Working America

Working America

Political Associate

Based in Washington, DC

With more than 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, suburban and rural communities around a shared economic agenda.

The Political Associate will conduct research, provide reports, and develop materials on legislative, policy and campaign issues, as well as provide other general administrative support to the National Political Director. This position is fixed-term with an expected end date of December 11, 2020.

Reports to: National Political Director

Description of Duties:

  • Assist in facilitating implementation of political activities with Working America national and field staff;
  • Interact with partners and allied organizations at the state and national level and assist Working America staff with these relationships;
  • Support electoral campaign activities, including work with unions and other partner organizations in member to member contact program;
  • Conduct and organize research on legislative, policy and campaign issues, and monitor developments;
  • Manage campaign literature system, including conducting research, drafting documents, tracking literature development, proofing, printing, ordering and coordinating approval and monitoring use in multiple field offices. Coordinate with General Counsel for legal approval; report all expenditures to Compliance team;
  • Track literature inventory across multiple field offices;
  • Research and provide analysis of legislative and campaign finance data;
  • Work on multiple elections in different states at any given time;
  • Build reports in Excel, Access and other similar databases;
  • Independently manage related projects;
  • Extensive travel to support campaign activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills Needed:

  • Two to five years of combined experience in political campaigns, labor and/or legislative fields, including program strategy and execution;
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills covering a variety of topics and formats, as well as solid verbal communications capacity required;
  • Track record of work with databases, including VAN, NGP and/or other similar systems required;
  • Experience working with labor unions, candidates or parties, and elected officials strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with Congressional and/or state legislative process, and research resources strongly preferred;
  • Willingness and ability to quickly learn new skills related to job duties;
  • Organized and detail oriented;
  • Calm under pressure;
  • Work well as part of a team in a multi-tasking, detail and deadline oriented environment, as well as willingness to seek assistance/clarification whenever necessary;
  • Appreciation and general understanding of canvassing as a grassroots organizing strategy a plus;
  • Experience with independent expenditure campaigns a plus;
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours as necessary.
  • Education:
  • A bachelor's degree in political science or other related field is preferred.


  • Washington, DC

Position Type

  • Full-time
  • Exempt

Starting salary is $68,289. Includes medical insurance and 401(k) with employer contribution.

Working America is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply
Please submit a résumé and cover letter to: www.workingamerica.org/jobs, or fax a résumé and cover letter to 202-508-6992.

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