Michigan AFL-CIO

Michigan AFL-CIO

Field Director

Based in Lansing, MI


POSITION: Field Director – Michigan AFL-CIO
COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
APPLICATION DUE: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
LOCATION: Lansing, Michigan

The Michigan AFL-CIO is a chartered organization of the National AFL-CIO, which represents affiliates and central labor bodies across Michigan. The Michigan AFL-CIO works to advocate for pro-labor policies in the state legislature, and works to build power to working families through various campaigns and other organizing efforts. We focus on supporting the legislative, political, organizing, and solidarity goals of the labor movement locally, statewide, and nationally. We are led by an elected President and are governed by elected Executive Boards.

The Field Director is based in Lansing, but will regularly visit and work from various field offices across the state and report directly to the Campaigns Director at the Michigan AFL-CIO. The Field Director is responsible for the development and implementation of the MI AFL-CIO’s field and voter contact program.


  • Develops field plan. The Field Director will take the goals laid out in the Labor 2022 plan and put together the pieces to write a field plan that will accomplish the stated goals and help elect endorsed candidates up and down the ticket.
  • Manages and ensures all field goals and metrics are met. The Field Director is responsible for the implementation of the field program, including but not limited to door and phone goals.
  • Reports appropriately. The Field Director is responsible for being trained, and training the field team in the appropriate reporting and data management systems. They will also be collecting metrics and reporting to ensure that qualitative information is captured and shared.
  • Builds a strong field program. The Field Director will manage the Field Coordinators / Regional Field Directors including facilitating daily check-ins, working with them in the field, and providing support, motivation, and accountability. Additionally, the field director will play a key role in onboarding new staff and ensuring that everyone knows the reporting systems and that metrics are reported appropriately.
  • GOTV coordination. The Field Director will be responsible for our Get Out the Vote efforts.
  • Training and peer-to-peer management of release staff. The Field Director will train Field Coordinators / Regional Field Directors and manage the training and support of release staff. They will work with the Campaigns Director to create a ladder of engagement for field staff.

The Field Director must have a commitment to the labor movement and an understanding of labor’s goals. They are encouraged to be a Union member or become a member and remain so while employed by the AFL-CIO. They must be able to advance projects and programs that convey these goals by working with union leaders, members, and community activists in high-pressure situations and under difficult deadlines. The Field Director must direct the activities listed above while following the priorities and work plan determined by the Michigan AFL-CIO.

Excellent verbal communication skills are essential, including the ability to interact successfully with individuals from diverse ethnic, racial, age, gender, educational, occupational, and socio-economic backgrounds. The skills necessary to design and lead workshops aimed at leadership and volunteer development are very important. Preferred written communication skills include the ability to produce newsletters, leaflets, basic phone and walk scripts, work plans, and project reports.

The Field Director must have a valid driver’s license, continuous use of a reliable, union-made, vehicle, automobile liability insurance, and be willing to travel throughout the region over which the position’s funding organizations have jurisdiction on a regular basis. Travel to other parts of the state and/or out-of-state will be necessary. Overnight travel will be infrequent, but may be required. Long work hours, some holiday work, and frequent participation in evening and weekend activities are required, and attendance at early morning events will be expected. Previous campaign experience is absolutely necessary, with previous field department leadership experience highly desired. Previous experience working in, with, or for the labor movement highly desired.

Computer skills are required, including knowledge and extensive use of e-mail, Google Drive, Zoom, Google Meet, MS Word, the Internet, Excel, LAN/VAN, and social media, with a working knowledge of PowerPoint. Beyond these technical skills are the people and organizational skills required to carry out the priorities outlined above. A demonstrated ability to lead and motivate others, especially in the context of a political field operation, is highly desired.

Complete and submit the application via Google Form HERE. A résumé, three references, and several personal statement responses are required.

Our organization is an equal opportunity employer, and we actively seek to build diversity among our officers, staff, and members. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, Veteran, and disabled candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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