Regional Director

Based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

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. During the first year, this position will also oversee Working America’s Minnesota state Program work.

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

Position Type:

  • Full-time/Regular
  • FLSA Classification: Exempt

Salary is competitive and includes health insurance and 401(k) with employer contribution.

Working America is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply
Apply for this position online at: https://workingamerica.hirecentric.com/jobs/130800.html

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