American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Care and Leave Policy Advocate
Research and Collective Bargaining Department

Based in Washington, DC


Care and Leave Policy Advocate
Research and Collective Bargaining Department
Washington, DC
USU Grade 9
Starting Salary: $84,039

The Care and Leave Policy Advocate assists in advocating for AFSCME federal policy priorities related to home care, childcare, paid leave and other issues at executive branch departments and agencies and performing a wide variety of analyses involving policy issues and legislation at the federal, state and local levels. Incumbent participates in the evaluation and identification of potential short- and long-range initiatives and the impact on member interests of proposed policy changes. AFSCME member interests in these issue areas include those of potential beneficiaries under associated programs and workers delivering services under and administering these programs.


  • Develops and maintains expertise in assigned AFSCME jobs sectors and issue areas of responsibility, including home care, childcare, paid leave and other issues and sectors as assigned.
  • Advises and provides technical assistance to AFSCME and affiliate union leaders and staff; federal, state and local officials; and allied labor and community organizations.
  • Participates in the development of and advocates for federal, state and local policy strategies and policy options that further the interests of AFSCME members.
  • Under direction, advocates for regulatory and related priorities to promote the interests of AFSCME members at federal executive branch departments and agencies by engaging with federal executive branch officials and staff; preparing comments for submission in response to proposed regulations and related federal agency solicitations; and engaging in other policy making meetings and activities as appropriate.
  • May conduct in-depth quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Monitors and advises AFSCME and affiliate union leaders and staff about new federal laws, regulations and related matters by preparing written reports, fact sheets, content for distribution through AFSCME social media and other communications channels and other materials; conducting webinars, trainings, conferences and other live events; and serving as a panelist at external conferences and other events.
  • May advise AFSCME affiliate union leaders and staff on state and local legislation, laws, regulations and similar matters by providing analyses, conducting research, developing proposed legislation or amendments and producing reports and other materials.
  • May provide oral or written testimony in federal, state and local legislative or regulatory hearings or similar forums, at the request of AFSCME affiliates.
  • Collaborates with other AFSCME departments as appropriate, including identifying crosscutting issues and projects.
  • Advises department staff engaged in contract negotiations or other advocacy with AFSCME members’ employers on relevant policy issues; consults those same department staff in the development and analysis of policy solutions.
  • May represent AFSCME members’ interests in contacts with federal, state and local officials and staff, coalitions with other national unions and allied organizations, at conferences and similar events, as a member of advisory bodies and in similar capacities as appropriate.
  • Provides direct assistance to affiliate unions in area(s) of concentration; conducts fact finding assignments, provides in-depth analyses of state and local legislative initiatives and recommends policy options; writes testimony; develops strategies and issue campaigns. Works with affiliate unions to implement assistance offered.
  • Assists in developing allies and works with coalitions including community, religious and labor groups.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with major course work in economics, health policy, finance, public policy or public administration.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant and progressively responsible experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Knowledge of caregiving and leave policy issues and systems; and principles, procedures and processes governing federal, state and local governments.
  • Knowledge of programs and funding sources for home care and childcare preferred.
  • Knowledge of unions and their internal and external working relationships.
  • Familiarity with the various interest groups involved in relevant policy issues.
  • Ability to propose new programs or resource materials, including outlining program strategies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with AFSCME officials, councils, affiliates, the public and established partners.
  • Ability to communicate complex technical concepts effectively to a variety of audiences, including excellent writing, representational and public communication skills.
  • Ability to interact flexibly and appropriately and to represent sensitive political and technical issues in a politically sensitive environment.
  • Ability to work independently on projects.

Travel and work hours:

  • Travel and extended hours or weekends may be required.

To Apply:
Please submit résumé and cover letter to recruiting@afscme.org

Posting Date: November 30, 2021

AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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