Working America

Working America

Senior State Program Director

Based in Mesa, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Philadelphia, PA and Pittsburgh, PA


Job Title: Senior State Program Director

With 4 million members, Working America mobilizes working people who don’t have the benefit of a union at work to fight for good jobs and a fair economy. As the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, we unite working people in urban and suburban communities around a shared economic agenda.

The Senior State Program Director is a position that leads Working America programs across assigned states and / or campaigns, as well as builds Working America’s political and organizational profile within the local progressive community. The Senior State Program Director works with the Political/Campaigns Director and other canvass leaders to ensure the integration of Working America’s program within the local labor and progressive community; secures funding for the organization; plans and implements issue, political, and other organizing campaigns; ensures the quality of Working America’s member activism; and builds the Working America brand through media.

This is a fixed-term position with an end date of Nov. 15, 2024

Reports to: Political Director/Campaigns Director


  • Work with Campaigns/Political Director and canvass leadership to ensure that membership recruitment and other canvass and organizational goals across assigned states and / or campaigns are met;
  • Work w/ Political/Campaigns Director to train/develop State Program Directors and other program and political staff;
  • Represent the interests of Working America, within the State Federation and local labor councils, AFL-CIO affiliates, and allied organizations in the progressive community; and work with AFL-CIO affiliated labor organizations and allied partners on a variety of campaigns; represent Working America and build our brand with the press (as needed);
  • In coordination with the Campaigns/Political Director and national staff, determine turf selection, issue mobilization, and digital engagement; work with Campaigns/Political Director and national staff to develop and implement campaigns that encompass issues, organizing, elections, member engagement, and more;
  • Work with Campaigns/Political Director and national staff to set goals and raise funds and profile within the state(s) via donor community, unions, small and large individual donors, foundations, etc.;
  • Work with Campaigns/Political Director on deepening Working America membership engagement to organization; manage database of program activity and member activism;
  • Support national projects and campaigns as needed or assigned by Campaigns/Political Director;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Two years of experience as Working America State Program Director (or equivalent experience required);
  • One year experience as a field canvass director preferred;
  • Four or more years’ experience in electoral, labor or progressive politics;
  • Knowledge of national and local structures of the labor movement;
  • Strong research skills and ability to work w/ large data sets
  • Ability to effectively execute and direct voter contact and GOTV operations;
  • Leadership, team-building and strategic planning ability;
  • Ability to engage, mobilize and develop activists;
  • Ability to work independently in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments;
  • Excellent problem-solving and relational skill
  • Computer proficiency and strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to travel and attend in-person meetings, conferences, events, and other gatherings on a regular basis;
  • Must be able to work irregular and long hours.

Mesa, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Philadelphia, PA and Pittsburgh, PA

Position Type: Full-time/Regular
FLSA Classification: Exempt

Starting salary is $68,094 to $72,568, depending upon location

Includes medical insurance and 401(k) with employer contribution.

To Apply:
Please visit our website at workingamerica.org/jobs.

Working America is an equal opportunity employer. Working America is committed to building a diverse workforce and encourages applications from women, people of color, LGBTQIA and other non-conforming individuals, and individuals with disabilities.

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