National Public Pension Coalition

Executive Director

Based in Washington, DC
(travel required)

To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter by email to: John Abraham at jabraham@aft.org.

Overview of the Coalition
The National Public Pension Coalition is comprised of the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT, IAFF, NEA, NCPERS, and SEIU.

NPPC organizes and supports state-based coalitions and conducts national media strategies in defense of public employee defined benefit pension systems. Drawing on the resources of the unions and other groups that participate, the Executive Director facilitates the creation of effective state and local coalitions, oversees the work of hired consultants, supervises coalition staff, manages the development and dissemination of national messages, and ensures that relevant research is synthesized and distributed. The Executive Director also operates the coalition consistent with the organization’s by-laws and relevant laws, ensures fiscal integrity, and monitors the coalition’s budget and expenditures. The Executive Director reports to and meets regularly with the coalition’s steering committee, which is designated by member organizations. The coalition’s members raise funds for the initiative.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop a strategic national campaign that maximizes available resources.
  • Direct NPPC staff, including hiring, evaluating, and performing other managerial functions, including budget preparation and oversight.
  • Work in conjunction with NPPC member organizations, public pension coalitions, and other national efforts aimed at defending workers’ rights, including retirement security
  • Understand and navigate priorities of NPPC member organizations.
  • Establish, support, and oversee public pension coalitions in target states, including resolving on-site conflicts, and testifying or advocating before appropriate legislative bodies.
  • Advise local campaigns on effective campaign strategy and tactics, including member mobilization efforts. Alert steering committee members when problems arise.
  • Monitor national media on pension issues; work with communications lead to develop and implement a robust and effective social and traditional media strategy.
  • Develop and maintain resources on national anti-pension groups and funders.
  • Develop and maintain pro-pension communication and research resources.
  • Guide and implement strategic planning.

NPPC member organizations, NPPC staff, state directors, third party validators, pension advocates, media contacts, and elected officials.

Direction and Decision Making
This position reports to the NPPC steering committee.

Education and Experience
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university and ten years of experience in both the labor movement and issue/electoral campaigns, or a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Substantial management experience
  • Thorough knowledge of current electoral practices and legislative cycles
  • Knowledge of the labor movement’s structure and culture
  • Demonstrated understanding of the labor movement and commitment to workers
  • Ability to build and manage a team
  • Demonstrated ability to drive national programs/campaigns amidst divergent local interests
  • Strong budget management experience including the ability to evaluate budgets and programs, and recommend changes in policies and priorities to the steering committee
  • Ability to make resource decisions about campaigns
  • Ability to work effectively with union and public pension stakeholders’ leadership
  • Working knowledge of pension plans
  • Experience directing state-based legislative campaigns with an emphasis on member mobilization.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak to the press (so as to serve as a spokesperson for the organization at the national level)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to produce clear and timely written analyses of current issues.
  • Proven high-level interpersonal skills to work collegially and effectively with organizations and individuals with, at times, diverse viewpoints and interests.

Physical Requirements
Work is generally performed in an office setting in Washington, DC, but will require significant travel. Long and irregular hours may be required.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. We offer a competitive benefits package.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
NPPC follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to: race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identification, disability, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service. This policy applies to employment, internships, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with vendors, use of contractors and consultants, and in dealing with the general public. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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