Michigan AFL-CIO

Michigan AFL-CIO

Regional Field Director

Based in Central, Western or Metro Detroit, MI


Position: Regional Field Director – Michigan AFL-CIO
Compensation: Salary and benefits are competitive, and are commensurate with experience & qualifications
Start Date: ASAP
Applications Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
Commitment: This position is funded through November 2022

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.

One position is available in each of three different regions in Michigan:

  • Central (Lansing, Flint, Tri Cities and surrounding areas)
  • Western (Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek-Kalamazoo and surrounding areas)
  • Metro Detroit (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties)

The Regional Field Directors will report regularly to the Campaigns Director and/or Field Director of the Michigan AFL-CIO. The Regional Field Director’s work plan will be determined by the Michigan AFL-CIO. A detailed description of the position and its responsibilities is below.

Complete and submit your application via Google Form HERE. A résumé, 3 references, and several short personal statements are required. Cover letters and additional materials are accepted but are not 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 encouraged to apply.

The Regional Field Director is responsible for implementation of all AFL-CIO activities and programs to advance labor’s political goals including public meetings and hearings, phone banks, offices and canvasses (when applicable), release staff and volunteer management, reporting and other duties as assigned.


  • Building a Volunteer Base and Communication Network. The Regional Field Director manages and regularly updates the database(s) for outreach to unions, community allies, and individual volunteers, and works to expand it. They build relationships with federated local labor bodies and local union leaders in their areas, and recruit and coordinate volunteers that are assigned to their given areas.
  • Coordinating Events and Voter Contact. The Regional Field Director coordinates labor-to-labor walks, rallies, pickets, phone banks, marches, and more. The Regional must build turnout, assist in agenda preparation, and make sure logistical details are attended to.
  • Financial and Reporting Responsibilities. The Regional Field Director will prepare and submit detailed weekly activity reports to the Michigan AFL-CIO Campaigns Director. They will be responsible for accounting to the Michigan AFL-CIO Campaigns Director for all program related expenses incurred, including those associated with campaigns.

The Regional Field Director must have a commitment to the labor movement and an understanding of labor’s goals. 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 Regional Field Director must direct the activities listed above while following the campaign priorities and field 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 popular / labor education skills necessary to design and lead workshops aimed at leadership and volunteer development are very important. Required written communication skills include the ability to produce newsletters, leaflets, basic phone and walk scripts, work plans, and project reports.

The Regional must have a valid driver’s license, continuous use of a reliable vehicle, automobile liability insurance, and be willing to travel throughout the region on a regular basis. Occasional travel to other parts of the state and/or out-of-state may 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 calls or events will be expected. Previous campaign 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.

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