Montana AFL-CIO
Montana AFL-CIO

Montana AFL-CIO COPE Director

Based in Helena, MT
extensive travel required

Works under the direction of and reports to Montana State AFL-CIO Executive Secretary and Montana Federation of Public Employees (MFPE) President.

Campaign, Political, and Community

  • Develop and direct the Montana AFL-CIO Member to member program
    • Develop and implement campaign plan, targeting, and priorities in consultation with board and affiliates
    • Manage release staff and volunteer members in the member to member program
    • Oversee field logistics and voter outreach efforts
    • Aid Central Labor Councils in volunteer recruitment
  • Develop and direct the Build Montana PAC independent expenditure program
    • Develop campaign plan, targeting criteria, and overall strategy
    • Direct paid canvass program and staff
    • Manage independent expenditure mail program
    • Manage independent expenditure phone program
  • Develop and implement off cycle issue based campaigns
  • Work with National AFL-CIO to maintain a useful and effective voter file
  • Represent the Montana AFL-CIO in political, community, and legislative coalitions.
  • Assist MFPE in candidate and ballot issue campaigns.


  • Aid Central Labor Councils in local political action
  • Coordinate the bi-annual COPE committee
  • Aid Central Labor Councils in candidate interview process
  • Work on targeted candidate recruitment of pro-jobs union members to run for legislature
  • Aid affiliates with internal priorities


  • Represent the Montana AFL-CIO in the Legislature
  • Coordinate the Montana AFL-CIO Labor Lobby meetings and strategy
  • Represent the Montana AFL-CIO in interim committees
  • Develop grassroots legislative mobilization program
  • Coordinate member educations programs on priority legislation
  • Communicate with labor leadership, internal staff and volunteers regarding legislative activities
  • Develop the Montana AFL-CIO Scorecard and Transmittal Report
  • Coordinate legislative lobbying with MFPE.

Additional Duties

  • Analyze and understand local and national legislation impact to workers and the labor movement
  • Develop expertise in subject matters related to workers and the labor movement (i.e. workers compensation)
  • Keep current with local labor issues by making personal visits and phone calls to labor leadership, attending central labor council meetings and following media/social media related to workers and the labor movement
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Executive Secretary and MFPE President.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated understanding of federal and state campaign finance laws
  • Ability to work well with diverse membership and elected leaders
  • Administrative knowledge of the LAN/VAN and Catalyst
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Google Docs
  • Ability to draft reports, speeches and memo’s
  • Ability to listen critically, interpersonal and problem solving skills
  • Strong analytical background
  • Knowledge of U.S and Montana labor history helpful

Education and Experience
Degree in Marketing, English, Communications, Journalism, Education, Political Science or another applicable field plus a minimum of 2-3 years in community, labor or political organizing

Additional Requirements

  • Extensive travel is required

This is a permanent position and is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Compensation includes: salary ($65,000-$75,000) depending on experience, health insurance, pension, disability and life insurance

Please submit a cover letter, résumé and three professional references to:

Al Ekblad, Executive Secretary
Montana State AFL-CIO
810 Hialeah Court
Helena MT 59601
Email: alekblad@mtaflcio.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

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