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National Field Director

The National Field Director is responsible for the development and management of assigned field campaigns and year round field activities. The AFL-CIO implements campaigns at all levels with state and local federation bodies, affiliated unions and allied organizations. The National Field Director works closely Campaign Manager, coordinates with other AFL-CIO Hubs and Divisions, and integrates state and local campaign work with national priorities.
The National Field Director is a management position that works under the supervision of the Deputy and Director of the Mobilization Hub. The National Field Director directs national AFL-CIO field staff, and in major priority campaigns, affiliate release staff as well.

• Work with the Campaign Manager to determine campaign field strategy and goals for specific campaigns;
• Ensuring that national affiliates are part of the strategic planning at both the national and state level for AFL-CIO campaigns;
• Develop union member and general public plans for electoral, legislative, and corporate campaigns;
• Conceptualize and construct plans for field operations including field budgets, work plans and overall timelines;
• Maintain regular communications with national affiliates on progress-to-goals and ensure there is an in-state to national feedback loop of timely information, which could shape strategy;
• Manage overall field operations, tracking performance to goals, for multiple Federation campaigns;
• Establish accountability systems in the field to ensure that campaign goals are met, including the implementation of post-campaign debriefs and assessments;
• Develop and implement strategies to streamline resources to support field campaign activity and to avoid duplicative campaign work;
• Work with hub managers and field staff to assess and develop state federation and labor council capacity to implement effective campaigns as needed;
• Manage, develop and train national AFL-CIO field staff and provide opportunities for affiliate, state and local federation staff and member development;
• Keep the senior staff fully informed on a regular basis regarding issues that affect departmental or Federation objectives;
• Prepare and submit regular and ad hoc reports as requested;
• Other duties as assigned.

• Bachelor's degree preferred with a minimum of 6 years of campaign experience coordinating all aspects of a campaign including demonstrated success as a field director; or at least 9-10 years of prior experience coordinating all aspects of issue, organizing or political campaigns including demonstrated success as a campaign manager;
• Extensive knowledge of and experience working with voter files, modeling and targeting, and the Voter Action Network (VAN);
• Extensive experience drafting field plans including budgets;
• Extensive experience managing large staff and diverse staff teams;
• Demonstrated ability to build and motivate teams and work effectively in a team environment in both a management and support role;
• Extensive knowledge of and experience with both national, state and local structures of the labor movement;
• Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills;
• Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships;
• Strong working knowledge of federal, state and municipal legislative processes;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments;
• Demonstrated ability to exercise excellent political judgment and discretion;
• Ability to work independently within context of a plan;
• Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, and demonstrated experience in developing campaign and personal work plans and goals;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Ability to travel on a regular basis as needed, and for extended periods of time;
• Computer proficiency is required: email, internet, database/spreadsheet, word processing, and web conferencing.

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