions affiliated with them.
  • Campaign Development. As necessary, the Coordinator will conceptualize and construct campaign plans including the drafting of the campaign budget, work plan, and overall timeline. The Coordinator will also oversee campaign operations, while coordinating the integration and assignment of the organization’s resources for simultaneous campaigns. The Coordinator will also facilitate the candidate endorsement screening process.
  • Building a Stronger Political Program. The Coordinator will help to advance labor’s political agenda in the region by helping (as necessary) affiliates to develop stronger workplace mobilization structures, e-activist networks, regular newsletters, and other communications systems that will better educate and activate union members in support of endorsed candidates and issue campaigns.
  • Coalition and Relationship Building in the Community. The Coordinator will facilitate the development of closer ties and effective working relationships between labor leadership and like-minded community organizations and faith groups. The Coordinator will support the work and expansion of existing ongoing labor-faith-community coalitions, and will assist the organization in building new permanent coalitions where none currently exist.
  • Increasing Member Participation in All Organization Priority Activities. Working with unions and community allies, the Coordinator will increase participation in labor-to-labor walks and phone banks, rallies, marches, meetings, and other events. The Coordinator will develop new mobilization structures, and enlarge existing ones, to expand labor’s ability to create larger, more creative, and more strategic member turnout for legislative, political, organizing, and solidarity actions.
  • Support for Affiliate Organizing. When other priorities permit, at the request of affiliates, the Coordinator will assist them in achieving their organizing goals. Such support could include training for volunteer organizers; creating an organizer’s roundtable; facilitating sharing of resources for home visits; and building a pool of multi-language organizers.

WEEK-TO-WEEK RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Building a Volunteer Base and Communication Network. The Coordinator manages and regularly updates the database(s) for outreach to unions, community allies, and individual volunteers, and works to expand it. From the database(s), he/she creates, maintains, and makes distributions to social networks and broadcast e-mail lists, serving area ALFs and allied CLCs.
  • Coordinating Events. The Coordinator coordinates labor-to-labor walks, rallies, pickets, phone banks, marches, and more. The Coordinator must build turnout, assist in agenda preparation, and make sure logistical details are attended to.
  • Media and Publications. The Coordinator works with leaders and staff from the local CLCs, State Federation, and National AFL-CIO to make sure that op-ed columns and letters-to-the-editor are written and published, radio and TV interviews granted, arranging for interviews and enlisting appropriate leaders during various struggles and activities.
  • Financial and Reporting Responsibilities. The Coordinator will prepare and submit detailed weekly activity reports to the Michigan AFL-CIO Campaign Manager and CLC Presidents. He/She will be responsible for accounting to the Michigan AFL-CIO Campaign Manager for all program related expenses incurred, including those associated with campaigns. The Coordinator will identify potential sources of external funding for programming, and will assist in applications and solicitation as needed.

NECESSARY SKILLS:
The Coordinator must have a commitment to the labor movement and an understanding of labor’s goals. He/She is encouraged to be a Union member or become a member and remain so while employed by the AFL-CIO. He/She must be able to advance projects and programs that convey these goals by working with union leaders, members, and community activists in high-pressure situations and under difficult deadlines. The Coordinator must direct the activities listed above while following the priorities and work plan determined by the Michigan AFL-CIO and local CLCs.

Excellent verbal communication skills are essential, including the ability to interact successfully with individuals from diverse ethnic, racial, age, gender, educational, occupational, and socio-economic backgrounds. The popular / labor education skills necessary to design and lead workshops aimed at leadership and volunteer development are very important. Required written communication skills include the ability to produce newsletters, leaflets, basic phone and walk scripts, work plans, and project reports. Specific training and/or demonstrated experience in preparing for and conducting media events and managing relationships with media outlets is necessary.

The Coordinator must have a valid driver’s license, continuous use of a reliable vehicle, automobile liability insurance, and be willing to travel throughout the nine-county region over which the position’s funding organizations have jurisdiction on a regular basis. Occasional travel to other parts of the state and/or out-of-state may be necessary. Overnight travel will be infrequent, but may be required. Long work hours, some holiday work, and frequent participation in evening and weekend activities are required, and attendance at early morning events will be expected.

Computer skills are required, including knowledge and extensive use of e-mail, MS Word, the Internet, Excel, SALSA, LAN/VAN, and social media, with a working knowledge of PowerPoint and Access. Beyond these technical skills are the people and organizational skills required to carry out the priorities outlined above.

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