Deputy Director
Working for America Institute

Washington, DC [Headquarters]

The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (Institute) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) national workforce intermediary that assists unions, employers, labor-management partnerships, the workforce system, and community organizations by advocating for and providing employment, apprenticeship and training related services that help to create, expand and retain high quality jobs.

The Institute is seeking to hire a Deputy Director who will serve as a key management leader. Working with the Executive Director the Deputy is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include management of grants and contract, fundraising, development, and stakeholder outreach.

The position reports directly to the Executive Director and the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute Board of Trustees.

Managing Programs and Strategy

  • Assist Executive Director in planning and implementing current and future programs including technical assistance, capacity building, developing and managing partnerships with workforce intermediaries, and overseeing the growth and promotion of apprenticeship programs.
  • Assist the Executive Director and Board of Trustees in strategic planning.
  • Work with relevant AFL-CIO Departments and the Industrial Union Council to coordinate work on apprenticeship and workforce development programs.
  • Work closely with employer, labor, government and community stakeholders.

Assuring Financial Sustainability and Growth

  • Assist Executive Director and Consulting CFO on a proposed annual budget and carrying out financial management responsibilities.
  • Assist Executive Director in securing, administering and implementing grants and contracts including federal and philanthropic funding.
  • Assist Executive Director in fundraising and developing outside resources.

Overseeing Operations

  • Assist Executive Director in the hiring and retention of qualified staff, consultants and sub-contractors.
  • Assist Executive Director in assuring compliance with all contractual and grant obligations.

Supporting Board of Trustees

  • Work with the Executive Director, the Board of Trustees and AFL-CIO Senior Staff to support and guide the Institute’s mission.
  • Communicate effectively in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board of Trustees and AFL-CIO Senior Staff to make informed decisions.


  • Five or more years of senior nonprofit management experience, preferably in a labor related organization including labor workforce intermediaries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the structure and operations of the AFL-CIO, state and local labor federations and international/national union affiliates.
  • Demonstrated experience in workforce development, skills training and apprenticeship programs including federal workforce development programs, labor-management workforce intermediaries, and collectively bargained training programs.
  • Hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Ability to convey a vision of the Institute’s strategic future to staff, Board of Trustees as well as funding agencies and other donors.
  • Knowledge of grant writing and fundraising strategies and donor relations in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Ability to travel and stay overnight for conferences, meetings and work-related events.

Post-secondary degree preferred but not required. Experience in leading change or flexibility in navigating change processes desirable.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

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