Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO

Local Organizing Specialist

For covering the Harrisburg area, PA


The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, a 700,000 strong membership statewide union organization seeks a highly organized, skilled, and serious individual for full-time work in a fast-paced, busy office. This position will primarily provide administrative support for the office of the Secretary Treasurer and the Executive Assistant to the President.

Overview of Responsibilities:
The Local Organizing Specialist (LOS) will work with the Local Training Specialist assigned to their area. Together they will build an organizing strategy working with local unions, local labor bodies, the State Federation, and the national AFL-CIO staff and its national and international unions. The strategic goal will be to foster the ability of local unions to run effective year-round local union based workplace centered issue education and mobilization programs with their members. In the course of training local union leaders and activists the team will be responsible for identifying and recruiting activist talent to contribute to the overall program. This position will be in a national cohort of local organizers who will all be working towards a goal of building an organizing approach for legislative, organizing and electoral programs including voter registration through 2024 and beyond.

Description of Duties:
Work with the local union leaders and the local trainer specialist within the assigned geographic jurisdiction to schedule organizing conversation trainings for stewards and work with designated local trainer specialists and local union leaders to execute training logistics. In order to do this the LOS must do the following:

  • In collaboration with the State Federation and local labor bodies, identify and map local unions within the assigned area.
  • Conduct one-on-one leadership meetings with local union leaders to discuss the year-round organizing approach and achieve their buy-in, support and engagement.
  • Establish regular worksite mobilization program commitments with local unions as well as volunteer recruitment and voter registration commitments.
  • Secure (identify and/or update) local union points of contact (Local Union Coordinators) for every local union within the local labor body jurisdiction and work with the LUC to identify and map all of the local’s worksites and stewards.
  • Research, develop and implement strategic industry specific plans to increase local union membership.
  • Help build awareness of the local union movement through some community outreach such as leafleting and tabling at community events.
  • Work with the state and local political committees to track local political issues and support the labor council in accountability actions.
  • Assist labor council in planning and implementing social events for solidarity building amongst affiliated unions and their members
  • Responsible for providing regular updates on progress of the worksite organizing program and other elements of the program, including detailed analytics and weekly and potentially daily numeric reports, as well as entering data into various databases.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 1-3 years of experience in labor or community organizing preferred.
  • Alternatively, minimum 2-4 years of legislative, organizing or electoral campaign experience.
  • Familiarity with the labor movement at either the local or national level is a requirement.
  • Preference for applicants who are union members.
  • Demonstrated successful ability to develop and implement organizing campaign plans.
  • Capable of working independently as well as part of a team in both a lead and a mentor role.
  • Demonstrated ability to make professional and persuasive presentations and to meaningfully engage a wide range of diverse audiences including different labor groups and community allies.
  • Effective time management skills, including demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects.
  • Ability to accept feedback and to provide feedback effectively and with sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse range of co-workers, leaders and organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive environments.
  • Ability to travel locally and frequently in performance of the duty of the job.
  • Must have own transportation and the ability to travel to a variety of local and possibly other state-wide locations
  • Ability to work long and extended hours.
  • Ability to learn tools such as Labor Action Network (LAN), Action Builder, Local Union Database (LUD)

This is a 2-year position with the potential of being extended. The applicant must live in the region of the job posting.

Salary and Benefits: The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO offers an excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Send résumé to: Angela Ferritto, President, PA AFL-CIO, 600 N. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, or president@paaflcio.org.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

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