Working America

Working America

State Director

Based in Greensboro, NC


Working America, community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is the fastest growing organization for working people in the country. With more than three million members, Working America recruits and mobilizes people who do not have a union on the job in support of working families’ issues.

The State Director is a statewide position that leads the Working America field canvass program in the assigned state, as well as builds Working America’s political and organizational profile within the local progressive community. The State Director works with the Regional Director and other canvass leaders to ensure the integration of Working America’s program within the local labor and progressive community, secures in-state funding for the organization, plans and implements programmatic and electoral campaigns, and ensures the quality of Working America’s member mobilization in the field and develop Working America members and activists.

Reports to: Regional Director


  • Supervises Member Coordinators within the state;
  • Work with Regional Director and canvass leadership to ensure that membership recruitment and other canvass and organizational goals are met;
  • Represent the interests of Working America, within the State Federation and local labor councils, AFL-CIO affiliates and allied organizations in progressive community;
  • Work with the Political Director, Regional Director, and local allies to integrate the work of the canvass into the political mobilization program;
  • In coordination with the Regional Director, determines turf selection and issues mobilization;
  • Work with AFL-CIO affiliated labor organizations and allied organizations;
  • Coordinate issue campaigns, maintain political contacts, and develop large donor fundraising opportunities;
  • Manage state database of program activity and member activism (High Rise, Campaign Tracking Database, Gdocs, etc.);
  • Develop and maintain local activist base (turnout for rallies and events, speaker’s bureau, contacts for press);
  • Direct canvass offices on a short-term, as needed basis, especially to facilitate startups, short-term coverage, training new Canvass Directors, and to meet other special needs;
  • Work with local print, radio, and television media;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least one year experience as a field canvass director preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, hire, train and supervise large teams of canvassers;
  • Three or more years’ experience in electoral, labor or progressive politics;
  • Knowledge of national and local structures of the labor movement;
  • Ability to effectively execute and direct GOTV operations
  • Ability to engage, mobilize and develop activists;
  • Experience in strategic planning of field operations including NCEC targeting, data collection, coordinating with other groups;
  • 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.

Greensboro, NC

Position Type:

Starting salary is $57,783. 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 through www.workingamerica.org/jobs or fax a résumé and cover letter to 202-508-6992.

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