Political/Campaigns Director

Office is based in Malden/downtown Boston, MA
(job requires some travel within state)

Join the management team of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and take the lead in developing a political program that puts officials into office who will advance a pro-working family agenda and activates union members year-round to grow the power of the labor movement to hold elected officials accountable.


  • Develop and implement strategy for the MA AFL-CIO role in political elections for state offices, including constitutional officers, state legislators, and candidates for Congress, aimed at putting pro-worker, pro-union candidates in office and building the long term power of Massachusetts unions to level the playing for working families.
  • Develop and implement strategy for the MA AFL-CIO participation in ballot initiatives aimed at winning rights and protections for working families, promoting a positive image of unions as champions for working families, and building the mobilization capacity of affiliates.
  • Develop and implement state-wide strategy for member engagement through the LaborCAN program, including work with individual locals and assisting Central Labor Councils to develop and implement an effective political program.
  • Manage the political mail process, including writing text for literature, overseeing design, determining target universe, and negotiating price.
  • Identify priority targets for labor walks, phone banks, mailings, and events and coordinate allocation of staff time and resources.
  • Oversee entry, retrieval, and analysis of voter data in the LAN and serve as back-up LAN data specialist; oversee modeling and targeting of turf.
  • Assist Central Labor Councils to develop and implement an effective political program.
  • Work with local affiliates to develop systems for an effective endorsement process and methods for measuring labor voting records.
  • Manage COPE fundraising, including writing appeals, calling affiliates, and setting goals.
  • Track and prioritize campaign contributions and ensure full compliance with campaign finance regulations; represent the MA AFL-CIO at political fundraisers as needed.
  • Serve as primary liaison with the State Democratic Party and other progressive organizations and coalitions involved in electoral and ballot campaigns where labor has a stake.
  • Organize regular meetings of the Political Round Table to promote unity and strategic alignment in the labor movement’s political activity.

Office is based in Malden/downtown Boston and job requires some travel within state.


  • At least ten years’ experience and a proven track record in one or more related fields: electoral campaigns, political/legislative advocacy, lobbying, union leadership/organizing, non-profit leadership/organizing.
  • Dynamic interpersonal skills and ability to build strong relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Familiarity with unions and labor movement structure.
  • Willing to travel within Massachusetts (car and license required).
  • Willingness to work evenings or weekends, when needed, and at times long hours; ability to work independently while contributing to a strong team spirit.
  • A commitment to building a strong labor movement dedicated to economic, social and racial justice.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with the Microsoft office suite.

To apply, send resume, cover letter and writing sample to lgallatin@massaflcio.org. Application deadline is December 15; will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

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